UK News, US News

Cellhire Strengthens Presence in Brazil

York, UK. Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has opened a new office in Sao Paulo to capitalise on the expanding Brazilian market and build a platform to serve its global customer base for the Olympics that Brazil will host in 2016. The event will be used as a springboard to further establish the new office and gain a strong domestic foothold for business after the Olympics.

Cellhire's Martyn Stevens
Cellhire’s Martyn Stevens

Last year Cellhire delivered over 14,000 connections at the FIFA World Cup as both business and media descended on Brazil for one of the biggest events in the world. Cellhire has laid the appropriate foundations to maximise Brazil’s next big event in 2016 and capitalise on the growing Brazilian market. Cellhire will be offering voice and data connections, supporting live reporting from Rio to news desks around the world.

Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development at Cellhire says “Our new office in Brazil is a fantastic opportunity for Cellhire to break into Latin America and build on the back of our success at the FIFA World Cup. We’re looking forward to Rio 2016 and we have our unique network agreements in place to really make the most of it and to get our latest office off to a great start.”

The Olympics kick off in Rio in August 2016 and Cellhire has already secured some major connection numbers for the event with some customers traveling out to Brazil as early as May 2016.

Actualités en France

Nouveaux Forfaits Internet Multi-Pays

Les offres évoluent rapidement…et nous nous concentrons sur les solutions multi-pays qui vous permettent de rester joignable dans plusieurs pays, à partir d’un même abonnement.

Découvrez maintenant les nouvelles offres :

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2 nouveaux forfaits Internet pour vos utilisateurs qui voyagent fréquemment en Europe :

  • 10 GB par mois : à partir de 125 €HT par mois*
  • 20 GB par mois : à partir de 225 €HT par mois*

*prix sur la base de 24 mois – Consultez Cellhire pour le tarif en courte durée

L’offre est disponible en 4G sur 17 destinations.

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Au choix, 2 forfaits à utiliser dans 110 pays : parfaits pour les grands voyageurs et pour ceux qui souhaitent une offre sans surprise (au-delà du forfait le débit est dégradé)…:Monde

  • 1.5 GB par mois : 95 €HT par mois*
  • 5 GB par mois : 175 €HT par mois*

*prix sur la base de 24 mois – Consultez Cellhire pour le tarif en courte durée

L’offre est disponible sur 110 pays (Europe / Amérique du Nord et du Sud / Moyen Orient / Asie).

Toute l’équipe se tient à votre disposition pour plus de renseignements.

Cellhire France – 01 41 43 79 40 – paris@cellhire.com

UK News

The Fall of EU Roaming Costs

The EU has been working hard to reduce the cost of roaming throughout Europe, it is now the cheapest it’s ever been, however it is still not cheap enough.

In 2013 the European Commission proposed to abolish roaming charges by December 2015. In January 2015 a proposal was made to delay this until mid-2018.

The EC’s Anndrus Ansip, the European Commission’s vice-president for the digital single market, recently attacked governments across Europe for being unsupportive in abolishing roaming fees, calling the current compromise “a joke” at a European Voice Event held in Brussels.

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As of May 2015, the latest leaked proposal would give users up to 100MB of data, 100 minutes of calls, and 50 texts at domestic rates while roaming, per year. Any roaming charges thereafter would not be allowed to exceed the EU limits for inter-operator wholesale prices, which for data is €0.05 per MB. Under this proposal 1GB of data would cost around €50.

Businesses are using more and more data to keep connected overseas, so even with the current EU rates don’t assume bill shock is a thing of the past just yet.

Luckily, Cellhire’s unique partnerships and global position allow us to offer big data bundles from less than 1p per MB, even in the EU.

Check out our full range of data roaming offers at www.cellhire.co.uk.

Actualités en France

Across Antartica 2014

73 jours, 15 heures et 35 minutes.

2.045 kilomètres à travers l’Antarctique, via le pôle Sud.

Plus de 700 heures de ski au bout du monde, sur un désert de glace.

APRES AVOIR PARCOURU 2.045 KMS EN SKI, SANS ASSISTANCE, STEPHANIE ET JEREMIE, UN COUPLE DE FRANÇAIS, ONT FINI LA TRAVERSEE DE L’ANTARCTIQUE LE 27 JANVIER 2015. LA TRAVERSEE EN SKI SANS ASSISTANCE LA PLUS LONGUE JAMAIS EFFECTUEE EN ANTARCTIQUE, ET PLUS GENERALEMENT L’EXPEDITION EN SKI SANS ASSISTANCE LA PLUS LONGUE REALISEE PAR UNE FEMME EN ANTARCTIQUE.

L’Antarctique, le continent le plus froid (température moyenne annuelle de -53°C), le plus sec (moins de précipitations qu’au Sahara), et le plus élevé de la planète (2500 m d’altitude en moyenne). Un continent immense grand comme vingt fois la France. Un continent blanc recouvert d’une couche de glace d’une épaisseur moyenne de 1,6 kilomètres.

Le challenge était de taille. Ils ont dû faire face au froid (température minimale de -50°C), aux vents catabatiques, aux sastrugis, aux crevasses, progresser sur un plateau à haute altitude (entre 2500 et 3000 mètres), et tracter une pulka dans laquelle ils ont porté équipements, rations alimentaires, tente, outils de communication et autres matériels de sécurité indispensables à leur expédition.

Depuis que Roald Amundsen a rejoint pour la première fois le Pôle Sud en 1911, seule une poignée d’aventuriers ont réussi à traverser l’Antarctique en passant par le pôle Sud, principalement en kite-ski. Nombreux sont ceux qui ont tenté la traversée mais ont été contraints d’abandonner.

En atteignant leur objectif, Stéphanie & Jérémie sont les premiers français et le premier couple à traverser l’Antarctique en ski. Leur expédition est également la traversée en ski la plus longue effectuée jusqu’à présent en Antarctique, et plus généralement la plus longue expédition en ski sans assistance effectuée par une femme en Antarctique – le précédent record avait été établi par Cecilie Skog en 2009 (1.746 kms).

Cellhire a équipé l’expédition d’un téléphone satellite et d’un access point afin de permettre au couple de pouvoir téléphoner et se conecter à internet.

Stéphanie Gicquel déclare : « En soutenant ACROSS ANTARCTICA 2014, Cellhire a contribué à rendre cette expédition possible. Au-delà de ces records, vous avez surtout rendu possible une formidable aventure humaine, en portant avec nous les valeurs de dépassement de soi, de solidarité et de partage. »

http://acrossantarctica2014.com

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Education, Hints & Tips, Travel

6 Shocking things you need to know before buying an international SIM card

So you are planning to go overseas, maybe to Europe, maybe further afield and you need to keep in touch with home. You’ve heard all about how expensive roaming can be if you take your US SIM card with you, so you’ve done the sensible thing and looked at international SIM cards. Job done. But are all international SIM cards the same or are there pitfalls you should avoid? Make sure you check the following 6 things:international-sim

1. Your phone may be incompatible or locked
Your US phone won’t necessarily work in all countries. For the phone to work in Europe it will need to support GSM and be at least tri-band. If it’s a CDMA designed only for US frequencies then it won’t matter what SIM you put in – it won’t work. It’s also possible it’s locked to your domestic US network (e.g. T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T). If so, then you’ll need to get the phone unlocked before you can put in a SIM from a new network. If you call your network they should be able to help you with this.

2. Are Incoming calls free?
In the US, incoming calls and SMS are often chargeable. That’s not always the case in other countries, especially Europe. Therefore if you can choose an international SIM card that offers free incoming calls then you can often stay in touch more cheaply by sending an SMS and getting someone to call you. But be aware – not all countries may be free. Check the call charges for your destinations.

3. Does the phone number you get make you expensive to call?
Every SIM has a phone number (sometimes they can have more than one) which in turn will be registered to a country. Even “international SIM cards” have to be registered to one country. For example, a US number will begin +1, a UK number +44, a French number +33. No matter where you are at the time, when people call you it will be as if they are calling that country. So even though you may be in Canada, if you have French SIM and your family back in New York call you, they will pay for an international call to a French number. If you have one person that may be contacting you a lot during your trip, then it might be worth considering an international calling card for them. Also, not every US landline can make international calls by default. Sometimes you’ll need to get this service unblocked by your home service.

4. Can you check your usage for runaway spend?
SIM cards can be pre-paid or post-paid. Pre-paid is easier to control spend because you can’t spend more than the credit you put on, but they are less convenient because you have to keep topping up. Post-paid provides more freedom but you need to keep aware of your call spend. Some of the best providers, like Cellhire, offer an online way to not only check your usage to date but also download a record of all your calls.
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5. Check for inflated call rates, especially to “local” numbers
Some international SIM cards offer really competitive headline rates but these may only be for certain countries and certain call types. Make sure to check the call types for the countries you’ll be visiting. And keep in mind that because these are international SIMs, if you’re in Germany calling a German number this may NOT be a local call. International SIMs typically come from a single network e.g. US or UK and they roam at reasonable rates. Therefore if you have a UK-based international SIM and you’re in Germany calling a German number this is actually a roamed call, not a local Germany-Germany call and it could be more expensive.

6. Beware: Hidden data use in Smartphones?
If you take a SIM which allows data (for the internet and email) and put the SIM into a smartphone (i.e. Android, iPhone), be aware that smartphones use data all the time in the background. Even though you’re not browsing, the phone is downloading the latest mail, twitter feeds and software updates. It may even be synching your photos back to a central server the whole time. If your international SIM card charges for data on a per MB basis, you can easily run up a large bill. Look to choose either a SIM that doesn’t allow data and instead take a separate MiFi product or choose a SIM that has a decent sized data bundle. However, roaming voice and data SIMs with bundles can often be expensive and hard to find.

Hints & Tips, Travel

Mobile Internet with a Personal Hotspot

With the huge upturn in smartphone and tablet ownership there is a near 24×7 requirement to have a mobile internet data connection wherever you are. Whether it’s downloading emails, updating twitter or Facebook status, map navigation, online shopping, Skype or simply finding train times, your iPhone or Android phone is becoming a life essential. When you’re in your home country, it’s not a problem; the networks offers large data bundles and you have your home WiFi networks to rely on. But what about when you travel abroad? We’ve all heard tales of bill-shock and leaving your data roaming turned on with a smartphone can quickly lead to a large roaming bill.MiFi

So what are the alternatives? If your smartphone is unlocked then you can look to swap the SIM card and put in a SIM card for the country you’re visiting, complete with a local data bundle. That’s OK but if you’re visiting multiple countries then you need a roaming SIM card that offers both voice and data (to allow the phone to make calls) and the data allowances on these SIMs are often small and overage quite high. Also, if you’ve got a WiFi-only tablet then this isn’t an option because there’s no SIM to swap.

The most effective option is to take a MiFi Personal Hotspot device with a roaming data-only SIM card. These personal hotspots are about the size of small cell phone and connect to the mobile internet using the SIM inside. They then broadcast the data wirelessly to up to 5 devices in a 10m radius. In other words, it’s like taking a mini version of your home WiFi network with you wherever you go. The access is password protected so only you get to connect. Because devices connect through WiFi, you can connect a phone, laptop and tablet to the device at the same time and you can share it with a traveling companion. Also, because the device is separate to the phone you can use it even if you have a cell phone that is locked to your domestic network. If you use something like Skype to make voice calls then you don’t need to worry about roaming call costs. The MiFi personal hotspots can use data-only SIMs, rather that voice & data SIMs, which tends to give you larger data bundles and better prices on overage.

The units do need charging and when under use tend to last about 8 hours. However, for the traveler this is generally fine since you only need it for bursts at a time. And you can still use the hotel or restaurant WiFi as well.

So if, like me, you feel completely cut off if you’re unable to connect your iPhone to the internet when travelling then the MiFi personal hotspot is an ideal solution.

Hints & Tips

Do you use unsecure free WiFi?

Using public WiFi can be unsecure and even dangerous affecting both your personal data and potentially, your bank balance.Cellhire MiFi

If you’re out and about traveling and you need to access your personal accounts on various platforms including internet banking and social media, you might find that you’re walking right in to the arms of cyber criminals.

Most café and hotel WiFi is insecure allowing anyone with the right know-how to hijack your traffic and steal your information. Among the most common threats are “man in the middle” attacks where hackers insert themselves between users and a hotspot to gather data passing between two points. Other problems include rogue hotspots with names like “Free Public Wi-Fi”, tricking people into connecting to what they think are legitimate hotspots. Cyber criminals set these up to steal information from unsuspecting users.

One reason for the increase in Wi-Fi hacking is the proliferation of Wi-Fi hotspots. Figures from a report commissioned by the Wireless Broadband Alliance show the number of Wi-Fi hotspots reached 1.3m worldwide in 2013 and will rise to 5.8m in 2015.

Tools such as Firesheep make it easy for a hacker to snoop on other people’s browsing sessions over Wi-Fi and steal information. Other more advanced tools like Wireshark can also be used to capture and analyse traffic.

Instead of using free WiFi and taking these risks, you can take a MiFi device from Cellhire which offers a secure connection for all of your personal data. Don’t take unnecessary risks with security, why would you when you can buy a MiFi from Cellhire for as little as $59?