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Vodafone UK offers up 4G to its Sure Signal business users

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By James Richardson on 5 Feb 2014 05:49 am EST
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In the UK the Vodafone Sure Signal is nothing new, but adding 4G LTE to it sure is. The carrier has recently announced that it will be offering the Sure Signal Premium Service to medium and large businesses who need the best connection possible when in an indoors environment. With Vodafone selling a range of 4G BlackBerry 10 devices this could well be very popular. 

For those of you that haven't come across the Sure Signal before it's essentially a small mobile receiver that you plug into the mains in your house or office.

Although Vodafone has the majority of the country covered there will always be places where the signal is weak or nonexistent. Connecting your BlackBerry to the Sure Signal will give your BlackBerry the signal it needs to ensure you can go about your daily productivity tasks without the worry of not having any mobile coverage. 

Certainly a good selling tool for Vodafone in the enterprise market. Do we have any Sure Signal users here on team CrackBerry? Let us know in the comments. 

More information on the Vodafone Sure Signal

Press Release

Vodafone UK has launched its Sure Signal Premium service for medium and large businesses who need high-quality, seamless 3G and Ultrafast 4G* mobile coverage throughout their workplace. 

Unlike previous indoor mobile coverage solutions, Sure Signal Premium can be installed rapidly and securely connects to the Vodafone network. It is designed to provide a platform for future enterprise with support for location-based analytics and mobile device management. 

With the growing use of smartphones and other smart devices in the workplace, not only for voice but increasingly for enterprise apps, businesses depend on high-quality, high-speed 3G and Ultrafast 4G* capacity throughout their workplaces. Research has shown that around two-thirds of mobile usage is indoors**, and employees expect to be fully connected and available on their mobile devices wherever they are. 

"The rise of the smartphone, mobile apps and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in the workplace means high-quality, high-speed indoor coverage is no longer just a nice-to-have for business," said Fergal Kelly, CTO at Vodafone UK. "With Sure Signal Premium, large businesses can satisfy rising indoor capacity and coverage demands in a highly integrated, well managed way. This new service is just one benefit from the £900m we spent last year on our fixed and mobile network in the UK. This is one of the reasons 72% of FTSE 100 companies choose Vodafone to meet their communications needs." 

The first enterprise grade indoor mobile coverage solution of its kind in the UK, Signal Premium has been developed by Vodafone in partnership with NEC, a market leader in the supply and system integration of indoor mobile coverage solutions and SpiderCloud Wireless, a specialist provider of platforms that deliver unprecedented mobile coverage and capacity to enterprises. Intended for businesses with 320 or more employees and more than 3,200 square metres of floor space, the solution can scale up to support many thousands of users. It can be installed as quickly and easily as WiFi and seamlessly self-configures to provide perfect voice and data service. 

Vodafone’s expertise means customers will receive a robust design, delivery and installation service, leaving them with the best possible coverage and capacity setup for their unique building layout. 

As the only UK company to own an integrated fixed and mobile network, Vodafone is ideally positioned to provide the best possible connection for large businesses. Through innovative Sure Signal technology that is both robust and secure, we’re giving businesses the power of smarter communications and an always connected workforce.

Reader comments

Vodafone UK offers up 4G to its Sure Signal business users

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I'd prefer it if Vodafone got their fingers out and released 10.2.1 as we are still waiting!

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Still waiting on Verizon! I guess they release in alphabetical order, lazy bums!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

No it's an old Blackberry didn't you notice the little email icons - makes me feel quite nostalgic!!

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Would probably be a lot better if Vodafone spent money on improving their networks coverage than making these devices that increase signal indoors - EE and O2 don't have this problem where I am but Vodafone do?

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I've been A Vodafone SureSignal user for about 2 years after moving home to a bad coverage area.
Vodafone offered it at half price as I was about 4 months into a 2 year contract.

I only get a HSPDA & 3G signal from it at the moment. Does this mean they are upgrading all existing units firmware to push 4G?

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Few days ago Im already install with 10.2.1.536 . . . But just now im received software update 10.2.1.537 with 6mb size . . . Anyone help me ?

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Don't worry, be happy. You mean the bl****y update finally arrived? Not that I care, I did Sachesi.

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I'm not a business user ,but have a sure signal in the house, it is great a H all the time, and as a family is Vodafone you add their numbers to your sure signal box, MUST say you need I think a 1mb broadband speed to make it work. I may stand corrected

This would be exciting if everyone who owned a Sure Signal device was eligible for an upgrade to 4G. Not so interesting as only a minority will also be business owners.

Having said that I can imagine this being useful to the type of enterprise whose employees are highly mobile and active in a single location, yet requiring ready access to voice and data services. Logistics operations spring to mind, for one example. Delivery reconciliation centre of a web-based enterprise also, perhaps.

I guess it's the potential for a blurring of the lines between 'network' and LAN (in terms of speed and bandwidth at least) which is most interesting here though.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

Vodafone only offers the Z10 in Australia, no Z30 love. Come on Vodafone AU, i want a shiny new Z30!!!

Posted with the brilliance of my Z10

Telstra's got it, but their prices are outrageous. Maybe get it outright at Harvey Norman or Kogan?

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Yeah i know but as you say their plans are outrageous. Will give it a couple more months to see if Vodafone will carry it. They didn't carry the Z10 either when my contract was up so i went and bought it outright. Then they released it about two months later. Just will have to be patient, my Z10 will do for now. ;)

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It would be good that we start by having a good signal outdoor.

It keeps loosing signal on my Z10 and then cannot get the BlackBerry logo next to the phone connection. Very annoying.

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Iv got suresignal, had it about a month! They've had masts that weren't working well, so got it at half price and got money back off my contract since November. :) but yeah, the new update hasn't happened, Sachesi did for me yesterday! :) used O2. My phones signal is even better when out and about. :)

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I negotiated a free Sure Signal for my home when I opened a business account with Vodafone nearly 3 years ago.

It is the only way to get a 3G signal in this remote part of Somerset.

I have my two BB9900 and daughter's Samsung Android phone (it's black) connected.

It mostly works well, but calls can get interrupted sometimes when the broadband is busy.

It will be interesting to see if this is a new version of Sure Signal, or a firmware update.

Would have been great if James indicated a price point, no idea how much this is worth. Indispensable, I guess, if you rely on it....

No need for such a thing in my suburb. And do you need it with the Z30's Paratek antenna anyway?

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

The Vodafone official price is £100 for the current 3G version, but I am sure that there are deals to be done when negotiating a new contract.

Hey Prem, is this even available in Oz? I've never heard of it, got a mate that lives in Young (country NSW) and he had to switch to Telstra due to poor Vodafone service out there.

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It seems a largely unnecessary device. For the 4G Internet the sure signal connects to your home broadband connection, most of the routers connected to that have wi-fi. If you live in an area where Vodafone has no coverage this would be necessary, but if the Internet goes down, then so does the sure signal. Great time to get on with those emergency calls cluttering up your in-tray.

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