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Is ACN a Scam or Legit – An In-Depth Review

Maybe you’ve heard of ACN before? Have you ever been introduced to this company by a friend or a family member? If so, did you ask yourself: is ACN a scam or legit? Should I try it? So many questions and I bet you couldn’t find all the answers to these questions.

In this review, I’ll do my best to answer the questions you might have toward this company and most of all, I will answer the question Is ACN a Scam or Legit. When such a company is introduced to us via friends and family, it can be harder to take the right position since we can be biased by our relationships. So, with this review, I hope I’ll be able to help you see clearly what is ACN and what is your role if you get involved with this company. It’s time to answer these questions!

For those who don’t know what ACN is, it is a company working in the telecommunication niche offering different services such as home phone, high-speed internet, gas and electricity, security and automation, etc. “ACN” is for American Communication Network and it actually delivers its services all around the world and exists since 1993. Different opportunities are available within this company and this is a point I’ll look at with you in this review.

If you have any comments, questions or experiences you would like to share, feel free to leave them in the comment box at the end of this review. Now, let’s dive in! 🙂

General Information


Name: ACN
Founders: Greg Provenzano, Robert Stevanovski, Tony Cupisz and Mike Cupisz
Website: www.acn.com
Price: $499 for the first year and $199 for the year renewal
Rating: 3.5/5

As a small introduction, I would like to share with you the video that presents ACN. This video can be found directly on their website.

About ACN


Even if I did a short resume of the activities of ACN in the intro, here I want to take a deeper look at what is ACN. Where does it come from? Who decided to create this company? When exactly did it begin? 

Let’s start with the beginning (why not) and who decided to create ACN. They are four founders of this company: Greg Provenzano, Robert Stevanovski, Tony Cupisz and Mike Cupisz. Everything started back in January 1993 in the United States, and even if it’s been in service for more than 25 years, all four of the founders are still actively involved in the company (good to know!).

The motivation behind the creation of this business was to own a business like they always wanted. Previous experiences in the direct sales world in different companies dissatisfied them so much that the best idea was to create a company as they wanted. This is what happened and it worked pretty well.

Today, the company operates in 26 countries all around the world and in 2016 its revenue was about $750 million (Wikipedia). I wouldn’t be shy to say that this company has made its proof through the years and counts now many members (IBO) and customers. 

ACN’s Business Model


Now, how does this company do to make money? This is what we are going to look at in this chapter of the review. 

Residential & Business Services

As I explained in the introduction, ACN delivers different services in the telecommunication niche either in the residential sector or the business one. These services can be consumed by people like me and you and by consuming these services we become customers. Where ACN got it right is that these services are consumed daily by everyone. Nowadays in 2019, it’s rare that we see someone that doesn’t use one of these services. Let’s take a look at these services offered by ACN:

Is ACN a Scam or Legit

It’s hard to tell if the prices are competitive because it varies from places to places but if I take for example the prices for high-speed internet in my area, it is quite competitive with the other companies available. Let’s take a look.

ACN:

Is ACN a Scam or Legit

Telus:

Is ACN a Scam or Legit

*Okay, I know that when you compare two things it’s important to have the same tool of comparison, but here it was quite impossible since the way the service is offered it’s not totally the same. In the end, both customers have the internet. 

We can see that ACN offers interesting services for people living in my area. For the quality, it is hard to tell since I didn’t try their services and I don’t know anyone who’s using them. Although, since they have a good volume of sales, I bet their services aren’t that bad.

Business Opportunity

So, this is with these services that ACN brings some money in. However, they offer a business opportunity for those who would like to have their own business in the telecommunication world. This opportunity is to become an IBO (Independent Business Owner) and to sell the services ACN offers. 

As an IBO, you have two ways to make money:

  1. Through your sales (of services);
  2. Through your recruitment of new IBO.

The second way of making money presents an MLM business model. If you would like to learn more about the MLM business model, please take a look at my post What Is an MLM Business Model – [Beginner Guide]. The reason I tell this affirmation is because of the recruitment of new members. The more people who join in, the more you can make money out of it. Does that make ACN a scam or illegal? Not necessarily. Network marketing is legal as long as there is a product or service involved and in our situation, it is the case. 

How can you become an IBO? 

You have to fill a form that you can find on their website. The price to join is $499 and depending on where you live it can vary a bit (in my area it’s about $525). This price is good for one year. Once the year is over, the renewal is $199. 

How much can you earn as an IBO?

I cannot give you the exact amount of how much you can make as an IBO since it depends on your sales. ACN doesn’t give on its website the commission rate for the sales. Plus, ACN doesn’t either share the information for an IBO and the recruitment of other IBOs. Keep in mind that, necessarily, the more sales you make, the more money you’ll make.

If I can give my opinion, I find it quite expensive since I know a better way to start a business that costs less, but still for someone who’s interested in this niche, it is not a high price to pay compared if you would start another business on your own.

As ACN says as a disclaimer, not everyone is guaranteed to find success within the ACN’s business opportunity. Definitely, it depends on you and the time you put at it. It is the same thing for any kind of business, no efforts equal no results. So, is ACN a scam or legit?

The Benefits As a Customer

As a customer, ACN has something for you. It’s called the “refer-a-friend” option. What that means is that, as a customer, if you refer five friends to ACN and that they use the services provided by ACN, your fees become now free. 

Keep in mind that this isn’t the business opportunity, you cannot make money out of this option. You can only save on your fees, but still, it is a nice option.

Pros And Cons


Pros:

  1. Competitive prices for their services (depending on where you live);
  2. Their services are something almost everyone use nowadays so the market is opened;
  3. Interesting business opportunity even if the commission rate is unknown, the concept sounds good;
  4. The founders are still active in the company.

Cons:

  1. Expensive since there is a better opportunity at a cheaper price;
  2. MLM business model (not recommended);

Is ACN a Scam or Legit?


Finally, after reviewing this company, let’s answer this question: Is ACN a scam or legit?

By definition, a scam means that the person or the company will give you false information and you won’t get what you’re told. 

So, in a context where ACN is presented to you correctly, with the disclaimer previously explained for example, and that what happens is exactly what you are told then it is not a scam

Now, if we talk about ACN only, it is not a scam and totally legit. It’s been in service for many years and I bet many users are happy with the services they have. On the other hand, there are always people who are not happy either but it’s impossible to make everyone happy.

Where it would be legit to call it a scam (see the twist? xD), is if you were introduced to the company like you would make thousand and thousand of dollars in the next 6 months. That’s false information and the person is scamming you. In this situation, it’s not the company that’s wrong but clearly the person who presents you ACN

It’s really delicate to tell when it is a scam or not because it depends a lot on who presents you the company and how they do it. There are ways to do network marketing and some people do it wrong. That’s one of the reasons MLM companies have an extremely bad reputation. MLM businesses are like any other business, if you don’t dedicate your time and energy, you will never become successful in this kind of company.

So, if you ever meet someone in an MLM system and he/she introduce you the company, be aware of the way it is presented. Don’t hesitate to look on the web to find more answers. Contact the company directly. Normally, companies with a good reputation and that have been in service for many years have a call service for their customers. Don’t be shy and take all the information you need, they are not all bad companies and some MLM can be really awesome with nice opportunities.

Alternative?

Why are you interested in knowing more about ACN? Because you want your own business in the telecommunication niche or because you want more money? Good question, huh? 😉 

Well, if your answer is because you want more money, I’d like to share with you what helped me make more money. In fact, instead of building a business with an MLM system, I decided to go with affiliate marketing. Why? Simply because it is less expensive, you don’t have any “entry cost” and you can work on your own without bothering anyone, everything happens on the web. 

I knew nothing of affiliate marketing and that’s the reason I took the training Online Entrepreneur Certification of Wealthy Affiliate. This training is dedicated to absolutely everyone who wants to start a career with affiliate marketing. It is awesome, I really liked it and it sincerely helped me. If you ever feel curious, take a look at my review page! 🙂

So, I hope this review helped you understand better how ACN works and see that it is not a scam but just another MLM company with its advantages and disadvantages. No company is perfect so we must choose the one we prefer for our future.

If you have any comments, questions or experiences you would like to share, feel free to leave them below, I’ll make sure to answer you. 🙂

Your friend,

Audrey

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6 thoughts on “Is ACN a Scam or Legit – An In-Depth Review

  1. Thank you for this thorough review. Very well done!

    I feel the information that you have provided, enables
    me to make a very informed decision with little or no
    research on my part.

    For someone starting out in the internet business
    platform with a very tight budget, this is a bit high.
    But for someone that has some income to throw
    around, the price does not seem to bad.

    But what do you get for this price would be my question?

    1. Hi Cindy, I’m glad my review helped. To answer your question, ACN is really discrete on this subject. What I understand is that you have the right to sell ACN’s services, it’s kind of “buying the right to sell a propriety of someone else”. I’m might be wrong, but it is how I see it and I’ll make sure to look deeper to find a better answer. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this review! I despise MLMs even when they are legitimate. It seems ACN is overly pricey, as well. People need to be aware that these options are not wise and shouldn’t be promoted. I like your suggestion of Wealthy Affiliate. Thanks again for your research!

    1. Hi Cathy, definitely MLMs are particular business and people must be careful. They are not the best solution, but for people who really like network marketing it can be a really nice opportunity. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Hi Audrey, I enjoyed reading your article on Is ACN a Scam or Legit -An- IN – Depth Review. You gave a lot of good detailed information and the video was very helpful.

    I have never heard of ACN until now. They seem like a good Internet company and are available in 26 countries.
    I am a happy premium member of Wealthy Affiliate and they offer great training.

    Thank you,
    Margaret

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