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Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress 2010 takes place on the 15-18th February, Barcelona, Spain. This event sees mobile leaders from around the world get together to discuss innovative mobile solutions and the future of mobile technology. The 2009 event hosted approximately 47,000 mobile professionals from 182 countries including mobile operators, equipment vendors and entertainment professionals.

This year, if you are attending the Mobile World Congress, you can make significant cost savings by renting a local SIM solution from Cellhire. Rent local Spanish airtime and avoid expensive international roaming charges, plus incoming calls to your local number are FREE. You can use your own unlocked GSM handset or rent a current handset from us.

Cellhire offers similarly competitive international broadband bundles and USB Modems so you can access your emails and the Internet from your laptop and receive the best data rates available.

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FIFA World Cup 2010

The FIFA World Cup is the premier international football event and takes place throughout June and July in South Africa. Cellhire is working in partnership with one of the official tour operators for the FIFA World Cup 2010 to offer significant savings on mobile voice and data charges when at the event. Using airtime from official sponsor MTN, the unique package guarantees reduced costs whilst contacting colleagues, family and friends.

Stay in touch for less with local South African post-paid and pre-paid airtime from MTN. Avoid expensive roaming charges with a GSM handset and local MTN airtime or simply order a local SIM card for use with your own unlocked GSM phone.

Mobilise your laptop with remote, wireless access to email and the Internet. USB modems provide real time access to essential information whenever and wherever you need it, increasing flexibility and productivity. BlackBerrys,3G Routers and satellite phones are also available to ensure you stay connected in South Africa, regardless of location.

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Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally is an annual off-road automobile race, open to both amateur and professional entrants. In previous years, Cellhire has provided Iridium satellite phones for participants which include magnetic mounts for use inside their Rally support vehicles.

Iridium satellite phones ensure a connection where traditional networks fail to reach. In remote regions, where terrestrial or cellular network coverage is unreliable or unavailable, Cellhire’s satellite solutionsensure connectivity.

Iridiums are invaluable for communication between rally cars and support vehicles in the event of accidents or breakdowns.

Chris Power, Account Manager – comments “The Iridium satellite phone is an ideal solution for events such as the Dakar. They provide truly global reach and this plays a key role in ensuring the safety of participants, by ensuring they are contactable at all times.”

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Alarming rental for Kilimanjaro climb

Mike Peters, lead singer of the Welsh rock giants The Alarm, is utilising satellite technology from Cellhire, in his attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mike is the co-founder of the Love Hope Strength Foundation, which provides grants for cancer centres, hospices, hospitals, equipment and research, through its fundraising activities. Keeping in contact whilst scaling the tallest freestanding mountain rise in the world requires satellite handsets, which operate effectively in hostile environments, where traditional coverage simply doesn’t exist.

Cellhire supported Mike on a previous expedition to Everest in 2007 and is delighted to be able to supply the intrepid vocalist on his latest undertaking.

Dan Wilson, account manager at Cellhire comments “I’m a bit young to remember The Alarm if I’m honest, but our relationship with Iridium means that we are best placed to provide intrepid adventurers of all types with the very best solutions”

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Mobiles to recycle or repair?

At Cellhire we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.

We’ve joined forces with our sister company to provide a safe recycling solution for any phones that might prove excess to requirements. Clients simply put the handsets in the post, or call to arrange a courier service for larger quantities.

FoneFix, as the name implies, can also repair handsets and is an accredited Nokia and Samsung Care Centre, undertaking warranty repairs free of charge. For more details visit the FoneFix website.

Ian Dawson, General Manager at FoneFix comments “As well as reparatory work we want to make life easier for customers that have upgraded their mobiles or have mobiles that they no longer use or need”.

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Mobile Broadband for Swine Flu

Cellhire came to the assistance of a leading insurance broker earlier this month, when the swine flu pandemic posed a serious threat to business.

The client anticipated staffing problems and requested mobile broadband modems on weekly rental, to allocate to personnel as and when they were unable to make it in to work.

Aside from those contracting the virus, several staff were themselves unaffected, but their partners or children caught swine flu and these people were therefore unable to come to work.

Eventually the client had over twenty key staff unable to make it into the office due to the effects of the swine flu virus. Mobile broadband connectivity enabled them to access and act upon their emails, mitigating the effects of the virus upon company performance.

Mark Arnell, head of sales at Cellhire comments “Mobile broadband as a weekly or monthly rental proposition is ideal for clients wanting to retain ‘business as usual’ in situations such as this; connectivity is maintained, but in a cost effective way, because there are no long term tie-ins to consider”.

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Cellhire busy at The World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Cellhire has been busy at The World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Whilst Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu have already picked up gold medals, Cellhire has also been challenging for honors. We’ve provided clients with in excess of 80 German SIMs and wireless broadband connections, specifically for The Championships.

Customers include athletes, support personnel and a host of journalist and media staff committed to sending the latest information back to the UK as quickly as possible.

Simon Millions, Marketing Manager at Cellhire, commented “These orders illustrate that even with the new EU Roaming Regulations in place, it’s still cost effective to take ‘local’ solutions on short term rental, for events taking place in Europe”.