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.
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.
Podcast - 21st May 2014
This week's podcast begins with news about the creation of Dixons Carphone plc. We then move on to talk about patent-related legal action, customised Braille phones and the health concerns of children using smartphones.
There's also time to discuss tablet shipments, potential protests and foreign network sales.
Fresh from its deal last month to buy French telecoms business SFR, the Numericable Group is now negotiating to acquire Virgin Mobile France.
According to a statement by Carphone Warehouse, which owns 46% of the holding company, all the holding company shareholders have entered into an exclusivity agreement with Numericable.