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O2 plans to switch on 1,000 sites with new 4G spectrum by the end of 2018

After the recent announcement of cell deployment in London’s boroughs, O2 is back at it, announcing plans to connect over 1,000 sites to a new 4G spectrum by the end of 2018. Major shopping centres such as Westfield shopping centres in White City and Stratford are taking priority, alongside transportation hubs.

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By the end of April alone O2 switched on new sites in the UK across London, Leeds and Nottingham. The news follows O2’s win at Ofcom’s spectrum auction last month where O2 purchased £523.6m worth of new mobile airwaves with the aim to enhance the experience for O2 customers.

“We know how important a fast and reliable connection is to our customers which is why we’re putting our new 4G spectrum to use as quickly as possible.” – Derek McManus, O2 chief operating officer

O2 invest over £2 million per day to maintain and improve their network and within the last year have grown it’s 4G indoor coverage to an impressive 98%. As the only player to deploy the new 2.3GHz spectrum, the recent and significant investment is designed to further improve customer loyalty and the O2 experience as whole.

LG reveals G7 ThinQ

Design

LG has released its latest flagship in the G series, the G7 ThinQ, boasting the most advanced processor and improvements to sound, screen and AI. The new device is home to LG's brightest screen to date, providing around 1,000 nits of brightness, compared to the average of 500 or 600. The 6.1" display has been taken up a notch from the previous G6's 5.7" screen for mega-sized viewing. Wrapped in a waterproof body, the G7 ThinQ provides both a premium-looking design and durability. On the left of the device, a dedicated button for Google Assistant can be found. The G7 ThinQ will be available in raspberry rose alongside three new colours: moroccan blue, platinum gray and aurora black. Blue, however, will only be available exclusively with O2. 

LG G7 ThinQ colour selection - Moroccan Blue exclusive to O2

Features

The LG G7 features the expected specs for today's flagships including the popular USB Type-C fast charging and wireless charging capabilities. Kitted up with the latest version of Android - 8.0 Oreo, you'll be able to take advantage of updates that will improve your productivity and boost power.  Most notably however, the camera has the ability to recognise objects that are on the screen with the use of smart artificial intelligence. This in turn ensures you capture a great shot with modes automatically switched based on whatever the subject is (animal, person, etc). The rear camera has also been improved at 8MP, as has the chipset. The G7 is launching with the newest Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 845 offering a vast improvement in speed and power  compared to older models. Finally, LG's latest flagship is equipped with power microphones that feature far field voice recognition, ideal for use alongside the Google assistant button and features one  large and powerful 'Boombox' speaker for improved sound. 

Specs

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    Android 8.0 Oreo,
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    6.1in 3120x1440 (19.5:9, 564 ppi) IPS display, 
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    Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 
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    4GB RAM 64GB - expandable via a MicroSD card  up to 2TB,
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    Dual-camera: 16Mp, f/1.6 (f/1.9 for wide-angle),
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    HDR video,
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    IP68 water-resistance,
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    USB-C (3.1) & fast wireless charging, 
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    Mono Boombox speaker,
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    DTS-X surround sound,
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    Fingerprint scanner, 
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    3,000mAh battery,
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    Quick Charge 3

Pricing and availability 

The G7 ThinQ is due to be available in the UK from June 2nd after it's initial release in Korea. Pricing is expected to be a little under £800, less than the Galaxy S9 and latest Apple iPhones however this is yet to be confirmed. If you would like information on SIM-free and pay-monthly pricing in the future, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk, we are always more than happy to help!

5 ways in which Mobile Data Capture solutions can increase your productivity & customer service

What is the Mobile Data Capture solution?

Working alongside INKWRX™, we provide a digital data platform that will allow you to create your own business forms and publish them to use with either a digital pen and paper or tablet device. With the digital pen, your field notes are automatically converted to digital notes, while the tablet allows for instant digital capture. These notes are then securely imported into your company database, ensuring your customer data and information is safely, digitally stored. It is a quick and simple way to electronically send information back to your office, reducing administration and increasing productivity.

1) Save hours on tedious jobs 

Your business can save hours finding, filing, and re-keying mountains of paperwork, while the safe importation provides a central database that staff can use to synchronise, letting you provide a smooth, professional service from start to finish.

2) Cut staff expenses and time on admin

Your workforce can avoid unnecessary trips back and forth to the office dropping off paperwork, as data is automatically sent back to base. This reduces your expenses by eliminating the need for postage, transport and storage costs, and frees up admin time, allowing your staff to be more productive. In fact, productivity improves by 20% on average.

3) Provide accurate reporting 

Run a delivery service? You can finally avoid customer disputes over delivery times, or monitor how timely your drivers are. Whether you’re an engineer, healthcare worker, surveyor, training officer or a delivery driver, working in the field means you need data sent back to base quickly. With digital data capture, you can do just that, taking capture and input time from an average of 10 days to just 10 minutes.  

4) Offer a professional, modernised service 

With the digital pen and tablet app, you can customise your data capture sheets, fully branding forms and other documents, while accurate and timely data allows you to conduct faster invoicing and payments, improving your customer service and your cash flow.

5) Reap the benefits without big changes to working practices or capital outlay & receive a FREE ROI audit

You’ll receive a free return on investment audit. Taking into consideration the true cost of your current operations; capturing and processing data from the field, sending it back to base and then re-keying it. You’ll receive a calculation of the time that you can save on admin, and free up to re-invest. You will also receive the value of savings you’ll make on paper, mileage, and other costs. With all of these factors taken into account, you’ll also receive benefits of greater data security, improved customer service and faster cash flow.  We’ll then provide and manage the digital and/or tablets for your business.

Get in touch 

For more information on our Mobile data capture solution or to receive your free audit, please do not hesitate to get in touch! You can email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.

Motorola releases Moto G6 & G6 Play

Design & features

Motorola has released two budget smartphones, the Moto G6 praised by TrustedReviews for having "flagship features at a fraction of the cost" and the Moto G6 Play. The G6 Play is available in deep indigo or fine gold, while the original G6 is available in deep indigo or silver. Both models sport an edge-to-edge display however the G6 stands out with water resistance and a 3D glass back. You'll also be able to take advantage of extra protection from any accidental drops or scratches with the G6's Corning Gorilla Glass 3 exterior. The G6 Play, however, can be praised for it's powerful 4,000mAh battery, which combined with TurboPower charging, offers some serious oomph. When it comes to the camera capabilities, both the G6 and G6 play offer impressive specs for their budget price. The G6 in particular provides dual-camera capabilities, while the G6 Play offers a 13MP rear camera, (1MP above the Apple iPhone!).

Key specs

G6 Play 

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    5.7" HD+ display
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    13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera 
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    32GB storage expandable up to 128GB
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    Android 8.0 Oreo
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    3GB RAM
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    4,000mAh battery
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    Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core 1.4 GHz 
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    Fingerprint reader 

G6 

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    5.7" HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 
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    12MP + 5MP dual rear camera, 8MP front camera 
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    32GB storage expandable up to 128GB
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    Android 8.0 Oreo
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    3GB RAM
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    3,000mAh battery
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    Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core 1.8GHz  
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    Water protection 
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    Fingerprint reader
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     Facial recognition technology

Get in touch

For more information on the new Moto G6 & G6 Play, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. Your account manager can also give you information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once the new devices are available.  We are always more than happy to help!

Vodafone 4G calling on Apple iPhones now available

What is 4G calling? 

4G Calling enables you to make calls using the 4G network instead of switching to an earlier generation network such as 2G or 3G. Your phone stays on 4G when you make a call, so any apps in use keep their full 4G functionality and allows downloading of content, playing videos or anything else that relies on data streaming. 

Key benefits for you

4G calling means you'll be able to take advantage of superior call quality. Your call connection will be quicker and you may even find you receive a better signal in poor signal areas as the 4G capability travels further into buildings. 4G Calling also allows for handovers of calls between Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling.

Is my device and plan compatible? 

Compatible devices

Supported plans

Adding the following iPhone models (Software version iOS11.3), which can be purcharsed anywhere:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s & 6sPlus
  • iPhone 7 & 7Plus
  • iPhone 8 & 8Plus
  • iPhone X

In addition to the existing list, Vodafone purchased only

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+
  • Samsung Note8
  • Sony Xperia XZ & XZ premium
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 & XZ1 compact
  • Sony Xperia XA2
  • Huawei P10 & P10 Plus
  • Huawei Mate10Pro
  • Huawei P Smart

Business Value (inclusive)

Business Extra (inclusive)

Business Premier (inclusive)

Red (inclusive)

Red Extra (inclusive)

Red Entertainment (inclusive)

Red Value Bundle (inclusive)

Red Sharer – add on available

Business Plus – add on available

Business Advance – add on available

Business Freedom if Non VPN Version Selected– add on available

Please note you must be located in a 4G Calling enabled area, click here to check Vodafone's UK coverage map.

Good news for O2 users in London’s boroughs

O2 has partnered with Arqiva to deploy up to 300 small cells across London, one of the biggest outdoor small cell deployments by O2 in the UK to date!

“The agreement between O2 and Arqiva represents the start of this journey and we look forward to working together to deliver an enhanced experience for O2 customers.” – David Crawford, Managing Director, Telecoms & M2M at Arqiva

The cells will be installed on street assets, such as lampposts, to deliver targeted coverage and increased capacity in areas where mobile data demand is particularly high, for example outside transport hubs and major shopping areas.

Once installed, the cells will provide those of you living and working in some of London’s busiest borough’s  with enhanced mobile data capacity and coverage. These include the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth, Camden and Lambeth, to name a few. Initial sites will be live by this summer, with deployment continuing up to 2020.

In addition to immediate benefits for O2 customers, the partnership lays the foundations for a rapid deployment of 5G connectivity, once available. 5G will be the fifth generation of mobile network and is expected to dramatically out-do the performance of the current 3G and 4G networks.

“Ericsson predict that 5G’s latency will be around one millisecond – un-perceivable to a human and about 50 times faster than 4G.”

O2 5G

5G is expected to be capable of delivering extremely fast data with estimates between 10 – 50 Gbit/s compared with today’s average 4G download speed of 15 Mbit/s. In fact, back in 2013 Samsung tested 5G at 1Gbps and journalists reported that a HD movie could be downloaded in less than 30 seconds. Fast track to 2014 and Samsung set a mobile speed record of 7.5Gb/s in another 5G trail, while estimates predict the speed will reach 10Gb/s, with transfer rates as high as 800Gb/s further down the line, taking your download time of a full length film to around a second!

Alongside O2 and Arqiva, collaborations between BT and Nokia are taking place as well as Government initiatives, bringing the unveil of the latest generation mobile network closer and closer…