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January 11, 2016

GOODBYE 2015, AND INTO 2016

Happy New Year from all of us at Telestial!

It’s been another great year, and we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. As always, we’ve been working hard to ensure you get the best deals and the lowest possible roaming rates. During the last year, our team has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to make sure we pass on these savings to our customers. We’ve lowered rates for calls and texts, cut the price of mobile data and added new territories to our roaming plans in an amazing 57 territories worldwide. We have concentrated on adding popular travel destinations in the Caribbean and South America in the last year, but whenever an opportunity arises to lower rates in countries we already cover, we take it.

We’ll be doing the same for 2016 (in fact, our amazing team has already started), but for now, here’s the list of newly added or improved territories:

Aland Islands
Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Bonaire
British Virgin Islands
Cameroon
Chile
Colombia
Curacao
Dominica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Fiji
French Guiana
Georgia
Grenada
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Iceland
Isle of Man
Jamaica
Kenya
Kuwait
Laos
Malaysia
Martinique
Mexico
Montserrat
Netherlands Antilles
Nicaragua
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
St Barthelemy
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Martin
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Suriname
Tanzania
Thailand
Ukraine
Uruguay
US Virgin Islands
Uzbekistan
Venezuela


November 26, 2015

INTO THE FUTURE (STILL NO FLYING CARS)

With the amount we use our smartphones and their associated bandwidth, manufacturers are racing to make more efficient systems and innovations. In the coming months and years, there are a number of very interesting developments in the field of smartphone technology.

The first of these to appear will be new chipsets from both Apple and Android manufacturers. These new devices will have features such as improved processing power, 4K graphics, surround sound, better battery life and faster, more efficient WIFI. With these chipsets appearing in phones from next year, high-end smartphones will be even more powerful, and ready to take the next step in personal entertainment – VR.

Virtual Reality has been around for many years but had, until recently, been subject to the limitations of other technologies. Now, however, all the big players are experimenting with VR headsets, from Facebook’s high-end Oculus Rift to Google’s low-fi offering, named (and made out of) Cardboard. Most of these aim to be powered by smartphones, adding a new dimension to gaming, videos and many other applications. There are even applications for virtual tourism, a sort of ‘try before you buy’ for travel. Simply put on a headset and in moments, you can be walking around Abbey Road Studios in London.

If we’re going to be using our phones for these new technologies, then it’s not just the processors that require an upgrade. Short battery life is a major issue for these power-hungry applications, and new innovations can suffer if they haven’t tackled this problem (such as the Apple Watch, for example). Change is coming, whether it is ways of extending the life and capacity of current battery models, new types of battery that charge faster or new technology that uses less power and therefore extend battery life up to a week.

We also need to tackle the issue of bandwidth. With LTE and WIFI being clogged by the vast amounts of streaming video that we consume, innovators have been looking at ways to make this more efficient as well. A new technology known as LI-FI has been tested this month, using light. The speed and capacity of this has been recorded as being a staggering 100 times faster than current WIFI.

Whether we use these new advances on smartphones or not remains a mystery. The wearables market is increasing and evolving just as much as the phone market, and while there are some ideas that fall behind (such as Google’s Glass and their Star Trek-inspired communicator), it’s clear that people are already thinking of smartphones as being too bulky and old-fashioned. Who knows, in the future, we might not need a device at all – we could simply wear the technology on our skin.


November 15, 2015

Making it easier to keep in touch with your family and friends whilst in France

Following the events that have taken place in Paris, we want to help you stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues. With this in mind, the following changes to the European SIM Card are to take immediate effect for the next two weeks:

- Receive free incoming calls in France
- Call home from France at the cost of a local call

To access call rates, view the Rate Finder.

As always, incoming calls are free with your International SIM Card.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic events in Paris.


November 11, 2015

GOOGLE MAPS NOW AVAILABLE OFFLINE

Google, our online overlords and rulers of the Interwebs, have updated Google Maps in an entirely wonderful way – it’s now all available offline. This means that searching for specific destinations and getting turn-by-turn directions can now be done without an internet connection. This is fantastic news for roaming travelers, but you’ll need to remember to download the information for the region you are visiting before you travel. Once that’s done, however, you are good to go. The only information that won’t be available are real-time traffic updates and user-added photos – but these can be added seamlessly to the map as soon as you go online again.

The updated version of Google Maps is now available for Android handsets (such as the Smart range of unlocked handsets that Telestial provides), and will be coming to iOS soon.


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