Zer01 Mobile's website goes dark

Zer01 Mobile, the MVNE that was dogged by questions about its service, has shuttered its website. The company's site now redirects users to Google.com.

The company's status is unclear. Zer01 spokesman Ron Dresner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Zer01 has been surrounded by questions since it burst onto the scene at the CTIA Wireless trade show last year. At the time, the company promised to launch a mobile virtual network enabler service that could support unlimited wireless voice and data service via mobile VoIP technology running over an unnamed carrier's GSM network. However, the service never materialized, and a number of media reports called into question Zer01 and business partner Global Verge.

In August 2009, Zer01 said that because of a breach of contract it had cut its business ties with Global Verge's Buzzirk. Zer01 did not specify in what way the contract had been breached. Then, in December, Global Verge filed a lawsuit in the District Court in Clark County, Nev., against Zer01, claiming Zer01 owed the company $170,500. The lawsuit alleged Global Verge lent money to Zer01 after Zer01's CEO, Ben Piilani, said the company was facing financial issues and problems with a shareholder, Teonna Poloa.

For more:
- see this IDG News Service article

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