Wings Network Review: Cloud-service BBOM reboot?
There is no information on the Wings Network website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The Wings Network website domain (“wingsnetwork.com”) was registered on the 9th of November 2011, however the domain registration is set to private.
Why this information isn’t provided on the Wings Network website I can’t say, but the company’s compensation plan names a “Carlos Barbosa” as CEO.
As above, Wings Network simply refers to Barbosa as a “Portuguese citizen”.
Further research reveals Barbosa to have a strong affiliation with the Ponzi scheme BBOM. Below you can see a website advertising tickets to BBOM presentation Barbosa gave, promising an R$800 a month ROI.
See the details of this cheap Franchise in Carlos Barbosa Rs Rio Grande Do Sul where you can initially invest R $ 600,00 in Bronze Plan, R $ 1,800.00 in Silver Plan and $ 3,000.00 in Gold Plan.
BBOM was a $300 – $1500 Ponzi investment scheme that was shutdown by Brazilian authorities earlier this year.
An additional point of note is a template on the Wings Network website that appears to assign the affiliate account details of a “Joao Carlos Andrade”.
Andrade’s details are automatically entered in if no sponsor details are provided when a new Wings Network affiliate signs up.
On his LinkedIn profile, Andrade (using the name “John”) advises he also lives in Portugal, is a “senior advisor” of Wings Network and “diamond” investor in BBOM:
Read on for a full review of the Wings Network MLM business opportunity.
The Wings Network Product Line
There is no specific information about the Wings Network product line on their website.
We work with a multilevel marketing system for the distribution of our products.
This system allows us to distribute profits to our affiliates who help us sell our products or find new users.
Wings Network mentions a “personal page, cloud drive, mobile apps and games”, however what exactly these are (services?) and how they will integrate into the Wings Network MLM business opportunity is not disclosed.
The Wings Network Compensation Plan
The Wings Network compensation plan revolves around affiliates purchasing “packages”. There are four Wings Network packages in total:
- Start – $299
- Executive – $899
- Elite – $1499
When a newly recruited Wings Network affiliate joins the company and then purchases one of the packages above, the affiliate who recruited them is paid a commission.
How much of a commission is paid out depends on how much the newly recruited affiliate paid for their membership:
- Start – $10
- Executive – $25
- Elite – $50
Residual commissions in Wings Network are paid out daily using a binary compensation structure. A binary compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a binary team, split into two sides:
Each position in the binary team represents a recruited affiliate (either directly or indirectly), with the affiliate package they signed up with generating a point balance for the binary side they are on (either left or right).
How many points each recruited affiliate generates for a binary side depends on which affiliate membership package was purchased:
- Start – 100 points
- Executive – 250 points
- Elite – 500 points
Commissions are paid out on the binary side with less points, with a Wings Network affiliate paid 50% of the total point value that binary side generated daily.
For example, if an affiliate’s left binary side was the weaker of the two and generated 1000 points, the affiliate would be paid a $500 residual commission for that day.
Note that in order to qualify for binary commissions, a Wings Network affiliate must first personally recruit at least two new affiliates (one on either binary side).
There are also additional daily commissions caps in place, subject to the following qualification criteria:
- Consultant (recruit 2 affiliates) – $2500 a day
- Supervisor (accumulate at least $20,000 in volume in lesser binary side) – $3500 a day
- Senior Supervisor (accumulate at least $100,000 in volume in lesser binary side) – $5000 a day
- Manager (accumulate at least $250,000 in volume in lesser binary side) – $7500 a day
- Senior Manager (accumulate at least $500,000 in volume in lesser binary side) – $10,000 a day
- Director (accumulate at least $2,000,000 in volume in lesser binary side) – $12,000 a day
- Executive Director (accumulate at least $5,000,000 in volume in lesser binary side) – $17,000 a day
- President (accumulate at least $10,000,000 in volume in lesser binary side) – $20,000 a day
- Chairman (accumulate at least $25,000,000 in volume in lesser binary side) – $25,000 a day
Wings Network pay out a percentage of an affiliate’s personally recruited affiliate earnings, using a ten-level deep unilevel compensation structure.
A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):
If any of these level 1 affiliates go on to recruit new affiliates of their own, they are then placed on level 2 of the original affiliate’s unilevel team. If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.
Wings Network cap these levels at ten, paying out a percentage of the commission earnings generated by affiliates in a unilevel team.
How many levels a Wings Network affiliate is paid out on depends on their affiliate membership rank (see “binary commissions” for qualification details):
- Start to Consultant – 5% on levels 1 to 3
- Supervisor – 5% on levels 1 to 4
- Senior Supervisor – 5% on levels 1 to 5
- Manager – 5% on levels 1 to 6
- Senior Manager – 5% on levels 1 to 7
- Director – 5% on levels 1 to 8
- Executive Director – 5% on levels 1 to 8 and 3% on level 9
- President and Chairman – 5% on levels 1 to 8, 3% on level 9 and 2% on level 10
Wings Network’s Generation Bonus pays out an additional percentage commission on affiliate’s unilevel team. This is done via the defining of “generations” within each individual unilevel leg.
A unilevel generation in Wings Network is defined when a Director or higher ranked affiliate is found in any one individual unilevel leg. Once this happens, any affiliates between the affiliate at the top of the unilevel team to the Director or higher ranked affiliate count as the first generation.
Subsequent generations are then defined when additional Director or higher ranked affiliates are found. Again, note that every unilevel leg is considered independent of the rest when Director generations are being defined.
The Generation Bonus is paid out as a percentage commission, up to a maximum of four Director generations:
- Director – 3% on one Director generation
- Executive Director – 6% on two Director generations
- President – 9% on three Director generations
- Chairman – 12% on four Director generations
Rank Advancement Bonus
Starting with the Supervisor affiliate rank, Wings Network pays out a rank advancement bonus when an affiliate is promoted to a new rank:
- Supervisor – $1000
- Senior Supervisor – $2500
- Manager – $5000
- Senior Manager – $10,000
- Director – $25,000
- Executive Director – $50,000
- President – $200,000
- Chairman – $1,000,000
The Consultant Bonus appears to be a percentage bonus, although I’m not really sure what it pays out on.
The percentage bonus is allocated according to which affiliate package a newly recruited affiliate purchases, and is valid for one year:
- Start – no bonus
- Executive – 5%
- Elite – 15%
I think it might be a general bonus on an affiliate’s own commission earnings.
In order to qualify for the Consultant Bonus, an affiliate must have personally recruited at least two new affiliates, and have generated at least 500 points on either side of their binary.
The Global Bonus appears to be 5% of Wings Network’s global sales volume, split into five separate bonus pools.
Affiliates can earn a share in each of the pools provided they meet the following qualification criteria:
- Pool 1 – 150,000
- Pool 2 – 300,000
- Pool 3 – 750,000
- Pool 4 – 1,500,000
- Pool 5 – 3,000,000
The above figures are monthly qualification criteria. Note that the Wings Network compensation plan material does not state whether the above figures are points from the sale of affiliate packages or the dollar amount generated.
Joining Wings Network
Affiliate membership to Wings Network is $49, with the purchase of one of the three additional packages required to generate commissions (Start $299, Executive $899 or Elite $1499).
The Wings Network compensation plan also mentions what they call “assets” which, if I’m understanding correctly, looks to be a monthly affiliate fee.
- Start and Executive – $69
- Elite – $89
- Consultant and Supervisor – $99
- Senior Supervisor – $149
- Manager and Senior Manager – $199
- Director and Executive Director – $249
- President and Chairman – $299
With the effective shutdown of BBOM it comes as no surprise that some of the company’s affiliates are trying to now launch their own schemes. A judge did permit BBOM to go ahead and sell their GPS trackers to retail customers, but for the company’s Ponzi investors that was neither here nor there.
With Wings Network, under the guise of cloud computing services, essentially you’ve got a wholly affiliate-funded scheme, with commissions paid out directly on recruitment and then residually when a recruited downline recruits new affiliates.
This is even advised by Wings Network to prospective affiliates in their compensation plan material:
In this sense Wings Network differs from BBOM in that it’s not a Ponzi investment scheme. However the lack of retail and recruitment driven nature of the business puts Wings Network squarely in pyramid scheme territory.
Recruitment of new affiliates, getting them to buy in at one of three levels and then going off and recruiting others who do the same is the core of the business.
Once new recruitment stops, the commissions dry up and Wings Network, like any other pyramid scheme, will implode.