Sunday, June 30, 2013

My honest review of SOLAVEI

This is my honest review of Solavei MVNO. I am not enrolled in the referral program so you will not be seeing any links to "join Solavei". 

First I will write about the Pros of being enrolled with Solavei. 

  • $49/month Unlimited Talk, Unlimited Text, 4GB of 4G Data* plus tax.
  • AT&T roaming.
  • Referral Program.
  • Uses T-Mobile's towers so you will see about the same data speeds as T-Mobile.
  • Conditional Call Forwarding. You can use Google voicemail with Solavei.
  • Clear data allotment per month.
  • International Texting

Next will be the Cons of Solavei. 

  • Little to no customer support.**
  • No ability to track minutes, texts or data.
  • Wifi tethering prohibited.
  • No support of short codes.***
  • Bill payments are online with credit/debit cards and phone.
  • Customer Support team lies a lot.

Overall review:
Aside from the cons, the actual service is pretty good. Voice is clear, texting works (if you bring your own phone, setting up APNs on Solavei may be difficult) However, due to pretty much non-existent customer service and the lack of short code*** support I can not, personally, justify the price. I would definitely recommend Solavei when they had the call center in the US. But since they changed so many things, including getting outsourced call center, the customer service is lacking entirely. The forums on Solavei is lacking any actual support. Most posts/threads I've seen, Solavei employees respond with assistance however, in most cases when another member asks the OP if it was fixed no response is made. Making me feel that the employees are just saying the issue has been fixed while simply blocking the negative posts. Please keep in mind if you are going to join Solavei, when you join you will be pretty much all on your own. When you call the customer support team by phone, most will not speak clear English and will not know what they are doing because they have not gotten adequate training. And with this they will tend to lie to you in order to make you happy. They also can not tell you where they are located, which is stated in their TOS, which a customer support rep told me he was in California. (he just broke the rules of the TOS and lied to me) Customer support will not be useful, forums isn't robust as you would think. 

There has been some posts on Solavei forums that customer's data has been throttled wrongly. As a member of Solavei you have no ability to check your data usages without using third party data monitoring apps. Which makes me think that Solavei can throttle you wrongly and pretty much get away with it because you have no evidence in the first place to make a counter case. This is a concern for me because THEY (Solavei) have the ability to watch and monitor our data usage but the consumers can not? 

Some people believe that Solavei allows Wifi tethering. That is NOT true. You might use it and get away with it, because they haven't caught you yet. But when you are caught, they have the right to cut you off without refunds of any kind. It is stated in their terms of service agreement. 

I really think that Solavei should advertise that they do NOT support short codes*** T-Mobile pre-paid allows short codes to be used. Solavei's states that the reason they do not support short codes is because short codes are premium texts and they will not be able to determine the amount used by a person. Since prepaid is paying beforehand rather than paying for the accumulated services. Which makes sense yes, but if that was true how could T-Mobile have prepaid with the short code enabled? With this, it seems Solavei is blocking us from using it. I was not able to find a reason for this. 

It has been almost a week since I enrolled. They have a 14 day return policy as stated in their . I will be calling them to request a Remorse Cancellation. According to them I should receive my refund of $70.14**** within 15 days after the request. I have read around that Solavei has a tendency to not stick with their promise. So I will post if I get my refund from them in 16 days from today. The 14 day return policy is the start of enrollment, not activation. It has been about 7 days so I SHOULD get my refund. 

I will also post my experience porting OUT of Solavei when I do port. 

*4G speed for 4GB then throttled to 2G speeds
**Customer Service on Chat & call centers are unhelpful. Forum support varies.
***Facebook, Solavei, Twitter and Google is supported. Only.
****Sim Card Cost: $9.00, 1st Month's Service fee: $49.00, Tax: $12.14

Friday, June 28, 2013

Motor Club of America & TVC Matrix -- SCAM ALERT!!!

As many of you know, MCA “Motor Club of America”, in conjunction with TVC Matrix, has launched an online business opportunity that has created a lot of success lately, especially due the well-publicized MCA “Double Up Friday" program.

The success surrounding MCA/TVC is not unwarranted of unbiased criticism by a few individuals seeking to profit off of the Motor Club of America “Buzz,” in generating web traffic to their “Biz Opps” as a result, which is why I’m encouraging the general public such as yourself, to “Beware” of any negative feedback being perpetrated against MCA and TVC Matrix. This is NO SCAM.

Motor Club of America was founded in 1926, which gives MCA much deserved credibility among the masses, along with TVC Matrix, MCA's marketing division.

The Motor Club of America offers a handful of different coverage plans with an array of different unmatched services within the Auto Club industry, such as the following:

1) UNLIMITED 24/7 road side assistance 
2) Towing up to 100 miles (AAA only tows 5 miles)
3) Emergency Room Benefits
4) Hospitalization Benefits ($150 per day)
5) Bail Bond $25,000
6) Arrest Bond $500
7) Accidental Death Benefits (up to $50,000)
8) Hotel Discounts
9) Car Rental Discounts
10) Travel Planning
11) Travel Assistance
12) Dental Discounts
13) Prescription Discounts
14) Vision Care Discounts
15) Credit Card Protection up to $1,000
16) Attorney Fees up to $3,000
17) Emergency Travel and Living Expenses
18) Touring and Travel Services
19) $5,000 Stolen Vehicle Reward
20) Lawyer Service for Vehicle Damage Matters
21) Lawyer Service for Auto Manslaughter, Auto Assault, and Battery
22) Lawyer Services for Moving Violations 

As you can see, the products and services that MCA offers are AMAZING!

Another thing that makes MCA so AMAZING is that it's also AFFORDABLE on ANY budget.

The MCA "Total Security" plan actually costs LESS your daily trip to Starbucks.

The cost is VERY minimal. ONLY $40 (2 months of membership prepaid) for the Total Security coverage listed above, and then $19.95 per month after.

The COMPENSATION plan for associates is just AWESOME!

When someone buys the MCA Total Security plan for $40, Motor Club of America will pay you a 200% commission of $80 via Direct Deposit! All payments are sent every Friday.

For Example:

Five (5) people visit your referral link and decide to pay the $40 (2 months prepaid) to become MCA Total Security members. On the upcoming Friday, Motor Club of America will make a direct deposit of $400 into your bank account!


You will also receive a FREE WEBSITE when you become a Total Security plan member. MCA also has an array of MARKETING & TRAINING MATERIAL in each associate's back office which is very powerful, and contains informative marketing strategies you can implement from day one to get your MCA business off of the ground into PROFIT mode ASAP! 

Remember, with the Motor Club of America program, you're NOT selling anything, you're simply referring others to take a look at the MCA member benefits and services, which you as a member already have. 

A2ZDEALINDIA.COM-Next upcoming Big scam after All Hit Deals

Another "All Hit Deals"????

I think the same kind of concept with the similar name for the website is launched, and that too an Indian site.

I tried talking through the Toll-Free no. provided in their website, it seems that their office is in Lucknow (Shop 36/37, Kazhana Market, Indira Nagar, Lucknow), and that guy said the company is owned by Mr.Agarwal. I asked him how he got this concept, its the same story which AHD told, their owner has 4yrs of experience in Google Adsense (idiots they dont know what Google Adsense does and how its related to the AHD concept, and that too telling me the story...). 

If we can try and find this owner or even the office in Lucknow, we can see if we can get hold of Tapas Rai, because I have a strong urge that this guy is still around. Because they have sent this website to AHD account holders email id, which we asked how they got the id, they said it was sent in random... so surely they have all AHD users profile details.

Also, they are following the same concept which AHD did. The website is in ".com", but the emails are sent from ".net" address of the same domain "a2zdealsindia".

I further ask them with whom you are tie up with for the affiliation marketing. The answer i got which was shocking. They told me that they have a tie up with This company not at all providing the affiliation marketing services like Google Adsense or or CJ. And all these companies are not paying for incentive's traffic. 

For further investigation i tried to speak with there one of the franchise owner in Delhi. As per him company don't have tie up with any company and its a just money rolling skim. He further told me that if you want t earn this is a right time to enter and earn money. Like All Hit Deals they will also do money rolling successfully at least for one year. As per him company purchase the data from AHD or they may hack the website at the end of AHD. Thats why the promotion mails are forwarded to each and every All Hit Deals investor.

I think we need to be smart and stay away from this type of concept and spread the awareness among us. Because at the end we are the only who faces the financial and social loss.


I am also trying to see if I can find someone who is in Lucknow, and check it out. If we can get some group of people, then its always good in a fight-back. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Govt working on streamlining rules for MLM companies: Pilot

With an aim to segregate the genuine multi-level marketing companies from those operating fraudulent ponzi schemes, the corporate affairs and consumer affairs ministries are working on a clearer set of rules for such businesses. 

"While we must take strong action against the companies that are misusing the laws and duping investors, reputed companies that are doing good work and did not violate any Indian laws should be allowed to operate without any fear. They must be given confidence," Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot told PTI in an interview here. 

The Indian minister is on an official visit here. 

The minister's comments come against the backdrop of the recent arrest of global direct selling major Amway's India Chairman William S Pinckney and two company directors by the Kerala police over allegations of fraud. 

While they were released later on bail, the incident has generated a debate on need for a clear set of rules for differentiating between registered companies doing genuine businesses and those duping the investors through fraudulent schemes structured like multi-level marketing operations. 

"My Ministry (Corporate Affairs) and Ministry of Consumer Affairs are now working on clarifying these guidelines (for multi-level companies)," Pilot said. 

Stressing on the need for protecting investors against fraudulent entities, the Minister said the newspapers also have a larger role to play as watchdogs and should not entertain paid advertisements from illegal companies. 

"Sometimes newspapers publish advertisements placed by companies running illegal schemes to dupe the investors. 

"The newspapers have a larger role to play in being watchdogs of investors and refuse such paid advertisements in the best interest of readers. Companies must deliver what they promise," Pilot said.

Indian MoCA: Newspapers should be MLM police

To be honest I’m not really sure what’s going on in India at the  moment regarding MLM regulation.
Last we checked in the Department of Financial Services had recommended amending the 1978 Prize Chits and Money Circulation Act to “ban multi-level marketing companies“.
At the time this seemed like a bit of a knee-jerk reaction, as last July the Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA) established a committee ‘to establish guidelines to separate legitimate MLM companies from the scams‘.
After missing a self-imposed deadline in early 2013 that came and went, a new deadline was set for April 30th that then also passed without comment from DoCA.
Finally breaking the department’s silence, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot made an announcement yesterday on the matter.
The problem? By all accounts the DoCA and the Department of Financial Services appear to be well at odds with each other.
Speaking to the Press Trust of India, Pilot stated
While we must take strong action against the companies that are misusing the laws and duping investors, reputed companies that are doing good work and did not violate any Indian laws should be allowed to operate without any fear. They must be given confidence.
My Ministry (Corporate Affairs) and Ministry of Consumer Affairs are now working on clarifying these guidelines (for multi-level companies).
Glad to hear it although one can’t help but wonder why it’s taken so long (we’re going on a year since DoCA established their committee).
How DoCA’s guidelines are going to fit in with the Department of Financial Services’ recommendations is unclear. One department is calling for the wholesale banning of MLM while the other seeks to establish guidelines for legitimate MLM companies to follow.
In the meantime, you’ve got the whole Indian MLM industry caught in the crossfire. Ultimately I suspect some sort of compromise is going to be reached, with MoCA’s guidelines being passed into law and any MLM company (legitimate and scams alike) failing to abide being taken down by Indian regulators (who are hopefully given increased policing powers in related matters).
One particular comment I thought was strange though from Pilot was his criticism of Indian newspapers:
The Minister said the newspapers also have a larger role to play as watchdogs and should not entertain paid advertisements from illegal companies.
“Sometimes newspapers publish advertisements placed by companies running illegal schemes to dupe the investors.
The newspapers have a larger role to play in being watchdogs of investors and refuse such paid advertisements in the best interest of readers. Companies must deliver what they promise.”
Newspapers are now to determine whether or not MLM companies are legit? How’s that going to work when the regulating authorities don’t even have any guidelines to currently follow?
Ultimately if clear-cut guidelines are in place and Indian regulators have the policing powers required to take down scams targeting the Indian market, the problem of advertisements in newspapers should fix itself.
Asking newspapers to determine which companies are legit (purely on an advertising level) just seems silly. Any more so than the media having to investigate the legitimacy of any company they carry advertising for.
The problem lies with the companies themselves, not how and where they are marketed.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Speak Asia Mumbai High Curt Case Update.

In the hearing of WP 3210/3211 on 11th June,2013 , Mr Tejas Bhatt , former employee of SAOL, informed the court that he had not filed the above mentioned writs. The case is now scheduled for 25th June before which Mr Bhatt will provide an affidavit of his statement .

Today it is not surprising that TOI has carried an article about the same issue.

The point to remember is that if unknown entity files case in SAOL matter , then it is for court to decide what to do with the case .It has nothing to do with the company SAOL. The court if it wants, can ask explanation from the lawyer representing the case and he can answer . But SAOL has nothing to do with it .

This case was was Quashing /Clubbing of FIR's and no progress has been made in this for almost 2 years ,because EOW was not filing any reply .So case was just getting dates and court can throw in dustbin if it likes .

When CS is filed, consolidation of all the matters can be done at SC level , seperate cases are not required at HC level .

This is all legal daav-paich and not reason for worry for any panelist .

If Mr Tejas Bhatt has filed or forgotten that he filed does not matter ,absence of this case will not affect the matter any longer .We also dont have to do display board counting for this matter any more :).