Carphone considering becoming MVNO on 3UK

Not sure how this will affect Talk Mobile

According to reports, the UK’s leading mobile retailer, the Carphone Warehouse is in advanced negotiations with mobile network operator [MNO] Three (3UK). The intention is to create a Mobile Virtual Network Operator [MVNO] to rival the likes of Virgin Mobile or Tesco Mobile. The rumour has it that Carphone Warehouse could even launch the MVNO in time for Xmas. GoMo News isn’t quite sure where this leaves Talk Mobile (not to be confused with TalkTalk Mobile) which operates over Vodafone’s mobile network.

Although the deal seems set to go ahead, it appears that the fine details such as  branding have yet to be decided.

The Carphone is, of course,  set to merge with Dixons in August this year [2014] to form the Dixons Carphone group as part of a £3.7 billion takeover deal.

The talks with Three (3UK) are said to predate the Dixons merger, however.

GoMo News therefore wonders if the Carphone Warehouse feels it isn’t grabbing a big enough share of the UK’s mobile internet sector – which is where Three dominates.

Strangely, the Carphone Warehouse stopped selling 3UK’s handsets in its stores back in December 2013 but the MVNO talks do not include plans for a return.

About Dave Evans

Dave Evans was a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His last focus was on share price trends within the sector. He passed away in September [2014].
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