Feeds

Mobile phone boom expected for festive season

I'm dreaming of an Orange Christmas...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Santa will deliver four million mobile phones to the UK this Christmas, piling pressure on vendors not to repeat last year's stock shortages. Sales are expected to rise 60 per cent on last year's fourth quarter, which saw BT Cellnet run out of handsets in the pre-Christmas rush. Vodafone AirTouch also admitted that it "struggled" to keep up with demand over last year's festive period. Pay-as-you-go phone packages are expected to remain the main driver behind booming sales. Pre-paid phones currently account for 40 per cent of the UK market, and half of the British population is expected to have some form of mobile phone within two years. According to Bloomberg, the UK's four mobile phone companies will be offering cheaper calls and other incentives to prepaid customers this quarter. This is expected to swell their coffers by an extra £1 billion over the next year. Last month saw a worried UK phone regulator, Dave Edmonds, director general of Oftel, asking to see companies' plans for handling the anticipated pre-Christmas boom. Vodafone, BT Cellnet, Orange and One2One claim there will be no repeat of last year's handset shortages, saying they have taken steps to ready themselves. Vodafone has invested £20 million in customer services in 1999, and Orange and One2One have opened new call centres. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.