Helio

Helio reborn, but probably should’ve stayed dead

Helio reborn, but probably should’ve stayed dead

Helio has been resurrected from the grave, with the short-lived network that helped usher in social on your phone being reborn as a budget option. Emerging as an MVNO - and using the Sprint network that actually absorbed the company back in 2010 - the promise is no minimum contracts and the ability to use your own device. At first glance, there's a lot to like: $29 for unlimited voice, text, and data, but in one important way the deal is a little too close to cell service ten years ago.

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Helio settles class action over flat-rate early termination fees, admits no wrong

Helio settles class action over flat-rate early termination fees, admits no wrong

Helio was gobbled up by Virgin Mobile back in 2008 for the sum of about $39 million adding the 170,000 Helio users to the Virgin Mobile family. Helio has been fighting a class action suit having to do with early termination fees brought against some of its customers.

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Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 available now

Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 available now

The Helio Ocean 2 has gone on sale, with Virgin Mobile offering the dual-sliding 3G feature-phone for $149 with a new subscription.  Alternatively, existing users still within their contract can buy the Ocean 2 for its MRSP of $400.

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Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 Quick Look and Unboxing

Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 Quick Look and Unboxing

It's been a long time coming, but the Ocean 2 has finally launched and should be reaching customers' hands this weekend. Along the way, network Helio has been acquired by Virgin Mobile, and we've seen devices like the iPhone 3G, T-Mobile G1 and various high-end feature phones all crash the market. The stakes are undoubtedly higher, and the question is whether the Ocean 2 is too little, too late; we'll have the SlashGear review for you soon, but first off here's the video unboxing and some first impressions.

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Helio Ocean 2 gets official on Virgin Mobile: $149 from Feb 12th

Helio Ocean 2 gets official on Virgin Mobile: $149 from Feb 12th

No great surprise, given the unboxing and the reviews, but Virgin Mobile USA have officially announced the launch of the Helio Ocean 2.  Initially available in limited edition red, with black versions following on later in 2009, the Ocean 2 will go on sale come February 12th priced at $149.  In addition, from the device's launch the carrier will be eliminating the $5 charge for unlimited mobile to mobile calling, together with starting Unlimited Nights & Weekend calling at 7pm, for all contract customers.

 

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Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 reviewed: better, but better enough?

Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 reviewed: better, but better enough?

After its unboxing last Friday, the Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 is back for a more meatier review.  The dual-sliding QWERTY handset has taken some time to arrive, and it's finally dropped just in time for would-be users to ask if MySpace, chunky casings and 2GB of onboard storage is enough to tempt them in.  Engadget Mobile have been comparing the Ocean 2 with its first-gen predecessor - together with the rest of the current feature-phone crowd - and have come back with mixed feelings.

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Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 gets unboxed; coming Feb 12th?

Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 gets unboxed; coming Feb 12th?

Late, and still luminous orange, the handset formerly known as the Helio Ocean 2 and now as the Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 has showed up for a pre-release unboxing.  While a precise launch date for the dual-sliding smartphone is unclear, given the apparently production-ready state of the device and packaging pictured, plus Virgin Mobile's announcement that the phone will be going with Britney Spears on her Circus tour, it's expected by the time that kicks off in March at the latest.

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SlashGear Week in Review: Week 3 2009

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 3 2009

Things are traditionally quiet in the tech world the week following CES, but we've seen our fair share of intrigue over the past seven days.  Biggest news, in terms of share impact at least, is Steve Jobs' surprise leave-of-absence due to "health concerns", which has managed to overshadow both the teased redsn0w iPod touch 2G Jailbreak and rumors that the upcoming Mac mini refresh will use NVIDIA's Ion chipset.

In cellphones, it looks like the Helio Ocean 2 is almost ready to ship, but it could be too little, too late now that the Palm Pre is catching all the headlines.  Latest Pre rumor is that Vodafone UK will be picking it up as an exclusive; for all the details on Palm's new smartphone, check out this round-up post and then head over to Pre Community.

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Helio Ocean 2 almost ready to ship after much delay

Helio Ocean 2 almost ready to ship after much delay

Helio is said to be readying the launch of the Ocean 2 or OZ2 as some may call it. This new flagship smartphone is the successor to the Ocean that was launched back in 2007 around the same time of the iPhone. The phone is said to be ready to hit store shelves as early as next month.

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Virgin Mobile confirm Helio Ocean 2 for 2009; more services on the way

We met with Virgin Mobile while at CTIA Wireless this week, and in-between taking a look at their first self-branded 3G handset, the Shuttle, had a chance to ask them about their plans for Helio.  Virgin bought out the carrier, which also uses the Sprint network, earlier this year, and since then subscribers and analysts alike have been waiting for the official word on what exactly will happen to the company, its users and the devices it had planned.  That of course includes the eagerly-anticipated Ocean 2 smartphone, and we’re pleased to be able to confirm that yes, it’s still coming.

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Virgin Mobile Buys Helio

This has been a big week for Virgin Mobile with announcing their unlimited calling plans and now its purchase of Helio for $39 million. Helio’s 170,000 customers will be merged into Virgin’s network.

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Rumor : Virgin Mobile to absorb Helio into their brand name

Rumor : Virgin Mobile to absorb Helio into their brand name

There have been a few rumors pertaining to the future of Helio, one of which being that they will be shutting down some of their stores to cut down on costs. Another has been that Helio might be merging with Virgin Mobile.

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