Do you know how your data pool is being used? 5 key questions your business needs to be able to answer

  • What is the split of business versus personal usage?
  • What financial savings would you gain by enforcing policies on specific apps?
  • Where are your users around the world, and what data are they accessing?
  • Is usage compliant with legal regulations?
  • Are you able to control jailbroken devices?
Every business should have control of the devices entering their organisation, whether they are company devices or part of a BYOD programme. We can give you the advantage of unique visibility into data usage, through advanced analytics. Allowing you to easily identify areas for change, so you can take the first step in improving your telecoms strategy.
We partner with Wandera to give you the ability to not only understand what’s driving your next data bill, but to control it too. Whether your employees are spending too much time on Facebook or you’re haunted by monthly bill shock, we can help you create the business policy you want, allowing you to rest assured that your company devices are being used in the way that you intended. While the three C’s: Content Control, Capping and Compression are at work – you can sit back and watch the savings roll in.

 

Key benefits of data management

Gain universal control with the ability to manage all mobile acitivity, from which apps are downloaded to specific URLs you wish to block – even on jailbroken devices.

Not only can you pick and choose what you find acceptable usage, but you can create policies that apply to diferent groups in different circumstances, georgraphies or devices.

Heavy regulation across different industries means the risk of non-compliance can be expensive. Implementing a data mangaement solution means you can ensure usage is compliant with regulation and reduce corporate legal exposure in the event of unwarranted illegal or unacceptable behavior.

✔ You’ll be able to create custom notifications when certain thresholds are reached, giving you the visibility you need to set caps and wrestle control of data usage at the time it matters most.

✔ You can cut data usage by more than 10% by compressing data in real-time, in a way that’s undetectable to the end user.

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Vodafone Roaming Changes – Live from March 28th 2019

Here’s to more worry-free roaming…

From the end of March, worry-free roaming will include 44 more countries. That means you’ll be able to roam in destinations from Saudi Arabia to Morocco for just £5 a day, exc. VAT.

• These changes will be live from 28th March 2019
• Affecting all customers on the following plans: Vodafone Standard Bundle, Red Bundle, Essentials, Red Extra and Red Entertainment including SIM Only and Mobile Broadband and renewing customers on Business Plus, Freedom, Advance and Optimiser plans.


Vodafone Standard Bundle, Red Bundle, Essentials, Red Extra or Red Entertainment plans, key changes to note:

New Rest of World (ROW) destinations added to Roam-Further
• Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
+ Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
• 
If you’re on a Red plan and currently using World Traveller (opt out), this will be changed to Global Roaming, a mandatory service e.g. you cannot opt out.

Roam-Further footprint
• If you did not have the expanded Roam-Further footprint, you will now be able to access your UK plan allowance for £5/day ex VAT in 104 destinations, previously 60.
• This includes 2 Albania & Bosnia (Previously Roam-Free destinations) and 42 new ROW destinations.

New RoW 1-4 zones
• Those still on the old ROW zones (USA CANADA / ASIA PACIFIC etc.) will move to the new RoW1-4 zones – this is a price reduction in the majority of destinations!

Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina
• Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina will move from Europe zone 2 to ROW1 for roaming, and from Europe to “Other Worldwide” destinations” for international calling.


Business Premier (2015), Business Premier Refresh (2016), Small Business Solutions (2017), OneNet Express, SOHO MBB, key changes to note:

New Rest of World (ROW) destinations added to Small Business Traveller:
• 
Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
• + Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Small Business Traveller
• Business Traveller is renamed to Small Business Traveller for Small Business tariffs. This remains optional. 

The footprint will be expanded from 60 to 104 destinations outside Europe including Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina (previously Roam-Free) and 42 new ROW destinations.

ROW 1
• 
Albania & Bosnia have been moved from Europe Zone 2 to ROW1. This means if you opt out of Small Business Traveller, you will pay ROW price per minute rates in these destinations. These two countries have also moved from Europe zone to “Other worldwide destinations” for international calling.

ROW 1-4 Zones
• 
Old roaming zones are moving from USA CANADA / ASIA PAC etc. to Row1-4.


Business Premier (2015), Business Premier Refresh (2016), Small Business Solutions (2017), OneNet Express, SOHO MBB, key changes to note:

New Rest of World (ROW) destinations added to Small Business Traveller:
• Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
+ Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Small Business Traveller
• Business Traveller is renamed to Small Business Traveller for Small Business tariffs. This remains optional. 

The footprint will be expanded from 60 to 104 destinations outside Europe including Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina (previously Roam-Free) and 42 new ROW destinations.

ROW 1
• 
Albania & Bosnia have been moved from Europe Zone 2 to ROW1. This means if you opt out of Small Business Traveller, you will pay ROW price per minute rates in these destinations. These two countries have also moved from Europe zone to “Other worldwide destinations” for international calling.

ROW 1-4 Zones
• 
Old roaming zones are moving from USA CANADA / ASIA PAC etc. to Row1-4.


New and renewing Business Plus, Business Advance, Business Freedom and Business Optimiser plans, key changes to note:

New Rest of World (ROW) destinations added to Business Traveller
• 
Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam + Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina will move from Europe zone 2 to ROW1 for roaming, and from Europe to “Other Worldwide” destinations” for international calling.

For all new and renewing customers, the Business Traveller footprint will expand from 60 to 104 destinations outside Europe Business Traveller.
• This includes Albania & Bosnia (previously in the Europe Zone) and 42 destinations from ROW zones.


Existing Business Plus, Business Advance, Business Freedom and Business Optimiser plans, key changes to note:

Business Traveller
• No changes to the footprint of Business Traveller.

Europe Zone 2
• Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains in Europe Zone 2 and the Europe Zone for Business Traveller.

• For international calling, these countries will also stay in the Europe zone.

Honor View 20 – a cheaper alternative to the Google, Apple and Samsung flagship devices

Huawei’s latest Honor View 20 offers an unorthodox colour scheme and all-screen front for a whole new look.  As the first phone to offer a ‘hole-punch’ notch – a small hole in the top left-hand corner of the display which the selfie camera pokes through, the device is able to utilise full viewing of its large, FHD+ LCD 6.4” screen. 28 grams lighter than the iPhone XS Max, the View 20 provides a relatively light option without compromising on display size. Though lacking wireless charging, the View 10 is one of the fastest charging phones available with a 30 minute charge providing you with 60% of battery from 0.

Specs

  • 6.4in FHD+ LCD (398ppi) display
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 980 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128 or 256GB storage
  • Magic UI 2 based on Android 9 Pie
  • Rear 48MP camera + 3D sensor, 25MP selfie-camera
  • Fingerprint scanner and 2D face unlock
  • Headphone socket, LTE, wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5 and GPS (dual-sim available in some regions)
  • USC-C port for ultra-fast charging
  • 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
  • 180g

‘Magic UI 2’ is the Honor’s take on the latest version of Android – 9 Pie. You’ll be able to choose from the traditional three-button navigation keys or a joystick-like navigation dock and gesture navigation. Out of the box, the View 20 features icons for every app on the homescreen, somewhat similar to Apple’s iOS. There is an option to enable the more traditional Android app drawer, though it comes with an button rather than the swiping gesture. Most notably, Magic UI 2 has added power-saving features that can extend battery life dramatically if needed.

Image result for magic ui 2.0

Featuring 2D face unlock, this feature may be lacking the same security provided by 3D face recognition, as featured on the latest iPhone devices. Where the View 20 may lack in facial recognition, is made up by the camera. Featuring a new 48 mega-pixel camera, one of the first on the market, paired with a secondary sensor, the View 20 can capture richly detailed shots. With prices starting at just £500, the Honor View 20 offers considerable features for a far lower price tag than competitors offering similar specs, including Samsung, Google and Apple.

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!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Top tools for flexible working

Has your business invested in technology that allows you to work whenever and wherever you need to  – even when the snow hits? Here’s our top choice of tools:

Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is the cost-effective smart solution to cloud computing. Office 365 ensures emails, calendar and contacts are automatically updated across your PC’s and Smartphones so you can access customer details and schedule that prospect meeting whether at home or in the office.

Better yet, Office 365 Web Apps are companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote so vital business applications and documents can be accessed, viewed and/or edited directly from a web browser.

Office 365

If the snow hits, you can hold your sales and support meetings via Skye (the conferencing and instant messaging part of Office 365), and share your sales forecast in Excel on everyone’s device of choice at the same time and any member of your team can edit it accordingly.

For more information on Office 365 please click here. For more information on how to stay productive throughout all weathers, please get in touch on 01252 854352, we are always more than happy to help.

VoIP

Thanks to bigger and better data capabilities, businesses can take advantage of VoIP aka the “Voice Over Internet Protocol”. This flexible phone system allows you to make calls over your internet connection.

Incoming phone calls are routed to your VoIP phone where-ever you plug it into the network so you can unplug your desk-phone from the office, plug it in at home and work as normal – providing complete flexibility.

Better yet if the snow strikes, you can record a message remotely to inform customers that although the office may be closed, business is still open as usual.

For more information on VoIP please click here.

Vodafone One Net

Ideal for small to medium-sized businesses, Vodafone One Net Business is a cloud-based service that seamlessly integrates your landlines, mobiles, desktop and tablet connectivity, into a single system. This means you can connect with customers, prospects and colleagues at any moment, through any device.

Even though landlines and mobiles are combined, just one number will appear to customers. Ensuring you can take or make calls from any phone – irrelevant or whether you’re snowed in at home, off-site or made it to the office.

One Net also offers the ability to share a single voicemail box for all your numbers, ensuring any messages can be retrieved and acted on by anyone in your company, so a customer call is never truly missed.

With built-in disaster recovery, we highly recommend One Net as both a reliable and intelligent solution for your business. Click here to take advantage of our free in-house One Net demonstrations.

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.

For more tech updates, check back at the CMM blog.

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.