No Phones 4U in Winchester
Posted by Andy Goddard
Posted in News
The Phones 4U shop in Winchester’s High Street has been left dark after Vodafone and EE both pulled their support for the company.
"We were forced into administration"
EE said it had decided not to renew its contract, following a similar statement from Vodafone earlier this month.
Phones 4U executive David Kassler told Sky News about the hurt being felt by staff and customers:
“Today is a very sad day for our customers and our staff.
“If the mobile network operators decline to supply us, we do not have a business.
“A good company making profits of over £100m, employing thousands of decent people has been forced into administration.
“The great service we have provided should have guaranteed a strong future, but unfortunately our network partners have decided otherwise.
“The ultimate result will be less competition, less choice and higher prices for mobile customers in UK.”
The Winchester branch was still hiring.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has been appointed as administrator for the company, with more than 5-and-a-half thousand jobs and 700 stores other than the one here in Winchester now in jeopardy.