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Second UK retailer withdraws Sony Ericsson phone

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - British retailer Phones 4U has followed rival Carphone Warehouse CPW.L in withdrawing Sony Ericsson's 6758.TERICb.ST flagship smartphone, in a further blow to the loss-making firm.

A spokeswoman for the retailer said on Tuesday it had withdrawn the Satio phone after some customers experienced software problems. She declined to give any further details.

Carphone Warehouse, Europe’s biggest independent mobile phone retailer, said on Monday it had temporarily withdrawn the handset, which offers multimedia features and a 12.1 megapixel camera. [nGEE5AM0QM]

The news deals a blow to Sony Ericsson’s newly appointed chief executive, Bert Nordberg, who hopes a range of new products in the high-margin smartphone segment and hefty cost cuts will return the world’s fourth largest mobile phone maker to profit next year. [nLG302722]

No one was immediately available to comment from Sony Ericsson on Tuesday but the group’s UK Sales and Marketing unit said on Monday that a small number of consumers had experienced software issues with the Satio when using certain applications.

They said in a statement the company was working to resolve the issue.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Simon Jessop)

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