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Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer

Vodafone has swooped on 140 Phones 4u stores just days after the retailer blamed the operator for contributing to its untimely demise when it slipped into administration late last Sunday. Administrator PwC said in a statement late on Friday that Voda had struck a deal with Phones 4u to re-brand the stores over the next few weeks …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014
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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

Phones 4u's website is currently telling customers that it is unable to trade due to "the unexpected decision of EE and Vodafone to withdraw supply" from the retailer. It comes after the High Street firm, which has 550 stores throughout the UK and 5,596 employees on its books, confirmed late on Sunday that it had fallen into …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Sep 2014
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Report: EE in talks to scoop up 60 Phones 4u stores from troubled High Street retailer

EE is reportedly the latest company to pick over the carcass of stricken British High Street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u, which fell into administration late last week. According to the Sunday Times (£), EE has until tonight to secure a deal to buy 60 stores from Phones 4u. The move comes after rival mobile network Vodafone …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014
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Caudwell to flog entire phone business

Billionaire John Caudwell is bailing out of the phone business after announcing today that he intends to flog his whole empire. In September, Caudwell confirmed that he was looking to sell his fixed line telecoms business after receiving "a number of approaches from third parties interested in acquiring Caudwell Communications …
Tim Richardson, 09 Nov 2005
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Caudwell Comms gets new MD

Caudwell Communications - the fixed line phone business of Phones 4u boss John Caudwell - has appointed David Downie as MD to "bolster" the management team. Well, for the time being at least. Last month Downie was appointed MD of Phones 4u Retail (Caudwell's chain of mobile phone outlets) having worked for ASDA for the last 15 …
Tim Richardson, 16 Nov 2005
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Caudwell Group sale rings up £1.46bn

John Caudwell was flicking through yacht catalogues this morning after sealing the sale of his telecoms empire to a pair of private equity groups for £1.46bn. The Phones4U chain and the business-to-business operation will go to Providence Equity, a US-based firm, while UK-based Doughty Hanson will take over the 20:20 Logistics …
Joe Fay, 07 Aug 2006
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Caudwell to flog fixed line biz

Telecoms entrepreneur John Caudwell and the man behind phones 4u is looking to flog his fixed line telephone business after receiving "a number of approaches from third parties interested in acquiring Caudwell Communications". The sale of the business and its 600,000 punters could net Caudwell £100m, according to The Telegraph …
Tim Richardson, 21 Sep 2005
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Pipex buys Caudwell's fixed line phone biz

Pipex has bought fixed line business Homecall from telecoms tycoon John Caudwell adding more than 500,000 phone punters to its existing customer base. Coupled with its existing broadband, voice and hosting business Pipex now has more than a million punters giving it ample opportunity to sell multiple services to its expanding …
Tim Richardson, 23 Mar 2006
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Man arrested in Phones4U mansion raid

Staffordshire police, with help from their colleagues on Merseyside, have arrested a man in connection with the aggravated robbery at Broughton Hall - home of former Phones4U boss John Caudwell. The incident on Monday night left Caudwell with a one-inch gash on his forehead from an iron bar wielded by one of the gang. His …
John Oates, 04 Nov 2010
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Former Phones 4U boss injured in armed break-in

John Caudwell, formerly the boss of Phones 4U, was injured during a raid on his Staffordshire home. A masked and armed gang broke into Broughton Hall on Monday evening. Caudwell was hit on the head with an iron bar, which left a one-inch gash. His partner Claire Johnson, 41, and a 22-year-old female member of staff were also …
John Oates, 03 Nov 2010
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Phones4U sold on again

Mobe retailer Phones4U has been bought by BC Partners from its previous private equity owners. The 500-strong chain was sold by founder John Caudwell, along with his B2B business, to Providence Equity for £1.46bn in 2006. Phones4U claims £900m in sales for last year, up 20 per cent on 2009. Iy has 6,000 staff and claims one in …
John Oates, 18 Mar 2011
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Second arrest for Phones4U robbery

Staffordshire Police have arrested a second man in connection with the aggravated burglary at Broughton Hall - home to Phones4U millionaire John Caudwell. Over the weekend, Staffordshire Police searched several addresses in the Wigan area, and on Monday a 33-year-old man from Merseyside was arrested and questioned. Detective …
John Oates, 16 Nov 2010
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Three bidders interested in Phones4U

Phones4U boss John Caudwell is nearing a decision about the future of his business almost six months after putting his entire telecoms empire up for sale. The Sunday Times reports that Caudwell has received three bids from private equity outfits, valuing the business at around a billion quid. Caudwell is expected to select one …
Tim Richardson, 20 Mar 2006
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OFT probe could scupper C&W/Energis deal

Cable & Wireless' (C&W) £720m take-over of Energis could be scuppered if the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) decides it needs to take a closer look at the deal. According to reports, there's speculation that C&W might walk away from the deal if the OFT doesn't wave it through as expected later this week. Yet John Caudwell - the …
Tim Richardson, 17 Oct 2005
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Staff at 4uBusiness 'leaving in droves'

Staff at 4uBusiness have been warned they face job losses following a decision to merge the business with Phones4u, both of which are owned by telecoms entrepreneur John Caudwell. Insiders have told The Register that staff "are leaving in droves" and that morale has hit rock bottom. They blame the impending sale of The Caudwell …
Tim Richardson, 23 May 2006
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Phones4U raves about '3G Christmas'

Three in 10 of all 3G phone contracts sold in the UK are flogged by Phones4U shops, the retailer announced yesterday. "This has definitely been a 3G Christmas for Phones4U," said boss John Caudwell, echoing comments made by Dixons that this year had been a "digital Christmas". "I believe Phones4U is attracting younger and more …
Tim Richardson, 20 Jan 2006
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Employee discontent grows at 4uBusiness

Staff at troubled 4uBusiness - the SME-focused sibling of phone retailer Phones4u - fear the firm is being wound down, with devastating consequences for employees. Earlier this week, The Register reported that staff at 4uBusiness are "leaving in droves" and morale among workers has hit rock bottom. Now insiders at 4uBusiness, …
Tim Richardson, 25 May 2006
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Phones4u wins passing off appeal against phone4u

An online seller of mobile phones did not infringe the trademark of John Caudwell's Phones4u chain when it used the domain name phone4u.co.uk, according to the Court of Appeal. But Friday's judgment concluded that there was passing off. The ruling reverses a High Court judgment of last year, which threw out both arguments from …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 May 2006
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Phones 4U has banned its 2,500 staff from emailing each other, Ananova says. John Caudwell, the owner of the mobile phone retailer, reckons the move will save his employees three hours a day (three hours?!) and his company at least a £1m a month in time saved. Caudwell told the Press Association: "I saw that email was …
Drew Cullen, 18 Sep 2003
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Phones4U seeking buyer?

The founder of high-street phone retailer Phones4U has reportedly called in financial advisers to find a buyer for the company. Phones4U has so far refused to comment on the speculation, but according to The Telegraph John Caudwell has appointed investment bankers NM Rothschild to look into a sale. A spokesman for Phones4U …
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2005
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Email makes you fat

Workers across Britain will this week celebrate "Email-Free Friday" - an initiative promoted by Sport England's Everday Sport campaign to encourage the desk-bound to get off their fat arses and circulate around their work environments with calorie-burning enthusiasm. The reason is simple: emails make you fat. Long gone are the …
Lester Haines, 17 Oct 2005
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Gates no longer richest man on planet

Bill Gates is no longer the richest man on the planet. Thanks to the DoJ and the recent fall in tech stocks, poor ole Bill will have to make do with £37.5 billion. He had lead the world for three years thanks to his huge share holding in Microsoft but now new king of the castle is publicity-shy head of Wal-Mart S Robson Walton …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Apr 2001
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The Register Guide to Flat Fee ISPs

Confused about which ISPs are offering all-you-can-eat Net access in Britain? Then gorge yourself on The Register's guide to unmetered/flat-fee ISPs. If any ISPs want to be included on the list, please send the details to Tim Richardson and he'll sort it out. AltaVista -- announced March 2000 that it was to offer unmetered …
Team Register, 03 May 2000