Amp’d Mobile — the youth-oriented mobile operator that runs on the Verizon Wireless network — is shutting down.
The primary reason seems to be that the service, which had filed for bankruptcy protection, had a hard time collecting money from its youthful client base, and that’s painfully obvious from the company’s Web site at get.amp’d.com.
Among the ads — amazingly still trying to sell its services, flashing the coolest new phones it is offering from fiery red Razrs to the Motorola Q — there’s almost an equal number of advs relaying to the user how to pay their bill. It says: Now paying your bill is even ea$ier. It says you can pay on your mobile phone — without ever listening to hold music.
Not sure what the incentive is at this point. If customers, or potential customers, bothered to click on the “Customer Q&A,” they’d find out a host of interesting things:
Q: Is Amp’d going out of business?
A: Amp’d is potentially suspending U.S. operations July 31.
Q: How long will customer service be provided?
A: It will not be available after July 23.
Wait a sec. They’ll shut off the operators before the service? Yikes.
Q: Do I need to pay my outstanding bill?
A: Yes, failure to pay may result in reporting to a credit agency.