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NYU Senior’s Cellphone Startup Faces ‘Malicious Network Attack’ on Launch Day

Some NYU students pay for their own cellphone bill. Who knew?

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We were immediately intrigued by AllThingsD‘s story about enterprising NYU senior John Mardini’s new startup, Voyager Mobile. For one, Mr. Mardini wants to open cheap cellphone services to the public via the suddenly-popular process of reselling service on another carrier’s network.

For $19 a month, reported CNET, Voyager would give users unlimited text and calling on last year’s models of prepaid mobile phones. For $39 a month, you could get unlimited data, talk and text. As a mobile virtual network operator or MVNO, Voyager does this by spreading “its service across Sprint’s wireless backbone.”

And then there was the quote Mr.Mardini, who hails from Knoxville, gave AllThingsD:

“It was just one of those things,” Mardini said in a telephone interview. “I pay so much for my cell phone. I was thinking there has to be a better way to make it cheaper for everyone.”

And here we thought NYU’s spendthrift student body had never even saw the inside of their cellphone bill!

Earlier reports promised more details at 6am today via the Voyager Mobile website, which even featured a countdown clock.

Unfortunately, a visit to the site this morning yielded some bad news:

During its Tuesday, May 15 launch, Voyager Mobile experienced a malicious network attack to its primary website: voyagermobile.com. Due to the network outage, Voyager Mobile is postponing its launch to a time and date in the very near future.

Our goal of low cost wireless service for all will not be undermined and we strive to continue the voyage for a better wireless world.

We’ve reached out to Mr. Mardini for more information. But think about it this way: If it was worth it for some troll to mess with your launch, you’re probably onto something.

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