Company Name: Tempo Wireless
Costs: Free, $324.99, $524.99
What Is It
Tempo Wireless is an MLM company that offers no-contract cell phone service.
Though the product behind Tempo Wireless seems to be legit, I think there are many problems that you’ll run into with this business opportunity.
The short list is: competition from big networks, existing contracts, and finding a network of customers.
Here are the basics of what Tempo is offering.
It looks quite simple. No contract service on a variety of phones. However, I think there are a few more details to consider.
*Note: Tempo has other products like Lifeline (free phone service for qualifying income), and wireless home phone service, but I’ll be focusing mainly on the no-contract phone service that they offer as it seems to be their main product.
My Personal Experience With A Similar Setup
Personally, I hate being locked into a contract, so I think that offering no-contract cell service is a great product. However, they are not the first to do it. In fact, I had a no-contract smart phone from Virgin for about 2 years.
I paid about $50 for the phone (Virgin Venture) from Radio Shack, and $45/month for unlimited texting and data. I forget how many talk minutes I was limited to, but it was enough to get me through the month.
To be honest, it was a pretty poor experience. Funny enough, it was 3G LTE from Sprint, much like what Tempo Wireless is offering, though they are moving to 4G now. I am not a cellphone expert, so I don’t know *why* I had issues with my setup, but I did.
After upgrading to Verizon on a 2 year contract with an iPhone 5c, I’m much happier. I currently pay $80/month for 1Gig of data. That may not seem like a lot but I work from home so don’t need a lot of data.
Cell Coverage Details
I learned quit a bit about cell phone coverage just by doing research on this product, so I think you are going to have to study up on this stuff if you plan to sell it.
For example, I had no idea what the difference between GSM and CDMA is. Do you? Chances are, the buyer isn’t going to know.
So if you plan to pitch the idea of switching networks, you’d better be ready with stats, info, and a plan of how they can move over to Tempo.
My main issue with Tempo Wireless is the competition that they are facing and the current role they are in.
The big companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Tmobile are battling hard for your money. Tempo is a small player, and you are going to need some good reasons why you should choose Tempo over those guys.
In fact, they all offer some kind of no-contract service. Here are two options from T-Mobile and Verizon, both of which are cheaper than the service that Tempo is currently offering
The do have data caps, but they are also a lot more clear about stats like when they start to slow your data down, and how much it’s going to cost you to buy more.
But aside from that, T-Mobile has just started its Un-Carrier campaign, and last I heard, was even PAYING for you to cancel your old contract with other companies! They even offer things like data rollover (including 10 Gigs free data) and free data for streaming music.
Honest, if I wasn’t with Verizon right now (and if Verizon wasn’t the largest, most reliable network + Tmobile always scoring poorly on speed tests) I might consider switching to T-Mobile. No, I don’t work for either company.
The cost of being a distributor for these guys is pretty simple. To be an affiliate or just sell the product is free. To participate in the MLM program, there are two cost levels, $325 and $525. That's what you'll pay if you want to participate in the MLM portion of the website.
A lot of websites doing reviews of Tempo Wireless attempt to give a breakdown of who owns the company and how well they rate on the BBB. However, I couldn’t find any instant of Tempo Wireless, and Tempo Communications was not registered or rated by the site.
What I did find that the parent company Birch Communications, although they currently have an A+ rating, currently have over 500 complaints just in the last 3 years! That’s astronomical for the size of the company in my opinion. However, I did look up Verizon just to be fair, and they have 3,000 complaints for the past 3 years.
As far as the actual details of the comp plan goes, there’s really not a lot of clear information out there. The only thing listed on the “opportunity” portion of the website is this:
- “up to” 10% on personal referrals
- “up to” 4% on customers gathered by others
- “up to” $25/customer
I had to turn to YouTube to find out the real cost of joining. It is free to get involved with the most basic distributor plan, which is a plus. However, the higher plans are quite pricey at $325 and $525 to upgrade. More details shown in this video below
I think the biggest challenge to promoting this company is going to be getting folks out of their current contracts, and offering them a spectacular deal when they are ready to switch.
When the iPhone 7 comes out, are you going to be able to offer them 2 gigs of data and a free iPhone? Probably not. Your offer may fly with someone that’s on a really tight budget and has no expectations for quality of smartphone, but as far as getting the newest and best, Tempo’s deals just can’t compete.
How many people do you know personally right now that are not currently in a 2 year cell phone contract? Anyone that is currently strapped to a contract has to pay a fee to exit. Is their phone compatible with what Tempo is offering?
You’d better consider these things before signing up as an IBO.
Other Comments – Is This Your Passion?
Honestly, my biggest critique about the biz op portion of Tempo Wireless is that it’s and extremely boring topic to me. There are so many other opportunities out there. Even though I’m very critical of MLM and general don’t recommend the business model, I think there are more exciting topics available in the industry.
Outside of the MLM industry, there are even more opportunities to start a business about something you truly care about. Money can be made everywhere. I always recommend you first figure out what you passion is, and try to start your business in a related industry to something you’re interested in.
An OK product overall, but I think getting people to change carriers or competing with deals that they offer is going to make this a hard sell.
MLM VS Affiliate Marketing
I always say, why do MLM when you could do affiliate marketing instead. It’s a slightly different business model, with much more open possibilities for creating a business.
Instead of limiting yourself to ONE company and a small range of products, why not sell something you are passionate about? With affiliate marketing you can sell products from big, brand name companies that people know and trust. This is what I do for a living, and it’s how I recommend curious new business owners get started.
Whatever type of product you decide to promote, it's important to own your own website to grow your business.
Parties only work if you have a network of friends with money in their pockets. Network marketing only works if your friends are interested in joining business opportunities.
With a website you can reach the entire world, and only promote great products to people interested in what you have to say. Plus, you open up doors to multiple streams of revenue like affiliate sales, ad click revenue, paid advertising, and even selling your own digital products.
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