Vodafone mulling bid for T-Mobile

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Vodafone could be set to table a takeover bid for T-Mobile’s UK division, it has been reported.

The acquisition would result in the creation of the UK’s largest mobile phone network with a market share of 40 per cent.

Currently, Vodafone commands 25 per cent of the market, placing it second overall, while T-Mobile has 15 per cent. Meanwhile, 3 is the market leader with 27 per cent.

News of developments comes after indications that T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom considers that the division has been underperforming recently.

However, according to the Financial Times, the mooted £2.5 billion deal could face opposition from regulatory authorities on the grounds that it could result in a monopoly and disadvantage consumers.

None of the parties named in the stories have yet to confirm or deny the rumours linking them to the potential acquisition.

T-Mobile and Vodafone are the first mobile phone operators to offer Android mobile phones in the UK, in the form of the T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Magic respectively.

 

Virgin Mobile tops mobile phone customer poll

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Virgin Mobile’s service for mobile phone contract customers is the best in the business, according to a consumer survey.

The operator scored 718 points out of a possible 1,000 in a JD Power poll to top the rankings. O2 and Orange claimed second and third place respectively.

Virgin Mobile also impressed with its service for pre-pay customers, but was beaten into third place in this facet of the study by O2 and Tesco.

The report took into account a number of performance indicators, including call quality and coverage, cost, billing, promotions, customer service and availability of handsets.

JD Power and Associates senior manager of service, Stuart Crawford-Browne, said: “Providers that take care of their customers with ease of use, good value and loyalty incentives are more likely to prevail in this difficult economic environment.”