The Doubters

As time went on some serious doubts began to emerge about the technology, the companies, the management and whether or not this is turning out to be an elaborate scam.

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  • 1. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Pride of place has to go to Scam.com

    http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=119076

    There are some very clever people here who have circumvented the idiots that are still convinced this is real and brought too light so much information about the people, the companies, past scams, technology and so forth. Truthfully if after reading half the stuff that has been uncovered here and you still think it’s a good deal then you don’t deserve to remain in the gene pool.

  • 2. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Rod Cook

    http://www.mlmwatchdog.com/MLM_Insider_0396_Phone_Tips.html

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  • 3. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Troy Dooly

    http://www.mlmhelpdesk.com/

    Troy Dooly is recognized internationally as an expert in the areas of personal branding, leadership development, marketing strategies, and organizational expansion.

    Troy is a highly sought after mentor, speaker, results coach, and radio host. He is Co-Host with Jim Gillhouse on two of the most successful radio shows in America focusing on Home-Based Business and Leader Training (Aces Radio Live & Radio For Your Mind. He is a Co-Founder in DeskPing.com, and is a Founding Member, and sits on the Board of the Distributor’s Rights Association.

  • 4. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Len Clements

    http://www.marketwaveinc.com/RadioShow.asp

    Len did a couple of hard hitting podcasts but has been strangely quiet on this matter for some time.

  • 5. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Derek Kerton

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090721/1746225615.shtml

    The Zer01 Story: Lots Of Buzz, But Is It Actually Real…?
    from the evidence-lacking dept

    A disruptive mobile phone company claims to have launched on July 1. It’s called Zer01, and if on the level, would radically incite price competition in the US cellular market. Zer01 is an MVNO or MVNE (depending on when you spoke with them), and they say that they can offer cheap unlimited service by the 3G GSM cellular data network of a national partner, which they will resell. Voice services would be delivered as data using VoIP. Zer01 launched with unlimited voice, text, and data plans for $79.95 a month – including tethering your laptops all you want, and with no contract. The problem is: there is no evidence that this service actually exists. Nancy Gohring at ComputerWorld digs in to the story, and found a lot of reasons to be suspicious about the company. Added all together, it looks pretty shady, and reminds us of the Gizmondo scandal back in 2005.

    Follow the link above to read the full article.

  • 6. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Another great piece by Derek Kerton in response to someone saying Ben Piilani deserved some credit.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090721/1746225615.shtml

    “His name, reputation and good will are his most important asset”

    Agreed. Sadly, they appear to have been artificially manufactured to fool willing dupes.

    Good think it didn’t work on you and I…well, me at least.

    I went to the bios Ben Piilani has written about himself, and checked on a few of the details. Here are some bullet points to consider.

    No college credentials claimed

    No patents evident, no numbers cited, USPTO denied hearing of the company (per Nancy Gohring’s research)

    He associates (specifically in this business) with felons like Mark Petchel, his main distributor who is convicted of securities fraud.

    He is top man in a network of affiliates that even HE admits are lying.

    Is CEO of shell businesses with no real offices

    No engineering team

    No reasonable staffing based on claimed activity

    Poor understanding of telecom (I spoke with him myself)

    No marketing collateral (phone pictures don’t ever show Zer01 phone screens)

    No network (cellphone company) partnerships (which are essential) to run an MVNO

    No customer service staff or announced partnership (for a cellphone company!)

    No billing partner announced for his telco service

    No deal announced with any handset vendor

    Places of business are basically PO Boxes

    No logistics partner announced (cellphone carriers need one)

    Follow the link above to read in full.

  • 7. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Nancy Gohring

    Nancy did a rather extensive piece of journalistic work and uncovered many reasons to doubt the validity of Zero 1 and Buzzirk

    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/072009-zer01s-mobile-offer-may-be.html

    Two days later Zero 1 had stripped it’s websites of much of its content.

    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/168872/after_report_questions_service_zer01_parent_strips_web_site.html

  • 8. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Laptop Magazines Todd Hasselton reports that AT&T have no relationship with Zero 1 regardless of the fact the coverage maps are nearly identical.

    http://blog.laptopmag.com/zer01s-coverage-map-is-identical-to-atts-att-we-dont-have-an-agreement-with-zer01

  • 9. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Consumerist.com reports that Next Day PC are cutting ties with Global Verge

    http://consumerist.com/5320678/network-world-uncovers-more-dirt-on-zer01

    “Our company, NextDay Network, Inc., is a hardware, software and electronic products reseller since 1999. We operate through 2 web sites, NextDayPC.com, which is a customizable storefront so technology consultants and any other interested parties can join our independent sales force and benefit from their sales under our agency model. We also operate ResellersOnly.com which is our back office portal for our sales force.

    As long as our Terms of Use for these 2 sites are followed, any individual or company can sign-up as a NextDayPC reseller at ResellersOnly.com and immediately receive a co-branded web site which they can customize with their own logo and contact information. All transactions are conducted strictly between NextDay and our end-customers and the only exchange of money between our company and our independent sales agents are through bi-monthly commission checks that are sent out on the agent’s sales for the previous month.

    On October of 2008 Global Verge became one of our 12,000 affiliated sales companies. As of today, Global Verge and their partners have generate a total of $3,000 in sales, all of which has been processed and shipped. Furthermore, we have placed Global Verge on a cancellation notice and intend to contact their team members and explain our decision shortly.

    As you can imagine, with the recent series of controversial articles on Global Verge and Zer01, it is extremely important for us to make sure that our companies good name will not be inaccurately associated with these 2 companies and your readers will not gain the wrong impression that NextDay Network has been involved in any wrongdoing.”

  • 10. wheresmybuzzirk  |  August 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Consumerist.com

    There is also a great flow chart over on this site

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