The three remaining major partners of Phones 4u prior to its move into administration have all moved to acquire some former Phones 4u stores and take on some of its employees.
The defining feature of nearly all public statements surrounding the recent collapse of UK mobile phone retailer Phone 4u has been overwhelming concern for welfare of the 5,596 employees who stand to lose their jobs, coupled with a concerted attempt to pin it all on the operators.
Longstanding UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4u dramatically put itself into administration over the weekend, citing the decisions of Vodafone and, late last week, EE not to renew their current contracts as the reason. While these don’t expire until February and October 2015, respectively, the company felt compelled to call in the administrators immediately.
Vodafone UK has decided against renewing its existing contract with retailer Phones 4u, which ends in February 2015. The news, which sees Phones 4u left with just two operator partners, EE and Virgin, follows Vodafone’s announcement earlier in the year about an overhaul of its UK distribution strategy.