Voyager Mobile advertises big, but launch delayed

The note on Voyager’s site reads: “During its Tuesday, May 15 launch, Voyager Mobile experienced a malicious attack to its primary website: Due to the network outage, Voyager Mobile is postponing its launch to a time and date in the very near future. Our goal of low cost wireless service for all will not be undermined and we strive to continue the voyage for a better wireless world.” It seems noble enough. They might have even elicited some sympathy due to the attacks. But call me a skeptic on this one. It seems highly unlikely that they could offer service, even unlimited talk and text without data, for $19 per month. That’s just so far below the rest of the industry right now. The $39 plan seems even more out of line, especially given the presence of WiMax. Remember Zer01 Mobile? Three years ago they were the talk of the wireless industry, scoring an award from Laptop Magazine for best in show at CTIA 2009. Their service, unlimited everything, including data, for $70 per month, was pretty below the industry norm at the time. Things started to seem fishy when their service didn’t launch on schedule. A few weeks later we started to hear some disturbing details, and finally the whole operation crumbled. I’m not saying that Voyager is traveling the same path. But given the history with Zer01 and its then-outrageous claim of unlimited prepaid talk, text, and data for $70 (and the still-outrageous 5G claim), I’m going to approach Voyager with caution. Here’s to hoping all is well and that they really did only suffer an attack this morning. But history makes me a skeptic when it comes to deals that are too good to be true. ]]>

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  1. Jonathan on May 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    well Straight Talk at $45 a month is only $5 more if you think about it.

    • Joe on May 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

      But they don’t have this enormous selection of handsets, nor do they have WiMax. I’m not saying that Voyager is a scam — I read a nice little bit about the college kid who founded it — but it just doesn’t sound sustainable.