Lightyear Wireless Review

I’m all about making money and will consider just about anything, as long as it’s legal. I came across a job posting on Craigslist some time ago and responded as instructed. Long story short I was told it was “an opportunity of a lifetime” but being the anal retentive a hole that I am I had to the proper research in order to find out if it was what it was being sold as.

Lightyear Wireless is a MLM based company that operates as a Virtual Mobile Network Operator on the Sprint network. There’s nothing wrong with that as there are plenty of successful companies who operate within the MLM business model and Sprint is a good company. However there was one immediate red flag that arose. A big selling point that comes from many representatives is that it’s a publicly traded company. Sure it is, but it’s also a publicly traded company that is running in the red. Since the company is still around 5 years old it’s understandable but still a red flag.

The key selling point is that you can get unlimited cell phone service, with text, email, web and tethering for only $59.99 a month and if you refer at least 5 people who take the same plan as you your only on the hook for taxes. Sounds great, unlimited cell phone service for less than $5 bucks a month….sign me up! Nah! If you would like to have the ability to send pictures within your text messages MMS as opposed to SMS that will cost you an additional $7.50 per month. Your cell phone bill is now $67.49 per month plus taxes. However, simply have 5 of your friends and family sign up for the same plan and you’re only paying the taxes each month.

Let’s take a look at the cost of becoming a Lightyear Wireless Representative. For the low low cost of only $299.99 plus a one-time $25 web activation fee your ready to roll. You even get a few websites (sites on Lightyear sub domains). Oh yeah since the “sites” are on sub domains you’ll have to register a few domain names. Domain names are cheap so tack on another $40 bucks. Better yet as a rep you’ll only need 3 referrals to get “free” service. Even better is that you’ll make a whopping $25 on each person who gets service from Lightyear. Yeah, 3 people, $75 bucks and “free” cell phone service.

Now if you can’t talk 3 people into switching their service to LightYear there is no way that you’ll ever make money with this company. Why? Based on their compensation plan you’ll need 50 paying customers a month just to pay the $50 a month they charge for their web package = break even. If you want to make real money, say $10,000 a month or so you’ll only need 1,667 customers. How does one compete with Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Metro PCS and the many other including Boost Mobile. Ah, Boost Mobile… the white elephant in the room. Boost Mobile is also a Mobile Virtual Operator that is also on the Sprint Network yet their cost is only $50 per month for unlimited service and you don’t have to pay additional money for sending pictures via text. Lightyear’s cell phone selection is terrible to say the least but they’ll be able to sell every phone that Sprint does but don’t really know when. They’re also still 3G not like the big boys running 4G right now.

The ideology behind the Lightyear MLM program is to simply get your 3 people through the door so each of those 3 people refer 5 people = 15 who also refer 5 people =75 who refer 5 people, etc., etc and to sign as many reps as possible below you. In the real world it’s not going to happen that easy. It would take years of hard work and money being spent on marketing to turn this into an actual business. If you know people who could care less about the phone they have and want decent service it may be worthwhile to sign up for to get free service but if you think this is going to be your golden ticket to riches and a new Porsche think again. No one knows who Lightyear wireless is and most people are not going to leave their carrier or pay to get out of their contract to go to a company they’ve never heard of just so they can try to get “free” cell phone service.

If you’re thinking about joining Lightyear as a rep think long and hard before you cough up your $299.99 fee, $25 activation fee, cost of domain registration plus $50 a month plus monthly marketing costs. Remember you’ll only need 1,667 customers to make that 10K a month.

Blog Search Engine Optimization

Don't you wish your blog got this much traffic!!A big thank you to those who came to my blog last month looking for useful information and a big middle finger to the sky to the a holes who keep trying to spam the hell out of my blog. Anyway I’m patting myself on the back for a record breaking month here at StupidityIsContagious.com. 4,696 unique visitors for the month of June. I can only imagine what my traffic would be like if I blogged everyday but I do have a life outside of rant land.

ChristianMingle.com – Find God’s Match for You!? WTF!!!

Let God Work His Magic Through ChistianMingle.com For the last few weeks I’ve been bombarded with television commercials telling me that God has a match for me. Where do I find that match? ChristianMingle.com of course as their company slogan is ‘Find God’s Match for You’

So let me get this straight…..God has a match for me but better yet he has created a website for his followers to find their soul mates? No it’s not God, it’s actually a company called Sparks Networks, Inc. that not only owns ChristianMingle.com but 30 other online dating sites. Maybe it’s just me but using God to hock subscriptions to a dating site seems wrong and somewhat EVIL. There’s nothing wrong with single people trying to meet other single people using online dating sites but shamelessly using God to do their dirty work rubs me the wrong way. Worst of all, they have Pastors hocking memberships to the site such as Pastor Jay Dennis, Sr.

“As a follower of Jesus where do you find that right person, that one who is God’s will for your life? In the past as a Senior Pastor I have said, find him or her in church. I still believe that but my definition of Church has expanded beyond four walls as I have become a friend and fan of Christian Mingle. God’s man for you ladies or God’s woman for you men may be in a church a thousand miles away; in the next city, or even in the same town. How do you find them? You log onto Christian Mingle.com and allow God to use this process to help you discover the person He has for you. Give God an opportunity to work through Christian Mingle.” – ~Pastor Jay Dennis, Sr. Pastor, First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL

Is Pastor Dennis telling us that God does not have an opportunity to work his magic through a site like Match.com or EHarmony.com? Better yet, if God has a match for you don’t you think he’d do it for free? I think he would but apparently God prefers charging membership fees ranging from $29.99 a month to as low as $13.99 per month as long as you prepay for 6 months. At least God, I mean Sparks Networks, Inc. give all followers of Jesus Christ 24 hours to browse profiles with photographs so a perspective member can lust for an attractive follower of God so God has the opportunity to work. Of course, if one were to find a spouse through the site and were to get divorced, God would have nothing to do with it as it was not God’s match but simple human error as God cannot be wrong.

I can’t wait to get a cease and desist letter with a threat of a lawsuit from the publicly traded Sparks Network. What they don’t know is that God himself spoke to me and asked that I create this blog post to shed light on this heinous and blasphemous corporate titan. "I have your back KnowItAll!" - Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour

If God now has a hand in the online dating scene what else can the God PR machine come up with next? Duh…. StupidityisContagious.com – God’s Choice for Politically Incorrect Opinions.

Derek Jeter’s 3000th Hit & Christian Lopez

Christian Lopez with Derek JeterIt’s been over a week since Derek Jeter went 5-5 and hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in front of a packed crowd at Yankees Stadium. Although it’s been a week I can’t believe that Christian Lopez didn’t keep the ball!

In 1961 Roger Maris hit home run number 61 into the right field seats in the Bronx. Like, Christian Lopez, the young guy who caught the ball wanted to give the ball to Maris without compensation. You know what Roger Maris told young Mr. Sal Durante? He said “Keep the ball kid and get a few bucks for it.” Sal did indeed get a few bucks for it, $5,000 to be exact, which brings me right back to Christian Lopez and the new Mr. 3,000.

I give the kid credit for giving up the ball, especially since he may be on the hook for $14,000 in income taxes, but would anyone have though less of Christian had he told the Yankees “I have a ton of student loan debt and I’ll give up the ball if you settle my loans and through me something for a down payment on a house. I’m not going to sell the ball to anyone other than the Yankees and I don’t want any of the money to come from Derek Jeter.”?
I know I wouldn’t have. I remember Christian stating at the press conference that he was young and had a lot of time to make money. Oh, to be young and naïve again. That ball would have fetched at least $500,000 and it’s going to take a ton of time for him to make that type of money. The Yankees would have coughed up $500K without a second thought.

Who knows, maybe Derek Jeter settled or is going to settle Christian’s debt. It’s not like its DJ’s style to hold a press conference and state that he’s going to do what’s right. DJ is dropping a stupid amount of money on his Tampa Bay mansion and he makes around $500K per 20 at bats. I hope DJ or the Yankees do the right thing and help the kid out.