MVNO Startup DDOS'd to Death on Launch Day
Sprint MVNO Voyager Lands With a Thud
by Karl Bode 02:17PM Tuesday May 15 2012 Tipped by FFH
Sprint MVNO Voyager Mobile is one of several companies launching this year that hopes to be somewhat disruptive with pricing. The company, a project of a kid that's still in college
, promised users unlimited texts and voice calling for $19 a month. For $39 a month, the company promised unlimited texts, voice and data. Interestingly, the phone lineup looks to be a little more robust
that what many are used to with these kinds of offerings, with users given the choices of the Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G Touch, Motorola XPRT, and a variety of USB modems and hotspots.
Unfortunately, launch day didn't go particularly well for Voyager, with somebody launching a DDOS attack against the company
resulting in the company's website being taken offline. The company's website notes that as a result they'll be delaying their launch
During its Tuesday, May 15 launch, Voyager Mobile experienced a malicious network attack to its primary website: voyagermobile.com. 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 remains unclear who exactly would want to take down the startup, an opportunistic and bored hacker (most likely), or a competitor or friend with a nasty grudge. Most MVNOs of course do a bang up job failing all by themselves, without anybody else's help.