Mobile ESPN Throws In The Towel
Sep 28, 2006, 11:03 AM by (staff)
After only attracting a rumored 10,000 customers, ESPN today confirmed rumors that it will shut down its Mobile ESPN service. The MVNO will contact customers and help them move to another carrier before the service is shut off at the end of the year, where they claim their content and the unique application the MVNO was based on will be available. As of today Mobile ESPN will begin helping customers to port to other carriers, customers will be able to walk away from contracts at no cost, and phone purchases will be refunded. ESPN will continue to license its branded content and services to other carriers.
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What are they going to do with all the handsets? Maybe allow them to be switched onto sprint accounts after the esn's are loaded into their database?
Are we still supposed to sell them, and if so are we to tell them it's going to expire on 12/31/06, so they might as well come back to get a sprint again?
What will happen if someone doesn't switch by deact-date? Do they just not have service.
I'd hate to see these phones end up in a recycling bin.
Someone lend some insight to this please.
I WOULD HAVE SIGNED UP
Did ESPN really expect a fast start? It takes time in this industry.
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Granted, I agree with your st...
Just because there's a lot of people using it doesn't make it the best.
Sprint has the fastest most available data network now. Sprint will still have that once 4g comes...
???? Retiring from the game ????
I guess the giving away handsets didn't pay off huh? It would've been nice if they stuck around for at least a year. I wonder WHY they are shutting down.
Yeah! I wonder why, too! I mean, 10 thousand c...
Why would they think this would work in the first place?
They were marketing to people who already have cell phones, and the 2 year contract to go along with it. Switching carriers is a hassle, and most people do not want to go through all of that just to get some sports scores.
Anyone who really wants this stuff already can on their existing phone. I have an a900 with sprint, and am able to access all the data that the ESPN a900 could, and I'm sure your phone can too.
Try again in a few years with more content, cheaper phones and better pricing, and we shal see.
Not surprised a bit