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Business start up? Here’s how a VoIP system will help you

Not sure what the future holds? Scale up and down easily

VoIP, aka the "Voice Over Internet Protocol", is a flexible phone system that allows you to make calls over your internet connection. This means you will have the ability to add a line as soon as you hire a new employee, and if they leave, you can easily reassign or remove that line. The implementation of VoIP subsequently ensures your telecoms strategy can grow alongside your business, hassle-free. Aiming for new heights? VoIP carries the further advantage of inexpensive international and long distance calls, allow for low-cost communication beyond national borders.

Working from home? Project a professional image  

Starting a new venture and managing time off for your personal life is difficult enough, but using a home line or mobile for your business makes successfully navigating this boundary even tougher. Investing in a VoIP system gives you the option to choose any geographical number, irrelevant of where you are located, allowing you to project a professional image and reinstate the boundary between your personal time and business time. Additionally, you will be able to give the impression of a more prestigious address, larger company size and the option to advertise in different areas.

Juggling previous commitments whilst starting your new venture?

Using a VoIP system means incoming calls are automatically routed to your VoIP phone where-ever you plug it into the network, this means you can work from home or take your VoIP phone away on your next trip. All you need is a good quality internet connection and you can work from anywhere, ensuring you can stay in touch with customers, prospects and suppliers with the flexibility you need.

Ease one financial risk 

Alongside the above benefits, you will also save on storage space and the equipment costs that come with a traditional phone system. Better yet, CMM provide a free telephone system for three year contracts, with the choice of the Yealink W52P or Polycom VX411, allowing you to invest in a new system - for less.

Rushed off your feet? The team at CMM will do all the legwork for you

As a CMM customer, you will be able to take advantage of your very own dedicated account manager, who will offer personalised advice specific to your business, starting with your free, zero obligation quote and audit. Once you're happy, CMM's support team to get to work and implement the system for you, ensuring you can get back to business.

Samsung announces Galaxy A70

Design

Samsung has announced it’s new mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A70, which will be available in the UK from the 26th of April. Four colour choices are available: Blue, Black, White and Coral. Each colour features a prism effect, reflecting different tones dependent on the lighting and angle. Featuring the largest screen to date on any A Series, the Galaxy A70 sports a 6.7″ Infinity display. Value for money is impressive as the A70 provides a powerful camera system, battery and larger display for just £369.00.

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Camera capabilities

The triple camera set-up features a 32 mega-pixel resolution on the front and rear lens, alongside an 8 mega-pixel Ultra Wide Lens and 5 mega-pixel Depth Sensor. This means you can take advantage of brighter, sharper shots, even in low-light conditions. The Depth Lens will allow you to adjust the depth of field to focus, before and after you’ve taken a shot, so that you can choose what and where you want to highlight. While the Ultra Wide Lens allows for expansive shooting. Combined with the A70’s Scene Optimiser, you’ll be able to seriously enhance your imagery.

Spec overview

  • 6.7” FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display
  • 32MP Main Camera, Ultra Wide 8MP Rear Camera with 5MP Depth, Front 32MP Selfie Camera
  • 164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9mm Body
  • 6GB / 8GB RAM
  • 128 GB Internal Storage
    Expandable up to 512GB via the Micro SD card slot
  • Octa Core, (Dual 2.0GHz + Hexa 1.7GHz)
  • 4,500 mAh battery
    with Super Fast Charging
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Fingerprint Sensor and Facial Recognition

Feature rich

The A70 offers a powerful 4,500 mAh battery, with Super-Fast Charging at 25W, ensuring you can stay connected throughout the day. An ideal business device, the A70 features Samsung Knox, aka Samsung’s defense-grade security platform, that is designed to protect your device from chipset to software. Samsung Knox provides piece of mind and enables secure ways of logging into apps and websites. Paired with Samsung Pass, you will be able to sign in using biometric authentication while the fingerprint scanner provides seamless unlocking.

Additional extras include Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, Bixby (Your personal voice assistant), One UI Night Mode, Galaxy App Timer and more.  One UI Night Mode allows you to switch your display to evening time viewing while the App Timer provides visibility over your screen usage levels.

Tariff information

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!

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6 months Amazon Prime Video & MTV Play subscription for EE customers on pay monthly, 12-month SIM only or tablet plans

Signed up to an EE pay monthly, 12-month SIM only or tablet plan? You can now take advantage of a six month Amazon Prime Video & MTV Play subscription, that won’t eat into your data allowance. The new content offer provides inclusive mobile data and comes in addition to EE’s existing Apple Music and BT Sport offers, totalling to savings of up to £164 across the four platforms.

“It’s our ambition to offer our customers unrivalled choice, with the best content, smartest devices, and the latest technology through working with the world’s best content providers…So, if they want music on a Monday, telly on a Tuesday, films on a Friday or sport on a Saturday, we’ve got something for them.” – Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division.

Amazon Prime Video – What you need to know

Amazon Prime Video provides access to a range of box sets, films, original TV shows, documentaries and exclusives. Prime Originals include award winning titles The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Man in the High Castle and Prime exclusives like Vikings. Better yet, you’ll be able to take advantage of the offer anywhere your plan allows for inclusive roaming – this includes all EU countries for standard tariffs and the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for Max plan users who upgraded or joined after the 10th of May 2017. Although streaming on Prime Video during the six month offer period will not affect your data allowance, it’s worth noting that the content available on the app often differs between countries due to entertainment rights agreements.

After the offer ends, a Prime Video subscription costs £5.99 a month and will be added to your EE phone bill if you do not cancel (EE will send you an SMS to remind you in the final month of the offer). You can also cancel a Prime Video subscription at any time by texting STOP PRIME VIDEO to 150. Existing Amazon Prime Video subscription? To take advantage of the offer you’ll need to cancel your existing account directly with Amazon, unless you intend to register for an additional account using a secondary email address. For general Amazon Prime subscribers, Prime Video is already included within your membership but you are eligible for this offer as an additional subscription, again however, you must register using a secondary email address to do so (This will not replace your existing subscription with Amazon).

The lowdown on MTV Play

MTV Play is a relatively new app that lets you access a vast array of MTV’s reality content on your mobile or tablet, including hundreds of hours of catch-up and box-sets in addition to a live feed of the MTV UK linear TV channel and short form digital original series. Popular titles available in the MTV Play app include the latest episodes of smash-hit series Geordie Shore, Teen Mom UK and The Charlotte Show in addition to The Hills, Catfish and Jersey Shore. Following  your six-month trial, you will be given the option pay for the app on your monthly mobile bill, costing £3.99 per month.

MTV Play

If you have an existing MTV Play subscription but would like to take advantage of the offer, you’ll need to suspend your existing direct payments to MTV Play via your MTV Play account, then text MTV to 150 to activate EE’s offer. Data you use over the six-month offer on MTV play will be included anywhere your plan provides inclusive roaming. This means you’ll be able to watch the MTV Play app in all EU countries and, if you have an EE Max plan, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Outside of inclusive countries, you’ll need to purchase a roaming pass to access MTV play abroad. You can cancel your MTV Play subscription with EE at any time by texting STOP MTV to 150.

How to activate and/or cancel

Firstly, you’ll need to be signed up to a pay monthly handset and/or tablet contract or a 12-month SIM only mobile price plan. Compatible tariff? To get started, simply text ‘Prime Video‘ or ‘MTV‘ to 150 and EE will take you through the process (including how to redeem and download the apps). EE will send you an SMS when you’re in your final month of the offer to let you know you’ll be moving onto a paid subscription in the following month, added to your EE bill, if you do not cancel. If you choose to stay with the subscription, any data used will now come out of your allowance.

Motorola rumoured to join the rise of fold-able tech with the ‘Razr V4’

Nostalgic about your first flip phone? Once the notorious producer of the classic Razr, Motorola is rumoured to be re-inventing the range to introduce a fold-able addition. Just as Samsung and Royole have show-cased their fold-able devices this year, Motorola is rumoured to introduce the Razr V4. This means you’ll be able to watch movies, play games, complete your presentations and more, on a far larger display than ever before on a smartphone device, while being able to fold away for optimum convenience.

Motorola Razr

Left to Right: Motorola Razr, Yanko Design concept of Razr V4

In contrast to the Samsung Galaxy Fold that opens and closes like a book, the Razr V4 is speculated to feature a clam-shell design to which a fold-able OLED display is embedded. Rumours suggest the new device will incorporate a fingerprint sensor and dual cameras, while folding down to just 7.5mm! The Razr resembles the iconic flip design of the original handset, including the secondary screen on the outside of the casing for a quick time check and convenient notifications.

Motorola Patent Design acquired in December 2018 – WIPO Global Design Database

Rumoured specs continue to impress with suggestions that Motorola will employ the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system-on-a-chip coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, alongside a second version offering 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s likely the Razr V4 will be released by May in order to keep up with competitors. Check back at the CMM Blog for updates.

Apple rumoured to launch AR Glasses by 2020

Rumour has it, Apple will be revealing their all-new Augmented Reality (AR) glasses at the end of this year, with the wearable hitting the shelves in 2020. Apple’s AR glasses will work alongside the Apple iPhone, allowing you to view digital items on top of your real-world surroundings. It’s perhaps no surprise that Apple will be getting aboard the AR wearable trend after Microsoft’s attempt with HoloLens and Google’s ‘Google Glass’. If whispers are true, the Apple glasses could transform your everyday life and professional capabilities.

Microsoft HoloLens and Google Glass

Microsoft HoloLens and Google Glass

AR allows you to ‘see’ the world from your living room. If combined with a mobile travel app, you’ll be able to receive the latest cultural experience and engage with the tourism and travel sector in completely new ways. Planning your next trip? Immerse yourself within different areas and pick your favourite before packing your bags, whether you choose to climb the Eiffel Tower or gaze at the Colosseum. Arrived at your destination? Save time and hassle by layering your very own virtual travel guide into the physical world while you explore.

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Or aid training and planning,  from simulating military training that may normally exposure individuals to dangerous environments to improving the confidence of children with ‘make-believe’ situations. AR could also enable sophisticated feedback to trainees during specific tasks, improving efficiency and trainee judgements of their abilities. The possibilities are endless.

AR technology was first introduced by Apple with the release of iOS 11 that incorporated AR apps. The apps allow for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more. By example, Ikea unveiled their AR app ‘IKEA Place’, built on Apple’s ARKit technology. From coffee tables to armchairs, you can choose from over 2,000 products that are 3D and true to scale, allowing you to experiment with different furniture and see how it would look and fit in your home.

IKEA Place

“IKEA Place makes it easier to make buying decisions in your own place, to get inspired and try many different products, styles and colors in real-life settings with a swipe of your finger. Augmented reality and virtual reality will be a total game changer for retail in the same way as the internet. Only this time, much faster,” – Michael Valdsgaard, Leader Digital Transformation at Inter IKEA Systems.

The apps work using a combination of the built-in camera, powerful processors and motions sensors in the new iPhones. Rumours suggest the AR wearable will also work alongside your iPhone, more or less like the Apple watch. It’s likely the glasses will act as the display, embedded with sensors, while your iPhone powers the necessary connectivity, location services and computing, although Apple is yet to release any concrete details.

“AR is going to take a while, because there are some really hard technology challenges there…But it will happen, it will happen in a big way, and we will wonder when it does, how we ever lived without it. Like we wonder how we lived without our phone today.” – Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple

For rumour updates on the Apple AR headset, check back at the CMM blog!

RPI Adjustments for Vodafone & O2 Small Businesses

Retail Price Index (RPI) price adjustments

The RPI is a widely recognised measure of the UK’s general level of inflation and is used by many industries as a guide on whether to adjust prices, and by how much. From the 1st April 2019, small businesses will be subject to a 2.7% price increase in line with the rate published by the Office for National Statistics this year. If you are on a consumer price plan, the increase will be in line with the Retail Price Index for consumer contracts published later this month, the details of which will be shared as soon as they are available.

We understand it’s never popular to see mid-contract price rises introduced. However, the UK continues to be one of the most competitive markets in the world and these changes will allow Vodafone and O2 to continue to invest in, and improve, their UK-wide network, to offer you the best quality of service possible.

FAQ

How much will prices increase each year?

The actual adjustment is dictated by the RPI rate published by the Office of National Statistics in March (consumer contracts) and January (business plans) each year.

As an example, if the rate is 3.6%, prices would be affected as follows:

  • A customer paying £15 a month would see their plan increase by 54p a month from April
  • A customer paying £30 a month would see their plan increase by £1.08 a month from April

What if I have a discount?

RPI is applied to your monthly fee, before the discount is applied.

Getting in touch

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can email our team via sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352, we are always more than happy to help!