Virgin Mobile Will Euthanize Helio In May

Here's a funny story! Some time ago, Virgin Mobile snatched up a little wireless company called Helio, with hopes of using it to start a postpaid (on contract) cell service to complement its prepaid business. Then, Sprint, one of the largest postpaid carriers in the country, bought Virgin Mobile, effectively rendering… » 3/02/10 2:33pm 3/02/10 2:33pm

Pantech Matrix Dual Sliding Phone Has More Buttons Than Sense

Formed from the same genetic ooze as Pantech's Slide Duo smartphone and rebranded Helio Ocean handset, the Matrix is a mildly frustrating device: spec'd with the best, but dressed in the worst. An HSDPA-enabled handset with GPS, a full QWERTY keyboard in addition to a dialpad, and two cameras should have the software… » 10/14/08 5:30am 10/14/08 5:30am

Virgin Mobile's First Helio-App Handset Due September 28th: The Shuttle

Virgin Mobile USA is soon to launch its first handset that uses tech from newly acquired Helio. Just as predicted » 9/10/08 1:00pm 9/10/08 1:00pm, the slider phone will indeed include advanced features like social networking and other mobile services "through partnerships with Accuweather, ESPN, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Yahoo!" and others.…

Helio, Sidekick UI Designer Working On New Palm OS

This is some pretty exciting news for us Palm fans who've been waiting (and waiting and waiting) for something new from the handset maker. It turns out Palm has hired Matias Duarte to design the UI for the next Palm OS. You probably haven't heard of him, but he's the guy behind the impressive interfaces for the… » 7/03/08 8:13pm 7/03/08 8:13pm

Phew: Keep Your Advanced Features When Your Helio Turns Into Virgin

In today's news of Virgin buying Helio for 39 million dollars, it has been revealed that the advanced features Helio was known for (and paid dearly for in the end) will be ported over as Virgin takes over operations. The infrastructure will also allow future handsets from Virgin to include modern day amenities like… » 6/27/08 12:00pm 6/27/08 12:00pm

Virgin Mobile to Buy Helio, Kill It, Consume It

It appears that the rumors were right, kinda fake telecom provider Virgin Mobile will buy kinda fake telecom provider Helio. Once the acquisition is complete, Virgin Mobile will consume Helio and hopefully become stronger from the nourishment, but the trendy Helio logo will be gone forever. Since both companies run on… » 6/25/08 8:58am 6/25/08 8:58am

Helio Stores And Kiosks Closing Soon, Company In Trouble?

A tipster told us that the talks between Virgin Mobile and SK Telecom/Helio are going nowhere, with Virgin backing out unless there's some sort of bankruptcy declaration or huge liquidation. Our tipster says that Helio's corporate stores and kiosks will be closing very soon, which is backed up by similar info from … » 6/20/08 12:59pm 6/20/08 12:59pm

Virgin and SK Telecom Actually In Talks Despite SK's Denials

Even though SK Telecom denied being in talks with Virgin Mobile to merge it and the Helio brands, Virgin Mobile is having none of it. VM said that they were in the "early stages" of discussions, but there aren't any "assurances that any transaction will result." Sounds like someone at Virgin is using the press as a… » 5/14/08 10:45pm 5/14/08 10:45pm

SK Telecom Denies Merger Talks With Virgin Mobile

Despite mocoNews' and WSJ's reports last week that SK Telecom and Virgin Mobile were set to merge the Helio and Virgin Mobile USA brands, SK Telecom denies these rumors and says it's fully committed to Helio. Dow Jones quoted SK Telecom spokesperson Mina Ryu as saying the all-stock transaction merger was "groundless."… » 5/12/08 7:32pm 5/12/08 7:32pm

Helio Becomes First Carrier to Offer Push Gmail

If you are the proud owner of a Helio Ocean, Fin or Mysto, you have the honor of being the first to enjoy push Gmail on your cellphone. Using the "ultimate inbox" feature, simply set up your Gmail account and press Menu > Send/Receive. Then you will be prompted to enable new mail notification. It's just that easy,… » 4/23/08 4:29pm 4/23/08 4:29pm

Helio Ocean 2 Hits FCC, First Impression is Same-Old Same-Old

The FCC has just leaked this image of Helio's Ocean 2. How do we know that? Well, it's carrying an OZ2 model and OZ was the alternative moniker of the original Helio Ocean. We can't tell much else from the drawing, such as whether the Mark 2 Ocean will have the dual slider of its older brother, but we can see the body… » 3/29/08 6:30pm 3/29/08 6:30pm

Opera Mini Browser Now on Helio Ocean, Officially

Sure, with a little third-party app hacking you've been able to get Opera running on some Helio phones for a while. But today Helio and Opera have released Opera Mini in what's the first official deployment of the tiny browser by a US service provider. Apparently Helio listened to their enthusiast community and then… » 3/19/08 9:01am 3/19/08 9:01am

Buddy Beacon 2.0 Launches Facebook and iPhone Apps, Reaches Multiple Carriers

Buddy Beacon, the friend-finding service so beloved by Helio users, is to widen its circle of friends, as of today. As well as being available on multiple carriers (which means that you and your mates don't need to share the same mobile provider) version 2.0 includes applications for Facebook and iPhone, which will… » 2/13/08 9:59am 2/13/08 9:59am

Helio and Buzzd Make Location-based Yelp-like Service For Your Phone

Yelp is great, but what if you could find restaurants and clubs based on where you are right now? Thanks to Helio phones' GPS service and the Buzzd software, you can. It works as a built-in app on your Helio phone (the two companies partnered up today) and will allow you to even message your friends to update them on… » 2/06/08 1:23pm 2/06/08 1:23pm