By Jonathan Davies

Almost 1,700 jobs will go at mobile phone retailer Phones4U after administrators failed to sell 362 stores.

Phones4U entered administration last week after mobile network operator EE decided not to renew its contract. Vodafone and O2 had also pulled out of the retailer, leaving it with no phones or contracts to sell.

Phones4U employed around 5,600 staff in 700 stores. EE agreed to buy 58 stores, saving 360 jobs, and Voadfone said it would buy 140 stores.

Dixons Carphone also said it would hire 800 employees who worked in Phones4U concessions stores at Curry and PC World stores.

Administrators PwC said 720 staff will be kept on in the "short-term" to assist with store closures.

Rob Hunt, who was appointed as administrator from PwC, said: "It is with much regret that we have today made the difficult decision to close a large number of stores.

"We will make every effort to help the affected staff, working with the Phones 4U HR team over the coming days to support employees."

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