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Zer01 Parent Strips Web Site Following Report 95

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-out-of-dodge dept.
alphadogg writes "Two days after a report cast doubt on Zer01 Mobile's business, its parent company has stripped its Web site down to only basic information. New details have also come to light suggesting a past connection between two of the involved companies, despite claims to the contrary. Earlier this week IDG News Service reported that it's unlikely that Zer01 could be technically able to offer the unlimited mobile voice and data service that it is advertising. The service, originally targeted for a July 1 launch, does not appear to be available yet. In addition, it's being marketed through a multilevel marketing program run by a company called Global Verge whose founder, Mark Petschel, in 2005 pleaded guilty to securities fraud. Petschel is currently on probation."
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Zer01 Parent Strips Web Site Following Report

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  • Lot's of push (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 23, 2009 @05:32AM (#28793107)

    I own a retail cell phone accessory site [cellup.com]. ( CellUp.com [cellup.com] ) and I've been receiving at least an email a day regarding becoming an authorized distributor. They claim to have lots of cool new HTC phones. When I looked into it a little further and with my knowledge of the industry I knew that there was no way this could be anything other than a scam. I avoid anything that looks like an MLM. I'm not going to talk people I know or legitimate customers of mine into something that over promises and under delivers.

  • by Sockatume (732728) on Thursday July 23, 2009 @07:06AM (#28793437)

    Providing unlimited calls and texts between cellphones is more than just a bandwidth issue, though. Carriers charge each other exorbitant fees when a text or call comes through from another network.* Zer01 would have to find that money somewhere.

    *Naturally, every carrier charges every other carrier the same level of ridiculous fees, so it's a kind of de facto price fixing. Carrier A won't lower its call termination charges, and thus its rates, because it has to pay for Carrier B's call termination charges, while Carrier B won't lower its call termination charges, and thus its rates, because it has to pay for Carrier A's call termination charges. There are a few ways to force down prices: regulation is one option, or a daring loss-taking price-cutting end-run by one carrier may lead to the sort of insane price slashing that's happened in the UK. Three seems keen to issue a death blow to its rivals its free Skype: they want other carriers' customers to pick up Skype SIM cards, and call each other with those wherever possible, which cuts off their competitors' revenue from call termination charges. Three just has to pick up the tab with the bandwidth, which they have in spades.

  • Re:Buyer Beware (Score:4, Informative)

    by mcgrew (92797) on Thursday July 23, 2009 @08:44AM (#28794043) Homepage Journal

    Well, TFS says "Earlier this week IDG News Service reported that it's unlikely that Zer01 could be technically able to offer the unlimited mobile voice and data service that it is advertising." Boost Mobile is doing this now; I'm using them as my carrier. $50 per month for unlimited calling, long distance, voicemail, text, and internet.

    However, "Mark Petschel, in 2005 pleaded guilty to securities fraud."

    I wouldn't touch his company with a ten foot pole.

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