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John Lewis to sell Vodafone mobile contracts and SIM-free smartphones

Thursday, June 25th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

John Lewis is to start selling Vodafone mobile contracts in its stores.

The retailer is also offering a range of SIM-free smartphones on its website.

Handsets including the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Microsoft’s Lumia 640 are available to buy now and all come with a two-year guarantee.

Apple iPhones including the 6+, 6, 5S and 5C will be added to the range in early July.

John Lewis will start selling Vodafone contracts from its store in Cheadle, Cheshire, in mid-August and from its Oxford Street store in late September/ early October.

All contracts will come with two years’ worth of accidental damage cover at no extra cost.

John Lewis will be recommending two tariffs to its customers – a low data tariff with unlimited free texts and minutes and a high data tariff, also with unlimited free texts and minutes.

However, customers will be able to buy mobile contracts on all Vodafone plans.

'Connected home'

Johnathan Marsh, electricals and home technology buying director for John Lewis, said: “We’ve got a very strong technology business and being able to offer customers mobile phones is an important part of our connected home strategy.

“We know from our website traffic and searches that customers are actively looking for mobiles from us, but it’s important we go into this market in a John Lewis way.

“At the moment there are thousands of potential combinations of mobile handsets and tariffs on the market, which can be really daunting for customers and this is why we’re determined to bring John Lewis levels of excellence, simplicity and value to the mobile market.

“Our buyers have done all the homework to make it easier for customers to find a deal that’s right for them.”

Any customers signing up to a contract will also benefit from Vodafone’s three-month Data Test Drive, which offers unlimited data for the first three months of the contract term.

Cindy Rose, Vodafone UK’s consumer director, said: “We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and helping them find the perfect phone and plan that works for them.

“This partnership with John Lewis is a great next step in our journey to becoming the UK’s best mobile network for service and sales.”

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