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Would you swap your fixed broadband for 4G data?

According to Ofcom director of Research, James Thickett, the mass market roll out of 4G services will see businesses swapping traditional fixed line broadband services for 4G connectivity.

“Smartphones have not been a substitute for fixed broadband yet, but with 4G coming in, we will start to see this happen.”

What are your views on this? Do you understand what 4G could do for your business beyond giving you a fast speed data network (the only benefit the current provider EE seem to focus on)? Have you considered the productivity gains that remote working can bring to your company?

Would a balance of the two, fixed data and 4G, suit you better? Please share your thoughts.

Thanks to Mobile News Magazine for the quotes from Mr Thickett.

Vodafone prepare 4G network for launch on 29th August

Vodafone announced the 29th August 2013 will see the launch of their UK 4G network in London.

Unsurprisingly this is the same day as the launch of the O2 4G network, but I guess after seeing EE given special permission to launch their network a year earlier they were not particularly keen to see any of their other rivals steal a march on them.

The network will go live in central London on the 29th August with at least a further 10 cities planned for launch before the end of the calendar year, this will leave Vodafone customers in Surrey and Hampshire waiting a little longer for the new superfast service but it gives us a good opportunity to evaluate its impact on cell sites and therefore signal coverage.

It is important to assess this point first as there are many reports of Orange and T-Mobile customers suffering widespread problems with signal coverage since the launch of the EE 4G network. I wouldn’t want any of our customers experiencing the same unnecessarily.

Let’s look at the positives of 4G:

The speeds achievable are far in excess of current 3G speeds, what does this mean for business? Here are two examples.

1) More productive mobile working as staff can download and access hosted solutions and files much faster

2) A genuine, flexible emergency broadband service for your office if the fixed line system fails.

Get in touch with us to plan how your business can benefit from the 4G network.

Vodafone roaming charges – essential reading for ALL Vodafone business customers

As you are probably aware, many of the UK mobile networks are making changes to the way you are charged for using your mobile phone or smartphone abroad.

In truth their hand has been forced by the EU to reduce what they charge customers for using a foreign network and there are some excellent “bundles” to allow us to use our phones abroad without the need to meet with our mortgage advisor before we leave, Vodafone have their daily data traveller providing a user with 25MB data access per day for £2 per day including VAT and O2 have also introduced something very similar for EU travellers.

But if you think these concessions are available to you purely because you are a Vodafone business customer and have been for years then check again.

The “bundles” are only available to those on the latest generation tariffs, so all you people on Business Choice, Total Business or an even older Vodafone account, please be careful if you are planning a trip abroad.

If you are a Callmaster Mobile customer you can expect your account manager to be in contact very shortly.

If you are not one of our customers but you are concerned about this then feel free to contact us on 01252 854352 or by emailing mobile@callmastermobile.co.uk

A message from the Arquillian in me – “Deliver the Galaxy”

OK, you may have to be a bit of a Sci-Fi fan to know what the hell I am talking about in the title, for those unsure a clue, the 3rd installment is out this Summer of the film series in which this message is sent.

Anyway onto the true context of today’s blog – The Samsung Galaxy SIII.

We have them on pre-order, we are excited, it seems that now is the time to get your large touchscreen smartphone product into the market before apple announces iPhone 5.

The 3 that have caught my eye have been, the Sony Xperia S (the phoenix from the flames?) the HTC One X (boy that is a big screen) and the launch last week of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (William Tell aiming to shoot apple from people’s heads).

All 3 use the android operating system with the HTC and Samsung using the latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform and the Sony eligible very soon for upgrade to this level.

Now from this humble bloggers point of view it is always horses for courses and personal preference around this sort of device and there are some things to look out for, the Sony has a screen issue on certain handsets with a particular build date but the guys at Sony will help you sort this here http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/support/contact-us/, the HTC will not suit people with little hands because that screen is so darn big, and with the Samsung you will have to wait until the end of the month just like the rest of us and for the early adopters you will be paying iPhone money for a SIM free device (over £500 inc VAT)

Regardless of the money and the wait, I want one, the interface looks brilliant, (although maybe not as intuitive as the Windows Mobile live tiles) and most importantly it will stop me looking like one of these

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – as long as you have a “Snow Plan”

I follow @Mcallistersrcvy on Twitter, mainly because their MD @markamcallister and the rest of the team provide excellent real time updates on road and traffic issues around Surrey and Hampshire.

This week Mark and the team have been providing #SurreySnow updates and according to their latest tweets, and I quote “Models today continue with cold suggestions. Next Fri & Sat poss 20 inches of snow & max temps of -4 deg c” there is the potential for some serious snow and the conditions could be worse than we saw in December 2010.

My new year’s business wish was for a fast start for 2012, January has been excellent but we want to keep it going in February and the last thing I think any business needs right now is the chaos that the cold, fluffy, white stuff seems to bring to our lives.

So last year we invested in technology that enables us to work wherever we want to, no matter what snow or erupting volcanoes want to throw at us.

I am not going to bore you with the full details but obviously I have my smartphone (A Nokia Lumia 800, running Windows 7.5) and my laptop, a 3G data connection, my critical business applications are run by Microsoft Office 365 (email, video & voice conferencing and collaborative working through Sharepoint) and all my customer details are hosted with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

This means that whatever I want to do I can get full access on both my phone and laptop to whatever I need, and more than that our entire team of 7 people can access all the same documents and details from wherever they are too.

If the snow comes we will hold our sales meeting via Lync (the conferencing and instant messaging part of Office 365), we will be able to share our sales forecast in Excel on everyone’s device of choice at the same time and any one of us can edit it accordingly, once we are done we can save it to Sharepoint ready for the week after.

Now I am sure there are many of you that can already do the same via a number of different systems and set ups, but there will also be a huge number of your clients, business partners, family and friends who cannot.

We would like to help these people, all you have to do is put us in touch.

Callmaster Mobile enters the blogging world!!

It has taken some time but with a new year comes new objectives and we have been talking for some time about how to share our knowledge of the mobile world and what better way than with our own blog.

Our company has changed so much in the last 6 months, we have relocated, we have recruited and we have become “more than just mobiles”.

Over the next few posts we will share with you everything that is new, our partnerships with Disability Challengers, Farnham Rugby Club and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, all the latest technologies available at your fingertips on a pay per user per month basis and the benefits that these advances can bring to your working life.

We would like to hear from anyone who would like to “guest blog” for us and share their knowledge and experiences of “mobile” so do get in touch if you are interested.

We promise to keep you up to date on the latest phones and tablets that we rate and recommend, we will tell you about Microsoft Office 365 and all the amazing components that enhance the way we work (hey, it might be good for you as well!) and we hope to enlighten you about near field communications (NFC), Fastdox and Digital Pens, Hosted Telephony, converged fixed line and mobile solutions and unified communications.

So, to kick us off, who uses mobile applications for work or maybe Angry Birds for fun? Who doesn’t because their handset of choice is a BlackBerry and finds BlackBerry App World limited? Well the good news, coming soon to a town near you, android developed apps are going to be available on BlackBerry handsets. The question is, is it too little, too late?

We shall see….