Xero Really About To Be Bought? But, Why?

from the what-value-does-it-have? dept

You may recall the bizarre tale of Xero Mobile, a company that was formed out of the ashes of Gizmondo, the UK gaming handheld provider whose spectacular failure revealed all sorts of sketchy details involving executives taking ridiculous salaries and buying themselves luxury cars (which one former Gizmondo exec famously crashed last year). There were all sorts of questions about whether or not Xero was simply an attempt to repeat Gizmondo, which lost investors an awful lot of money with stories of potential riches from a handheld gaming device that would make money through ads. Xero's plan was almost identical, though it would support mobile phone service via ads, rather than a gaming device. Xero followed Gizmondo's strategy, raising a lot of money, and even doing a reverse merger to get its shares publicly traded. Of course, the company never seemed to get very far, other than the occasional highly promotional press release. The latest news, however, is that the company may get bought by UK mobile content provider Rok. This comes after another rumored acquisition a year ago. Of course, it's still not clear why anyone would want to buy the company. It doesn't appear that it ever launched a service -- so there's no clear benefit at all to buying it. As with Gizmondo, you have to wonder if there's really more to this story than what's coming out in the press.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 1st, 2007 @ 3:55pm

    There's a sucker born every minute, and some of them are big companies.

     

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    Does anyone proof read, Oct 1st, 2007 @ 4:20pm

    Proof Read

    "that it every launched a service"

    Read before you post.

     

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    Anon, Oct 1st, 2007 @ 4:45pm

    Raed post before you lunch your service

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 1st, 2007 @ 5:41pm

    Xero who? whatever.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 1st, 2007 @ 5:42pm

    i like cheese

     

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    Mike (profile), Oct 1st, 2007 @ 5:47pm

    Re: Proof Read

    Fixed the typo. Thanks for pointing it out.

     

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    Overcast, Oct 1st, 2007 @ 8:03pm

    You know, I think people hate ads just a bit more than paying money for stuff, lol.

     

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