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Stay connected 24/7 throughout the election process

The next UK General Election is due to take place on or before Thursday 3 June 2010. With this in mind, Cellhire has tailored its UK short term voice and data solutions to ensure connectivity throughout the election process.

In addition to industry leading sales support the rental charges are extremely competitive. So whether the requirement is for additional mobile phones with UK SIM cards for temporary/volunteer staff ormobile broadband to ensure wireless access to email and the web, Cellhire has a cost effective solution. We can even offer BlackBerry including your own free email address for the duration of the election.

Also available within the Cellhire product portfolio is OptiSIM. OptiSIM is an optimum coverage SIM solution that provides the most extensive mobile coverage in the UK. The service is delivered through a roaming agreement with the five major UK operators and accesses an alternative network signal, should the primary network be unavailable. This solution is ideal for any organisation that needs to stay connected 24/7.

With Cellhire there’s no need for a minimum call spend or compulsory top ups and we offer a choice of networks to ensure clients are offered the best solutions for their individual needs.

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Cellhire UK website re-launched with a host of new products & features

In a determined effort to continuously improve the customer experience, Cellhire has developed its website and is very excited about the results.

The site has been re-launched with a host of additional features. Not only is the site more aesthetically pleasing, but its new product search tool means it is both easier and quicker to navigate.

The site has a new and improved interface, enhanced functionality and an extended product portfolio. Our international SIM card portfolio now includes PolishCzech and Canadian airtime, ensuring that wherever you are travelling in the world Cellhire has a SIM solution suitable for your journey that guarantees significant cost savings.

Cellhire is delighted to announce that secure online ordering using a purchase order number is also readily available to businesses as well as credit card payment.

If you have any suggestions as to how we can further improve our site please

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Brush aside worries about international call charges

The World Curling Championships is an annual event, showcasing the world’s best curlers. This year’s event is based in Cortino D’Ampezzo, Italy, 4 – 11 April 2010.

If you are travelling to Italy to attend the event, be it as a competitor, part of a media team or as an avid fan you can save money on your roaming costs by renting an Italian SIM card from Cellhire. Cellhire is the world leader in the short term rental of international SIM solutions and offers the cheapest rates to ensure you avoid international roaming charges on both outgoing and incoming calls.

Mobile broadband rental enables you to mobilise your laptop with remote, wireless access to email and the Internet; USB modems and data cards provide real-time access to essential information whenever and wherever you need it. So, rent for the duration of the World Curling Championships and ensure you are contactable at all times. Whether you prefer a ‘stick’ or a ‘dongle’, we can help you choose the most applicable Italian data solution for your individual needs.

From a cost perspective, you only need to rent for the duration of the event so there are no long term contracts, no minimum call spend requirements and no top-ups needed, because the solutions are post-paid for added convenience.

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Critical satellite communications aid Haiti earthquake recovery work.

The fragile communications infrastructure of Haiti has struggled to cope with the scale of the earthquake. GSM networks were not available for many days after the earthquake in Haiti hindering communications and the recovery effort. This placed a heavy demand on the need for satellite communications.

As soon as the short term communication specialists Cellhire heard about the disaster, they were eager to lend their assistance by supplying satellite devices to help restore vital communications and aid the recovery effort. The urgent requirement for satellite phones meant that Cellhire’s offices around the world were quick to designate their fleet to organisations involved in helping the recovery process.

“Everybody feels for the people of Haiti at this very difficult time” commented Tim Williams CEO of the Cellhire Group. “Cellhire is very proud that we’ve been able to support the relief effort to ease the suffering of those affected by the disaster.”

As a global organisation Cellhire utilised its offices around the world to coordinate deliveries within the quickest possible time. Cellhire supplied satellite equipment to media organisations, international TV networks and radio stations as well as the US Coast Guard, US Army and the MOD.

To provide further assistance to those agencies involved in the crisis Cellhire will be donating 5% of it’s revenues from its rental activity in Haiti to NGO’s in the US, France and UK.

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Avoid Sky High roaming charges at the Singapore Air Show

The Singapore Air Show 2010 is one of the world’s top 3 aviation events and takes place this year 2-7 February 2010. The Singapore Air Show 2010 will be held at the purpose-built Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC).

The exhibition serves as a global market place for aviation enthusiasts around the world. In 2008 the Singapore Air Show saw 800 exhibiting companies from 48 countries and 43,827 traders from 112 countries attend the event.

If you are attending this year’s Air Show you can save money on your mobile bill by renting a single SIM card on the Vodafone network. Great savings can be made, up to 70% compared to roaming charges and the tariff is purposefully built for Rest of the World destinations. You can keep connected in confidence with this solution as it is backed up by 450 roaming agreements in 170 countries!

The solution comprises of a simple flat rate pricing plan and airtime is post paid so there is no need for compulsory tops up as with pay-as-you-go SIMs.

Cellhire is the market leader in supplying mobile solutions and ‘local’ airtime for specific events around the world. We are currently official suppliers to the Cannes Film Festival, Tour De France and the Rugby World Cup and deployed in excess of 5,000 Chinese SIM cards for visitors to the Beijing Olympics.

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Cellhire mobile solutions for Super Bowl XLIV

Super Bowl XLIV will be played at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on 7 February 2010.

If you are attending the event, be it as a media client or as a spectator you can save money by renting communications equipment from Cellhire. By renting a US SIM card or USB modem rental solution you can save up to 70% when compared to traditional roaming charges.

Cellhire has put together some market-leading rates for customers looking to travel to the United States for the Super Bowl XLIV. Mobile broadband rental from Cellhire will prevent the accrual of high roaming costs when accessing internet and email abroad. Renting a local USA phone and SIM card will also ensure you get the lowest possible rates on both incoming and outgoing calls.

Cellhire is the market leader in its field and our local airtime rates are the best around. Of course, 24/7 customer support comes as standard.

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Take Your Mobile Number Abroad Without the Expense of Roaming

Save up to 90% on calls abroad by renting local airtime and keep your existing mobile number.

Since the first GSM networks collaborated to provide roaming services in 1987, international roaming charges have made using a mobile phone abroad an expensive luxury for business and leisure travellers.

International roaming is available on 650 networks in over 200 countries and enables users to “roam” onto a foreign mobile phone network when travelling overseas. Roaming offers the convenience of a single number, a single bill and a single phone worldwide, but beware, you can be charged over £2.00 per minute as both the visited network and your home network will apply heavy charges for outgoing and incoming calls.

With call costs becoming more transparent and competitive, some networks are beginning to provide discounted international rates, however the real savings can depend heavily on which foreign network you are roaming with and the duration of your call.

“Using your mobile phone while on holiday abroad can still lead to very unpleasant surprises” Viviane Reding, the Commissioner for Information Society and Media.

“Consumers often lack clear information on charges for roaming.” Ofcomwatch, June 2005

With Cellhire’s new SIMSmart Plus solutions, travellers can now take their existing mobile number overseas and avoid roaming charges, saving up to 90% on their calls abroad. Calls are charged at simple, low rates with no connection or ‘flag fall’ charges.

SIMSmart Plus is a simple, convenient solution that enables travellers to divert their calls to a local SIM card or handset for whichever country they are travelling to. The service is compatible with all mobile technologies, so even if you are travelling to a non GSM region such as Japan or Korea , you can still take your number and say goodbye to roaming.

Save up to 90% on calls with SIMSmart Plus

Research shows that 70% of roamed calls made overseas last less than two minutes, so keeping your per minute call cost down is vital to reducing your mobile bill.

The table below compares the cost of international roaming with SIMSmart Plus, demonstrating that even some of the most competitive rates such as Vodafone Passport can be expensive.

Call Type
O2 (ITS)
(Intl Option)
VodafoneWorld & ICS
Vodafone Passport
Cellhire SIMSmart Plus
Incoming call
Calls in the USA
Calls to the UK


*The additional per minute cost of your national Vodafone call tariff in the UK will also apply.
**A call forwarding charge may be applied by your home network. This is usually charged as a national call rate or as part of your inclusive bundle.

The recently launched Vodafone Passport solution charges 75p to connect both incoming and outgoing calls. However, with the average length of a roamed call at less than 2 minutes, these connection fees can soon add up. What’s more, users will still pay their usual UK call costs on top of the connection fee and Vodafone Passport rates are only available if you roam with and stay with a Vodafone partner network.

Cellhire’s SIMSmart Plus solutions enable you to keep your existing mobile number and reduce your mobile bill when visiting the following countries. In Non-GSM regions such as Japan and South Korea , local handsets are provided.



“Cellhire has provided travellers with cost saving local airtime solutions for years, but only since the launch of SIMSmart Plus have customers been able to keep their existing number. With more and more people wanting to use their mobile abroad, SIMSmart Plus has proved a huge success with both business and leisure travellers. Cellhire is delighted to be a pioneer in the provision of such valuable cost saving services for its customers and looks forward to continuing to do so in the future.” Martyn Stevens, Managing Director, Cellhire UK

For further details on SIMSmart Plus click here.