Feeds

Vodafone cans Carphone Warehouse

Voda 4 Phones4U

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Vodafone contract phones will soon only be available from Phones4U. The two firms announced an exclusive deal today which will see the operator's contract offerings disappear from the stores of Phones4U's biggest high street rival, Carphone Warehouse.

Vodafone has gradually been taking back control of its contract customers and now has all of them back under its wing. Carphone Warehouse prefers to take over contracts for their duration, acting as a proxy for the networks.

Vodafone UK chief exec Nick Read said: "This strategic deal will complement our significant direct distribution capability and ensure we can target all key customer segments through their channel of choice."

Of particular interest to Vodafone is Phones4U's strength among 16 to 34-year-old consumers. They'll be key if the networks are to achieve their aim of becoming content providers.

Carphone Warehouse responded to being shut out today with a statement: "We do not expect there to be any impact on market forecasts for this or future years as a result of this change in commercial arrangements, as Carphone Warehouse will continue to retain its core customer values of independence and impartiality, and offer customers the most appropriate network proposition."

An "am I bovvered?" retort did little to impress investors, who accordingly sent Carphone Warehouse shares into a nosedive. At time of writing they were down more than 10 per cent on the opening price of 360.25 pence, wiping out gains earlier in the week as the market responded warmly to the acquisition of AOL UK. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.