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Petition fails to stop Boxing Day sales A 140,000 strong petition calling for retail stores to be closed on Boxing Day was rejected by Parliament after being debated. Jack Johnson, who started the petition, said retail staff should have the day off to allow them to spend time with their families. However, the Conservatives disagreed, stating:

‘Billions of pounds are spent by millions of shoppers on Boxing Day, and it is also a busy day for internet sales. The Government believes that all businesses should be allowed flexibility to meet their customers’ needs and offer consumers choice about when and how they want to shop.’ 79% of Mobile readers agreed

with the petition with one Carphone Warehouse staff member saying: ‘Definitely! Would be nice to actually enjoy Xmas and be able to spend it with all the family. Some people might find it surprising but the same products will still be available at the same price in the same shops come 27th December onwards.’

Vodafone ditches ‘use it or lose it’ PAYG approach VODAFONE Big Value Bundle pre-pay customers will be able to roll over any unused data from one month to the next, as long as they continue to top up the account. This follows earlier additions to Vodafone’s PAYG proposition this year including mid-month upgrades, increased data extras and inclusive data roaming. This makes the UK network another offering that allows customers to carry over data into

the next period, with Sky Mobile launching a three-year-long data rollover in November, and Virgin Media, O2 and ID also having some form of data rollover PAYG and SIM only tariffs are both increasing in market share, with PAYG increasing 3% from 2010 to 2015 and SIM-only increasing 11% in the same period. Collectively, this represented 32% of the market as of 2015.

Doro now stocked in every high-street retailer DORO’S 6520 handset will be available online and in store from Three, making it both the first Doro handset Three has sold, and the first time that Doro devices can be found in every major high-street phone retailer. Commenting on the news, Doro UK MD Chris Millington said: ‘We’re extremely proud to say our handsets are now available to customers through every operator in the UK and all leading retailers. Three UK is the vital last piece of our distribution jigsaw and we can now firmly say we have achieved our goal and have 100% presence across UK

network operators. This is also a great opportunity for Three UK – it enables its staff to offer a specialist device to the senior market.’ Targeted at senior users, the Doro 6520 is a feature phone with 3G internet through a simplified browsing system, hearing aid compatibility, and a volume three times higher than the average device. Discussing the new partnership between Three and Doro, Millington described Three as ‘a true challenger brand’. The device will be available for £49.99 from 16 December.

Solar Communications grows with Denwa acquisition LONDON-, Manchester- and Chippenham-based unified comms provider Solar Communications has purchased Burnley-based rivals Denwa for an undisclosed amount. The company explained that the purchase aims to add Denwa’s

managed service and cloud expertise to its existing offerings while also boosting its share of the business communications market. The company also believes there is substantial opportunity to increase ARPU by cross-selling services between the two

merging companies. The company’s services portfolio now includes edge technologies including SD WAN, Contact Centre, On-site and Cloud Storage, and a wide range of businessenhancing solutions. Solar’s CEO John Whitty said: ‘This

latest and exciting addition to Solar Group comes on the back of July’s acquisition of RDC. The timely and successful integration of RDC allows for further acquisitions to support the Group strategy, allowing Solar to address the under-served mid-market.’

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