Hutchison 3G has fitted out three shops to sell its next-generation mobile phones and services, but can't open them because the technology is not ready.
A spokesman for the new entrant into the UK mobile phone business explained that the opening of the shops, two in London and one in Birmingham, is dependent on the company ironing out teething troubles with handsets and hand-overs between second- and third-generation cells during calls.
"The shops are ready. I walked past one on Oxford Street on Saturday. It is boarded up but I know inside they are ready to open," he said.
"They are not going to open until we have got the services ready. The shop element isn't dependent on the shops, if that makes sense, it is dependent on the services."
The spokesman added that the company hoped to be able to invite small groups of customers who have shown interest in third-generation to preview the phones and services before the end of the year.
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