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Juha Christensen Says Sonopia Is Not Shutting Down, But Is Waiting For Better Times For MVNOs

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Reports that Sonopia was shutting down spread like wildfire yesterday, but its founder Juha Christensen, said today it’s not true. The company is still alive, but drastically scaling back its business and essentially hibernating until the U.S. MVNO market turns around. Sonopia has eliminated all of its U.S. employees from its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters. Even Christensen holds the unpaid position of Chairman. In their development offices in Ukraine, they have 30 people or half as many as before. As they wait, Christensen is looking at expanding into Europe, where MVNOs have performed better but no decisions have been made. “U.S. consumers have not warmed up to MVNOs, there really hasn’t been an MVNO that has shown the way and made a spectacular success out of it, and in Europe, you

4 Responses to “Juha Christensen Says Sonopia Is Not Shutting Down, But Is Waiting For Better Times For MVNOs”

  1. Failure. Never!

    Hibernate?

    Hibernate, and wake up when the world finally, realises ITS A BRILLIANT IDEA!! yes! Thats it!

    Oh jeepers, just mark it down as experience and move on Juha. everyone does it. Be a man.

  2. There is no Sonopia staff remaining in Kyiv, I do not know what he is talking.He telled people himself there is no more money left in the company and it must close.

  3. exactly… does this guy think people are idiots.. its over.. dead… with thisstretch of the imagination.. it's an obvious sign he is a terrible business leader… juha… don't send me your resume!… maby microsoft wil hire you.. HAH!

  4. Hindsight 20/20

    Nice one Juha. Looks like you learned a lesson from the Bill Clinton book "It Depends on What the Definition of is is" So I guess business don't shut down anymore, they "hibernate".

    "Sonopia has eliminated all of its U.S. employees from its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters. Even Christensen holds the unpaid position of Chairman." Let me see…no employees and unpaid positions sure sounds alot like shut down to me, but I guess we'll just wait for you to come out from 'hibernation'. Be sure to let us know when you wake up so we can continue not to buy in to the MVNO concept.

    Oh and say hi to ESPN Mobile, Amp'd and Disney Mobile while you're in the cave snoozing…and leave room for Helio, they'll be 'hibernating' shortly as well.

    Nice spin!