6/8/2009 12:17:00 PM
Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse partnership imminent
Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse are set to broker an agreement after a three year split, putting the network back into the retailer’s stores.
The Times has learned that Carphone Warehouse’s chief, Charles Dunstone, and Vodafone are in the final stages of talks that will see the network returned to the retailer’s stores.
Vodafone split from the retailer three years ago, switching to an exclusive partnership with Phones 4u, which committed to signing up 30,000 customers per month.
Financial Times, Times, Telegraph
Carphone Warehouse demerger set for 2010
Carphone Warehouse has set the date for the demerging of its telecoms and retail business for March 2010.
The retailer revealed the news as it filed its full year figures. The split would mean Carphone’s TalkTalk broadband business would be separated from the retail business.
The Tiscali deal, agreed last month, will make Carphone Warehouse Britain’s biggest provider of residential broadband, giving it an additional 1.8 million subscribers and taking its market share to 26%. This is ahead of both BT and Virgin Media, which have 24% each.