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 and going against what they had previously promised, with Stefano Quadrio Curzio, from BC Partners saying:

Vodafone has acted in exactly the opposite way to what they had consistently indicated to the management of Phones 4U over more than six months.

Their behaviour appears to have been designed to inflict the maximum damage to their partner of 15 years, giving Phones 4U no time to develop commercial alternatives.

John Cauldwell, the founder of Phones 4u who sold it in 2006, has also laid into the networks. He calls them “ruthless” and blames them and the government for killing the business.

Phones 4u fallout begins... Phones 4u fallout begins...

On the other side of the fence, Vodafone have released a statement saying they are sad that the business has gone into administration and the impact it will have on employees. They say that they were left with no choice when it became clear that the alternative strategies Phones 4u had to cope with contract ending didn’t exist. Vodafone strongly refute any allegations they have acted inappropriately at any stage in the negotiation saying Phones 4u were offered “repeated opportunities to propose competitive distribution terms to enable us to conclude a new agreement”.

With Vodafone recently agreeing a new long term deal with the newly formed Dixons Carphone, it seems as if there is a lot more to this story.

You can read the full statement on the link below or in the press release box.

Source: Vodafone statement