World Global Network is what happens when multilevel marketing gets fused with wearable and portable technology.
Currently, the network marketing organization features three prominent products: Helo, a personal activity tracker that looks and works like a FitBit, BioZen, an anti-radiation chip that is supposed to reduce the electromagnetic radiation from your cell phone, and their signature Space Phone project, which uses the internet plus local connection hubs called “space stations” to provide broad cell coverage in a huge number of countries.
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Interest in World Global Network is trending upwards, albeit sluggishly, as measured by search engine traffic.
Solid growth in 2015 and 2016 has not continued, but global interest in wearable technology is definitely on the rise, so if their products are the real deal, it could be a good opportunity to jump into a growing market.
The Space Phone uses a concept similar to Google’s Project Fi.
By plugging in your Space Station port to an internet connection, it functions as a WiFi hub for your phone, and you can make calls through your space station, or through public WiFi, for lower costs than it would be on a traditional cellular network.
When you are not in range of WiFi or a space station, the Space Phone connects to a partner carrier’s 3G network to enable you to make calls and use data. In the United States, for example, Sprint is the Space Phone’s partner carrier (note that the phone is not available for purchase in the US, though).
When customers use data on the Space Phone network versus on traditional cell carriers, you are awarded a bonus, so there is an incentive to use and encourage others to use their Space Phones near their Space Station docks.
The company does not advertise the Space Phone hardly at all on its English-language publications, so it may be getting out of the hyper-competitive mobile network in western countries and focusing on more lucrative pursuits.
The current flagship product made by World Global Network is the Helo wearable activity tracker. Working much like a FitBit, it tracks your activity and heart rate, and uses a proprietary app to turn this data into usable information.
The app claims to use an innovative approach to identify things as abstract as your mood and energy levels, though it’s not clear how it does this.
The product also includes titanium and germanium metal contacts on the wristband, allegedly to “promote health.”
This sounds a lot like the magnetic healing bracelets that have long since been discarded as useless and misleading, so the presence of this kind of quackery on a futuristic wearable activity tracker calls into question the credibility of the whole endeavor.
BioZen is another cell phone related product, but this one is a lot less innovative or convincing. World Global Network claims that BioZen is a chip that can shield and reduce the electromagnetic radiation emitted by your cell phone, protecting your health and wellness.
Two facts need to be established here. First, that cell phone radiation is actually harmful, and second, that the BioZen chip actually helps reduce it.
On the first point, the medical consensus is currently that there are no known negative health effects from cell phone radiation. In terms of increasing cancer risk, the question is a thorny one: multiple studies by top epidemiologists have come to differing conclusions.
For now, the balance of evidence tilts towards there being no risk, but cellular phone radiation cannot be definitively ruled to be safe. Cell phone radiation is also suspected to be related to lowered sperm health and infertility in men, but again, research is conflicting and unclear.
So, if you are worried about cell phone radiation, is the BioZen chip going to help? Not likely. The Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on cell phone “anti radiation chips” in the past, and will likely do so again.
The agency says that such chips can actually increase the amount of radiation that you are exposed to, because they interfere with the cell phone’s signal and require it to use more power to reach the cell tower.
World Global Network is somewhat unique in that it tries to meet all international regulations for MLMs. As a result, it has no mandatory autoship, no joining fee, and you become eligible to be a member with any product purchase.
Unfortunately, the retail bonus is only 10%. However, you can earn team bonuses of 10–20% once your sales team hits specific sales volume targets.
These can be accrued over several months; they don’t need to be accumulated all in one pay period. World Global Network is a binary MLM, meaning your sales teams are organized into a “left” and “right” team. Your bonuses are only eligible on your weaker leg.
Even downline commissions are better than average. The first level is 10%, then 5–10% (depending on sales) for level 2, and 5% for levels 3 to 7.
The earning potential, according to the company’s income disclosure statement, is better than average, likely because of the better commissions.
Though almost two-thirds of the company’s users are characterized as “customers” who are not enrolled in the distributor program, the typical “business builder” does earn a modest income.
Some 83% of the active distributors fall into this category, and they average $283 per month, which is substantially higher than many other MLMs.
World Global Network is a strange blend of innovative products and unhelpful gimmickry. Sham products like the BioZen chip cast doubt on the merits of World Global Network’s other products, like their Space Phone and Helo wearable device.
Despite their innovative compensation plan, World Global Network has a lot of red flags and represents a big risk.
You could be out of luck if all of its products (instead of just some of them) turn out to be a sham, and if the FDA or your local regulatory agency goes after the company for its claims about the BioZen chip, the company could suffer significant damage to its reputation.
So, just know the risks. The compensation plan is great, but the products are questionable.
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