The status of Helium’s partnership with Lime was seriously in doubt after Russell Murphy, Lime’s senior director of communications, told Mashable, “Beyond an initial test of its product in 2019, Lime has not had, and does not currently have, a relationship with Helium.” Lime indicated that as of Friday it was preparing a cease and desist letter addressed to Helium.
In a statement to Mashable, Nova Labs, Helium’s parent company, acknowledged Friday that Lime and Helium had grown apart after that 2019 product test. “Lime has since restructured and the team members we worked with are no longer employed there,” the statement read.
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Lime’s supposed status as a client was not trivial, but part of what appeared to be a core part of Helium’s marketing pitch. Helium bills itself as a decentralized network of Internet of things (IoT) devices, capable of providing their own connectivity where existing internet service providers can’t or won’t. Helium’s hardware is, in a sense, only as good as the network of users keeping it functioning — except there’s a bonus value proposition: the devices also mine a cryptocurrency, $HNT, whenever the network is used. And as long as major tech companies are customers, there is, in theory, plenty of crypto to be mined.
However, as of yesterday, Salesforce, the other company associated with a logo now missing from Helium.com (and from the site’s “
Mashable also reached out to Helium but had not received a comment as of this writing. We will update this story if there are further developments.