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Today, consumers were informed that Phones 4U will not return them any money put for the newest iPhone.
Last week one of the biggest mobile phones retailers, Phones4U informed about its bankruptcy. This led to worries about the future of their employees and Phones4U customers. The staff was shocked and devastated by the news. As a result 1,700 jobs were axed and over 350 stores are to be closed. It could have been worse by some telecoms companies stepped in and acquired came in to help and purchased some of the shops and saved some jobs. EE, Vodafone and Dixons Carphone took control of over 400 stores and retained a bit over 2,000 staff.
Even though the company is under administration, their representatives assured customers that any money put up for the newest Apple phone will be returned. This position has just dramatically changed as the administrators, PricewaterhouseCoopers, informed past customers that they should not wait for their deposits to be refunded. Basically, it means there is no money left to be redistributed to creditors. PwC suggested customers who paid the deposits via credit card to try to get back the money through the card issuer; however, all claims will be ranked as an unsecured claim, which in reality means customers have little or no chance of seeing their money. The same goes for customers who were looking forward to cashback or free gifts – all these agreements are cancelled.
It is yet unknown what kind of money Phones4U collected from their customers as a deposit for iPhone 6.
Now you can rent a smartphone thanks to Vodafone Red Hot scheme. Currently, customers can choose either iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III or Note II and after the 12-month-long contract is over they need to return the device or they can exchange it to a new top smartphone.
Red Hot is not just phone renting service, but the deal also includes a tariff: unlimited calls and texts in UK, 2GB of data and 2GB of UK WiFi (and if you pick an iPhone it turns into 3GB). Additionally, all phones come with insurance, screen protector and a case. Right now, the basic version of each smartphone does not require any upfront costs but if you want to have more internal memory than you need to pay between 29 and 49 quids. However, the monthly fee is way higher than usually. iPhone 5 start at £59 per month, while Galaxy S3 will cost you at least £49 per month. Whether this phone rental scheme is more economical depends on your needs, lifestyle and whether you want to pay nothing outright but more every month.
After the 12-month contract is done you will have to return the phone to Vodafone. Then an assessor will evaluate in what quality is the phone. If it just normal wear and tear, then everything is ok, but if the phone is damaged or not in good condition, you will have to pay up to £150. In case when you don’t return the phone or it is not working, then you will need to reimburse Vodafone something between £300 and £425, depending on the phone.
Vodafone explained the introduction of new scheme as a way to meet the demands of their customers who want to change their phones every year to always have a hi-tech device. Vodafone Consumer Director, Srini Gopalan, said: “Vodafone Red Hot marks another way for customers to stay one step ahead of their friends, having the latest technology in their hands. Coupled with unlimited calls, texts and a massive amount of internet, we think there will be many customers who will see this as a great choice.”
McDonald launched a unique interactive advertising in Stockholm, Sweden. Customers can play a “pong” game on McDonald’s billboards using mobile iPhone. You don’t need any special apps for that as you connect wirelessly directly with the billboard. You steer your pad using the iPhone’s touchpad and you play on the billboard. But before playing the game you need to choose one menu item and if you last for 30 seconds then you get a coupon that you can redeem at McDonald’s restaurant to get the chosen item.
It is a innovative type of advertising, that combines smartphone technology, wireless connection and interactivity to provide a new advertising experience. Check the source to see how do people play the McDonald’s Pong game.