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So What Ever Happened To Helio?

June 20, 2008 in Wireless Industry News

…is what you might’ve been asking yourself at some point within the last year or so, considering the complete dearth of any news related to the MVNO. Unfortunately, the only news is bad news: Engadget reports that Virgin will be taking over the Helio and closing some retail stores to boot.

Helio: Going, Going, Gone

Helio: Going, Going, Gone

Apparently, SK Telecom’s decided that their investment (last count: $560 million) in the company wasn’t paying off and have moved on to bigger and better things. At least, we hope so.

Helio, you may recall, was a joint venture between South Korea’s aptly named SK Telecom and Earthlink with a noble cause: bring high-tech, trendy phones from the SK overseas, lease network space from some bigger carriers like Verizon and Sprint, and hope that customers migrate over to a lesser known “virtual” operator with more expensive plans. Well, they got the first part right at least with the release of the Ocean, a dual-slide handset.

Helio’s flame going out: stores to shutter, customers heading to Virgin?

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