LowEndBox - Cheap VPS, Hosting and Dedicated Server Deals

Dead Pool March 2011 – JBoost.com

Tags: Date/Time: April 7, 2011 @ 7:26 am, by LowEndAdmin

There hasn’t been a month without VPS providers going under, since I first posted about the dead pool in May last year. There is only one in March 2011.

JBoost

Current Status: Home page showing directory index

I first posted about JBoost back in November 2010, who are the reseller of BurstNet at discounted price ($1 cheaper than Burst retail). I guess reselling VPS packages does not really put you in any advantage in this cut-throat market, and selling it cheaper than Burst just cuts the profit margin even deeper. See this WHT thread about what happened, but it’s good that all clients are transferred over to Burst so I guess no one has lost a server. “Personal reason” was stated for the exit, although I wondered what happened to their 15 in-house employees and office.

Others

Okay. There was only one whose home page cease to work (my definition of in the dead pool). However AFAIK there might be others who have gone out of business or got acquired. For example

  • HazeNet — they surely look dead from comments in their last post. Then they got acquired by Thrust::VPS. Still running on their old server so I won’t mark them as dead yet.
  • VPSTree — they have been like a ghost ship for several months. Home page and the servers are still up, but no one responds to anything. Even cancelled VPS still gets going and going. However it looks like it’s gradually falling apart. Maybe we’ll pronounce it dead soon.

That’s it for this month :)

The original owner of LowEndBox known as "LowEndAdmin" or "LEA" for short founded LowEndBox in 2008 and created the concept of hosting applications on low resource "Low End Boxes". After creating the roots of the community that we know today, "LEA" stepped aside and allowed others to carry the torch forward.

50 Comments

  1. Jason:

    VPSTree could well be personal issues – seems strange that things keep going. Must still be paying their bills on auto credit card or subscriptions mab?

    Nice easy month anyway!

    April 7, 2011 @ 7:30 am | Reply
  2. Look like a good month.

    April 7, 2011 @ 7:30 am | Reply
  3. Unity:

    My VPS at “Available VPS” has been down ( again ) for 3 days straight.
    No answers to ticket , i see already where they are going to end soon …

    April 7, 2011 @ 8:07 am | Reply
    • I was about to point this one out. There was a thread on WHT abut them selling/giving their clients to one of their upstreams.

      Francisco

      April 7, 2011 @ 8:45 am | Reply
    • This thread here?? (that you sent to me a week ago)

      On the other hand, I have also received emails from Available VPS this week advertising their special coupon code. I just put them here instead, and people can decide whether they want to gamble it :P

      • 25% off on VPS 1-4 when order 3 months promo: 25off
      • 50% off on VPS512 when order 6 or 12 months promo: 50off
      • 1 month free on VPS256 when order 6 months promo: monthfree
      April 7, 2011 @ 10:43 am | Reply
      • That’s the one :P

        Francisco

        April 7, 2011 @ 11:14 am | Reply
        • Unity:

          Woookay , got a reply 5 days later.

          “your vps was alot time ago moved to setuplink this why it was deleted in AVPS”

          WTF ?!

          I’ve never received anything from setuplink , my VPS is just gone , that’s freaking nuts.

          Stay tuned …

          April 8, 2011 @ 1:50 pm | Reply
        • Ztc:

          Same thing happened to me, had them on paypal subscribtion and they justt kept on charging aswell.

          April 8, 2011 @ 5:54 pm | Reply
        • Hi Unity, I have the exact same problem with you.
          And they said the exact same answer to me.
          I think they just copy and paste the words.

          April 9, 2011 @ 3:57 pm | Reply
  4. so sorry to hear that.i would pay monthy ,it will be safer

    April 7, 2011 @ 8:59 am | Reply
  5. Unity:

    Hope i will not miss your next offer this time Francisco :)

    April 7, 2011 @ 8:59 am | Reply
  6. Camron:

    JBoost gave all their clients to BurstNET due to personal reasons, so no real harm done. We had a few servers with them and things were cleared up nicely (BurstNET honored the same price).

    Sad to see companies closing, though.

    April 7, 2011 @ 9:05 am | Reply
  7. Ztc:

    May they rest in piece…

    April 7, 2011 @ 10:21 am | Reply
  8. M.M:

    LOL @ VPSTree! They reminds me of TeamVPS, once died Virpus claimed they acquired TeamVPS, but I don’t know the reality behind this story, I even doubt Virpus where the people behind TeamVPS from first place. Anyway, their VPSs too remained running for several months for free and at excellent performance (even better than b4 death!).

    April 7, 2011 @ 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Snape:

      Ah, yes, TeamVPS and Virpus. The months (under TeamVPS) of zero support and okay performance. The months (under Virpus) of decent performance. Then the hardware failure, the repeated insistences by support staff that I wasn’t a customer, Ken’s repeated promises that a new VM would be provisioned, the e-mails and tickets that have gone unanswered for nine months, the VM that still hasn’t been provisioned, the endless waiting…

      Not the best service I’ve ever received from Mr. Lee’s Greater Hong Kong.

      April 7, 2011 @ 8:42 pm | Reply
      • M.M:

        Opps!!! you had much worse experince than I had. Support tickets with no any signs of life, sure worst part ever till now.

        Thought Virpus might have improve too by joining the dead pool at LEB, and announcing start of death state :D

        April 7, 2011 @ 9:04 pm | Reply
  9. ab:

    does anyone else notice the little inside joke of http://hazenet.co.uk/images/logo.gif

    April 8, 2011 @ 1:01 am | Reply
  10. bob:

    I think you should put enotch networks on that list.

    I ordered a Xen from them back in Feb and it wasn’t provisioned in over a month so I did a successful paypal reversal. I called their 1-800 number and no one picks up. I also called their domain phone number and their voice mail was full…

    April 8, 2011 @ 2:29 am | Reply
    • What is Paypal reversal? o_O “Refund”?

      April 8, 2011 @ 5:16 am | Reply
      • bob:

        Yes, I filed a dispute and it was successful. I got my money back, and now enotch continues to send me bills these past 2 months.

        April 9, 2011 @ 10:00 am | Reply
  11. Another one -> w2servers.com

    April 8, 2011 @ 5:39 am | Reply
    • It seems alive for me :roll eyes:

      April 8, 2011 @ 5:51 am | Reply
      • MyCroft:

        He probably hate it or something.

        April 8, 2011 @ 7:34 am | Reply
      • Not sure why, but not loading for me.

        April 8, 2011 @ 7:50 am | Reply
    • kendid:

      W2servers is working for me… They are a little slow on support, but other than that it’s working fine…

      April 8, 2011 @ 7:00 am | Reply
    • Hello,

      W2servers.com was downfor me all night. I also seen some post about them on WHT how some servers are down and no support. they could be one aswell! Citynethost is not going anywhere i don’t see them running off!

      -Michael.

      April 9, 2011 @ 3:26 pm | Reply
  12. no response from w2servers.com and citynethost is down atm! – http://sitechecker.eu/?http://citynethost.com/

    April 8, 2011 @ 10:11 am | Reply
    • kendid:

      yep… Website does appear down… However my VPS is still up….

      April 8, 2011 @ 11:22 am | Reply
    • citynethost.com is up and working fine. W2 is down, but all my VPS are still UP and running. Will see tomorrow. Are they real scamers or not …

      April 8, 2011 @ 5:07 pm | Reply
  13. All my VPS with w2servers are accessible now. You may try for example this IP: 174.34.133.78 and http://www.praznik.biz (it’s cyrillic content)

    April 8, 2011 @ 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Hello,

      Make Backups if you can!!! W2Servers i seen have big issues… But give it time we will see!

      April 9, 2011 @ 3:27 pm | Reply
  14. PenguinTux:

    Was JBoost even a big reseller of Burst in the first place for Burst to want to acquire them… ?

    April 9, 2011 @ 6:58 am | Reply
    • Hello,

      I don’t think they where that big. Even if they are not Burst would have no issues on just picking up them clients. More for Burst! Even tho they keep resell price’s they still make money…. Burst is just good host when it comes down to it.

      April 9, 2011 @ 3:28 pm | Reply
      • PenguinTux:

        Thanks for your reply. You’d think a big host wouldn’t care because it’s simply not worth their time…

        April 9, 2011 @ 7:14 pm | Reply
        • Hi,

          Your welcome.

          Even tho Burst is big they still think about the clients and not how much they pay. I have been with them for years and yet to have a bad time. Yes i do get upset with the replys and stuff but you can’t beat the team work they put in to help!

          -Michael.

          April 10, 2011 @ 5:43 am | Reply
    • Because JBoost is just a reseller, so their clients are still Burst’s clients. I would imagine that it is a lot more trivial to migrate failed resellers’ clients over to your own accounts.

      April 10, 2011 @ 11:29 am | Reply
  15. Kevin Wall:

    JBoost FAIL.

    April 9, 2011 @ 10:03 pm | Reply
    • Camron:

      If you knew more about what actually happened, I’m sure you wouldn’t be posting that. Nonetheless, all JBoost clients are safe with BurstNET unlike many other hosts that decide to close and jump ship with everyone’s data.

      April 11, 2011 @ 6:03 am | Reply
  16. MACRO:

    Soon to be in DeadPool for May, Garman, NordicVps, CurveHost,
    there is one more but I can’t think of it now.

    April 21, 2011 @ 11:15 pm | Reply
    • Not going to say who but I just got an email from one of those folks asking me if I wanted to buy them out.

      The price they quoted me was something like 70x monthly price for the number of clients they said they had. Had a chuckle at that.

      April 22, 2011 @ 12:56 am | Reply
      • $50k? xD
        Just guessing :P

        April 22, 2011 @ 12:58 am | Reply
        • Not going to say the total as that may give them away. I was quoted $500 per client. I;ve bought out a few hosts, even 1 or 2 unsolicited like this, but the most i ever paid was like 14x monthly price.

          Might have been worth it if the hardware was included. I don;t think it is as they would have said so. Probably leased.

          April 22, 2011 @ 1:02 am | Reply
        • Yeah, I am wondering who was….

          With that, at least one of them will be in the dead pool :P

          April 22, 2011 @ 1:04 am | Reply
      • MACRO:

        Don’t think it’s Curvehost, either Garman or Nordic.
        If it’s Garman he owes me $0.21, ha ha, if it’s Nordic, tell’em ‘go f*** himself’ please.

        April 22, 2011 @ 5:13 am | Reply
  17. Spirit:

    I don’t know this regarding NordicVPS.. he seems stubborn and simpy don’t want to die yet. With his lack of skills, lack of responsability, constant failures, etc.. dead seems inevitable, but I wondering.. will this happens in our 15$/year period or some short time later. Not that it makes some difference…

    April 22, 2011 @ 12:22 am | Reply

Leave a Reply

Some notes on commenting on LowEndBox:

  • Do not use LowEndBox for support issues. Go to your hosting provider and issue a ticket there. Coming here saying "my VPS is down, what do I do?!" will only have your comments removed.
  • Akismet is used for spam detection. Some comments may be held temporarily for manual approval.
  • Use <pre>...</pre> to quote the output from your terminal/console, or consider using a pastebin service.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *