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Specialist global telecoms provider Cellhire, opens new office in Switzerland

UK-based Cellhire has opened a new office in the Basel area – its first in Switzerland – to capitalise on the expanding Swiss market and build a platform to grow its large corporate, NGO and sports customer base.

Cellhire has a global footprint coupled with an unrivalled network portfolio which, in the context of the mobile telecommunications market, is unique. This helps Cellhire win worldwide business and differentiates it from other telecommunications companies, large and small.

Within the telecommunications industry Cellhire is famous for its ability to service many large international events including Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, Cannes Film Festival and Tour de France, working with top-tier sponsors, print and broadcast media and sporting federations among others. Apart from events, Cellhire has a well-established base of corporate customers and also supplies the consumer travel and education markets.

Florence Lebranchu, Business Development Director, DACH Region at Cellhire, said: “Our new office in Switzerland is a fantastic opportunity for Cellhire to break into the strong NGO and sports market in Switzerland and build on the success achieved at the Rio Olympics in which Cellhire supplied 22,000 connections, including telecoms for 15 of the major Olympic teams.”

Cellhire has already secured major clients for voice and data connections in Switzerland, with some customers also choosing to partner with its sister company Vismo, to track and protect their staff operating overseas in high risk areas.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider, currently celebrating 30 years of innovation. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. Cellhire’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2008, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.

For further information, please visit www.cellhire.ch, call +41 32 467 1076 or email switzerland@cellhire.com

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Cellhire: 30 Years of Innovation

Over the last three decades, Cellhire has successfully gained recognition as a global service provider specializing in wireless solutions. With over 100 mobile network partners worldwide, Cellhire is a supplier to organizers and business during events such as the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. During these 30 years, mobile phones have evolved from ‘the brick’, pocket sized flip and slide devices, to touchscreen handsets providing information, connectivity and entertainment.

1987

  • Cellhire was established.

1991

  • The Orbitel TPU 901 became the very first GSM phone to launch. As this was one of the first mobile advancements, Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia were soon to follow, bringing out their own GSM devices a few months later.
  • 2G cellular telecom digital networks were launched in Finland, to support secure calling. 2G would soon be launched worldwide.

1992

  • Via the Vodafone network, on an Orbitel TPU 901, “Merry Christmas” was the very first SMS ever sent.

1994

  • The Nokia 2110 became the first Nokia handset to include a choice of ringtones including the ‘Grande Valse’, which would later become known as the Nokia ringtone. At the time, the 2110 was Nokia’s second GSM device and was the most desired handset in Europe.
  • Orange branded the Nokia 2110 as the first Orange phone. In order to sell it to its customers as a different model, it became the Nokia 2140.
  •  Charged at $1,099, IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator became one of the first attempts at a touchscreen device. It was the first device lacking physical buttons, making it completely touchscreen.
  • Ericsson invented Bluetooth in 1994, as a wireless communication technology. Ericsson, Nokia, IBM, Intel and Toshiba later came together in 1998 to form the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

1996

  • Motorola’s StarTAC became the first flip phone, priced at $1,000. It is also the first device to include a vibrate alert function.
  • Cellhire USA opened.

1997

  • The Siemens S10 became the first phone, made accessible to the public, to feature a colored screen.
  • The Nokia 6110 gained popularity due to the preinstalled game of ‘Snake’.
  • Cellhire France opened.

1998

  • 3G telecom networks were launched commercially.
  • The number of mobile phones sold worldwide surpassed the combined sales of cars and PCs.

1999

  • The first wireless Application Protocol devices are introduced. WAP allowed the Nokia 7110 to become the first device able to access the internet over a wireless network.
  • Cellhire became a service provider for O2.

2000

  • The J-SHO4, launched by Sharp, was the world’s first camera phone, featuring 0.11 megapixels. However, the device was only available in Japan.

2001

  • The Mitsubishi Trium Eclipse came out as the first device with a full color display.
  • FoneFix, a subsidiary company of Cellhire was established.

2002

  • The Sony Ericsson T68i sends the very first picture message via the T-Mobile network. The devices was not a camera phone but instead, users had to attach a separate file. This feature cost an extra £20 a month on contracts.
  • The Nokia 7650 slider device was the very first, commercially available, camera phone featuring a 0.3 megapixel camera.
  • Blackberry introduced their first phone, Blackberry 5810, as a corporate device. The device lacked speakers and required headphones to make a phone call.

2004

  • Motorola released the ultra-thin Razr, available in customizable colors. The device was a hit and over 110 million devices were sold.
  • Cellhire gained the ‘Investors in People’ Award.

 

2005

  • Google purchased Android for $150 million.
  • Cellhire Japan opened.
  • Cellhire was awarded the ‘Queens Award for International Enterprise’.

2007

  • Described as “5 years ahead” of its time, Apple unveiled the iPhone, equipped with an inbuilt iPod and a multi-touch interface.
  • After just 74 days after its commercial launch, iPhone sales surpassed one million.
  • Cellhire China Rep office opened.

2008

  • Apple introduced the iPhone 3G, this was alongside the launch of the App Store on Apple devices.
  • The HTC Dream, the first commercially available smartphone running on Android, became available.
  • Cellhire Germany opened.

2009

  • Samsung released the first Galaxy phone with an Android OS, featuring a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB of storage.
  • 4G telecom solutions were launched.

2010

  • WhatsApp is launched as an alternative to SMS messaging, relying on WiFi enabled devices.
  • Apple launched FaceTime on the iPhone 4, a face to face video calling feature exclusively on iPhones.

2011

  • Apple unveiled Siri as a feature on the iPhone 4S, a voice activated personal assistant.

2012

  • Vismo, a subsidiary company of Cellhire was established.
  • Cellhire was the Telefonica O2 partner at the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Cellhire Russia opened.
  • Cellhire was awarded the ‘O2 Special Award for Innovation’.

2014

  • Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19.3 billion.
  • Apple announced Apple Pay as a feature on the iPhone 6, taking advantage of contactless payments.

2016

  • Google released its very first Google Assist Android Phone, The Google Pixel,  intended to rival the iPhone 7.
  • Wearable Smart technology such as the Apple Watch became increasingly popular.
  • Cellhire gained a record achievement at the Rio Olympics, providing more than 20,000 connections to athletes, sponsors and press.

 

2017

  • Apple is set to release the iPhone 8, rumored to have an edge to edge OLED screen.
  • Cellhire celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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Top 5 Tips on How to Reduce Roaming Charges

 The last thing you want while you’re traveling, whether for business or pleasure, is to be out of touch with everyone else. Global roaming can be expensive and often result in returning home to a hefty phone bill. Here are the top 5 tips on how to reduce you’re roaming charges;

1. Know How Much You’ve Used
Its easy while abroad to flick onto the internet from time to time, check your emails, update your Instagram and plan your routes with Google Maps, but do you know just how much data you’ve actually used? You can easily monitor what you’ve been using on iPhone by going to Settings > Cellular and then look under Cellular Data Usage. Here you can see your Current Period Roaming which will tell you how much data, in megabytes and kilobytes, you have used since your last reset. Reset your usage by scrolling to the bottom of the page before you travel and you can easily monitor your roaming usage. On Android, go to Settings > Data Usage, you can also opt to set yourself a data limit which will automatically stop your device from using data once the limit is reached.

2. Disable Data Roaming and Use WiFi
If you don’t want to run the risk of using too much data while away, the safest option would be to disable your data roaming. After disabling, your device will be completely WiFi reliant, meaning that you will only be able to connect to the internet when in a WiFi zone. However, although you won’t run the risk of being charged, WiFi signals can often fluctuate and become unreliable so bare that in mind.

3. Get a Data Bundle
Your phone’s network provider may be able to offer a cheap ‘add on’ or bolt on’ to your current deal. For a fixed fee each month, your network should provide additional roaming charges that are ideal for your usage. Ensure you research this before opting for this, as your network may not offer a suitable bundle for your intended roaming usage.

4. Download Offline Apps
If you know you’re going use apps while you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to check they are available offline. Download an offline app for maps so you don’t use data when you’re checking where you throughout the day or if you have an itinerary app, you can always check what’s on the agenda. Make sure to turn your data off before you travel and check that the apps are available offline, you don’t want to be finding out they’re not once you’re away!

5. Switch SIMs
Investing in an international SIM may actually be the most cost effective solution. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting and how you’re data usage will be charged. Easily stay connected with people in the same country as well as back home, with no overage to pay. Local SIMs can be bought in airports once you’ve landed, however, these may be pricey. If you’re looking to swap SIMs, Cellhire offers both international and European Data SIMs, with additional MiFis, starting from as low as £18.99.

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iOS10: Making iMessage Personal

Described as the ‘biggest release of iOS ever’, Apple’s latest software update sports a vast array of new features compatible with any device including and past the iPhone 5.

Although updated features include added 3D touch options, an improved Control Center and an overall revamp on mobile design, it is the changes to iMessage that are the most impressive. With personalization on read receipts, gaming choices and new camera options, Apple’s iOS10 update makes messages ‘more personal than ever’.

Send drawings, heartbeats and more

Featuring a slightly new layout, iMessage now has a smaller message box to type in, to make room for the 3 added options on the left hand side.

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iOS10 integrates the App store into iMessage so users can quickly access apps and widgets to send to other contacts. Want to compete on games? You can now send the app straight to a friend and start playing! On the same tab, share GIFs, browse the internet and share music. Sharing online content has never been easier!

 

Digital Touch

‘Digital Touch Messages’ are also a new feature, allowing you to draw pictures and send them over iMessage. Draw in 7 different colors and share your affection by sending digital kisses and heartbeats. Be warned though, these message will only appear in your thread for 2 minutes before expiring unless otherwise saved by the recipient.

Want to send something even more personal? Turn your phone landscape and handwrite a message! Click send and recipients will receive a message hand written by you that will stay in the thread forever.

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Invisible Ink, Animations and Slam

iMessage also comes with the option to send your messages with an effect. Choose from four ‘Bubble’ effects or five ‘Screen effects’. Choose from the following ‘Bubble’ effects:
Invisible Ink – sends your message as a pixelated blur. The recipient has to tap the message in order to see the content.
Gentle – sends the text as small and gradually grows to normal size.
Loud – used to mimic shouting, the text bubble is sent as big, wobbles a little then shrinks back to normal size.
Slam – The message bubble is quite literally ‘slammed’ into the chat, leaving a puff of dust and making the previous messages tremor.

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The ‘Screen’ effects fill the whole screen once the message has been sent and you can choose from Balloons, Confetti, Lasers, Fireworks or a Shooting Star.

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Markup on Camera

Wanting to send a photo over iMessage? Easily navigate through your photo library and click on a photo to put it in your message. Want to take a new photo? A preview thumbnail will come up so you all you have to do is ‘capture’ the photo. Also, before you send it, not only can you edit the filter, you can actually draw, write and zoom in on certain parts on them too! Simply click ‘Mark up’ in the bottom left corner once you’ve clicked on the preview of the photo.

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Emoji Predictions

If you’ve installed iOS10, I don’t need to tell you that the Emojis have changed, they look very different. With more variety to choose from including a wider range of Emoji families, non-gender specific faces and a whole new bunch of faces too, should you choose to just send someone an emoji it will appear in your message 3 times the original. Yet this isn’t the only difference. iOS10 now auto analyses your message and picks out words that can be swapped for an emoji, this text will automatically highlight in orange and all you have to do is click on the text. Happy will turn into the smiling Emoji, present into the present, okay into the okay hand symbol and so on…

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Tapback

How many times a day do you respond to messages with a one word answer? Something like ‘okay’ or a laughing emoji? Well now you don’t even have to type anything out when responding to messages. With ‘Tapback’, either double click on hold down any message sent in a thread and iOS10 gives you the option to ‘like’, ‘dislike’, ‘love’, ‘laugh’ at, ‘emphasize’ or ‘question’ the message. Once you’ve clicked an option, it will appear in a bubble above the message and the recipient will get a notification to say you’ve reacted to a message.

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Read Receipts

Want someone to know you’ve seen their message? iOS10 now allows you to customise who specifically can see your read receipts. Leave your read receipts off in settings but turn on individual ones through the info in your message thread. Once switched on, this will automatically sync to all your devices where you’re signed in on iMessage.

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Cellhire gets behind the “#FillTheSeats” campaign to raise attendances at the Rio Paralympics

Cellhire has purchased 200 children’s tickets for the Rio Paralympics in support of the “Fill The Seats” campaign [#filltheseats] backed by Prince Harry to help raise attendances at the event by buying and giving away a total of 10,000 tickets to underprivileged children in Rio and beyond.

The tickets, costing US$30 each and totalling US$6000 [about £4500] for Cellhire, include entry to events, transport and food.

Cellhire is closely linked with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics – thanks to its position as a preferred supplier of vital mobile telecommunications equipment including SIM cards, smartphones, and MiFi devices (portable, wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms services to major global media organisations, sponsors, Olympic Federations and teams and other visitors at the events.

“We are very keen to put something back into the local community in Rio and beyond while giving support to the Paralympics, which we know are highly valued by Paralympians and sports fans the world over,” said Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO.

For the Rio Olympics Cellhire has delivered a record-breaking 20,000 connections, 4,000 of which will be used during the Paralympics which began yesterday, September 7th. This has been Cellhire’s most successful overseas event to date after London 2012.

Donations

Individuals can make donations online on a crowd funding page – https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/brazilian-kids-to-the-paralympics-filltheseats

That was set up by an individual, but, as of the 30th August, the IPC [International Paralympics Committee] and Rio 2016 announced a formal backing for it.

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How to Set Up Email on an Android Phone

Setting up an email account on an Android: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

  1. Locate the email icon in the apps menu.

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  1. Enter your email address and password, then tap next.

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i. If you want to add another email to your account rather than set an email up:  Tap Menu > Settings > Manage Accounts > Add an Account.

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  1.  Choose your email account type. For business use, this is typically MICROSOFT EXCHANGE ACTIVESYNC.

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  1. You will then be directed to the Exchange Server Settings page. This might have ‘auto-filled’ so you may have to check that the information, including Domain/username and Exchange Server, are correct.

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  1.         Next, check and enter selections for syncing your email.

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  1. Your email is now set up. You will be prompted to give the account a name to easily differentiate between other accounts, should you also have them set up.

 

 

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Newly launched ‘Cellhire on Demand’ gives businesses the ability to regain control over employee’s data roaming costs in 98+ countries worldwide.

Newly launched ‘Cellhire on Demand’ gives businesses the ability to regain control over employee’s data roaming costs in 98+ countries worldwide. A central pool of SIM cards and MiFi devices is provided and stored on site, ensuring instant availability and abolishing the need for multiple shipping charges, saving businesses money.

Cellhire on Demand’s secure online portal gives businesses complete control over their company’s usage and displays an overview of all active data bundles. Over-the air SIM activation and deactivation, the ability to re-assign SIM cards to specific users at any time and a barring function to manage theft & loss is now possible thanks to Cellhire’s innovative in-house app.

“Compared to the current process of phoning your network provider to enable a costly roaming data bolt-on, Cellhire On Demand is instant and provides more data at cheaper rates whilst placing you entirely in control of every connection. What’s more, the data can be shared securely between multiple phones, laptops and tablets by using a MiFi.” quotes Matt Bennett, UK Managing Director.

The ability to activate and deactivate data bundles leads to a reduction in data roaming costs and is easy to manage. Receive early high usage warnings with daily alerts and reduce overage bills with the ability to automatically deactivate or renew data bundles once the bundle limit has been reached.

For further information visit www.cellhire.co.uk/ondemand or to arrange a trial, please contact Cellhire +44 (0) 1904 610 610 or email uksales@cellhire.com