Helio

When good tech ideas go bad

Sometimes tech trends end up disrupting huge industries, like when the idea of Skype and free web calls, collided with the phone companies. However, sometimes tech ideas have all the makings of these kind of disruptions but ultimately end up flaming out. Here’s why:

Helio Sells Buddy Beacon Trademark To uLocate

MVNO Helio has sold the trademark “Buddy Beacon” — the name of its mobile friend-finder service — to uLocate, the company that runs the se…

More EarthLink Cuts?

The Helio-MuniFi experiments haven’t really worked out for EarthLink. One of the leading independent service providers, it has hit the skids. They…

Google And Open Networks: MVNO Killers?

Will Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and its push for open networks put more pressure on the struggling MVNO sector? Red Herring has a rather muddled st…

Helio Launches Full-Featured YouTube App

Helio, the MVNO joint venture of SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) and Earthlink, (NSDQ: ELNK) is launching a new YouTube application for users of its…

Helio's Memo: Sky Dayton on Company Changes

We’ve obtained the internal memo sent by Helio CEO Sky Dayton, to employees on the changes and about 100 job cuts (see our earlier story her…

Helio Charges For YouTube Site

Engadget is reporting that Helio is charging its users $5.99 a month for the YouTube Mobile site. “The company’s official stance is that the…

Helio To Launch Double Slider Phone?

The FCC website has a filing for a PN-810 handset from Pantech with a Helio logo, according to RCR Wireless. It’s a double slider phone, wit…

Helio’s Numbers And The Art of Analysis

Helio did a smart thing, or at least tried to: it released some subscriber numbers and other generally positive date a day before half-paren…

UPDATE: Helio Sells US Service In Sth Korea

Telecoms Korea is reporting that Helio has started signing up customers in Korea…it’s behind a subscription wall so that’s all the informa…

Helio Store Open on Santa Monica Promenade

I got pinged about this from my wife yesterday, when she was shopping next door at J Crew on the Santa Monica Promenade (I am still in Bloom…

Sundance To Premiere Video On Helio

Helio will premiere an anthology of short movies at the same time as it appears on the online Sundance Channel. Sundance has acquired the US…

Helio To Launch Hybrid WiFi-EVDO Service

Helio, the MVNO founded by Sky Dayton, the founder of EarthLink and Boingo, has announced plans for a hybrid EVDO and WiFi service, called w…

Helio Offers No-Contract To MySpace Users

Helio, the high-end MVNO which is targeting the youth market in U.S., has launched a promo which is bound to get some kids rolling in: the p…

Some More MVNO Math

Jupiter Research analyst Julie Ask has done some back-of-an-envelope calculations and estimated there are 500,000 Americans looking for an e…

Helio’s TV Ad on Comedy Central

Helio, the high-end MVNO targeted at youths, has started its TV campaign, the first ad was on Comedy Central last night, during the Jon Stew…

Helio’s Users After Two Months

This cannot be true…Telecoms Korea quotes a Korean story which said that MVNO Helio has about 100 users, which of course is a ridiculous n…

Helio’s Korean Target

Here’s a good article explaining why telcos are going after Korean Americans despite the fact they make up less than 1% of the population……

Helio’s Digital Device Trade-In Push

Helio’s going for the jugular:for potential users who have multiple electronic devices sitting in drawers at home, the MVNO is offering a on…

Helio Signs Up Moderati

Helio has signed up Moderati to provide various ringtone products and images to Helio’s customers. According to the press release, “Helio’s…

T-Mobile Asking Retailers To Boycott Helio?

I don’t know the veracity of this story, but in the same story (below) about the Helio launch party, a small mention about T-Mobile asking r…

Digital Chocolate Scores Deals With MVNOs

Digital Chocolate has announced deals to put its games on both Amp’d and Helio…both MVNOs will put up 20 games but the press releases indi…

Mobile Social Networks: The Cluster Effect

A slightly naive but decent analysis of mobile social networks and what would it take for them to take off…and a rip against Helio’s high…

Helio Kicks Off Cell Phone Service

As we noted last night, Helio, the JV between SK Telecom and Earthlink, has launched in the US on tuesday. Most of the details have already…

Helio MVNO To Launch Tomorrow

You read it here first…Helio, the oh-so-hip youth-focused MVNO, backed by Earthlink and SK Telecom, is launching tomorrow…Helio’s two mo…

Helio’s Game Service

Helio has announced some details of its game service. There’s some interesting features based on SK Telecom technology: “The ability to “gif…

Helio To Launch In The Next Two Weeks

The Earthlink-SK Telecom joint venture MVNO Helio, aimed at young audiences, is set to launch within the next two weeks or so, according to…

The Engadget Interview: Sky Dayton, Helio CEO

Engadget has an interview with Sky Dayton, CEO of youth-targeted MVNO Helio. He avoids going into specifics, but his answers are all consist…

MySpace On Cingular

Russell Beattie has noticed that MySpace now offers text alerts to Cingular customers — a week after launching announcing a more comprehens…