Over 5,500 jobs at risk
UK mobile phone specialist Phones 4u and a number of its associated businesses - including MVNO Life Mobile - have gone into administration today.
The company says it follows the decisions of Vodafone and then EE not to renew their network agreements, which represented over 90% of all connections it made.
Podcast - 10th September 2014
James Rosewell and Mark Bridge return from their summer break with a podcast full of smartphones and smart watches.
As well as products from Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, Motorola, HTC and Kazam, there's talk of Opera's new browser deal, a potential change on the UK high street... and a mobile app that connects to a Bluetooth toothbrush for improved toothpaste coverage.
A new study from mobile marketing and analytics firm Localytics shows that Apple’s most popular mobile phone is currently the iPhone 5, not the iPhone 5c or 5s that followed it.
Similarly, the most-seen Apple tablet is the iPad 2, which was released in 2011.
It’s reported that Vodafone UK won’t renew its network agreement with Phones 4u when it ends in February next year.
This means Phones 4u shops will not be able to offer ‘pay monthly’ connections and upgrades on the Vodafone network.
Includes parental control application
Lisbon-based Science4you, which until now has been best known for developing toys and games, has launched a smartphone that’s designed for children aged from 6 to 12 years old.
Its new Mobile4you handset is described as “the first smartphone in the world specifically developed for children, with focus on parental concerns”.