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O2 to pull all new contract sales from Phones4U

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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
http://www.mobiletoday.co.uk/content/15770.asp?men=2&sub=6

O2 is to pull out of new contract business at Phones 4u from 1 April.

Mobile has learned that O2 will only allow upgrade business and prepay sales at the multiple retailer, in a move that completes the strategic alignment of Vodafone and O2 with two separate retailers.

O2's retreat from Phones 4u follows Vodafone's shock pull-out from The Carphone Warehouse last year. The deal is the latest example of operators and retailers taking sides, forging alignments and operators striking sharper deals.

I'm not sure which way to look @ this:

1) It degrades retailer impartiality in alot of stores nationwide, CPW favouring O2, P4U favouring Vodafone giving network operators alot more retail power and alot of biased custom and network signups dependent upon walking traffic of punters...

2) CPW and P4U will offer increasingly better deals for their respective new masters, I mean networks of O2 and Vodafone... but the article mentions larger sales = smaller comissions, which equals not as good cashback deals or possibly not as good handsets, but maybe it includes cheaper handsets....

It'll be interesting to see how this little feud continues, as I run alot of mobile contracts for my family.

It could easily get worse, if BT rolls out it''s "6th mobile network" this year on WiMAX, if Three eventually gets sold, Hutchinson have been maneuvering themselves to get buyers interested and to get the highest price for a while now.

The market will get too crowded, someone is going to get gobbled up and with Orange and Vodafone sharing 3g masts (possibly illegally) with T-Mobile and O2 looking to do similar (they do so in Germany), the PCN networks of T-Mobile and Orange might get eaten with Three serving as seconds...
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schizoboy
http://www.mobiletoday.co.uk/content/15770.asp?men=2&sub=6



I'm not sure which way to look @ this:

1) It degrades retailer impartiality in alot of stores nationwide, CPW favouring O2, P4U favouring Vodafone giving network operators alot more retail power and alot of biased custom and network signups dependent upon walking traffic of punters...

2) CPW and P4U will offer increasingly better deals for their respective new masters, I mean networks of O2 and Vodafone... but the article mentions larger sales = smaller comissions, which equals not as good cashback deals or possibly not as good handsets, but maybe it includes cheaper handsets....

It'll be interesting to see how this little feud continues, as I run alot of mobile contracts for my family.

It could easily get worse, if BT rolls out it''s "6th mobile network" this year on WiMAX, if Three eventually gets sold, Hutchinson have been maneuvering themselves to get buyers interested and to get the highest price for a while now.

The market will get too crowded, someone is going to get gobbled up and with Orange and Vodafone sharing 3g masts (possibly illegally) with T-Mobile and O2 looking to do similar (they do so in Germany), the PCN networks of T-Mobile and Orange might get eaten with Three serving as seconds...


[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]About time too...:whistling: these companies do nothing for the end user but make money for themselves, I am glad I am out of a 3G contract in July, I have been paying £45 every month for nothing, can't use the service, people can't get hold of me blah blah blah, 3G tell me it's my fault, I need to stand nearer a window to get a better signal (FFS) I must be hitting the wrong keys (FFSA) it sits at home doing nothing (I know it's a waste but I have learnt a lesson the hard way, but at least i will have a new Nokia to sell in a few months time and recoup some money) . I have 4 contract phones from O2 now, not the best in customer services but I only have 1 point of contact when something goes wrong.

3G - grrrrr rant over[/COLOR]
#2
I suppose I am lucky and get good coverage from all networks.
It's not hard to check coverage before ordering however.
#3
With TMobile you can now check coverage for your area

http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/personal/pages.do/our-services/uk-coverage/street-check?ref=homepage



Im not 100% sure but I think I was able to check coverage for all networks via carphonewarehouse a while ago, cant seem to find it now, maybe Im wrong since T-Mobile's search is a special promotion....
#5
I have always used pay as you go because some months I will use a lot, but others I dont make a single call. Also know people who have had problems with contracts
#6
I run 9 contracts for myself and family, you need to be able to chase up and know your rights, otherwise it's not a problem really.

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