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Only MegaFon (and Cellhire) have mobile data in Sochi

Sochi 2014Cellhire’s partnership with MegaFon means that only domestic MegaFon customers and international customers of Cellhire will have access to mobile data and 4G in Sochi.

Subscribers to other mobile operators connecting to the MegaFon network will only be able to use voice services and SMS-messages while data services, including 4G, will be available only to MegaFon customers.

Mobile Data services in Sochi will not be available to subscribers of other mobile operators who manually choose the MegaFon network on their mobile devices during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said Tigran Poghosyan, the head of the Sochi 2014 project.

According to Mr. Poghosyan, voice services and SMS-messages will be available to the subscribers of other mobile operators who will connect to the MegaFon network, while data transmission services, including 4G, will be available only to MegaFon subscribers. previously reported that MegaFon and Rostelecom signed a sponsorship contract with the Olympic Games in Sochi back in 2009, for a cost of 130 million dollars each. The operators have also invested another $100 million in the infrastructure of the region.

As of December 2012, MegaFon has opened up its infrastructure in Sochi to other operators that require coverage at the Winter Games. In order to connect to the MegaFon network, users will need to manually select the MegaFon network on their mobile device, or purchase MegaFon SIM-card.

The head of the Sochi 2014 project pointed out that other network operators present in Sochi signed an inter-operator agreement, which insures that while using the MegaFon network, subscribers of another operator will be charged prices consistent with their tariff plan.

Currently the Sochi Branch of MegaFon comprises 685 standard 2G/3G base stations, about 270 4G base stations and 15 movable mobile stations. The number of MegaFon subscribers in the region amounts to more than 300,000 people.

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Cellhire European Cell Phone Rental

europeCellhire offers blanket coverage across Europe with a unique European SIM card designed to save you money. Customers can take advantage of one phone, one number and one rate anywhere in Europe.  Cellhire’s European cell phone is specifically designed for low cost calls across Europe and offers calls back to the US from only $0.75 per minute, a saving of 40% compared to roaming with major US carriers. The European cell phone boasts of FREE incoming calls while in the UK and reduced call rates.

With 10.8 million Americans visiting Europe in 2012 the European cell phone places Cellhire ahead of traditional European roaming from US carriers. With the European cell phone call rates are as much as 100% cheaper than US carriers.

The Cellhire European cell phone arrives fully tested, charged and ready for use. With the added benefit of 24 hour global support, the European cell phone is the essential solution for any traveller.

Looking for Data? Cellhire’s European MiFi travel router now includes a huge 1 GB data bundle. The ultra-compact MiFi device allows multiple devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones and iPhones a shared high speed data connection throughout Europe. For only $59 per month Cellhire’s European MiFi is more cost effective than the equivalent prepaid data solution.

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Looking for .info about Cellhire?

Cellhire has today launched a new site centred around the history of the business, what it does, where it has been and where it’s going in terms of global events.Cellhire Corporate Website

The new site allows potential partners and customers to find out more about Cellhire’s global success and to identify synergies with both past, present and future activities of the business. Visitors to the site can learn all about the history of Cellhire through an interactive timeline and the various global events the business has been part of through an interactive multimedia timeline.

The new site is designed to address regions of the world where Cellhire is currently developing in to including South America. Businesses looking to develop mobile telecoms relationships for major upcoming events such as the FIFA 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio, will be able to connect with the world leader in international mobile telecoms solutions through this one central location.

The new site will change and develop to profile Cellhire’s success as the business attends the world’s largest events over the coming years including the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014.

For more information about Cellhire, please visit

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Cellhire on track at Moscow Athletics Championships

The IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow has provided the opportunity for Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, to further develop its relationship with MegaFon in preparation for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and beyond.IAFF World Championships 2013

Cellhire is delivering over 1,000 connections at the event as both business and media descend on Moscow for the Championships. Cellhire is offering voice and data connections, supporting live reporting from the event to news desks around the world. The World Athletics Championships is moving to Beijing in 2015 and London in 2017, allowing Cellhire to repeat the success it enjoyed in 2008 and 2012 at the Beijing and London Olympics respectively.

In September 2012 Cellhire opened a new office in Moscow to capitalise on the expanding Russian market and to be ready for the major events that Russia is due to host in the near future such as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development at Cellhire says “Our progress in Russia has developed at a great pace, strategically manoeuvring ourselves to make the most of the up and coming Winter Olympics and World Cup. Our tried and tested partnership with MegaFon has proved to be strong and we are really excited to be working with them moving forward”.

Commenting on the Cellhire and MegaFon partnership in 2013, Bogdanova Nadejda, Senior Development Manager of Small and Medium Business at Stolichny branch MegaFon said: “The unique offers we have with Cellhire have put us in an excellent position to maximise the inbound opportunities coming to our region.”

The Sochi Winter Olympics start in Sochi on the 7th February 2014 and Cellhire has already secured some major customers for the event with some customers requesting delivery as early as August 2013. Cellhire is also offering the latest in 4G technology at Sochi through its unique partnership with MegaFon, delivering mobile data up to ten times faster than 3G.

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Cellhire tackles roaming penalties in Brazil at the Confederations Cup

Confederations Cup 2013Cellhire, the international wireless solutions specialist, is supporting businesses and media organizations traveling to Brazil for the 2013 Confederations Cup with local, cost-saving communications solutions. Working with several Brazilian mobile networks, Cellhire is strengthening its presence in the region while planning ahead for the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016. The upcoming Confederations Cup kicking off in Brasilia on 15th June 2013 has provided an ideal opportunity for local partnerships to be established and perfected for future events.

The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international soccer tournament held every four years. It is contested by the holders of each of the six FIFA Confederation Championships, along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation. The competing teams in 2013 are Brazil, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Tahiti and Uruguay.

Cellhire is offering both Prepaid and Postpaid solutions to those traveling to the region, with local and international voice, data and smartphone solutions available on flexible, short term contracts. Cellhire is supplying over 1,000 connections to a number of media organizations covering the event from the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and Japan as well as Brazilian hospitality companies supporting some of the key corporate sponsors of the Confederations Cup.

The available solutions offer competitive rates and unique pricing on closed group call rates, saving money on calls between Cellhire customers and benefiting large organizations making high volumes of calls between colleagues. Cellhire’s Brazil bound customer base will be supported locally in Brazil during major events with local delivery, 24hr support and equipment through fulfilment agreements with local companies.

Tim Williams, Chairman and CEO of Cellhire says, “This has been a critical time for us to be developing relationships in Brazil with such high profile events on the horizon. The solutions we have available in the region are now comprehensive and I am delighted with our progress in readying our propositions for 2014 and beyond.”

Cellhire’s partnerships enable the Company to offer big savings over traditional roaming services to spectators, competing teams and media groups as they travel to Brazil for high profile events in the region, such as the imminent Confederations Cup, FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Cellhire achieved a record breaking year in 2012 supplying over 20,000 connections at the London Olympics. The Company intends to continue this momentum at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 following the opening of a new office in Moscow in September 2012. The Moscow office will support the Cellhire customer base as the FIFA World Cup travels from Brazil to Russia in 2018.

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NEW Israel MiFi Rental

Israel Data ProductsCellhire is now offering full coverage across its range of mobile solutions in Israel. Customers can now take advantage of both voice and data coverage when traveling to Israel thanks to Cellhire’s new Israel MiFi rental and Israel BlackBerry rentals as well as the traditional cell phone rental and SIM card rental products.

The Israel MiFi rental comes with a huge 10GB bundle, the equivalent of around 1,000,000 emails or 300,000 webpages so you would have to be extremely busy during your trip to go over your allowance and even if you do, there’s no charge for data used outside of the bundle*. This kind of bundle size offers both peace of mind and the ability for multiple users to share an internet connection; up to five users/devices can connect to the same internet connection when renting a MiFi device. Simply connect up to five devices over WiFi to the MiFi device and away you go. Cellhire international MiFi rentals are compatible with iPhones, smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Cellhire now also offers iPhone SIM card rental for Israel offering great call rates and a data bundle to get the most out of your iPhone when travelling. The Israel iPhone SIM card rental comes with a generous 3GB data bundle. BlackBerry rental for Israel is also on offer with great call rates and 3GB of inclusive data.

*Connection speed may be reduced once bundle limit is reached.

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Cellhire partners with major Russian network

The international mobile solutions specialist, Cellhire, has now partnered with another major network increasing its portfolio of telecoms solutions around the world. Cellhire has partnered with the Russian network MegaFon and increased its global presence and continued growth. Cellhire is further expanding in the region following the opening of its Russian office in 2012.

Cellhire Russia offers both corporate and consumer telecoms solutions to the region, including local support, with a product portfolio of local and international voice, data and smartphone solutions. Prepaid products are available for those traveling to and from Russia with competitive services offered for both Europe and the rest of the world.

Bogdanova Nadejda, Senior Development Manager of Small and Medium Business at Stolichny branch MegaFon says: “MegaFon is delighted to be partnering with Cellhire and working with them in the run up to a number of major sporting events taking place in Russia in 2013/14 and beyond. The unique offers we have with Cellhire have put us in an excellent position to maximize the inbound opportunities coming to our region in the near future.”

Cellhire, working with MegaFon, is now able to offer local communications to sports teams and media groups preparing for high profile events in the region, including the World Athletics Championships and the G20 Summit in 2013 and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

The unique agreement with MegaFon has enabled Cellhire to offer very competitive rates in the region whilst maintaining its high standards of customer service. Cellhire’s global customer base is now supported by its Moscow office, delivering unrivalled levels of international telecoms service for upcoming global events in the region and to multinationals based in Russia.