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Doubts Raised Over Validity of Zer01's Business Model

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Jul 21, 2009, 1:57 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

A new investigative report by IDG News Service casts doubts on the progress of mobile virtual network enabler Zer01 launching service, on the viability of its technology and business model, and on the ethics and backgrounds of its executives. Zer01 Mobile initially announced plans to offer unlimited national wireless voice and data service for $70, using the networks of unidentified GSM carrier partners. Now they are partnered with a company called Global Verge, marketing the service under the Buzzirk brand. AT&T and T-Mobile both deny working with Zer01, and no other carriers would offer the national GSM footprint Zer01 is claiming. Zer01 claims patent-pending technology called Veritable Mobile Convergence enables the relatively cheap unlimited service, but IDG could find no records of any such patents. IDG also reports that some of the executives of Zer01 have criminal records and ties to pyramid schemes. Zer01's only confirmed business activity to date has been to sign up sales reps (they claim to have 50,000) and charge them fees. Zer01 missed its own July 1 launch date, and has only told sales reps that phones to sell will be available "in weeks." Wireless industry analyst Jack Gold, of J. Gold Associates, says the technology and business plan just don't make sense.



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Jul 21, 2009, 5:56 PM

70$ for unlimited data and voice. no bargin!

how is it a bargin to pay 70$ for unlimited data and voice?
it' only 15$ for unlimited data if you want it on cellphone on ATT!
$15 on top of how much for a voice plan?
What does is cost for UNLIMITED VOICE and DATA on your carrier dopey?

Jul 21, 2009, 2:27 PM

I told you so...

please check out my comments before on this company...scam, scam, scam!
I knew it too.
Same... people never learn
Even though I agree, a "I Told You So!" isnt due yet. You are premature on your comment.

This investigation and the news written was based on the doubts and findings of 1 man. I can not and will not accept the word of 1 man.

It also sounds like ...
Ahhh Rockit Talk must be making a comeback 😈

Jul 21, 2009, 8:39 PM

Break out your umbrellas folks, because the manure is about to hit the fan

This company had scam written all over it. If people still think it has a viable business model, they need to check in to the nearest mental/drug wellness/rehab facility. Unlimited data, free international calls, might as well start giving away a working 'lightsaber' with each phone.

Jul 21, 2009, 3:56 PM


Zer01 is NOT a SCAM. It definitely works.

1. Since we started drinking Zer01 in April 2008, my husband has not had a single migraine (Imitrex) shot. Prior to Zer01, he was using one shot per week. (One shot per week and now no shot in FIVE MONTHS!!!) My mother-in-law was taking her migraine tablets twice per week before Zer01 but now is at about once per month. No other things changed in order to effect this–no new meds added, no move to an awesome tropical beach, etc., etc. So, these wonderful results just happened to occur after these two people starting drinking the acai berry complex, Zer01.

2. I’ve also had some friends and relatives who just happened to decrease or go off their pain relievers for arthritis or pain after...
lol. touche
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