January 12, 2010 6:21 PM

CASH FOR MINUTES!! No Questions Asked . . .

Yesterday, I did a post--based on a court case initiated in 2007--that suggested traffic pumpers looking for revenue sharing arrangements (for traffic transport and termination) with high-cost LECs was maybe a little scandalous, or at least something you wouldn't want to go around asking about in polite company.  Well . . . as with a lot of things, it all depends on who's asking the question, how the question is asked, and whether the person asking really gives 2 cents what anyone thinks. (At this point, transition to your best Rod Serling voice.)  But in the Telecom Zone, everything is not always as it appears, which brings us to our next case.  Submitted for your consideration, the case of one TRX Telecommunications . . . .

If the "minute broker", mentioned yesterday, brought "buyers" and "sellers" of minutes together in a discrete, low-key, manner, TRX Telecom--the phone company that pays you--(by the way, that's their real tag-line) looks for revenue sharing arrangements with all the zeal of a direct marketing version of a monster truck show promoter.  No apologies, no discretion, no shame, no fear, just BUTT-KICKING, PLATFORM POUNDING, MINUTE CRANKING!!  

Heck, a better way to say it might be: no business plan? NO PROBLEM!  No software-based calling platform?  NO PROBLEM!  No services to sell? NO PROBLEM!  TRX Tel does all the work: they offer basic to more advanced, chat room and teleconferencing services.  What they don't do is judge . . . or ask you for anything . . . but MINUTES!  Even then, they don't make customers commit to any "minimum" level of minutes.  They just ask you to do your best, brother.  Any incremental minute (on the TRX platform) is a good minute, and you always get a cut--whether you produce 18 minutes or 18 MILLION minutes . . . .

But, if you DO produce 18 million minutes (per month)?  Well, you get a prize, my friend.  What type of prize?  AN A@$-KICKING, NITRO-FUELED, 5 CENTS/MINUTE!  That's right, brother, 5 CENTS/MINUTE!  That's 100 TIMES the large LEC interstate termination rate!  And this is a BOUNTY--it's not like they're giving you ALL the money that's being generated from your 18 million minutes.   

And here's the best part: all it takes to add a million dollars/month to your bottom line is to keep 500 lines busy 24/7 for a month. Convince 500 friends to use their flat-rated, bundled, triple-play phone line to stay on a 24/7 conference call, use their mobile phones for voice, and you can give them a nice discount.  Another option would be to use your Skype account while you're sleeping.  If that bothers you, then just get non-profits, and other groups looking to save money to actually use the services in a normal fashionIt doesn't matter!  Whether Al Quaida or Alpa Chino, "real" or "fake", the fact is that minutes are minutes, and "bounties" are "bounties."  I didn't invent this system, but I can't "un-invent" it either . . . .  So, here's to you TRX Tel, crack open a cold Bud Light, because you always tell it like it is, and, thanks to you, talk isn't always cheap!

[Note: I don't let my clients pay for this type of shenanigans, so if you're an IXC reading this, give me a call.  But, if you don't call, or you're not one of my clients, then your best bet is to just take the advice of "Teddy KGB" (from "Rounders").  Admit you got beat, and pay these men their money.]

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