Kitchener-based Chill went live with a crowdfunding program that promised Canadians ‘Fearless Freedom.’ At the time, Ramadan said: “the golden age of wireless telecommunication services in Canada [has] just begun.”
Chill claimed to bring the “the solution for millions of people who worry about their wireless bill, overcharges and limits” and offered eager Canadians the opportunity to sign up early on its $35 CAD and $45 per month plans featuring unlimited talk, text and data.
In an interview with MobileSyrup in June 2016, Ramadan noted that they signed up 200,000 for the pre-registration and 12,000 in early adoptions, which accounted for over $170,000 in funds.
“We did hit numerous roadblocks along the journey that narrowed and restricted our progress to achieve our original goals and promises… After 8 long months of striving to make a positive change, we regret to announce that Chill Telecom will permanently terminate all operations on March 30th, 2017.”
Curious what will happen to all the money raised?
In a statement to MobileSyrup, Ramadan said Chill raised $292,355 from 19,515 funders.
“Everyone will get refunds from both (and only) of chill’s campaigns. We didn’t have any active monetary subscribers outside our crowdfunding campaigns which means everyone who invested in Chill well get his money back, no exceptions,” said Ramadan, adding that the refunds will be issued within 60 to 90 days.
It looks like ‘Fearless Freedom’ is tough to build in Canada.