Fri, Jul 13th 2007 7:18am
Late last month, we reported that SunRocket, the second-biggest independent VoIP company was having some problems as the fundamentally poor economics of the the VoIP business caught up to it, and VoIP patent issues hindered its ability to attract further funding. Now, Broadband Reports says it looks like the company could be finished, as a poster in their forums said it's no longer taking new users. While BBR is treating this as a rumor, the folks there were unable to get the company's order system to work, so it doesn't look good. The burgeoning VoIP patent thicket doesn't help things, but the real issue is the falling cost of voice calls. While companies that can tack VoIP into a bundle -- like cable companies, which are seeing a lot of success with their VoIP offerings -- can make this work, it's not going to get any easier for independent companies. Update: BBR has another report that SunRocket may have laid off all but 20 to 25 of its employees in advance of a sale to the owner of another small VoIP company. Such a deal would, in all likelihood, merely postpone SunRocket's demise rather than prevent it.
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