Wednesday, 30 April 2014

4G | How can it benefit your business?



There are many benefits of 4G for personal use, but how often do you hear about the benefits for businesses?

4G was first launched in October 2012 by EE who now have around 28 million customers. With the increasing number of businesses adopting mobile working policies, there has been a much bigger focus on connectivity on the move. In order to increase productivity and efficiency of employees, your business needs 4G which is faster than 3G, making it a lot easier to work when away from the office. That could mean on a train journey, at the airport, when visiting a client or customer or any other time or place when WiFi isn’t readily available.

You may be thinking 3G can do this for me too. Of course, 3G can offer the capabilities of receiving emails or social networking. But in order to send large files quickly or to use new business applications such as video calling, a much faster connection is needed.

These tools, as well as increasing productivity, can cut costs for a company, reducing the need for employees to travel, as well as cutting necessary office space as more people work from home.

But there’s more to 4G than just speed. For example, EE has partnered with iZettle to provide small businesses with 4G powered mobile payment terminals. A card reader has been developed which can be plugged straight into a 4G smartphone or tablet and used to accept payments, so if you don’t have a static place of business it’s a simple, secure solution for taking payments wherever you happen to be.

EE is also working with supermarkets and high street stores to modernise their businesses with the help of 4G. Through an initiative called ‘Connected Retail’ the network is helping businesses improve their productivity and their ability to communicate with customers by outfitting managers with 4G equipped tablets, so they can do admin work from the shop floor and by developing apps which customers can use while they shop, giving the store key information about their buying habits.

Another way in which EE is thinking outside the box with its approach to 4G for business is by equipping RAC patrol vehicles with 4G equipped devices which track their speed, location, breaking distance, fuel consumption and more. Among other things, this allows the drivers to become more aware of bad habits and work on changing them, reducing petrol consumption and saving money in the process.

EE is also focussed on security. It recently launched a new Super Secure 4GEE portfolio which allows businesses to securely manage access to company data and business applications.

While EE is certainly leading the way when it comes to 4G for business it’s not the only network that offers business services. Vodafone has also got some 4G business plans. There are Red Sharer plans, for example, which allow users to share a pool of data between them, just like EE offers.

Vodafone has also launched a service called ‘Sure Signal Premium,’ which is a device that can easily be installed into a work place and then gives users consistent and reliable access to Vodafone’s 4G network. It’s easy to set up and is designed to ensure there’s a high speed internet connection everywhere in a building, even areas where a Wi-Fi signal might be flaky, so productivity can be at a maximum at all times.

Then there’s O2, which is perhaps particularly appealing to small businesses, with things like a free subscription to Evernote Premium when you register, which makes it easier to work and take notes while keeping all your data synced across devices.

Of course, you have to think about the network coverage also. You can check the network coverage for each network here: EE, O2, Vodafone.

So, if you’re a business user and haven’t already got on board with 4G there’s never been a better time and if you have a mobile work force then it’s a move that’s essential.

Contact Top Comms today to find out the best 4G deals! 
01902 753146


Monday, 28 April 2014

Deal of the Week | HTC One M8




Deal of the Week.

Get the HTC One M8 (Silver or Grey) FREE on EE's super fast 4G Network with Unlimited Minutes, Unlimited Texts, 5GB Data & 180 IDD Minutes to use while calling or roaming in Europe or the USA*. All this for only £40 ex vat per month*.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Contact us for more details.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Tip of the Week | Windows 8 'Name That Tune'




You don’t need the Shazam music app to recognise a song you like. Windows Phone 8 has music recognition built-in making it easier for you to instantly find out the artist and name of a song that is playing, and to purchase it on the Windows Phone Store. 

Just follow these simple steps...

1) Tap Search on the bottom right corner of your handset and then choose the music icon (musical note) 
2) It will listen for a few seconds 
3) It will then tell you which song is playing 
4) If you tap on Store, it will then provide you with a link to purchase it on the Windows Phone Store



Do you find it annoying when you hear a good song on the radio but cannot think of the artist and track name? Will you now be using this tip on your Windows Phone?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Deal of the Week | Blackberry Z10



Deal of the Week.

Get the Blackberry Z10 (Black or White) FREE on O2 with Unlimited Minutes, Unlimited Texts & 1GB Data. All this for only £23.33 ex vat per month*.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Contact us for more details.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8



Two of the top contenders this year in the mobile world is Samsung and HTC. Samsung have added to their Galaxy Family with the new S5 and HTC have added to their HTC One family with the HTC One M8.
But which one is the better phone?

Design.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a plastic perforated back with ridged silver sides where as the HTC is all about metal with its sophisticated and smooth metal finish. The S5 also has a removable back and is water resistance, where as the M8 has a non removable back but has BoomSound speakers.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available in Gold, Blue, Black and White and the HTC One M8 is available in Grey, Silver and Gold.

Storage.
Both of these handsets are available in 16GB. There are rumours that bigger sizes are available but whether many stores will stock these sizes who knows. Why is this? Because each of these handsets come with a MicroSD slot, giving you that extra storage.

Screen.
The HTC M8 has a 5 inch screen, the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S4 where as the S5 is a tiny bit bigger at 5.1 inches.
Each handset uses different core technologies. The S5 has a 1080p Super AMOLED display which are great at reproducing contrast, where the HTC M8 has an SLCD screen that’s much closer in tech and style to the iPhone 5s. The SLCD screens are better for outdoors as they offer a higher brightness.

Software.
Both phones use the latest version of Android: 4.4 KitKat but their interfaces are pretty familiar to their predecessors

Camera.
Samsung have bumped up the S5's camera to 16mp but that's not it! It also has improved image stabilisation as well as new selective focus mode and a speedy auto-focus that will enable you to focus your image in less than a third of a second.
The HTC M8 only has a 4mp rear Camera but yet it has a 5mp front facing camera compared to the S5's 2mp. Does this mean the HTC can offer better selfies?

Prices and deals.
We are currently offering the M8 and S5 Free of Charge on EE @ £40 ex vat and both with an upfront cost of £49 ex vat on £35 ex vat plans.

What is your favourite handset? What one would you rather upgrade to?


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tip of the Week | iPhone Undo Typing




Have you ever just typed a lengthy text message on your iPhone and then had a change of mind and had to delete it all to start over? Did you delete what you had typed by tapping the backspace key a few dozen times, or select the text with your fingertip and tap “cut”?
There is a much easier, well-hidden option!  Just shake your handset and the above image will appear.
You can use this trick when in the Messages, Mail, Calendar, Notes, or Contacts apps, among others. Tap the “Undo” button, and the text will just disappear.
Change your mind about the Undo? You can “redo” any typing you just undid by shaking your device again.

Have you ever tried out this handy trick? Do you find it useful? 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Deal of the Week | Samsung Galaxy S4



Deal of the Week.

Get the Samsung Galaxy S4 (White or Black) FREE on Orange with 1000 Minutes, 1000 Texts & 500MB Data, All for only £25 ex vat per month*.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Contact us for more details.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Testimonial | N White Electrical Services Ltd


"I would like to thank Damon and your team at Top Comms for the first class service that you have provided. Our existing mobile package was no longer suitable for our needs and our existing handsets caused us no end of problems. You provided us with a mobile review and came up with a much more suitable tariff based on our previous bills. You were able to upgrade us instantly and delivered the new handsets to us onsite. We were not without the use of a phone while the network change over took place and I can gladly say that our mobile bills have literally halved since changing over.

I will not hesitate in recommending you and your Top Comms staff to anyone.

Thanks Again

Paul Hulme."

N.White Electrical Services, Wolverhampton.
07973 363 776

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S5...



With the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date approaching us tomorrow we thought we would put together a guide to the latest addition to the Samsung family.

Design.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available in Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Shimmer White and Charcoal Black, each with a perforated design.
The S5 measures 142 by 72.5 by 8.1mm, and weighs 145g – 15g heavier than the S4.
Samsung have also revealed that the S5 is water and dust resistant too like the Sony Xperia Z, so hopefully this will mean it’s a little more durable than its previous models.

Camera.
The S5 has an incredible 16Mp rear facing camera, compared to the S4’s 13Mp camera. It also has improved image stabilisation as well as new selective focus mode and a speedy auto-focus that will enable you to focus your image in less than a third of a second.
The front facing camera is 2Mp which is the same as the Galaxy S4.

Display/Processor.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1 inch Full HD screen and is super AMOLED, it measures 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The S5 has had a significant boost with a 2.5GHz Quad core processor compared with the S4's 1.9GHz chip. It also runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.

Battery/Connectivity.
Samsung have given the S5 a battery boost. Samsung claim that the battery offers up to 12 hours of video playback.
The S5 also has full category 4 LTE connectivity, as well as WiFi MIMO (802.11ac). This is the first smartphone to ever have such a combo. It also features the new download booster which allows you to download 1GB in approx. 30 seconds. The download booster uses a mix of WIFI and LTE to download data.

Extras… 
Like the iPhone 5s the Samsung Galaxy S5 also features an all-new fingerprint scanner. This will provide access to a 'Private Mode' that no one else will be able to get into and it will also enable secure mobile payments.

Like the Nokia Lumia there’s also a Kids Mode enabling your children to have access to their own space to play dedicated apps which help to protect them… and your S5!

And finally one last extra, the S5 also features a heart rate monitor, situated just below the rear-facing camera. This is a rather random extra but it is the first smartphone to have a heart rate monitor built-in.
  

Here are some of our best Business Samsung Galaxy S5 deals, contact us for more details:

Subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Contact for more details.

What are your opinions on the Samsung Galaxy S5? Will you be rushing out to buy one?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Welcome


Welcome to Top Comms Blog. We are a local telecoms company based in Wolverhampton, specialising in Business Mobile Contracts.
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