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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.

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USB Modems and data cards

Mobilise your laptop with remote, wireless access to email and the internet. Both USB modems and data cards provide real-time access to essential information whenever and wherever you need it, so you no longer have to be in the office to be productive.

Why choose a USB modem or data card?

  • Stay in touch with colleagues, customers and suppliers via your laptop
  • Work effectively when you’re out and about
  • Superfast downloads- open web pages, emails and attachments in seconds
  • Fantastic coverage at home and abroad
  • Unlimited mobile broadband solutions available *
  • Available on a contract or short term rental basis

* subject to a fair usage policy

USB Data

Key differences:

  • Data cards are suitable for laptops, whilst USB modems can be used with both laptops and PC’s**
  • Data cards are neater, in that they can be stored within the laptop at all times
  • Data cards require install software (on a CD), whereas USB modems are self-installing
  • Only USB modems are appropriate for use with Apple Mac operating systems

** subject to an appropriate port being available on the PC

Cellhire offers a wide range of USB

Whether you prefer a ‘stick’ or a ‘dongle’, UK mobile broadband or an international solution, we can help you choose the most applicable USB modems for your individual needs.

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Cellhire drives down the cost of international calling

The 2010 Formula 1 season commences on 12 March in Bahrain. For events such as the Grand Prix where destinations vary, Cellhire can offer a single SIM card for customers travelling to multiple countries. This solution offers great savings on roaming charges and is ideal for journeying through US, Canada, Australia and Rest of the World destinations. With SIM card rental from Cellhire you can keep connected in confidence. The solution is backed up by 450 roaming agreements in 170 countries!

Cellhire is the market leading specialist in short-term mobile voice and data solutions and has a wealth of experience in the events sector. Not only do we have the capability to provide the lowest rates on international calls but regardless of your destination, global 24/7 customer support comes as standard.

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2010 Winter Olympics

The 21st Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, Canada between February 12-28 and 97 countries from Albania to Venezuela will be coming to the event. Along with the 25,000 volunteers, the world’s media will be attending the event and Cellhire has been working with broadcasters, journalists, sponsors and teams to provide them with wireless communications through its partner for the event; Rogers Canada.

“Cellhire’s global network of offices are perfectly located to meet the needs of the world’s media” commented Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development. “Customers who used our service at the Beijing Olympics are taking voicedata and SMS broadcast solutions for Vancouver and we are delighted to be dealing with so many national Olympic committees too”.

Germany’s position as the leading medal winner 4 years ago at the Torino Olympics has led to the strongest media representation of any nation apart from the USA, and Cellhire’s Munich office has reported record sales for the event.

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Credit crunch telecoms

It’s easy to classify mobile phone contracts and subscriptions to broadband as unavoidable operating expenditure. But is this really the case? What savings are available and what’s the best way to attain these rates?

Shopping around for the cheapest deal is time consuming and making ‘like for like’ comparisons between networks and providers is notoriously difficult. And buying solely on price when reliable communication is the lifeblood of many commercial organisations is, in itself, fraught with peril.

There are however a couple of approaches that can really generate significant savings without compromising quality of service.

Firstly, differentiate between requirements that are variable and may differ substantially from month to month, as opposed to any ongoing provision that is absolutely necessary day-in-day-out.

If you employ temporary staff at certain times of the year, it makes no sense financially, to commit to 24 month mobile contracts for these people. Do you have key staff that travel abroad for business, or attend infrequent events and seminars? If so, then providing them with year-round mobile broadband access on their laptops or letting them ‘roam’ abroad on UK airtime won’t be remotely cost effective.

The answer here is to only rent the equipment and airtime as and when it’s needed, rather than commit to expensive and binding long term contracts. Voice and data solutions start at only £5 per week, there are no minimum call spends, no compulsory top ups and no onerous contractual obligations. And the call charges and airtime are discounted too, so it’s a winner from every perspective!

For the proportion of mobile spend that definitely warrants a contractual relationship, why not work with a Service Provider (SP) that deals with more than one network? In this way, you will get the best deal for your particular requirements from across the marketplace without having to put in any undue ‘legwork’. This approach is analogous to an independent financial advisor, who isn’t tied to a limited product range from a single institution and so can offer clients the best solution from multiple providers.

A common misconception in dealing with SPs is that there must be another ‘hidden’ margin and that it’s therefore more expensive than going to the network direct. This simply isn’t true. SPs employ far less staff than the networks and operate from much smaller premises, so their overheads are much less. SPs also receive connection bonuses from the networks for new business generated and these are often passed on, at least in part, to the customer. The overall result is very often a proposition that’s actually cheaper than the network equivalent!

Finally, once you’ve found the right balance between short-term renting and market-leading contracts, don’t forget about service provision. Choose and SP with dedicated, named account management and a good reputation for quality after-sales support. There shouldn’t be any incremental charges, but the reassurance this provides is as vital as any cost savings, if not more so.

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Cellhire steps in to help the Royal Navy with a last minute order

Thanks to Cellhire’s flexible delivery options the Royal Navy received communications equipment on time when an existing supplier was unable to meet the delivery deadline. Where other companies are not sufficiently expert to meet tight deadlines, Cellhire offer a range of delivery options, meeting the varied needs of individual clients.

Cellhire were not only able to offer a range of delivery options, but also had the flexibility to offer a payment method that better suited the customer. Cellhire’s success is built upon providing the very best solutions available anywhere and we pride ourselves on being easy to do business with.