Monthly Archives: January 2019

2019 will bring you foldable phones and flexible tech

Released in China, The Royole FlexPai is the first foldable phone. Believed to mark the beginning of a new wave of foldable devices on the market, rumours suggest manufacturing giants Huawei, Samsung, Motorola and Oppo will be bringing you foldable smartphones. Early adopters will be looking at hefty price tags, with the FlexPai available at around £1,000. So, why fold? Folding devices will enable you to take advantage of the big-screen benefits delivered by tablets, whilst simultaneously providing you with the convenience of a smartphone. With complaints of performance laggs, the FlexPai has a lot of room for improvement, however, this new device represents the beginning of unorthodox territory for the smartphone industry. It’s hoped that the next devices to be released will combine this innovative style with optimum performance and currently, the bets are on Samsung.

Royole FlexPai by Royole

Back in 2011, Samsung’s prototype was able to remain intact after a whopping 100,000 folds with only a 6% drop in brightness at centre (where all the folding happened), however various manufacturing issues prevented the real deal. Despite missing the title of the first company to release a  foldable phone, the South Korean multinational giant could be releasing its foldable device (Prototype below) alongside the Galaxy S10 at the Mobile World Congress this February 2019. In contrast to Royole that uses a single screen, Samsung’s prototype features two screens – a larger screen that folds inward, as if to imitate a book, while the smaller screen takes the place of the book’s cover. This means the larger display will be protected when closed, while the smaller display imitates the traditional smartphone. Leaks suggest the new Samsung device will appear in black, silver, blue and green colours.

GIF: Samsung

While the foldable smartphone may remain a somewhat desirable novelty until it becomes more widely available – and affordable, it cannot be denied that flexible technology is a risk that’s paying off. LG’s roll-able television is a prime example of innovation at its finest – providing users with a minimalist finish to their home or the option to remove distractions at dinner. This sleek, roll-able TV, termed by LG as ‘revolutionary’ is not only easy on the eye but provides 4K viewing – for those unfamiliar, this means you’ll be able to watch your favourite films and shows in four times the resolution of Full HD.

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Introducing Vodafone ‘V’ GPS trackers

Vodafone has introduced three new additions to its range of ‘V by Vodafone’ IoT trackers.  The new devices are GPS trackers that serve different functions. Firstly, the ‘V-Pet tracker’, brought to you through partnership with Pod 3. The tracker is light and compact enough to be worn on the collar of your pet, whilst real-time tracking ensures you can find your cat or dog if they’ve wandered off or escaped.  ‘Safe zones’ can be set up so that if your pet is outside of these zones – you’ll be informed and they’ll be secure. The device includes ‘activity monitoring’ so you’ll be aware of the in’s and out’s of your pets day – allowing you to pick up on anything unusual.

The V-Pet tracker is priced at £105, however, a £4 per month subscription fee is needed for full functionality of the device – this monthly fee provides access to the Pod app and service, alongside a V-Sim plan and Vodafone network coverage. Notably, the device will work in most European countries for the same flat fee. Finally, the device has been ‘pet-proofed’ offering a waterproof and durable exterior to survive bad weather and rough and tumble.

The two other devices are the ‘V-Bag tracker by Vodafone’ TrackiSafe Luggage for baggage and a small tracker that can be used to track items such as Laptops, keys and other bags called ‘V-Multi tracker by Vodafone’ TrackiSafe Mini.

The V-bag is fitted with light sensors and a GPS tracker. Similarly to the V-Pet, the V-Bag also allows you to set ‘safe zones’ to alert you when your luggage is taken anywhere it shouldn’t. The V-Bag tracker is available for an initial payment of £50, followed by a £3 monthly subscription fee. Finally, the rain and puddle proof  V-Multi TrackiSafe Mini, available for £45 plus a £2 monthly subscription fee, is 39mm wide and 12mm high. Weighing less than 20g, the mini tracker can be clipped onto laptop cases, keys or other objects that are frequently lost. Safe zones can be created through the TrakiSafe app which will alert you if the attached tracker strays from your chosen areas. Better yet, if attached to a bag, the tracker can alert you if the bag is opened or moving over a certain speed.

Why PSTN/ISDN customers are switching to VoIP and why they’re not

Earlier technology, PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) is the standard telephony set up for small businesses, with ISDN (Intergrated Services Digital Network) delivering digital lines for larger businesses. Thanks to bigger and better data capabilities, businesses are now embracing VoIP, aka the “Voice Over Internet Protocol” – the flexible phone system that allows you to make calls over your internet connection.

Why are businesses moving to VoIP?

VoIP has the ability to cut monthly costs associated with multiple PSTN/ISDN lines, as a VoIP system requires just one line with an internet connection. Only a single network is needed to carry both your voice and data, whilst storage space and equipment costs associated with traditional systems are diminished. Scaling up or down is easy, you can add a line as soon as you add a new employee, and when an employee leaves, you can easily reassign or remove the line. Ensuring you always have the right number of phone lines for your needs. In contrast, ISDN can hinder growth plans and/or adjustments to staff turnover as it cannot be easily expanded to accommodate for new users and carries the costs of installation and downtime if you choose to move offices.

With VoIP, you can take advantage of inexpensive international calls and long distance calls and gain the ability to make and receive calls anywhere with an internet (or 3G/4G) connection. This dramatically increases your flexibility and addresses the issue of ‘service interruptions’ better than any traditional PSTN or ISDN solution could.

Why would a business stick to PSTN/ISDN?

Having voice and data on one connection can also be problematic if the implementation has not been scoped properly. If there’s not enough bandwidth available, for example, then your call quality could be very poor, making calls extremely difficult to understand and, of course, having a negative impact on your brand.  However, Voice can be prioritised over data traffic and concerns over poor call quality are therefore due to poor implementation rather than the technology itself and can be solved by using an experienced telecoms provider with VoIP expertise. Secondly, when VoIP first arrived, it was a time of dial-up connections and VoIP was associated with poor audio quality and dropped calls. In light of the increased availability of broadband Ethernet services, however, this is no longer a problem and VoIP is often the most popular option, despite the misconception still held by some businesses.

The future of telephony

In line with current progressions in VoIP technology, the British Multinational Telecommunications giant, BT, will switch off ISDN lines in 2025, with purchases discontinued as of 2020. In light of the upcoming switch off, we are offering a free VoIP system for customers who choose CMM to progress to VoIP*. You can find more information here!  At CMM, our UK based team provide free set up and support before, during and after the sale, starting with your free audit and quote.

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*Minimum 3 year contract 
*Broadband connection must be through CMM

Huawei launches P Smart

Design

The Huawei P Smart is crafted from a glossy ceramic-like texture, with striking colours and super clarity, the 6.21″ FullView display provides a notable viewing experience, embodied by a 3D curved body. Available colours include Midnight Black, Aurora Black and Sapphire Blue.

Key features

Similarly to Samsung devices, the P Smart allows you to split the screen so you can run two apps side by side for optimum multi-tasking. The budget phone includes further quirks such as gesture-shot technology that enables you to take selfies with simple gestures, such as a wave of your hand. A sacrifice for this budget model, however, is a slower performance of 3D, for example, gaming apps on the P Smart won’t meet the same frame rates or quality levels as Android flagship devices. Considering the low price tag, however, the P Smart is fully fitted with fingerprint sensor technology for easy unlocking and added security, alongside the option to ‘Face Unlock’. You can also take advantage of EMUI 9.0 that allows you to scan a product directly or simply long-press an object in an image to get shopping links to leading eCommerce platforms.

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At the rear is the same dual-lens arrangement as the Honor 10 Lite with 13MP and 2MP sensors behind them. The latter is a secondary camera used for depth sensing, while further features include Ultra Snapshot which takes a photo when you quickly press the volume down button twice, even if the phone is asleep. Better yet, the AI CAMERA lettering on the rear means scene recognition is used – just like it is on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro – to optimise settings and processing for various types of scenes. In lower light levels, you may notice a drop in quality due to the small-aperture lenses on budget devices, however, the P Smart provides what you pay for. Finally, the P Smart can be praised for providing the latest version of Android – Pie. Benefits include full-screen gesture navigation, better notifications, digital well-being (called Digital Balance in EMUI) and other improvements, you can find more details here.

Specs

  • Weight: 160g
  • Dimensions: 155.2 x 73.4 x 7.95mm
  • OS: Android 9.0 + EMUI 9.0
  • Screen size: 6.21-inch
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 710
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP

Price and availability

Pricing for the P Smart starts from £199 SIM free, for more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.  We are always more than happy to help!

In the box

  • Headset x 1
  • Charger x 1
  • USB cable x 1
  • Quick Start Guide x 1
  • Eject tool x 1

Business comms in 2019: Is your business prepared?

The rapid adoption of key technologies over the last 40 years, including mobile phones, email, and business software, has meant the contribution of information and communications technology (ICT) to office worker productivity per hour is nearly five times (480%) more than what it was in the 1970s – (Centre for Economic and Business Research, conducted on behalf of telecoms operator O2). Typewriters have given way to computers, computers have shrunk to tablets, party lines have evolved to private phone systems (PABX/PBX) and private lines have progressed into VoIP systems. Today’s technology provides businesses with limitless opportunities to improve their telephone communication processes. Never before has it been this easy to connect with your customers, prospects, colleagues and suppliers and never before has your business needed to adapt to ever-changing innovations at such a fast pace. Is your business prepared for the changes this year will bring?

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Head in the clouds?

Over four in ten businesses (43%) and two in ten
charities (19%) experienced a cyber security breach or attack in 2018 yet under three in ten businesses (27%), and two in ten charities (21%) have a formal cyber security policy or policies in place.
– UK Gov: Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018: Statistical Release.

Virtually all UK businesses rely on some form of digital communication or online services, such as email addresses, websites, online banking or online purchases. The rise of digital simultaneously rises with risk with over four in ten businesses (43%) and two in ten charities (19%) experiencing a cyber security breach or attack in 2018. Combined with the popularity of mobile devices, today there is the largest technology footprint for hackers to steal corporate and personal data. Do you have a strategy in place if disaster strikes? The new year is the perfect time to strengthen your telecommunications strategy, you may enforce an Enterprise Mobile Security solution or begin with a free 14 day trial of Mobile Device Management that allows you to secure your business devices, control data usage, separate business and personal content and automate and save costs.

BT to hit the switch on ISDN lines

Telecoms giant, BT, is due to discontinue ISDN lines next year, with the final switch off in 2025. Initially introduced nationwide in 1986, connectivity has advanced greatly since the days of ISDN. In fact, the contribution of modern technology to each worker’s productivity is nearly five times greater today than it was 40 years ago.

BT has acknowledged that IP (Internet over Protocol) is the future for communication and consequently sees little value in investing more time and money into ISDN, the question is – is your business prepared for the switch off? Thanks to bigger and better data capabilities, you can take advantage of a great alternative – VoIP aka the “Voice Over Internet Protocol” – the flexible phone system that allows you to make calls over your internet connection. With VoIP, you can cut costs, scale up and down easily, work from anywhere and take advantage of a feature rich system.

Reason to celebrate – a Happy New Year with more data, higher speeds and greater coverage

At the end of last year,  Samsung announced it successfully tested a 5G smartphone, offering users 4x faster speeds. Once 5G is up and running, it will be able to carry more data, at higher speeds, and will be able to move around obstacles, giving you greater coverage. 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! Better yet, manufacturers Huawei and OnePlus have been racing to launch the first 5G smartphone in the first half of this year, bringing you one step closer to accessing this super-fast network.