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Virgin Mobile finally killing Helio service

As a former Helio Ocean owner, it’s a sad day for me because Virgin Mobile USA said it would be cutting off its postpaid services. The prepaid provider had purchased the tattered remains of Helio in 2008 because it was really cheap to do so, and it wanted to have more postpaid users. Sprint bought…

Helio Ocean 2 spotted with 3 megapixel camera!

The Helio Ocean 2 might just be the most anticipated device to ever grace Helio’s network. With a dual-sliding design that sports both a numeric keypad and QWERTY keyboard, the Helio Ocean 2 is a flexible, text-messaging powerhouse that’s sure to appeal to Helio fans all over. Following on rumors that the Ocean 2 will…

Helio Ocean 2 to launch in Q1 2009?

The word on the street is that the successor to the Helio Ocean, the aptly-named Helio Ocean 2, will be making its US debut sometime soon. Following on the Ocean 2’s FCC approval last year, Helio reps have apparently told Silicon Alley Insider that the Helio Ocean 2 will be going live on Helio’s Virgin…

Virgin Mobile USA posts positive 3Q 2008 with Helio under belt

Virgin Mobile USA apparently made a good move in their decision to acquire defunct post-paid wireless carrier Helio. Following a negative 2Q 2008 that had costs associated with the Helio acquisition dragging down Virgin Mobile USA’s bottom line, the affordable wireless carrier has announced a profitable 3Q 2008. Virgin Mobile USA added 821,491 gross subscribers…

Helio Ocean 2 gets FCC’ed

See, these pics beat the snot out of those blurry leaked ones from May. The dual-sliding Helio Ocean 2, not due out until 2009, went through the FCC ringer in March and dropped some pictures along the way.  It’s looking a helluva lot sleeker, although still a bit chubby to accommodate all the extreme sliding…

Helio Ocean 2 won’t be around until 2009

U.S. MVNO Helio is still hard at work on the successor to their original dual slider, but recent commentary from Virgin spokesperson Jane Wallace at CTIA has indicated that it sadly won’t be available this year. Rumored specs include a 3 megapixel camera, 30 fps video recording, 1 GB storage, microSDHC card slot for memory…

Virgin Mobile USA completes acquisition of Helio

A month ago Virgin Mobile USA said that it will acquire Helio for $39 million. The Richard Branson-Sprint’s MVNO has announced that it’s a done deal. Under the terms of the agreement, Helio shareholders (SK Telecom and EarthLink) got 13 million shares of Virgin Mobile USA Class A common stock, or about $38 million based…

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