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ESPN has closed down its much-advertised,sports-themed MVNO. The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary said it would instead pursue licensing deals for its content with other cellular operators. ESPN will provide service until the end of the year, refund handset purchases and help customers transfer to a new provider.

The MVNO launched less than a year ago with much fanfare, but failed to sign up the numbers of subscribers needed to achieve ROI no more than a few tens of thousands. In the wake of that announcement, analysts have questioned the ESPN-specific business model of banking on sports fans appetites for round-the-clock multimedia content, but most have said the highprofile failing does not disprove the MVNO model as a whole.

As for Disney, which spent $150 million combined to develop and launch ESPN Mobile and Disney Mobile, the House of Mouse says the family-friendly Disney Mobile MVNO venture remains unaffected by ESPNs pullout from the market.




Mitch McCoy

One IP Voice Inc. recently announced that OIPV Corp. has entered into an agreement with master agency MicroCorp, which will offer One IP Voice hosted VoIP products and services to its North American distribution channel, which consists of more than 1,300 independent partners.

The One IP Voice portfolio includes turnkey hosted IP Centrex and IP trunking services bundled with One IP Net QoS-enabled private IP customer access nationwide, long-distance calling, on-net calling, local-area calling, V-911 capabilities,WAN, data connectivity and CPE solutions.


Wireless master agency American Wireless has formed a new e-commerce business unit to create, deploy and manage e-commerce Web sites for specialty businesses to offer wireless phones, devices, service plans and accessories at special pricing. Mitch McCoy, formerly vice president of marketing for American Wireless, has been tapped to lead the new unit.

One of the units customers is towPartners. This member-based program servicing the towing industry worked with American Wireless to create a specialized Web site to service its members.


Sphere Communications Inc. has tapped NETXUSA Inc. as a master distributor of its Sphericall IP PBX. NETXUSA will provide Spheres IP PBX and support services to its VARs and online partners. Sphericall IP delivers VoIP, three-way desktop video conferencing, point-and-click call management, text messaging, presence and unified messaging, as well as advanced PBX features.

The platform scales to 30,000 ports per system and is certified by the U.S. Department of Defense. NETXUSA supports a wide range of IP-based telephony products. It also provides in-house certified engineers for reseller and customer support.

Links
American Wireless www.americanwireless.com
Disney Mobile www.disneymobile.com
ESPN www.espn.com
MicroCorp www.microcorp.com
One IP Voice Inc. www.oneipvoice.com
Sphere Communications www.spherecom.com

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