Wileyfox thrown a lifeline

Back in the start of February, British phone manufacturer Wileyfox stated that the company was entering into administration, and possibly sounding the death knell for this much-loved and well received mid-range manufacturer.

But today March 19th, another British firm (STK) has agreed on a licensing deal with the Wileyfox Group to sell the firm’s handsets in the UK, Europe and South Africa. STK isn’t just selling the handsets though. It’ll also be offering after-sales care and services, including customer support.

STK has also stated that they will honour warranties that are still in date – ensuring you have the support you need if your phone were to develop a fault. The company will sell the Wileyfox Swift 2, Swift 2 Plus and the Swift 2 X, with a planned roadmap for new Wileyfox devices in the second half of 2018.

In even more good news, STK is working on rolling out the Android 8.1 update to existing Swift 2 range devices within the next three weeks, ensuring customers are up-to-date with the latest software.

Henri Salameh, STK’s Commerical Director, stated

“what we saw was a good opportunity to not only to continue the production of the Wileyfox handsets and reinstate after sale and warranty support, but also to save jobs in UK and Europe while merging two strong UK brands together to operate under one roof.”

By adding Wileyfox to the company’s smartphone portfolio, he stated

“Wileyfox was playing at a slightly higher price point and was a stronger online presence. Merging the two businesses allows us to become even stronger online … as well as significantly improving our production channels, sales reach and customer service offering.”

Currently, the devices are out of stock on the Wileyfox website, but STK is working on an update for it and that you should “watch this space in the next two weeks.”