“It was one of the first efforts of true, complete phone service over the backbone of the internet rather than the traditional phone system,” Clark recalls.
SunRocket ceased operations in 2007, but not before it amassed a 200,000-strong subscriber base, according to the New York Times.
Clark acknowledges that, back then, he enthusiastically trumpeted the startup as a way to prepay for phone service for several years. Even though he did warn people that there was a risk in prepaying, he says, “What people heard was my enthusiasm.”
Among those who prepaid for years of phone service was Clark’s own brother.
“My poor brother lost a few thousand dollars on SunRocket. Many of our listeners and viewers bought SunRocket,” Clark says.
“I collectively lost people I don’t know how many hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he says.
Because he is unbought and unbossed, you can trust that Clark will continue to speak his mind and share ways you can save money and not get ripped off.
But Clark says the SunRocket incident has left an indelible mark.
“It’s not even my money that I lost, which I would be fine with,” he says. “It was your money that I lost. And I will carry that to my urn and feel really bad about it.”
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