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March 09, 2010

Vodafone to Slash Nearly 400 Jobs in Corporate Reshuffle

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

Mobile operator Vodafone (News - Alert) Group on Tuesday said it will cut 375 jobs in the U.K. to save money. On the up side, Vodafone also reportedly said it plans to hire 170 new employees in “customer facing roles.”

Upon hearing the news, analysts upgraded Vodafone upgraded two notches to Outperform from Underperform.
The telecommunications stalwart currently employs about 9,000.
According to reports, Vodafone said employees cut work “primarily in back-office functions” such as human resources and finance.
“We’re committed to increasing the number of customer-facing employees, which will help us simplify our business and continue to deliver outstanding communications services across the U.K.’s best network,” Vodafone human resources chief Matthew Brearley reportedly said in a statement.
In related news, Vodafone and Nokia (News - Alert) announced Monday the Nokia X6 handset is now available for Vodafone U.K. customers. Key features of the new phone include a 32Gb built-in memory, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera dual LED flash with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics and a one-year subscription for the “Comes with Music” service (which allows for download of music completely free of charge from an online server).

The phone comes with a screen that’s user-friendly – even under direct sunlight -- and native resolution of 360x640 pixels that supports 16 million colors for superior image quality.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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