Virgin USA snaps up Helio

Yet another US MVNO stumbles and falls, as US virtual network operator Virgin Mobile USA acquires rival Helio, the joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink. Virgin said it is to acquire Helio from parents SK Telecom and EarthLink for a total of $39m, giving it around 170,000 extra subscribers. However, the Korean operator wants […]

Virgin eyes up Helio

The US MVNO market is still rocky and an announcement made late Wednesday suggests consolidation may lie ahead. Virgin Mobile USA confirmed today that the company is in discussions with Korean carrier SK Telecom, which owns US MVNO Helio. Virgin stressed that these discussions “are in early stages, and there are no assurances that any […]

Stalk your friends with Helio

Helio, the US MVNO jointly owned by Earthlink and Korea’s SK Telecom, launched a GPS tracking service on Wednesday that allows subscribers to keep tabs on their friends. When Helio members switch on their ‘Buddy Beacon’ the GPS satellite technology broadcasts their location to the friends they have added to their Buddy List, showing their […]


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