Helio continues widening net losses

an all-in unlimited calling, texting, and data plan for $99 — incidentally, the same price Helio offers for a similar service. And now we’re seeing that Helio is continuing to lose money. They did increase their revenue significantly: from $46 million in 2006 to $171 million in 2007. But if you continue to operate at a net loss, what good is increasing revenue? They lost $192 million in 2006, and jumped that to $326 million in 2007. Mike Dano of RCR News cites a jump in advertising from $21.6 million to $47.5 million, but as you can see, their losses were far wider than that. SK Telecom remains the only funding parent of Helio. EarthLink had been part of a joint venture, but bowed out last year amid problems of their own. The problem is that Helio has about $45 million left in what the company calls “cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities.” Not good. So will SK Telecom continue to put funds into Helio? Or are we going to see them suffer the same fate as the high-profile MVNOs that came before it?]]>

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  1. Asif Ahmed on March 3, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Helio will need patience from its parents to ride out the ups and downs of the wireless market, but if the investors are patient enough they can see significant return with Helio maintaining the highest ARPU in the wireless world.
    Asif Ahmed

  2. Melissa E. on May 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm

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