Mobiles

Kendal College recognises that it is necessary for some staff to have access to mobile communications to work effectively. Mobile provision resolves two business needs:

  • Enable you to make and receive calls anywhere
  • Enable you to send and receive email or view and make calendar changes, when away from your desk

What do I do if my mobile phone is lost or stolen?

If you college phone is lost or stolen, please contact the network team as soon as possible. we can then block the number and remotely wipe the handset. We will then look at ordering a replacement handset and sim card.


 How do I use my mobile phone abroad?

Before you can use your phone abroad Contact Us it must be enabled to do so.  Please contact the network team to enable this feature whilst you are abroad.

Currently the provision for using your phone within the EU and outside the EU is different. This situation may change when the UK leaves the EU. We will inform users of any “post BREXIT changes”.

Please do not take your work handset abroad unless it is being used on College business. If a device is lost or stolen then your Department will be asked to pay for a new handset.


Getting the Most from Smartphone Data

Many trains (even planes), hotels and public places offer Wi-Fi access – often free. When you are using your phone on a Wi-Fi connection it means your data allowance is not used at all. It may even be worthwhile using a paid for Wi-Fi service in certain circumstances (eg a hotel abroad).

Cellular data use can considerably increase your rental costs. But by making careful use of cellular data you can keep these under control. For most people the standard 2GB allowance should be sufficient. Some tips below will help keep your data use under control:

Tethering

Tethering simply means sharing your phone’s internet connection with other gadgets. It’s especially handy for getting your laptop or tablet online when they don’t have a 3G or 4G connection of their own. This is useful when no free Wi-Fi service is available (e.g., in hotels that charge for Wi-Fi).

How does it work?

When you tether your phone, it doubles up as a modem that lets other devices hop online. You connect your tablet or laptop to the phone using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB cable. In turn, your phone shares its 3G or 4G connection. The benefit of using a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection is that you can tether multiple devices to a single phone. Your friends can share your internet connection with their laptops, for example. Connecting with a USB cable charges your phone at the same time, sucking power from your laptop to avoid draining its own battery.

For an iPhone

  • Simply tap into Settings
  • Select Personal Hotspot
  • Flick it to the ‘on’ position and you’re set

The iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature works via Wi-Fi or USB by default, but when turned on, a pop-up message will ask if you want to enable Bluetooth too. You can share your iPhone’s internet connection with up to five devices simultaneously using Wi-Fi, so it’s the best option for multiple gadgets.

For Android

Google introduced a personal hotspot feature with Android 2.2 Froyo. If your phone is running Android 2.2 or above, you’re ready to go. Setting it up is simple:

  • Just tap into Settings
  • Press Wireless And Network
  • Select Tethering And Portable Hotspot
  • Tick the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot option and your other wireless gadgets will be able to connect immediately
    To be completely secure ensure you protect your Android Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot using encryption. It’s easy to add from the settings menu using an 8-character password.