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Success for Cellhire at Festival de Cannes

The 27th May 2012 saw the 65th Cannes film festival draw to a close, with around thirty thousand people attending this year. Throughout the festival critics, broadcasters, film crews and stars have been able to stay connected with their teams around the world thanks to Cellhire. Cellhire provided mobile telephone equipment, local SIM cards and mobile broadband internet devices for use at Festival de Cannes.

The Cellhire technical support team were available onsite during the entire festival to assist visitors with setting up and using their Cellhire equipment. In addition to the technical assistance Cellhire is also behind the Cinando iPhone app, giving Cinando members access to the film industry at their fingertips.

Speaking when the app first launched, Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of Marché du Film commented “Cellhire has developed a wonderful iPhone app that is quick, clear and makes great use of the iPhone user interface… helping us bring the power of the Cinando database to our members at film festivals throughout the year”.

It has been a fantastic year at Cannes and Cellhire has proudly contributed to that success, providing lines of communication to hundreds of users.

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Voice and data offers from Cellhire reduce roaming costs in Poland and Ukraine this summer

Cellhire has achieved over 3,000 voice and data rental connections for Euro 2012 by allowing clients to roam cheaply across Poland and the non-EU venue of Ukraine, which is excluded from EU caps on network call charges. The majority of connections are for large international media organisations including the BBC and BSkyB and competing football teams from France, Spain and the UK.

An increase in demand for data bundles has contributed significantly to overall orders with the majority taking an additional data bundle. Cellhire has negotiated with the local networks to offer large data allowances at highly competitive prices.

Cellhire will be providing on-site assistance for the Championships and will offer its usual high standard of customer care with 24/7 customer and technical support available throughout the tournament.

Tim Williams, Cellhire Chairman and CEO says, ‘Cellhire’s success at this particular event has been largely down to its unique relationships with European networks and the high applicability of the packages on offer. Providing such a high level of support coupled with significant savings on roaming has given Cellhire the competitive edge in 2012.’

According to a 2012 study by UK price comparison site uSwitch, the average user roaming in the Ukraine could face daily costs of up to £35 for ten minutes of calls, five SMS messages and a two minute voicemail. Cellhire’s equivalent cost would be under £4 – a difference of more than 88%.

The UEFA European Championships kick off on the 8th June with co-hosts Poland playing Greece in Warsaw.

For further news about Cellhire at Euro 2012 please see the the article – Cellhire on the ball as it signs up more clients for Euro 2012. Published by the Yorkshire Post on Tuesday 5 June 2012.

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Cellhire supports the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations in London

This year sees Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee and UK-wide celebrations of the Queen’s 60th year on the British throne. The four days of celebrations, beginning on the 2nd June, will kick off with the Queen attending Epsom Derby, followed by the Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames River Pageant on the 3rd June.

The biggest event of the celebrations will be The Diamond Jubilee Concert held at Buckingham Palace on the 4th June with performances from the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey and Stevie Wonder. The final day of celebrations will be wrapped up with a Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral on the 5th June.

For those attending the diamond jubilee events, Cellhire can supply a variety of mobile voice and data solutions. Cellhire products this year will see the usual mobile phones on offer alongside smartphones such as iPhone and Blackberry but also sees the introduction of tablet devices such as iPads and mobile WiFi hotspot devices. All of Cellhire’s products are designed to save money on roaming all over the world. Cellhire’s London office is available to provide technical assistance to all customers attending events in London.

If you are travelling to London or the UK please visit or call 0800 2800 415 to place your order and save money on roaming costs.

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This year sees the 65th Cannes Film Festival, the festival takes place from 16th to 27th May 2012 in the historic town of Cannes, Southern France.

The festival is a yearly event that sees all aspects of the world film industry together in one place to review the year’s films and hand out awards to the brightest stars. The festival’s high profile and luxurious surroundings attract many of the world’s top film stars to the festival and award ceremonies.

Cellhire has been working with Festival de Cannes for the last 14 years providing attendees with mobile voice and data solutions. This year will see the usual mobile phones on offer alongside smartphones such as iPhone and BlackBerry and sees the introduction of tablet devices such as iPads and mobile WiFi hotspot devices. Cellhire has a contingent in Cannes to provide onsite technical assistance to all customers. Cellhire solutions for the Cannes Film Festival can be ordered online through a dedicated Cannes portal.

Cellhire solutions are used by a variety of Cannes attendees including film production companies, film distribution companies plus a large media presence including broadcasters and journalists.

Festival de Cannes, now in its 65th year, was started in response to the Festival of Venice and has grown from there. While early editions of the Festival were primarily a social event from which almost all of the films went away with an award, the appearance of stars from around the world on the Festival’s red carpet and increasing media coverage quickly earned it a legendary international reputation. With the creation of its Marché du Film in 1959, the Festival took on a professional dimension that encouraged networking and interaction between all those involved in the film industry.

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Cellhire keeps Sport Relief’s ‘First Nation Home’ in touch for their race around the UK.

The First Nation Home race sees four national celebrity and sports personality teams race over 1000 miles around the UK to raise money for Sport Relief from the 10th to the 17th March. Teams representing England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland will start at their nation’s capital and will run, row, cycle and sail their way clockwise around the UK. Sport Relief raised £42m in 2010, helping to change lives in the UK and the developing world.

To ensure the teams are able to stay in contact and keep their audience up-to-date, Cellhire is providing the essential short-term communications kit they will need including mobile phonesmobile Wi-Fi andsatellite phones for when the teams are off the beaten track.

Cellhire mobile internet devices will allow the teams to easily set up personal Wi-Fi hotspots wherever they are in the United Kingdom, enabling the teams to update Facebook and Twitter via a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Tim Williams Cellhire CEO says, “It’s a great cause to be supporting and we’re thrilled to be selected to provide communications for the event. Our latest devices are small and light making them ideal for a touring challenge where space and weight are so precious.”

The general public can join the teams in their respective capital cities on March 25th for the climatic final leg of the challenge, a six mile run to the finish line.

Cameron Mather, First Nation Home Challenge Director said, “We are delighted to be working with Cellhire during our event. Cellhire’s excellent reputation for reliability and support was important to us when considering the safety of our teams and how important reliable communications are during an event such as ours.”

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Cellhire Offers Travel Scholarships to People to People Student Ambassadors in the US

Cellhire has partnered with People to People Ambassador Programs in the United States, the leader in global educational travel experiences, to fund scholarships for students providing them with an international adventure.

Cellhire is the world leader in international mobile communications and has worked with People to People since 2008 providing mobile solutions for students travelling around the world.  The Company has also developed Vismo, a GPS tracking application for smartphones, which provides peace of mind to parents and security for students travelling the world.

Cellhire has made a donation of $4,000 to the People to People Ambassadors Foundation to award deserving students with scholarships for unique programs that increase understanding of foreign cultures. This understanding is obtained through cultural, educational, and humanitarian activities.

Ambassadors Foundation Director Ryan Oerlich said “This is a great collaboration between two companies that have a vested interest in keeping our students connected to home while traveling abroad. We are grateful to all companies that support and recognize the value of global education and educational travel for our US young people.”

Cellhire is also offering an additional $12,000 in Techno Teen scholarships along with equipment prizes for each winner. The scholarship winners will share their overseas experiences with the world by becoming Techno Teen correspondents, providing real time journalistic updates from abroad.

Bloggers will receive Amazon HD Fire tablets, Videographers will receive HD Flip Video Cameras and Photo Journalists will receive Sony Digital Cameras.  Grand prize winners in each category will secure $2,000 scholarships toward their tuition and all winners will receive a Vismo GPS International Phone.

Scholarships are awarded through a volunteer committee of both students and adults to review based upon the criteria outlined in the application online at

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Cellhire effectively manage communications during BlackBerry outage

October 13th 2011. During the BlackBerry outages over the last few days (10th – 13th October 2011) Cellhire has endeavoured to communicate clearly and effectively to its customers that rely on BlackBerry services.

BlackBerry users have suffered extensive disruption due to faults at RIM, the makers and operators of the BlackBerry network. Cellhire strived to maintain constant contact with its customers through various channels and, drawing on information from its partnerships with various network operators, keep customers as informed as possible.

Customers received real time updates via the Cellhire SMS system direct to their handsets and were invited to follow @CellhireSupport on Twitter for the latest updates on the situation at RIM. The ability to follow @CellhireSupport updates via Twitter has now become a permanent channel for real time support updates from the Cellhire Group.

Tim Williams, CEO, Cellhire Group said “On behalf of the Cellhire Group, I’d like to apologise to our customers who have encountered any disruption as a result of the BlackBerry faults. We found information coming from RIM to be confusing and sporadic at times, however, I feel that we succeeded in keeping our customers as informed as possible. The outage at RIM was very frustrating for our customers but we’re confident that providing multiple, real time channels of information helped to make the situation somewhat more bearable.”

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