ACN / American Communications Network, Facts, News and Reviews

by louabbott on October 23, 2009

ACN is a “leader in rapid expansion of the global telecommunications industry.

“ACN [is perhaps] the world’s largest direct selling [with an MLM or network marketing comp plan] telecommunications company.   Today, the company prides itself in offering highly competitive local calling, long distance, DSL/Internet, mobile and VoIP services to consumers and small businesses in the 17+ different countries.

“With yearly double digit growth … revenue over $500 million, American Communications Network is one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the world.” –Corporate site

Date Founded: January 1993

Yahoo Business Profile

Countries: ACN now operates in 20 countries spanning North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

ACN Comp Plan:  pays 2% to 8% on personally acquired customers; then, organization residuals as follows:  1/4% first level, 1/4% on levels 2, 3, 4 and 5, 1% on level six … and 6% on level 7.  In addition, representatives holding the level of Regional Vice President are eligible to receive 1/2% over-riding residual income on levels 8 through infinity in their organizations.  More on the compensation plan here.

ACN Company Site

ACN World Headquarters:
1000 Progress Place
Concord, NC 28025-2449
Phone: 704-260-3000


ACN Dissenter links:
http://arbyte.us/blog_archive/2005/04/ACN_Pyramid_Scam.html


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Tim M White March 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1

You tell them Karla!! I’m with her.
People with the ability to see the ACN long-term vision as well as the ability to work hard and be rewarded, instead of waiting for their boss to recognize their efforts or win the lottery are the ones who will have success. I recently joined ACN and I’m already saving over $755.00 annually on two of my monthly services. I’ will double my $499.00 investment back in just over one year! Where else can that happen today?

I previously owned my own traditional small business and ACN is by-far a much better and more rewarding business model with none of the investment risk such as my previous $1.1mm!! Also, No HR issues, No AP, No AR and when I hit a milestone for my hard work, the computer promotes me!! Al that and I get to help others!! Awesome.
A scam? The Internet is a scam! Look how many in-accurate and completely false things exist just on the internet. Don’t believe me……go to google and type in “GOD” and see what negativity pops up!
I am so thankful for the BEST opportunity available. Ben Franklin and Steve Jobs also had “Ney Sayers” as well!
GO ACN!!!!!!

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 3:06 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Congratulations Steve on making TC! I’m still an ETT, but am committed to staying with this company to earn a good income. I don’t feel like I need to make $80,000 + a MONTH like some people do, but hey, if that happens a few years from now, I know my ‘why’ and know what I can do with it to help others!

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Steve S January 11, 2013 at 4:45 am Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1

To be honest, it’s fine with me that people think ACN is a complete scam.
I personally am a Team Coordinator, and make up to $6000 monthly on just Bonuses alone, not including the residual income I make a month. I have 40+ partners right now, and have been working on it for a year, at a slow and steady rate. If you guys wish to just throw the opportunity out the window, that’s fine. I know my pay cheques are working fine for me. And I received MORE than I paid for originally in the first 30 days ($3000). If that’s considered a scam, then I don’t mind being scammed at all.

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Francisco Navarro March 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

I beg you to please do think about the opinions of others. Many people say ACN is not a good business because it just may be true!!!
Napoleon Hill stated that more gold has been mined from the minds…..
Many people claim “you need money to make money” which is fallacy touted by the broke.
Jim Rohn said, “If you don’t have money, wonderful. Let me help you make it. You’ll be my greatest story.”
What do people get for signing up with ACN? Nothing!!! What do you need to do in order to make money? Can you make big money from just signing up customers at 1/4%? No!!!!! You not only have to activate several accounts but you also have to refer a couple of associates who are willing to pay the insane amount of $500.00 for nothing more than an envelope of papers. Can you prove to anyone the money you make as you sign these two associates doesn’t come from what they paid? And what about the effort to sign up the other customers, 20? If you don’t care about these issues then you don’t care about hurting others, because there are many MLM companies that charge close to nothing to sign up. Maintenance fees for website? You’ve got to be kidding!!!! There are at least a handful of companies that will let you promote their website for free. How could they not? You’re are promoting their business. Why should anyone pay for the right to refer people to them? But that’s what ACN does. Totally the opposite of the word-of-mouth-advertisement idea.
Sad you don’t care about what others think. Many of us would be broke. Yes. But that doesn’t mean we’re idots!!!!
You should never forget what George B. Shaw said: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but also more useful than a life spent doing nothing?

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rajha abdul rashid October 30, 2012 at 5:36 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i want to join acn.i am resident of pakistan but working in itly having work permit.i eant to work with your team network part time full time basis.please let me know the joining procedure in acn.thanks a lot for informing me and sharing informations about acn…..

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Tahir Munj June 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Salam Rajha sahib

I just checked your comment and am replying to your comment. You might have joined ACN already but if you havn’t then please contact me on munj@acnrep.com.

I’m also from pakistan and building very successful ACN business in UK.

I look forward to hearing from you in future.

Allah hafiz
Tahir Munj

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IT support August 14, 2012 at 1:47 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I agree

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Bill Petrie June 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1

I had a friend come and present ACN. She has cancer and is desperate to make money as she lost her job. She told me that “she is achieving her dreams beyond her wildest expectations”. She flew across the continent to an ACN conference in LA that got her “pumped”. Her life now has hope. When I challenged her to tell me what she made last month, and to tell the truth, she told me that she made less than $100. However, she has only been working at it for two months and will work harder and focus. This is because Donald Trump endorsed the business and she believes that if Trump endorsed it, she can only get rich! She told me that at the convention, she met a guy who makes $100k a month! She is sure that she will be like him.

She wanted me to switch all my services to ACN, but, it is more expensive than my current providers.

You be the judge.

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 2:50 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I get a comparison of a person’s current bills with what they can potentially save thru ACN. If I can’t save them money, I don’t ask them to switch. I’ve been able to save some customers a lot of money, some only a tiny bit, and some can’t save anything. (those are very proud of being extremely thrifty!) The ones that save the most seem to be in the 30-40′s age range and like to have a lot of techy ‘toys’!

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Neil Nguyen May 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

Hi former/current ACN people and also disgruntled ACN people.

First off, I just want to say that I’ve been in ACN and continue with ACN. However, I do not agree with all the principles and practices of ACN. Many of the comments here say that ACN pushes recruiting more than sales. I completely agree with that statement. However, in network marketing, as with any network marketing company, it is truly up to the individual who is your upline that makes the difference. People follow people, not companies. From my experience in ACN, I was pushed into going to every single saturday/tuesday meeting, being pushed to call call call, recruit recruit recruit, and I firmly held my ground. I actually broke away from my upline because they are what Big Al considers a “heavy hitter”. The experience that i’ve had while being in network marketing is simply tremendous. I’ve learned so many things, so many aspects of network marketing that makes it all worth while. I’ve spent the $499 and only personally bought the phone adapter so my mother can call unlimited to Finland. I know that there’s a right way, and a wrong way to do network marketing, and I want to keep integrity above all. With my team, even though it’s not big, they’ve never given up on me. I keep focus on acquiring customers, and if they so want to, they can invite a friend. I can tell you that the majority of my time isn’t spent trying to recruit. I actually discourage recruiting unless my team feels like they’re essential and they have tremendous potential. Ultimately, what I learned is that to be successful in this business, you have to do it the RIGHT way. I’m not going to preach the company is this and that because of this and that. Yes we’ve grown as a company. Yes we’ve gotten amazing results. Yes we’ve gotten endorsed. But so what? That has nothing to do with the individual’s efforts. What I focus on is building individuals, building leaders, so that even if ACN doesn’t work out for them, they can still become leaders in other fields whereever their heart desires.

I hope that people that read this don’t have a tremendous distaste of ACN because of individuals. I hate the fact that the company’s name is tarnished because of individuals who don’t act ethically. If you’re still interested in ACN and really want to work with someone who puts integrity in front of money, email me at executivenguyen@gmail.com and I can see how I can help you.

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Laurie April 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 4

Amen Mary! ACN has helped thousands of people become independently wealthy. ACN is NOT a pyramid scheme. Honestly, do you think that Donald Trump and NBC (ACN has been on Celebrity Apprentice 2x) would have anything to do with a pyramid scheme???? I too am an ACN representative. If you do nothing in this business, you will make nothing! Like Mary said..the training is phenomenal! They train you NOT to convince people to do this, only look for people who want to do it. So there’s no “sucking your friends and family into it”? Unfortunately, some of these people who have commented have not looked at the training that is in the back office on the website when you become a rep. As a rep you get a free state-of-the-art online store that your customers can shop on with ALL the pricing. I encourage anyone looking at this opportunity, if unsure, to go to acnintegrity.com . Also YouTube ACN. You can do your research, but do your research in the right places. ACN is not a start up company. ACN has been in business almost 20 years and has expanded into 23 countries. It must be a great company don’t you think? I know so!

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Sylvia December 6, 2012 at 10:10 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

Any company that asks you to recruit others under you in order to build a downline is, by definition, a pyramid or MLM. I’m not saying anything against the company itself – Avon is an MLM, for example, that enjoys a good reputation.

These types of companies build on the backs of the downline. The lower down the downline you are, the less money you make (if any). If you can’t get into an MLM at the very top (or near it), my experience has been that it’s not worth it.

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 3:20 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

Sylvia, yes, ACN is an MLM with Relationship Marketing. It’s not an illegal pyramid scheme. ACN Business owners sell services and a few products. If we only signed people up without getting customers, it’d be a scam

Have you ever seen the ACN compensation plan?? It is MUCH different than any other MLM I’ve seen or been involved with. We actually make more money (%) on the lower levels of the down line than the first few levels, unlike what you seem to be implying. Contact me if you’d like more info on how ACN works!

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 3:34 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Amen Laurie & Mary! Also Neil and Steve, below.

ACN works if you work it correctly & follow their system. If people sit around waiting for money to magically jump into their pocket, they will fail miserably.

The back office is great – you get product training as well as self improvement training. The things I’ve learned not only help me with my ACN business, but in many other areas of my life as I deal with people. It also helps me be more positive, which many other people who left negative comments must have not bothered listening to the training tapes/DVD’s they had available to them.

My advise is that if you don’t want to work hard and go through the training, don’t bother signing up because you just give this 20 yr old, world wide, multi million dollar company a bad name that it doesn’t deserve.

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Mary April 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

Oh my! I find all your comments very interesting to say the least!

I have been with ACN for nearly 4 1/2 years now and I can tell you that there is nothing shady about it. Being a business owner my entire life, I understand that you have to spend money to make money. I can tell you that when I first signed up, I spent my $499 which by the way, is still the same price today. What I got for that price has truly been priceless! You get your own online web-store that your customers in 23 countries can go to and learn about or sign up for any service they want and you automatically get credit for. Oh by the way, did I mention that that website also translates into the language of the country you are looking at (23 Countries to be exact)? Another website is free fro anyone that wants any information about the company which includes Donald Trump’s endorsement. Hmm, let’s see… we also get unbelievable FREE training on how to succeed in your business every single Saturday (some areas charge the IBO’s $5.00 fee to cover the room rental). The fee of $159 to attend the International training events is a joke! They should be charging $1,500 for training of that caliber with world-renowned trainers like John C. Maxwell, Andy Andrews, Darren Hardy – are you kidding me? I wish I had this kind of training and support when I had my last business! I followed a very simple business, learned the business and have been very successful in the short time that I have been with the company.

NO REGRETS! And, I have a team of over 3,000 IBO’s with an open-door policy and will help anyone on my team should they need it . I have many times, supported others that are not on my team. That is truly what this business is about. I have helped people like my mother earn more in a month than her Canada Pension Plan cheque with residual income from this company. As for myself, the income is up and it’s down – that’s what being self employed is all about. There are also several people on my team that have done better than me because they worked harder – and they deserve it. but I can tell you that this has been my only source of income for nearly 4 years now and I have done quit well with it and right on track for the next promotion. The big pay off comes when you stop complaining, take the coaching, get to work and get it done by getting to RVP! If you are complaining about starting your own business with a meezly $499 and not willing to put the time and work in, then certainly this business is not for you! So good luck with your 9-5 job and let’s see where you are 5 years from now, or 10 years from now. Really guys!

See you at the TOP!

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Filomena April 6, 2012 at 8:23 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

people should be allowed to express their opinions whether they be positvie or negative so others can learn from them. what i can see from people’s opinions is the three apples that ACN use to give the picture of the three kind of example of the three kind of people that joins ACN the red apple stands for the success, green apple stands for the get rich quick and of course the bad apple are those who do nothing but complain, sorry sir nothing comes from nothing and that’s life’s policy isn’t it no pain no gain!!!

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jcrollow@me.com March 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2

The people who post insidious and defamatory comments about ACN — or any legitimate network marketing company (which ACN certainly is) — are just venting their own inadequacies, frustrations, and hostilities derived from perceived slight or imagined malperformance. (Some individual reps may violate those policies — one should not sign up with someone they do not trust.) ACN is a proper business, with its own policies and compensation plan which are open to scrutiny before joining. Network marketing is a powerful and legal business model.
One can choose to join any company they like. But most of the negative comments posted here are way off base and inappropriate.

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Curtis Lawson January 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

Would it not be the greatest selling/recruiting tactic to actually prove an income? I challenge anyone who is an ACN rep to do so.

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louabbott January 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

Curtis – while I am no fan of ACN’s, it is against the law to make (or prove) income in a network marketing business unless the company also provides detailed statistics that show very detailed analysis, things like the percentages of people at each income level. Very few companies can do that.

In any case, it is immaterial. There is no question in my mind, even without seeing the numbers, that a small percentage of people are making great money in ACN. Some people always make money, even in illegal pyramid schemes. That is not the test that matters from a legal perspective.

Heck, some people made money with Bernie Madoff too.

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Sean Jackson December 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 2

ACN is nothing more than a crooked affiliate company. They charge you $499 to join. $32.99 for your website which is nothing more than there website with your affiliate ID attached. And its also a requirement for any of there affiliates to buy there video phone to for $50 a month. And really there video phone is nothing special because you can get a webcam and do the same thing online. The products are great only because there services that your already using like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Cricket, and other well known cell phone providers and internet companies but there commission plan doesnt pay out enough to justify their startup cost and monthly fees.

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frank October 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2

If it is so profitable to recruit reps and the savings for the services are real why wouldn’t a successful rep who has reached high income status offer to pay the start up costs for new reps knowing they would recover their investment over time in residuals and bonuses? Or better yet why doesn’t the company offer to cover the start up costs or provide no interest or low interest loans to new reps? If individuals are making so much money building teams than why not provide the financial resources to accomplish that goal and let years of service contracts and bonuses pay you back.

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 5:51 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’ve wondered the same thing – but it’s because if you put nothing into starting up your own business, you don’t have a big reason to work hard to make back that money. The stats show if someone gets something for nothing, they tend to put no effort into it. It’d be kinda nice to get a Suger Momma or Daddy to give us everything we wanted, but that’s not realistic.

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Cory Schoonmaker July 14, 2011 at 3:59 am Thumb up 6 Thumb down 5

Now here is what most people don’t realize about ACN until they get into it. Yes it sounds like a pyramid scheme your right, but it isn’t. You are building a team, of your friends/family underneath you. The main point is to keep branching out as far as possible but with people you know and trust to do the work to help make you money too. What most people don’t realize is that the big money is in businesses not in homes. After reaching your 25 points (12.5 new customers) you start to recieve 10% of what your customer spends each month. Now here is where you want to get businesses. A guy I know went a talked to an owner of a Taco Bell. Turns out the guy owned 21 in New York. He switched all 21 to new energy plans and was saving thousands of dollars a month. Not only that but because the owner was paying about $800,000 a year for energy, the rep that switched him over was making an extra $80,000 a year off the taco bells alone. That is on top of his earnings from all the branches below him. He is making over $150,000 a year after being a rep for just 14 months and now he does nothing but sit back and watch the money come in each month. It is a great company and if you have the $500 to start up and are willing to put some time into it, you WILL make money.

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Buyer Beware! March 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm Thumb up 5 Thumb down 4

If someone is pushing you to give them money and promising something that seems too good to be true, check out the company before signing on, and ask for a copy of the contract. I never got a copy and am sorry now. Do not let your emotions get the best of you. Ask questions first:

1) Ask how much money the person bringing you in has made and how long has it taken for them to do so?

2) Ask how much travel is involved?

3) Ask how much money will the ACN services save you?

4) Ask how long does it take to get your bonus?

5) Ask if you the product information is taught over the internet? If you are not inclined to studying that way, the company might not be for you.

6) Ask how to sign up individual customers?

7)Ask if you have to get a contract with any of their services and what penalties are attached?

8) Ask what ACN’s warrantees are on their products?

9) Ask if you can be sued for misrepresenting a product out of insufficient knowledge on your part and what legal repurcusions are there for making promises you or the company cannot keep on services and products?

10) Ask if you can be held financially responsible for any of your representatives not paying their bills?

11) Read the contract over thoroughly before signing. Read the fine print. If there is anything you are not clear on . . . ask!

*Understand that the video phone only talks with other video phones. It was marketed on THE VIEW & A MORNING SHOW for $139.00 plus, but representatives were told to charge customers $179.00. With shippings it is more like $204.96 plus tax, depending on state plus “Everything Program” requires a 2 year contract, no restrictions, unlimited calls – $29.99 monthly. The family plan is only $1.99 a month but requires every family to pay the $204.96 plus taxes so they can talk to one another and can only talk to someone else who owns a video phone.
Thing is, you can do the same thing with an app on most cell phones for far less money.

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Deanna March 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2

I quickly learned that this company is not as it promises. They not only charge $500.00, but they get you roped into services that require a contract for two years, like Direct TV that has a $480.00 cancellation fee to stop services. If you do not buy ACN’s services, you cannot recruit, which means you spent $500.00 to buy ACN services that go through another company.

They immediately push you to start recruiting the week you join, having been given a genral overview of things, and with little to no information about the products and services you’re selling and before you realize what ACN is really about. They promised me a bonus of $350.00 for signing up three services and another person who signed up for the required services, then didn’t tell me I would have to apply on-line for the bonus, nor my friend. Neither of us received the bonus and it has been five months. I was told if I did get it it would be a hundred dollars less than initially advertised because the information didn’t go in on the correct dates and the promotion had been cut $100.00. So far I’ve gotten nada!

The company is great on blaming the new representative for their failures and I was told by my upline that the reason my business wasn’t working was because I wasn’t trying hard enough. I had exhausted a hundred person list in two weeks and he had the audacity to say I wasn’t “doing anything.”

This came from someone who told me to have people come to my home and serve refreshments and he would show up to explain the company to them. Easy peasy! Well, I didn’t have enough people show up, so after edifying this individual to all my friends, he doesn’t show . . . nor does his wife . . . who said she would. Ten minutes to starting I am told that the person who brought me in would be giving the talk. He was not prepared to do so, but did anyway. I felt bad for him because he was so nervous. No one signed and I felt I had cheated my friends by promising them some-one who didn’t keep their word or thought them important enough to bother showing up due to my numbers not being high enough to garner their interest. Before the meeting I was told that A REPRESENTATIVE IS NEVER to cancel because it takeds the opportunity away from someone else. Well, thta’s a two way street that the company doesn’t share.

And why would anyone by the video phone when you can get Skype for free? This boggles my mind.

I was told I would save money with the services, but it turns out that isn’t across the board true because customer service told me it depended on the part of the country one lives in as to whether you get a savings or not.

Everything is automated and it is almost impossible to talk with a real person. It is the most frustrating company to deal with when you have problems. They get you by using an emotional ploy to suck you in and then expect you to sell products without training. Oh, they didn’t tell me that either!

They do have weekly training, but that only consists of watching the same DVD and listening to the same people every week talk about how to recruit. So why would I want to spend about $500.00 a year to listen to how to recruit when I need to learn about the products?

It took me four months to get that bit of information. And just because Donald Trump is backing it doesn’t give anyone guarantees. The company needs to get do a better job informing people what they company is about instead of the sneaky way they do now, using someone’s emotions. If I had been told the truth of how the business worked from the beginning I never would have signed up. I do not trust the company now, or any of their suppliers.
And with customer support to reps being an automated menu, you have little chance to succeed if you are not completely technically driven.

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 5:44 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

Deanna, The $500 is for your franchise fee. Direct TV or Dish both have a 2 yr contract whether you signed up directly with them or thru ACN, but you can save money thru ACN. Same with cell phones unless you use Flash. (no contract with some plans)

You can recruit people if you’re not using ACN’s services, but why wouldn’t you want to if you’re saving them money and paying yourself the residuals? It makes sense to use the services so you can know what you’re telling customers! If you owned a Verizon store, wouldn’t you use a phone from your own store or would you buy it from the Best Buy across the street? Plus you’d ask your family & friends to buy a phone from your store, right? Same thing with ACN – they can save money thru your online store, or they can sign up to be a business partner and make money on their own online store!

Why not just use Skype? The quality of Skype’s picture is terrible 95% of the time and it’s also not secure. Did you know anyone can get on the line without you even knowing they’re there? Stalkers, child predators? Yeah, they’re out there every day, which is why the ACN video phone is extremely good to use if you want to see who you’re talking to.

And why would you spend an extra $500 a year to get training? That is included with your $499 franchise fee if you’re going into the back office for online training. Yes you do pay extra if you go to a regional or international training event. They are strongly encouraged but are not required to attend. It’s ok to wait until you are making money before spending money!

Yes I’ve been put on hold with Customer Support, but I’ve talked to lots of live people and also used the chat feature, which is much faster to get through, as long as you don’t mind typing.

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kelly March 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2

I believe it is possible to make it in ACN, if you are the right person, like a famous “baseball player” that anyone will follow. (Oh they pulled him up on my video phone one day, and still no one joined at my meeting.)

For me, I thought I had what it took. Even after my whole team, including the people that brought me in, gave up. Well, the truth is that after pooring my heart and soul into the business, I walked away from it in debt and mad at myself for believing it was something I could make work. I believed I was gonna be TC within 6 months, making some big money. In reality, I was spending tons of money and making absolutely nothing in return. Out of all the people I talked to only one joined and I also lost a couple friends along the way.

The reason I am writing this message today is because even though I decided to quit ACN, I still have to pay for it. You know how everyone needs to buy a video phone to market the business? Yeah pretty cool, until you quit and it is still coming out of your bank account. So I just checked my bank and there it is the ACN payment, reminding me of one of the biggest career mistakes I have ever made.

If you are reading this just please think long and hard about what you are putting into the business and what you are getting out. That’s all. I don’t think its a scam, I just think it is majorly sugar-coated and no one really understands what they are getting into until they have already spent 2,000 or more to get started.

It felt good to get that off my chest, I have moved on from the business, I have already thrown out all of those expensive business cards, DVDS and Magazines (which btw other business like ACN do the same thing.) I have already cancelled my website and now I am more than likely gonna pay to cancel my video phone because I cannot stand seeing that bill every month. Good riddens ACN!

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 5:14 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Just for the record, you don’t have to buy the video phone unless you really like it and want it to see your family & friends while you’re talking. The video phone will be huge in the future, and this one is high quality, it is a secure line & something to consider. (even used in the White House!)

ACN does encourage you to use your services so you can pay yourself every time you pay a bill. I like the idea of giving myself the commission instead of the Sprint store, or Comcast. It makes sense!

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Josh January 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

“they are even used in the White House!” Yep, they are born every day are you one of them???

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Run from ACN December 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm Thumb up 7 Thumb down 2

OK this has been the most informative site so far. I almost got roped in to joining ACN. I did a lot of research and by far there are more negative issues than positive. The best info and the most intelligent and well researched are the links above especially:
http://arbyte.us/blog_archive/2005/04/ACN_Pyramid_Scam.html located at the top of this page under “ACN Dissenter links. This guy did a great job……If he isn’t a lawyer he should be. Of all the blogs I have read this is by far the best and most informative. Read it before you jump into ACN.

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Jennifer December 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm Thumb up 9 Thumb down 5

ACN is a scam. I got roped in; it cost me about $5,000 over a year for services that were absolutely inept. The T-Mobile phone they sold me was a crappy phone with inconsistent service and zero texting ease… T-Mobile won’t deal with ACN customers because they are not T-Mobile customers (even though you pay the bill to T-Mobile). The digital video phones are not what they promise to be. Even the $50 of the $500 you pay to sign up isn’t refunded. I sent the kit back 6 months ago and of course, no refund. They give you a number to call which is an automated rep line and YOU CAN’T GET ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR REFUND BECAUSE YOU ARE NO LONGER A REP! The automated line encourages you to renew your subscription.

A complete waste of time, energy and money. If this post stops one person from signing up, it is worth it.

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 5:03 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Jennifer, Sorry you had a bad experience. ACN is most definitely not a scam.

When I signed up with ACN I read the fine print before I handed over the $499 payment, which can be refunded within 10 days if you decide it’s not for you. The phones I offer customers are the ones THEY pick out with the company THEY want to work with. You also said you spent $5000 for services?? I spent the $499 plus we pay our bills for home phone, internet & satellite tv, which is SAVING us about $1300 over 2 yrs. They’ve told me NOT to buy extra things until I’m getting steady checks. I noticed that the date of this posting was Dec 2010 and maybe they did things differently back then, but it sure isn’t that way now in 2013!

If her posting stops one person from signing up, I feel bad for you if you don’t do some real research on the company by going to see it for yourself, instead of being stopped by someone who had a bad experience with a phone.

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groovemachine November 29, 2010 at 10:17 am Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2

seems like “Jack Parry” has a special interest in keeping the scam rolling.
seems like the scammers will always say something like “Have you done anything with your ACN business or are you just spending your time poisoning the water ” when the scam starts to become transparent they want to say it’s because you didnt try hard enough and not because the company is a well engineered pyramid scam meant to take you for a ride.
I have never seen or heard of any of their products being sold anywhere by anyone.
video phone??? oh you mean like an iphone right…. already been done by a reputable company that actually makes it’s investors money.
SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!

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Tara Martin November 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm Thumb up 7 Thumb down 3

I just learned about ACN when a friend called me to try to get me to join. Immediately, it sounded like pyramid scheme. You don’t make enough off your “risiduals” to even break even with all the fees and initial costs Recruiting reps is the way you make any money, and thats just sucking all of your friends and loved ones into the scheme. Do your research and never join a scheme like this. The only one really making money is the man at the top of the pyramid. Come on people, did you really think you could get rich this easy? Bruce Deery you learned the hard way, and I thank you for getting the information out there. For all the folks on here applauding ACN, you’ll find out pretty soon that its all a scam… or just keep dreaming that you’ll become a millionair off this crap. I’m sure glad I didn’t fall for it.

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Miguel Reznov November 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 6

ACN isnt a scheme,but it does have a very poor pay plan. its really hard to make money in there. great product but very hard to promote.

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Don August 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1

I am looking for an mlm telecommunications company. If not ACN, any ideas as an alternative??

Don in Las Vegas

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monty todd September 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm Thumb up 7 Thumb down 7

ACN is the largest direct seller of telecommunications and home services in the world. It’s debt free. Donald Trump endorses it and is a spokesman for it. He will not waste his time with a company that is not great.

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Mike Angel November 23, 2010 at 1:12 am Thumb up 4 Thumb down 5

The company is great and has a good product no doubt about it. but it is very hard to make money in ACN with the compensation plan it uses. the company makes the money, not the reps. Donald Trump is one of the main guys he’s making the money so of course he’s gonna put his time in ACN.

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 2:23 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Mike Angel, you don’t have the facts straight. Donald Trump is not one of the 4 founders of ACN. Mr Trump did try to buy the company a couple of times, but because the founders wouldn’t sell, so average people could have a chance to make good money, he decided to endorse ACN for FREE. He doesn’t earn any money from them. It may be hard for some to sign up customers, but their compensation plan is very good when you do get your 3 business partners and some customers! ACN’s not a cake walk – but if you were to go out and get a traditional job and really push to do well in that career to make this kind of money, well, that’s not a cake walk either! Especially when you work 60-90 hrs a week to make that money, but then don’t have the time to do anything with it or your family… or after you get laid off by the company you’ve been loyal to. I’m taking control of my future.

I’m sorry Bruce Derry had a bad experience, but the people above me always tell me & other new business owners to never buy promotional tools or the business assistant until after we start getting consistent checks. It’s a franchise- your own business. If you had bought a McDonald’s franchise, you would expect to put some money into it and work your butt off to make it work. This is the same thing, just selling services people use every day.

It’s not a pyramid scheme like some people are saying. A scheme/scam is when you sign up a bunch of people but don’t teach them how to sell services and no one makes any money. In ACN everyone who signs up must sell some services and help other business owners do the same, and then they all make money. ACN has a system in place that works. If you’re not willing to follow their system, please don’t sign up for it because you just give the company a bad name.

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eduardo salinas December 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 2

Don ACN is the way Las Vegas has one of the best people in the business like Danny Bae. Google him you will know my friend.

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Jack Parry July 19, 2010 at 10:44 am Thumb up 11 Thumb down 1

Not sure why you spent all that money before you made money. How many reps have you helped earn a paycheck? How many customers do you have? Have you done anything with your ACN business or are you just spending your time poisoning the water for anyone else that could make this business work?

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Bruce Deery August 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

Jack….I truly hope you are doing well…..I am curious….How much Residual income are you earning ? and wonder if you have seen this ?

http://www.sao.mt.gov/news/index.asp

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eduardo salinas December 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2

Just because ACN did not function for you, that doesn’t mean ACN does not function for every one else. To join a network marketing you have to have passion, and great work ethic. One just can expect money to be deposited to one’s bank account just because, just like anything else build your business for at least a year and then may you appreciate your fruits. I wonder Bruce Deery how are you doing? I’m curious let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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monty todd July 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm Thumb up 8 Thumb down 7

ACN is a great company. I’ve been involved for a year and have had no problems at all. ACN is just another way to get services that you use anyway. Those of us who are reps get residual income from the services of the reps and customers under us. You cannot make much money unless the people under you make money. It’s a win-win.

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Bruce Deery August 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm Thumb up 6 Thumb down 3

Monty….more power to you if ACN is working for you….I truly hope it is….am a self appointed Consumer Advocate since the very early days of Telecom Deregualtion in the early 80′s……just do not like to see people taken advantage of….

I am curious….How much Residual income r you earning… ? and have you seen this ? http://www.sao.mt.gov/news/index.asp……Sincerely, B Deery PS just sharing the Facts so that people can make informed rather than emotional decisions…

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monty todd September 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm Thumb up 7 Thumb down 1

Residual Income does not come quickly. I’m in it for the long haul. But, the monthly bonuses have been great.

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Bruce Deery July 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 9

It’s my understanding that a Major Class action suit I underway….I can be reached at 828-989-7771….if you need further information..

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Bruce Deery July 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm Thumb up 6 Thumb down 7

Attention Danny….Bruce Deery – ID# 01871525 – Regarding – ID# 01447858 ACN INC X show details May 12
Danny :
First I want to thank you for your efforts in getting my credit card credited for my $499.00 Independent Rep fee. However,I have to take issue with
the following statement,which by the way was anonymous : “At ACN, we understand that situations out of our control sometimes arise, and for one
reason or another, the opportunity did not suit your current needs. However, we do appreciate you taking the time to take a closer look at ACN.” It
was not a case of the opportunity not fitting my needs.It was a situation where my upline, Beth ,was acting contrary to ACN’s Policies and
Procedures,the Independent Rep Rules and Procedures and was acting more like a Marine Corps Drill Sergeant than a professional business person
and was impossible to work with.
From my standpoint,the $499.00 refund represents only a fraction of what I believe that I am entitled to be reimbursed for.
First,however,let me step back and shed more light on my ACN experience. In mid-March I stumbled across the ACN opportunity on the Internet. I
contacted ACN and asked to be contacted by a seasoned company leader who could coach/mentor me,so that I would not have to re-invent the
wheel. Apparently …….. was given the lead and passed it along to ……… Rick called me and I immediately felt comfortable with
him , as we both have insurance backgrounds and the chemistry felt right. …. set up a 3 way way call with …….. After a brief conversation,where
he “edified” Rick as being the Tiger Woods of ACN, and Rick edified …… for being an RVP, having over 17,000 reps in downline, over
250,000 customers and a six figure monthly income, I signed on.
Frankly,I was “Baited and Switched” to his wife ….. I wrongly assumed that I would be working with ….. He did say that she was also working the
business, but I had no idea that it was really her business. I did think it was a little strange that her website only showed a picture of her and their
children. However, I had no idea that she wore the pants in the family. Had I known that she was the principle player and had I Googled her before
rather than after joining the company, I would have never signed up. …..indicated that she had owned her marketing company for 10 years and left
a six figure income to become a work at home Mom.Turns out that she owned her business for 3 years (15 years ago) and had at least 6 jobs since
then. And, the rest is history.
Nevertheless, because of my background in telecom, I was initially excited about ACN, the videophone, etc until …..started pushing, demanding,
cajoling ,bulling and intimidating not only me , but my Rep, family and friends .Also,encouraging me to do things contrary to ACN Policies and
Procedures. Her last email to me,which you have a copy of,was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Criticism aside,in addition to my $499.00 opportunity fee,I incurred over $1500.00 0f start-up expenses in an effort to lay a firm foundation for my
business. Under the circumstances, I believe that I am entitled to and would like to be reimbursed for the following:
* My videophone – $217.00
* Jack Lorden’s Independent Rep fee – $499.00 ( he too refused to work with…. for the same reasons ) I put his Opportunity fee on my
Discover Card…..His Rep ID # is ……
* 2 tickets fot he International Conference – $318.00
* Business cards – $ 59.64
* Videophone carry bag, ACN stickies, pens and 4 posters – $114.87
* Power 100 and Cradlepoint Travel Router – $154.99 ( to enable me to demo the Videophone anywhere )
* 2 months fees for video phone service and Business assistant – $ 119.96
*2 months fees for…… Business assistant – $ 59.98
* Total reimbursement due – $ 1543.44
Last but not least, I would like to know the status of your investigation of ………… relative to her violations of ACN Policies and Procedures
and Independent Rep Rules and Regulations.From my point of view she should be terminated. Anything else is not acceptable. Prospective IR’s
should not be subject to her unethical standards ,aggressive, bullying, and intimidating tactics to get ahead.
Please advise me of the proper procedure to return my videophone, videophone carry bag , and supplies . And, how would you like me to handle the
International Conference tickets. I am sure that someone would like to have them. Also, please advise me, not later than May 25, of your intention to
send me a check or credit my Discover card for $1533.44, so that I can make a decision as to what further steps I may wish to take.
I’m sorry about this unfortunate situation for both of us. Perhaps the silver lining here is that …….’s termination will clearly send a message to new
and existing representatives that policy violations are not acceptable and will be enforced.
Thank you for your prompt attention to these matters.
Bruce Deery

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anymous February 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm Thumb up 31 Thumb down 26

read this? let me know if i’m right or wrong..

Their seminars are 90% focused on recruitment rather than explaining how their products can be considered competitive. when you walk in any rogers or bell store they have menus of plans and coverage maps that you can take home to compare rates but if you want to see ACN’s rates to actually get an idea of how it could possibly be competitive in any way you have to get a certified representative to log in to a secured URL only after they come back with a magazine with pictures of iStock business models they say work for them and make over 60k a month.

Because their seminar is centered around recruitment its obvious their main product is you and not the equipment, services and such. it’s a parasitic business model and perhaps the strongest example of the downside to capitalism. the fact is that it resembles a typical pyramid scheme, you have to pay $500 to join and 88% of their members end up in a deficit obvious the top 12% make returns and it is possible to make money in this system, even a lot of money. But if you’re successful then you have harmed the vast majority of the people that have been recruited which is why pyramid schemes are illegal.

They’re certainly not building anything better and even ask that you hold your friends and family’s love ransom as a selling tool as if they really did love you they’d buy into your ponzi scam rather than deprogram your poor brainwashed head. You’re moving nothing, building nothing, if you succeed it’s because you’ve successfully preyed on the weak like a shark and I hope it wasn’t your family and friends but in most deluded cases it was because they thought they were pitching something that could compete with rogers and bell (if they could you’d be able to see their plans in a mall… distributors like rogers stores would be all over it) but they aren’t.. because they don’t and the only way to sell is to rely on pressuring your loved ones (or anyone who doesn’t research) into subscribing to something that doesn’t deserve to survive in the market more often solely because of extreme sales pressure.

so there you are, just pushing money on an upward slope to the pharaoh and if you are passionate about it you can make money with lots of hard work and a good team of sales people… but you can do this in anything, why choose something destructive to society and with such a high failure rate.. in this sense it is a parasitic business model and its members exhibit the same problems as brainwashed cultists in isolating themselves from their friends and family who care more about tough love than helping them continue to delude themselves in thinking their ponzi scheme is a legitimate business.

the world is far better off without it but we have only ourselves to blame since capitalism has incited such greed to blind people so much that they’re not even aware that they’re harming humanity (and in most cases here, their loved ones) for their own personal gain.

I expect ACN people reading this will try to counter it since it’s awefully hard to get people to understand something if their pay cheque depends on them not understanding it… which is the same for all brainwashed cultists. but even if this scheme never collapses and the entire world subscribes to ACN because their technological loophole has allowed them to evade the label of ponzi and thus cannot be brought down by the law which usually is supposed to keep these things from spreading out of control.. they are nothing more than a pyramid scheme with a VoIP phone.

If they didn’t require you to give them $500 to sign up and offered a product or service that could compete on a level of quality i’d take everything back but it doesn’t, their main source of income comes from recruitment as they require you to pay a hefty sum for absolutely NOTHING that means no goods or service just a starter pack that costs $10 to slap together and that’s all there is to it.

there’s no fast track to getting rich, people who join up find that out eventually, there’s probably no hope for them since if they allowed themselves to be suckered into it that means they are idiots but no… they’re human and they want the American DREAM. but there’s no short cuts. do what you love, make a career out of it, the money will come and if you’re passionate about it there will be a lot and if not you’ll still thrive comfortably and never forget; the best things in life are free

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Karla January 16, 2013 at 4:37 am Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

Anymous I’d say you’re 3% right and 97% wrong. (hey, you asked, plus I hate spelling Anonymous incorrectly)

ACN is not a pyramid scheme; it is Relationship Marketing in an MLM. We pay the $499 to buy a franchise in a 20 year old, world wide multi million dollar company that is 100% debt free, with world class training & rep support at my fingertips. I am a business owner not an employee or an idiot. You’re right in the fact that there is no fast track to getting rich in any company, including ACN. We have to work our butts off to earn the money we get, without the fear of getting laid off due to the economy.

What do you mean that they don’t offer products or services that can compete on a level of quality? You don’t think Sprint or Verizon, or Comcast, Direct or Dish TV is quality? Thousands of people use these services outside of ACN! What about an iPhone or Android phone? We sell you only what you choose and want, and sure don’t try to force you to get a service or product you don’t want! What about electricity & natural gas? I imagine you pay for those every month. I tell the people I talk to that if they can’t save money – or get a better value for the same price – to not make a change. I’m sorry if you got ‘suckered’, but that’s not normal with this company.

You made many comments above that imply you went to a couple of meetings but you don’t seem to understand the compensation plan. Business owners get back only what they put into it and we get paid more (by%) at lower levels than the top few levels, giving the incentive to try harder getting more business partners and sell more services. The people above me even encourage us to try to pass them up.

I’m disappointed in the comments of a lot of people on this site. I totally agree everyone has the right to state their opinion, but please get your facts straight and actually research the company before stating those opinions. Go to see the opportunity in person, ask questions, talk to people who worked 60-80 hrs per week at a ‘traditional’ job & have been able to leave their jobs and spend more time with their families & friends, and still earn the same amount of money or more! (There are a few of them at the bottom of this list in 2012& 2013. 2010 seems to be pretty negative about ACN)

Warren Buffett has said that the deregulation of energy will lead to the greatest transfer of wealth in our lifetime. Everybody you know is already paying for these utilities! 16 states now have a choice of who they pay their utilities to & with ACN people in those states can currently make money off your own bills.Other states are about to become deregulated. Remember back when everyone had to use At&t for their long distance carrier? When the telecom industry deregulated it gave people like us a choice. Many people became extremely wealthy because of that. That doesn’t sound like a sucker or an idiot to me.

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