20:20 and Unique lose Tesco Mobile business to Data Select

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The Tesco Mobile distribution contract, considered to be one of the prize supply deals within handset distribution, is split between the three. Data Select is now taking charge of around 50 per cent of the product lines that Tesco Mobile invites its distribution partners to tender for.

Data Select managing director George McPherson said: We are making significant gains in the marketplace. We have won a greater share of the Tesco Mobile account.

McPherson would not comment upon the detail of its agreement with Tesco Mobile.

One source close to Tesco Mobile said: Unique and 20:20 have reduced business on certain lines to Tesco Mobile. Data Select is covering about 50 per cent of the supply chain at the moment.

Both 20:20 and Unique maintained that business with Tesco Mobile was good. A 20:20 spokesman said: Tesco Mobile is a key customer and has a high profile within the business.

20:20 is recruiting a Tesco Mobile account manager to replace Heloise Bessy, who joined Vodafone earlier this year to take charge of its Asda Mobile business. Bessys replacement will report into Matt Child, 20:20s Tesco Mobile account director.

Matt has extensive experience within the grocery sector. We will appoint a new Tesco Mobile account manager shortly, which will enhance our resources, said a 20:20 spokesman.

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