The End Of Ricochet?
from the say-it-ain't-so dept
Here’s an article written by a former Metricom employee saying that the end is very near for Ricochet. Not that this is a huge surprise, but it’s still upsetting (especially since I’m connected right now thanks to my ricochet modem). The article is also good in that it does a great job summarizing the mistakes that Metricom made. Of course, most of these mistakes (ridiuclous pricing and marketing strategies) were obvious from the beginning and many people (including me) told them they were making a huge mistake. When I told them (about 2 months before they launched their high speed service), they told me that I didn’t understand the market. This might be true, but it appears they didn’t understand the market much themselves. Anyway, if you want to buy a piece of the Metricom network for yourselves head on over to their auction. There’s still a tiny chance that some wonderful, brilliant, visionary company will come along and buy them out completely and keep things running while marketing it correctly. Unfortunately, that doesn’t look likely. Update: The official story is that they’ll be shutting down the network next Wednesday. What a waste of a really great service.
Comments on “The End Of Ricochet?”
Death of Ricochet
I haven’t been notified yet. I have been a faithful customer and referral source for almost four years. What do I do now? What about my email addresses? Now I have a $100- gray plastic paperweight. http://www.wwc.com doesn’t even mention this on their web site and they are a provider of this service.
Re: Death of Ricochet
Well, I email a wwc tech support guy and got… no information whatsoever other than a vague hope that the service may continue. I’m stuck with a $300 Merlin PC card… Although I’ve heard you can hack the hardware so set up a wireless LAN, so if you wanna give your gray paperweight to me…
Re: Death of Ricochet
Well, my experiences with WWC have shown that they’re not always the most responsive or open people. I’ve asked them what was up with the whole Metricom thing and they haven’t responded at all.
What are you going to do Mike?
2 DSL providers go out of business and then Richochet… who are you going to use as a provider next Mike so I can sell short on them. 😉 It looks like 28.8 access for you my friend.
Re: What are you going to do Mike?
Well, I’ve started looking into Sprint fixed wireless… I figured that’s a whole new space for me to personally wipe out.