Business mobile and fixed line providers 24 Seven are to range Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-G1 in collaboration with their national roaming Jump SIM.
With the device targeted at agricultural use amongst others, the ability for users to switch between O2, EE and Vodafone’s UK networks adds greater reliability and productivity in rural areas which traditionally suffer from low coverage.
Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-G1 is a fully ruggedized Winows 10 Pro tablet targeted at outdoor use with a high brightness 10.1” screen, IP65 water and dust resistance, and 180cm shock resistance.
24 Seven MD David Samuel said, ‘We’re very pleased to be working with Panasonic. The combination of the UK’s first national roaming solution, our Jump SIM, and the Toughpad, the world’s most durable tablet, serves to provide a range of industries with an extremely beneficial, hard-wearing, connected and reliable device. This has the potential to change the way business customers operate entirely. We’re looking forward to seeing how our relationship with Panasonic develops.’
The feeling is mutual, with Panasonic Business channel sales manager Oliver Ledgard praising the advantages of the Jump SIM collaboration, ‘The Jump SIM is a great addition to our Toughpad, and M2M holds so much potential over a broad range of sectors. Because of our partnership with 24 Seven, we can provide a solution that is consistent and reliable, which is exactly what consumers need, especially when their business can be so reliant upon it.’
Their cross network MVNO Jump SIM, was launched by 24 Seven in 2015, making it the first UK MVNO to offer a service which jumps from network to network to guarantee the best signal strength for customers. Following the British Infrastructure Group (a crossbench panel of MPs) suggestion in October that networks be forced to offer national roaming to fill not-spots, 24 Seven wrote to all 90 group MPs to support their suggestion, explaining in a statement, ‘Although the topic of national roaming is frequently brought into the public eye and commented on by authorities, the big networks are continuing to brush the issue under the carpet. As many parts of the UK suffer from limited connectivity and signal, it’s time that these calls are heard.’