Roaming made simpler.

From November 8th, O2 are improving their roaming bolt ons to give overseas workers the opportunity to use data with voice calls and text messaging, at no extra cost.

Travelling to Europe

If your staff regularly travel within the EU then the O2 Travel bolt on will enable them to ‘roam like home’. It’s free to add to your account and will give the user 120 minutes, 120 texts and 50MB per day for just £1.66+Vat.

Travelling out of Europe

For those travelling further afield, the new Rest of World bolton, to replace O2’s Worldwide bolt ons, will offer your staff more flexibility. Instead of only receiving data, the new Rest of World bolt ons will include:

  • 87 destinations
  • Calls and texts
  • Higher data allowances

24 Hour Rest of World – for £7.50+Vat per day, the user will receive up to 200 minutes, 200 texts and 500MB of data.*

30 Day Rest of World – for £99+Vat per month, the user will receive up to 5000 minutes, 5000 texts and 5GB of data.*

The bolt ons cost nothing to apply to your account and will automatically activate when you start using your phone for voice, text or data when you’re abroad.

Want to hear more about Welcomm’s o2 packages and roaming offers? Call us on 0800 064 64 64 or alternatively, send us an email here.
*Allowances differ according to which world zone you are travelling within.

Written by Keegan Stanton

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Apple iPhone 7 and 7Plus

revolution

Apple have succeeded in bringing innovation to the Smartphone once again.

The headphone jack has been removed and replaced with wireless AirPods or a lightningiph7 connector. It contains the most powerful chip in a Smartphone, ever. The iPhone 7Plus also has two telephoto cameras on the rear to prevent distortion and shrinking, as well as a wide angle lens on the front for the perfect selfie. Both models have the most advanced Apple cameras to date. Improved battery life, colour display and roaming LTE are just some of the other features which make this model a market leader.

  • 5 colours available: Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
  • 32GB, 128GB or 256GB

    ear-pods

    Wireless AirPods for staff on the go

  • 4.7″ or 5.5″ display
  • Dust and splash proof up to 1 metre for 30 minutes
  • Stereo speakers at both ends of the handset
  • Hands free earphones (AirPods), subject to purchase
  • Pressure sensitive home button, not a physical button
  • 12MP rear camera, 7MP front facing camera
  • Upgraded processor and graphics
  • Improved battery life

Help your business to succeed in this connected world. Use Apps to access email, files, images and more. iOS for business fully integrates with the world’s leading business digital applications, such as Box, Office365 and MaaS360 for secure mobile device management.

Want to purchase this latest device on an extremely competitively business tariff? Give Welcomm a call on 0800 064 64 64. Or alternatively, contact us here.

Written by Keegan Stanton

The future of business technology and the tech industry

The Future of Technology – Is Your Business Prepared?

“12.4% of the UK economy accounts for technology and digital business – more than other G20 countries” – CBI, Barclays Fast Growth Survey, Tech City UK

Technology’ can be defined in various different ways. From being, “a scientific or industrial process of a specific invention or method to also being known as ‘the terminology of an art or science” (Oxford Dictionary, 2016).

Technology plays a big part in the majority of our lives. Whether it be for business or for individual purposes, we are constantly surrounded by our appliances. From the minute we wake up, we are surrounded by different appliances which have become a necessity to our day to day lives. Relying on a digital alarm to kick start the day, using a coffee machine for a hot beverage then using a car to get to work; what were we doing before all of these developments?

Amazon's delivery drone image in order to show how technology is advancing rapidly

Amazon’s delivery drone which aims to deliver a parcel in 30 minutes

Ever thought about ordering an item online and receiving it within 30 minutes? We could see this happening soon. Retail giant Amazon is paying for the program “which will look at the best way to allow hundreds of robotic aircraft to buzz around Britain’s skies safely” (BBC News, 2016). If proven a success, ministers reckon many businesses could start to use this in the future!

What Drives Technology?

So what drives technology forward? It’s the clear fact that technology has embedded itself into our lives. It’s become a norm to rely on our gadgets to stay ahead of our busy lives we are constantly finding ways of saving time and improve the way things are carried out. In some cases we won’t even realise how much we actually use it for our everyday activities. For example…

  • Shopping: People are no longer travelling. They use their smartphone or laptop to do an online shop and get it delivered to their house directly at a convenient time. Hence the nation wanting to have the latest smartphone with 4G for better connectivity.
  • Travel: Apps like Uber allow people to access cheaper taxis and track how far away the vehicle is. This is also being utilised for businesses through tracking solutions for a fleet of company vehicles.
  • Household: Having kitchen devices that can now be controlled by your smartphone, such as Wi-Fi kettles or central heating. Appliances can now be switched on before you get home.
  • Social: Keeping up to date with your friends and family through Skype, Facetime, and text messaging rather than travelling to meet them. More specifically for larger businesses, communicating across multiple locations using O2 Just Call Me allowing more efficient conference calls.

The Technology Sector?

All hands on tech! Thanks to these advancements, the UK tech sector has been growing faster than any other part of the economy for several years. “Since 2010, the number of tech – related enterprises in the UK private sector has risen by 31%” (KPMG report, 2015). This is the equivalent of 45,000 new businesses or, in other words, one additional tech sector enterprise every hour of the day for the past 5 years! Industry confidence remains high, where tech bosses forecast a steady growth for the coming years.

An image showing the growth of the technology industry and how tech enterprises have doubled since 2010

The tech industry has grown by a third since 2010

An image showing the expansion of staff since 2015 within technology firms and a 12 month outlook for the tech industry

UK Tech firms have expanded rapidly since 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For businesses within the technology sector this can be seen as positive or negative. Positive, in terms of the growing need and desire for ever-changing innovative products, and for their customers to have the latest devices. However on the flip side of the coin, businesses need to be extremely adaptive to change and responsive to trends. With newcomers entering the technology market all the time, it’s important for your customers to be able to distinguish you from the crowd and choose your business. Is your company following the trends? Is your business staying ahead of industry innovators?

Business Tech

With the growth of Britain’s technology sector continuing to outstrip GDP, it is helping to seal the UK’s reputation as a global springboard for new enterprises. For businesses this is a huge opportunity for growth but also to remain competitive and keeping abreast with growing trends. Therefore Welcomm and partners are constantly investing in new methods and technology. The use of digital services for a business on a daily basis has never been more important. The risk of ensuring security with McAfee, accessing files from any location anywhere with Office 365 and secure content collaboration through Box.

There’s also a need for businesses wanting more simplicity, Welcomm and partners are constantly investing in new methods and technology. O2’s 5 year network modernisation plan to roll out 4G amongst 98% of the population by the end of 2017 has nearly been achieved with over 89% now covered. Click Here to learn more.

Moreover, with O2 attending the 5G World Event at London’s Olympia earlier this month, it is clear that a reliance on fast data speeds and network capacity is essential to our working lives. 5G will be the future of mobile technology, bringing a lot more capacity and a lot more speed. Click Here to watch a video.

The Future

All in all, it can be hard to predict what lies for the future of technology. With a fairly stable growth rate forecasted it’s not for certain what innovations will follow through. Both consumers and businesses want convenience and the latest technology trends. For businesses there’s a high priority to remain competitive. It’s also vital to ensure the customers’ needs are met effectively. Having the latest software, devices and security will enable you to do this, but also help you to stay one step ahead of your competitors and work more productively.

Is your business ready for the future of technology?

Written by Sonal Haja.

Business Tariffs

Benefits available with your O2 tariff

  • Unlimited Free calls to UK O2 mobiles. (22 million people)
  • Unlimited Free calls to 10 nominated UK Landlines. (01,02,03 prefixes)
  • Unlimited Free calls to Voicemail 901.
  • Priority Moments – Free Access to offers, discounts and business advice.
  • Priority ticketing – for gigs and events at The O2 and O2 Academy venues across the UK. Including access up to 48 hours before general release.
  • Free usage of 0.5MB of UK data per user per month. (Low rate of £1.80 per MB)
  • Free International Traveller Service. (ITS)
  • 8p per minute only for calls from the UK to Europe.
  • Rollover of unused minutes and texts for one month.
  • Free online billing through MyO2 Business.
  • As an O2 Landline customer – Free Landline calls to O2 UK mobiles. *

o2 Business Tariffs

O2’s Business 2011 Voice tariff:  (valid from 29th March 2011)

Tariff Name
Anytime,anyone minutes
Texts sent in the UK to UK mobiles
24months contract withhandset
Minimum/ maximum users
CallstoEurope
(per min)
Inclusiveemail/ browsing
What’sincluded?
Business Single 50
50
250
£15.00
1
8p
0.5MB
  • Unlimited calls to O2 mobiles
  • Unlimited calls to 10 standard UK Landlines
  • Unlimited calls to Voicemail 901
  • 0.5MB of data for email and browsing
  • Priority Moments
  • Priority Tickets.
Business Single 100
100
500
£20.00
1
Business Single 300
300
Unlimited
£25.00
1
Business Single 600
600
Unlimited
£30.00
1
Business Single 1200
1200
Unlimited
£40.00
1
Business Single Max
Unlimited
Unlimited
£55
1
1000 inclusive minutes
0.5MB
Shared Tariffs
Business Share 500
500
500
£25
2-3
8p
0.5MB
Business Share 1300
1300
1300
£45
2-6
Business Share 2000
2000
2000
£80
2-10
Business Share 5000
5000
5000
£200
2-25
Additional Users
Shared
£15.00
N/A
8p
0.5MB
As Above