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Mobile phone hire guide: Looking to rent a phone (mobile phone /cell phone) for short-term use?

Mobile phone rental is a great option for businesses looking to kit out their staff (or clients) with a secure and smart device for a project, conference, or team event. They are also a great way of providing a specific piece of software to a large group of people, whether that be providing interactive maps, agendas, an interactive app, software containing questions for market research and data collection, or software which allows you to use the device as (barcode) scanning device. Finally, clients rent iphones simply to keep their team talking on consistent, reliable handsets during key events, and can monitor usage, and if needed location. Mobile phone hire gives you the option of providing staff with a reliable, short-term portable business device for a defined rental period.

What to consider with business mobile phone rental

Firstly, for the next event you're planning, be it a trade show or project, who are the users, and what are they used to? Would they prefer apple iphone, or android phone devices? Will they have an apple ID? Do you know how you’ll upload the software, data, or apps to the devices? Where will the work be undertaken? Will there be reliable Wifi, or will you need help to source a SIM card loaded? Does the software or the app run better on any particular device, or age of device? Also, whilst a phone is highly portable if it is going to be used a lot for viewing material (rather than typing and entering data), have you considered whether renting a laptop or tablet would be better? iPads will sometimes be a better solution for the larger screen, if you need to display or view a movie file? – and sometimes laptops will be best as a lot of data needs to be typed in, or more storage is needed, but if touch capability is needed, and you need a highly portable device, then phone hire from Hire Intelligence gives you lots of options.

If you definitely need a portable device, then there's an enormous range of devices for smartphone rental out there and many of them offer comparable levels of power, specs and functionality. The most popular demand from Hire Intelligence is for iPhone hire.

How will the phone be used?

Different kinds of smartphones are suited to different kinds of situations. Here are some examples:

  • Staff sent to report on a project abroad: Say your employees have been sent on a three-week fact-finding mission to a large infrastructure project to assess progress. They need a smartphone which allows them to take high-definition photos, upload files, and allow use of project management software and take notes. They may even be shooting video to record progress in which case the smart phone storage should be considered.

  • Employees working at an exhibition stand: Your staff are representing your brand on the front line with potential customers. They'll be taking notes and customer details on their phones, and so you need something that looks smart and cutting-edge. At the same time, you want a device which allows them to use your email system and connect easily with your company's in-house software or intranet system. You may wish for the staff to demonstrate your website, so screen size might be a factor, or you might wish for the public to interact with the smartphones and enter their own data - in which case should you have some iphone devices, and some android devices. You might even want to show the content you have stored on the latest iphone on a nearby tv, using a tv app and/or mirroring via apple tv.

By thinking about the way the smartphone is likely to be used, you can start to make a 'wish list' of features.

If considering iphone rental, the apple website provides a great 'comparison' page which allows you to compare the processor and camera performance of the iphone fleet.

Operating Systems (OS):

To decide on the operating system of your mobile phone rental there are basically two options for a mobile phone operating system (OS): Google's Android, or Apple's iOS.

Apple iOS is well known for being reliable and free of viruses. However, since Apple is a 'closed' OS, you might have some issues connecting with systems built by different technology companies.

Android: Google's Android is a hugely popular system and used on basically all non-Apple smartphones. It's slightly less secure than Apple, but is also much more open and easier to connect with other platforms.

In the end, choosing between these systems may boil down to your end users' personal choice - some people are diehard Apple product fans, while others don't mind either way!

Choosing between specific mobile phone hire handsets

Your last major consideration is going to be which handset to choose from - there are many well-respected brands out there, offering high-quality devices you can count on. That said, Apple and Samsung are regarded as the strongest players in the field - which is why we prioritise them in our UK mobile phone rental offering.

Android Phone models - Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S10.

Rent iPhone models - iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone SE.

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Apple iPhone 8
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Apple iPhone 8

Space Grey 64GB

Samsung Galaxy S7
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Samsung Galaxy S7

iPhone X
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iPhone X

Samsung Galaxy S8 phone
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Samsung Galaxy S8 phone

Samsung Galaxy S9
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Samsung Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9

iPhone XR
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iPhone XR

iPhone XR

iPhone 11 & 11 Pro
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iPhone 11 & 11 Pro

Samsung S10
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Samsung S10

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