IT’S almost impossible to imagine life now without a mobile phone, not to mention all the 21st century communications systems that keep businesses running smoothly. But 25 years ago, it was all very different, and Welcomm Communications was among the first in the region to see the potential. Founded by Chris Stanton (now Chairman) as Welland Communications, Welcomm embraced everything from more affordable and accessible contracts and smaller, cheaper handsets, the introduction of 2G, 3G and now 4G, right through to the all-multi-functional smartphones of today.
Shortly after forming the company, Chris Stanton was invited to a study group conference in Florida, led by Cellnet, now part of O2. He said: “It was fascinating because in the States stores were selling mobile phones for $1 with a contract. Nah, that will never catch on in the UK, I thought. Not only that, but they also had a multitude of different tariffs. We thought that wouldn’t catch on either.”
Today, mobile phone contracts are simply a part of Welcomm’s business, with customers wanting to access emails and internet while on the move, link with the office system and access hosted data from the cloud. In addition to supplying phone and contracts, Welcomm is also keen to ensure clients and potential clients have access to the latest information about telecommunications systems. For instance, with the recent news that Microsoft is no longer supporting its old Windows XP and 2003 packages, and with Microsoft Office 365 offering businesses the ideal alternative, Welcomm is hosting a technology briefing on Office 365 for local businesses that want to learn more about this service, how it will benefit their business and see a live demo. This free briefing will be taking place on Wednesday, 7 May, with the option of either a breakfast session from 9 to10.30am or a lunch session from noon to 1.30pm. If there is sufficient demand, Welcomm will be holding further sessions in the near future.
To register, complete an online registration form at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFPJ5VD