Would You Trust This Company As Your Mobile Operator?
from the questions,-questions,-questions dept
In the last year or so, there have been all sorts of stories about just how hot MVNOs are. These “virtual” mobile operators that simply rent networks from established operators were supposed to revolutionize the mobile space by going after niche markets that the big wireless carriers were ignoring. While, there are still plenty of questions about how many MVNOs the market can really handle, as the big names (like Amp’d and ESPN Mobile) hit the market, is it any surprise that some more questionable looking outfits are hoping to cash in as well? Apparently a mobile operator named RockitTalk had been offering mobile service on Cingular’s network at $100/month, but shut down a couple weeks ago — while keeping all the money subscribers had given it, despite not fulfilling the service. Now, the company is announcing a brand new MVNO on Verizon’s network, and many fear that customers who sign up will discover a similar ending. PCS Intel has even more, noting that before all of this, the company offered an MVNO on Sprint’s network that exposed the social security numbers of customers. At some point you have to wonder why mobile operators keep letting them offer service. If they’ve already gone through Sprint, Cingular and Verizon, it would appear they only have T-Mobile left if they want to keep offering (or not offering, as the case may be) national coverage.