New VoIP carrier launches, gets awkward name

Zer01 Mobile promises a $69.95-per-month plan for unlimited voice and data service without a contract.

Though other carriers may be consolidating, a new wireless provider made its official debut at CTIA. Zer01 Mobile (yes, that actually is a zero in the name) promises a $69.95-per-month plan for unlimited voice and data service without a contract.

The service, which will launch July 1, will be entirely VoIP-based. Zer01 Mobile Virtual says it's not a Mobile Network Operator (MVNO), but it will be relying on other carriers to support the service. How that's not an MVNO, we're not quite sure.

Zer01 will only support Windows Mobile smartphones. Unfortunately, we're not certain which specific handsets will be available with the service. At the time of this writing, Zer01's Web site was down (not a good sign), but we'll check out the company's booth later today.

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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.

 

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