Recently the mobile phone retailer Phones4u was forced into administration after Three, O2, EE and Vodafone had opted out from the company in quick succession, however thankfully a few companies have stepping in to help save a few jobs and make the transition a little quicker.
Vodafone was the first to announce this, revealed that they had struck a deal with the retailer’s administrators PwC to buy out 140 of the closed Phones 4u stores, and now EE has announced to do the same.
The carrier revealed that it has put in an offer to buy 58 of the left-over stores, saving a further 359 jobs.
With that number, a combination of EE, Vodafone and Currys & PC World has saving a total of 1,860 jobs from the total of 6,000 previous employees.
This news is quite strange when you think about it, and has led to a number of questions about Vodafone’s and EE’s motives, with Phones 4 U stating the following in their closing statement:
“The unexpected decisions by both Vodafone and EE have come as a complete shock to the business. The company is in a healthy state and both EE and Vodafone had, until very recently, consistently indicated that they saw Phones 4u as a long-term strategic partner.”
However those motives are yet to be proved.