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”.
Amazon has launched a US-based mobile payment service with a plug-in credit card reader for smartphones and tablets.
It enables small business owners to take payments on mobile devices via a free app and is seen as a rival to longer-established services including Square, PayPal and iZettle.
Mark Bridge writes:
The two-year mobile phone contract has almost become a standard, despite EU efforts to make it a worst-case scenario. I went into the Brighton branch of Carphone Warehouse today and was told I couldn't upgrade to a 12-month contract. Last year I could; now they would only offer me a 24-month deal.
Dixons Carphone plc starts trading
Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse have confirmed the completion of their merger, which was first announced in May.
The combined Dixons Carphone plc business will employ over 40,000 people in 14 countries, including the Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World stores in the UK.