Communications giant O2 has sacked at least six workers who used staff discounts to buy Apple iPhones and sold them on the internet at a profit, according to reports.
Employees in London-based stores allegedly bought large quantities of the fashionable handsets using 20%-off cards and then placed them on eBay.
An industry source told the Mail on Sunday yesterday: “O2 is cracking down on this practice in a sign that mobile phone firms are no longer prepared to turn a blind eye.
“The iPhone is an iconic product for O2 and it made sense to start there, but I predict that we will see this spread across the sector.”
O2 took on 1,400 new workers to cope with demand for the iPhone.