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Ocean A Slick Phone, But Helio Incinerating Cash

Brooklyn native Charlie O’Donnell, former director of consumer products for Oddcast, founder of the NextNY Digital group, and recent Alley returnee, toyed with his new Helio Ocean for a month out west — and he digs it. So do we. Alas, the vital signs of the phone’s maker, Helio, aren’t […]
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24/7 Wall St: Silicon Alley Insider Takes On TechCrunch

Go after the guys who inspired us?  Heck, no.  We’re just shining some light on the vibrant New York scene and offering some non-Valley echo-chamber perspective.  (But, yes, we’re certainly drooling about TechCrunch’s $200,000-a-month revenue run-rate.  And if things get bad enough at the Times, we’d definitely be interested in […]
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New EarthLink CEO Tightens Helio’s Cash Leash

“Virtual” wireless carrier Helio, which resells access to Sprint Nextel’s network, is still burning cash at an alarming rate. EarthLink, which co-owns the wireless company along with Korea’s SK Telecom, said today that Helio lost $84 million last quarter on $33 million of revenue. New EarthLink CEO Rolla Huff is […]
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Amp’d To Live Another Week. Also: What’s TechCrunch Smoking?

Customers of bankrupt “virtual” mobile carrier Amp’d Mobile scored another week to find a new wireless provider. Amp’d has updated its Web site and now says service may shut down July 31 — not today, as it had previously posted (via MocoNews). Also of note, ousted Amp’d founder Peter Adderton […]
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Helio Ocean 2 Coming As Soon As Next Month (VM)

Helio, the “virtual” wireless carrier purchased by Virgin Mobile USA (VM) last year, plans to start selling the second edition of its flagship “Ocean” mobile phone sometime this quarter, a company rep tells us. The phone could go on sale as soon as next month.
Helio Ocean 2 Coming As Soon As Next Month (VM)
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Helio Closing Stores. Time To Hang Up?

“Virtual” wireless carrier Helio could be on its last legs. We hear that it’s finally closing its barren retail stores this week, confirming a few earlier reports. And even if a last-ditch sale to rival Virgin Mobile (VM) happens, we doubt Helio has much left to offer the mobile industry.
Helio Closing Stores. Time To Hang Up?
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Why A Virgin Mobile-Helio Deal Makes Sense

“Virtual” mobile carriers Virgin Mobile USA and Helio each have something the other doesn’t: Helio has cool phones and high-end subscribers happy to pay $85 a month on mobile phone service, and Virgin Mobile has a real business, where it has more than 5 million subscribers and makes a profit.
Why A Virgin Mobile-Helio Deal Makes Sense
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Helio Ocean Users Get Better Web Browser

Good news for Helio subscribers with the “virtual” carrier’s signature Ocean phone: Helio has signed a deal with Opera Software to give them access to the company’s Mini Web browser.
Helio Ocean Users Get Better Web Browser
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Helio: $560 Million In The Hole

Helio, the cash-burning “virtual” wireless carrier co-owned by EarthLink and SK Telecom, saw losses soar last year — but sales grew faster.
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Who Would Buy Helio?

“Virtual” wireless carrier Helio is burning cash, shaking up its staff, and missing growth projections. Yesterday, we said the company might be on the block “sooner than later.” We didn’t realise that meant “now.”
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Helio Re-Org: CFO, Three Execs Out

“Virtual” wireless carrier Helio is shaking up its management team: At the end of March, CFO Todd Tappin, VP of operations Terry Boyle, marketing head Kiernan Hannon, and controller Michael Zemetra will be out. Last month, Helio founder Sky Dayton stepped down as chief executive to become non-executive chairman, while […]
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NY’s Buzzd Teams With Helio

A nice pickup for NY’s mobile bar/restaurant review site Buzzd: “Virtual” wireless carrier Helio will add the service to its mobile homepage, or “deck.” This means Helio’s 200,000 or so subscribers will get easier access to Buzzd’s reviews, aggregated from Flavorpill, TimeOut, CitySearch, etc., and its “real-time” reviews, submitted by […]
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Sky Dayton Out As Helio CEO, Growth Stalling (SKM, ELNK)

A boardroom shake-up at Helio, the “virtual” wireless carrier jointly owned by Korean wireless giant SK Telecom and U.S. Internet service provider EarthLink (ELNK). Founding CEO Sky Dayton is getting kicked upstairs, where he’ll become non-executive Chairman. President/COO Wonhee Sull gets his old job. Helio, which is trying to re-sell […]
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Helio’s Mobile YouTube: Better Than Google’s, iPhone

Despite much hype and investment, video on mobile phones hasn’t taken off yet: Research firm M:Metrics estimates only about 4.2% of U.S. wireless subscribers are watching video on their phones. What’s the holdup? Most blame lousy devices, wireless networks, and mobile-video software.