Vodafone's new UK chief executive has denied that the creation of 1400 new jobs is due to the criticism received over its coverage.
The UK is hopelessly in love with its mobiles and Ofcom is about to free up some of the problems with increasing contract costs.
Vodafone investors will receive a £54 billion windfall in cash and shares after the firm sold its share in Verizon Wireless for £84 billion.
The first shops to open as part of this programme will be in:
- Notting Hill
- Perry Barr
Vodafone has unveiled plans to open 150 new shops creating 1,400 new retail roles over the next 12 months.
The new shops will open over the next 12 months, increasing the total number of Vodafone's branded UK outlets to more than 500.
Vodafone chief executive Vittorio Colao told ITV News' Laura Kuenssberg he might get a new bike with the money he receives from the firm's £84 billion deal with Verizon.
Mr Colao was speaking after the third biggest deal in corporate history was announced:
Chief executive Vittorio Colao told me that Vodafone will be just as strong a company without Verizon.
Mr Colao said Vodafone's tax arrangements are based on the standard rules and there is no UK tax due on the deal.
He insisted Vodafone was paying "the right amount of standard taxes" but that "everyone is entitled to their opinion" if they are frustrated by that.
Vodafone Group chief executive Vittorio Colao said its £84 billion deal with Verizon will allow both companies to "execute on their long-term strategic objectives" and wished the mobile phone giant "continuing success".
Mr Colao continued, "Our two companies have had a long and successful partnership and have grown Verizon Wireless into a market leader with great momentum."
Vodafone's £84 billion sale of its 45% stake in Verizon represents the third biggest deal in corporate history.
Under the agreement, which will leave Verizon with 100% of the largest mobile operator in the US, Vodafone will receive $58.9 billion in cash (£37.8 billion), $60.2 billion (£38.6 billion) in Verizon stock and an additional $11 billion (£7.1 billion) from smaller transactions.