All posts for the month July, 2007

My oldest niece and nephew are turning eight this week. I’m getting the chance to hang out with them on vacation next week so I am going to pick up their birthday gifts here in Austin before I leave (or have them shipped via Amazon).

One problem.

What the heck do I get eight year olds? It has to be something fun- I am the uncle after all. I am just clueless on gift giving.

Ahhh crap…

Dear Customers,

After significant effort by the Company to avoid this result, SunRocket is in the process of closing its operations and therefore will no longer be able to provide you with the phone service that you have been accustomed to. However, this email provides you with an opportunity to sign up with select service providers who we believe will offer outstanding replacement service

In order to assist you, we have entered into negotiations with a number of service providers. As a result of those negotiations, we have entered into agreements with 8×8, Inc., provider of the Packet8 service, and Unified Communications Corp., provider of Teleband service to offer you the best options and we are proud to recommend the following alternatives to you. Please make your decision to move to a new service provides immediately as future service is uncertain.

Does anyone have any experience with these two providers? Packet8 does not have a cheap limited plan- only a $25 unlimited one. Telebrand’s website is down right now, which is a pretty bad sign. I got a flyer from AT&T this week advertising their local plan for $50 or something ridiculous.

This sucks. I might have to consider just moving to cell phone only; which does not help my DirecTV but will save me a monthly bill.

Crap. According to the NY Times, SunRocket has gone belly up. People on SlashDot claim their phone is still working, but voice mail is offline. I have the $10/month plan which does not include voice mail so I am not so worried. There is nothing on the SR site claiming this is true, but I saw some comments from CSR’s that they were let go.

Alternatives? Back to a land line from AT&T for $25/mo. Vonage has a $15/mo plan. Neither one of those sounds that intriguing. Maybe Vonage (or some other VoIP provider) will pick up my plan. I am probably one of the cheapest customers they have using maybe 10 or 15 minutes of phone time a month.