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Vodafone to save 900 jobs as Phones 4u stores are bought

We’ve just had confirmation that Vodafone will be buying 140 old Phones 4u stores and rebranding them. The offer, for an undisclosed sum, should mean that a further 900 Phones 4u staff will have their jobs saved. Employees will be “engaged” and rebranding will commence pending court

Phones 4u – Bondholder write-down deal off the table

There was, for a brief moment there, a glimmer of hope for the Phones 4u staff. We told yesterday how a plan was being formulated to give bondholders of the company a share of equity in an attempt to get stores opened and trading again. Sadly this

Popping the lock – It’s easier than you think

There’s various reasons that people want to get phones unlocked and, although some networks are now supplying unlocked handsets as default, many people make the choice to unlock on a daily basis. Let’s go through some of those reasons. It could be that you’re looking to exit

Get the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on giffgaff

How does a brand new iPhone 6 at £29.89 a month sound? Good? Well, on giffgaff they split the cost of phones and talk plans (aka, “goody bags”) so you need to add on the goody bag you’d like on top of that. If you go for

Admit it. You need this.

Yes, I recently dropped my phone into a pool. I tried to dry it out, but alas the damage was done. I didn’t have one of those clever EVAP pouches to try and get the moisture out and I quickly learned to be a bit more careful. Trouble

Podcast 110 – Listen in live

Welcome to the live, raw, unedited and often broken version of our podcast. Joining me this week are Ian and Nirave. This weeks topics revolve around Phones4U, readers questions, the iPhone pre-order stampede and our usual chit chat about our mobile goings on. To listen live it’s

Two new Kindles announced by Amazon

Three new Kindles have been announced today. Some may sound familiar but have extra grunt, whilst others are new to the market and have more storage. They are…. Kindle Voyage Costing jsut £169 it’s 7.6mm thick and weighs less than 180 grams. This one has a Paperwhite

Phones 4u – Could it rise from the flames?

Could Phones 4u still be saved? A last minute plan is being put into motion to swap some of the money owed to creditors for equity. If EE and Vodafone agree to the plan and start supplying contracts again, it could mean that all jobs are saved.

Podcast 110 – Ask us some questions

Our weekly podcast is just about getting into its stride, we’ve been at it for over two years now and we’d like to involve you guys in it a bit more. So we are going to try something we did ages ago, we want some questions from

EE refresh SIM Only 4G plans

Today, EE have updated their SIM only pricing here in the UK with data now offered up to 10GB a month. Before now the maximum data allowed on a SIM only deal was just 4GB, a massive drop from the largest 50GB package offered with a handset,

EE Cash on Tap now available for London Underground

EE are really pushing forward with their NFC payment service they call ‘Cash on Tap’, and what might be one of the most exciting and most convenient services has just been added. EE customers with the Cash on Tap service can now use this for the London

Samsung Galaxy Alpha available today on Voda

The shiny metallic Galaxy Alpha is now available in a choice of three colours on Vodafone. You can get it on 3G or, if you choose a 4G Red XL or Red XXL plan then you’ll get the double entertainment deal we mentioned last week. Prices start

Rumours – what are they worth?

Let’s get the what right out of the way: There’s been a tip from a trusted source that CPW will have the new Nexus device on sale on 1 November. Interesting, right? That gives all us all sorts of possible timelines to work with. But what does

Vodafone had planned a Phones 4u takeover

Sky News is reporting that there’s more to the Phones 4u events of the last few days than at first thought. Vodafone and EE have until now been painted as the villains of the piece, causing Phones 4u to close stores now rather than waiting for the

EE to buy 80 Phones 4u stores, keep staff?

Carphone Warehouse have already extended a helping hand to Phones 4u employees today, with 1,500 jobs on the table for those working in current concessions sites, such as this PC World one.. Now a “source” has told Mobile News that 80 stores have already been earmarked by

China tries to control the (phone) zombie apocalypse

If your commute involves walking then you’ll have probably witnessed the “Phone Zombie”. It’s a creature that stares blankly into a mobile phone without really paying attention to their direction or surroundings. Usually there’s a few last-minute turns as the person (or you) changes direction before hitting

The times, they are a-changing

This morning Phones 4u stores up and down the country have closed their doors. They have effectively been blocked from trading by their suppliers. If you operated lots of ice-cream vans but all the suppliers of ice-cream refused to supply you, you’d be pretty much out of

Phones 4u fallout begins…

As you may have read yesterday, Phones 4u have shut up shop this morning with the firm calling in the administrators. As part of the announcement, Phones 4u owners BC partners attacked the networks, particularly Vodafone for not giving them enough time to sort out alternative arrangements

Phones 4u going into administration

When Vodafone decided not to renew their contract with Phones 4u, it left the independent on thin ice with just EE, Virgin Media and their own (EE provided) network LIFE. However, now EE have decided to pull out of the independent retailer, leaving the chain without any

Inateck BP1002B Bluetooth speaker review.

Following on from my other Inateck speaker  review I have been sent a further bluetooth speaker to review, this one being the entry level BP1002B portable speaker. Features : Bluetooth v2.1 and EDRAux-inBuilt-in-mic for handsfree calling. Charge via micro-USBBuilt in Li-Ion battery1 x 3W speakerDimensions: 61.5 x 61.5 x