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Renting international SIM cards with local airtime

With the value of the pound falling alarmingly in recent times, holiday makers and business travellers alike are growing increasingly concerned that their foreign excursions are becoming ever more expensive. As a result, those venturing overseas are more willing than ever to take advantage of whatever cost savings are available across a range of products and services.

Costs that are often overlooked however, are those associated with keeping in contact with colleagues, friends and family, whilst away from the UK. And this could well be because the majority of people don’t realise quite how expensive it is to ‘roam’ with their mobile handset. How many people for instance, are aware that they could well be incurring charges of well over £1 a minute on incoming call traffic as well as similarly exorbitant rates on those calls they make back home?

One way to save money when roaming abroad is to use a SIM card appropriate to the destination country. Companies such as Cellhire can help travellers keep in contact for less, by supplying these SIM cards for the duration of their trip.

International SIM cards cost just £5 a week. And the subsequent savings are significant. Incoming calls are free in most destination countries, meaning that relatives and colleagues back in the UK can keep in touch without adversely affecting the mobile bill. Outbound calls, both in-country and back home are also heavily discounted; up to 90% cheaper than roaming with an existing UK handset.

So given that this seems to be an easy way to cut costs, what’s the catch? Are these cards easy to use or is the whole procedure something of a hassle?

Well, the SIMcard simply pops into any existing UK handset, or should customers prefer to, they can actually hire a temporary mobile phone to go with the card. After that, the experience of making calls is the same as it is back in the UK.

From a cost perspective, customers only rent for as long as they need, so there are no long term contracts, no minimum call spend requirements and no top-ups needed as with pay-as-you go, because the Cellhire solution is post-paid for convenience.

Finally, anyone who is expecting an important call or is frightened about not being available on their usual UK mobile phone number can actually retain their number for the duration of the trip. Incoming calls are automatically forwarded to the temporary SIM, meaning that customers never miss a call whilst they are away.

Whilst it’s true that recent European legislation has brought the cost of roaming down somewhat, people travelling long-haul or travelling within Europe for any more than a couple of days are still likely to make worthwhile cost savings by renting an international SIM.

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Praise from Wall Street Journal

Our US operation received a glowing report in a recent article investigating short term rental companies and their respective capabilities. Key comments included:

“Our first rental was from Cellhire. The Dallas-based company has been renting mobile devices for 20 years, so it was no surprise that ordering was straightforward and effortless”.

“The phone came with its original manual, a USB cable and instructions on how to sync to a corporate email server. We chose to have our email forwarded to the device’s assigned email address and it worked seamlessly”.

“And when we had a question about our Cellhire unit, we got quick and competent answers at midnight on a Sunday”.

Matt Bennett, UK Managing Director commented “This demonstrates not only our global scale, but also the fact that our ‘Customer First’ ethos is as strong in the US as it is here in the UK. It’s a really strong endorsement of the service we provide”.

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Support for Kilimanjaro Climb

Cellhire provided connectivity for the BT Red Nose Climb of Kilimanjaro earlier this month.

The nine celebrity climbers, including Cheryl Cole, Fearne Cotton and Chris Moyles, overcame altitude sickness, sub-zero temperatures and exhaustion to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain on March 7th.

Cellhire provided the production team with French SIM cards for picture messaging, plus Vodafone World roaming SIMs for voice and text.

“The solution needed to be relatively tailored to accommodate the volumes of picture messaging to websites and voice calls back to the UK from multiple countries. We’re delighted to have been involved in the project” commented Chris Power, Senior Business Development Executive at Cellhire.

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Upsurge in orders for G20 Summit

The forthcoming G20 Summit has led to an increase in demand for UK airtime.

G20 brings together the leaders of industrial and emerging market countries that make up 85% of the world economy, with the global financial crisis high on the agenda.

The summit is being held in London, on April 2nd and over 300 dignitaries and support staff from several different nations have ordered UK airtime from Cellhire. Incoming calls are free and charges and calls back to the clients’ respective home nations are significantly discounted compared to the cost of ‘roaming’ on their existing SIM cards.

Dan Wilson, Account Manager at Cellhire commented “Barack Obama coming to the UK has added an extra element. The summit has become extremely high profile and we’ve seen demand for our services increase accordingly”.

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Cellhire raises over £300 for Comic Relief

Cellhire raises over £300 for Comic Relief.

Friday 13th proved lucky for several members of staff, who had their cars washed by senior management as part of our efforts to raise money on Red Nose Day. Various competitions, a sale of handmade greetings cards and copious cake-eating also featured on a day that was as enjoyable as it was worthwhile.


“We’ve raised money for a very worthy cause and had some good fun in the process”, commented Jackie Potter, Senior HR Business Partner at Cellhire.

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Cellhire in Channel 5 TV feature

Cellhire has been working with North One TV, on a feature for Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’

The Birmingham-based independent production specialists called us when they needed help sourcing ‘vintage’ products for a piece on the history of BlackBerry. We searched high and low and came up with ten models of varying age, dating back to the 5820, which we believe was the first production model available in the UK.

The show is scheduled to be broadcast on March 23rd.

Charlotte Clappison from North One commented “We were aware that Cellhire specialised amongst other things, in BlackBerry rental and they were able to locate and source the models we needed for the feature pretty quickly”.