***UPDATE 3/18/2014- As of my original post, I have discovered that Simplexity, LLC (owner of WireFly) has actually filed for the lesser detrimental Chapter 11 (Reorganization) bankruptcy courtesy of their lawyers’ website. Still, bankruptcy is bankruptcy! Law suit on behalf of 350+ ex-employees follows.****
Does Northern Virginia have a potential episode of American Greed brewing in our very own town of Reston? It’s not yet very clear, but as news travels from Android forums to social media outlets, prospects are not looking good for parent company Simplexity. Who’s Simplexity? Good question, I had no idea either until I did a little digging on the good old Google.
Simply visiting their website (cleverly simplexity.com) you are greeted by a website that is just as vague and obscure as the name itself, but if you wade just deep enough past all the pretty geometric images and stock photos of professional models, you will find that they own and operate WireFly.com. Most of us know about WireFly because they were, prior to this week, one of the cheapest places to buy cell phones on-contract thanks to their insane deals with the likes of Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint & AT&T.
If you ever bought a cell phone through the online versions of Walmart, Radio Shack, Target or Tiger Direct (probably more I’m missing), then your entire transaction was actually processed through WireFly (or is it Simplexity? not sure. I’m just as confused as you are on this). In either case, just for kicks, I tried to access these channels tonight and either got error’d out or received a static page with links to Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint, in case I didn’t know their URLs already. Here give it a shot yourself:
You get the point. At the time of this writing, I received the following text from each of those sites:
This site is currently not available
No fancy images, nothing, just plain Times New Roman text in generic blue.
In any case, my only sources of news came from fan forum sites, which I value just slightly above Fox News as a credible source for information. According to AndroidPolice.com, it turns out that WireFly has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Chapter 7 is the really bad one, where everything MUST GO..and be liquidated to pay off creditors and the company never pays back a dime later.
Based on another source, RipOffReport, I was able to dig up this gem that could have portended things to come had we paid more attention to the guy that never got his rebate back thanks to another suspicious bankruptcy filing just a few years ago under the name of Inphonic.
Lastly, I felt it was prudent to point out that Simplexity only had 483 complaints against them (118 of which occurred in the last 12 months) on the Better Business Bureau website. That paltry 483 complaints awarded the company with a glowing ‘B’ rating on the BBB. I shutter to think what must be done to earn a ‘C’ or below.
While it’s still early and news can change at will, this junior level detective work I have pieced together doesn’t make WireFly or parent Simplexity look that hot right now. Will definitely be keeping an eye out on this story as it develops.
In all seriousness though, my hearts do go out to all the employees that suddenly lost their jobs. I hope these people gain some restitution when the dust ultimately settles.