SunRocket Sells Assets
The company handling the "wind-down" of SunRocket said last night that TeleBlend, a small Internet-phone service company based in Maine, has entered an agreement to acquire certain strategic assets of the Vienna company that went out of business last week.
TeleBlend is backed by a company called USA Telephone whose main business has been providing traditional local and long distance phone service. USA Telephone recently joined forces with another firm, Unified Communications Corp., to offer an Internet-phone service, but hasn't yet rolled it out on a large scale. BIll Fogg, CEO of USA Telephone, told me in an interview that the company saw SunRocket's flameout as an opportunity to acquire a larger chunk of the Internet-phone market. By acquiring SunRocket's software and hardware assets, customers will be able to transition more easily to another service.
TeleBlend's Web site is new and caters only to SunRocket customers for the time being. Fogg said. The company said it also signed agreements with some of SunRocket's carriers to keep the service going for two more weeks so some of the 100,000 former SunRocket customers still on the network can get service.
But that won't last long. Fogg is urging everyone to find a new service provider, which he hopes will be TeleBlend. By early August, TeleBlend will start selling to customers outside SunRocket's subscriber base.
I'll keep you posted as more details about SunRocket's unraveling surface.
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