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My wife and I switched to Solavei last month. We were paying $165/month with Verizon with nothing unlimited. All we did was switch to Solavei and pay $100/month now for unlimited everything. I did it for the savings not really intending on referring many people.
However, as people started asking me about it they wanted more info and I have had 6 people that have also switched to save $.
Yes, it has an MLM piece to it, but it’s totally optional. You don’t have any investment or required quota like typical MLMs. I’m now glad we switched, because now we only pay $60/month total and we’re not limited or locked into a contract. Way more simple than most people assume. $ just get’s placed on a Visa card each month.
Also, coverage has been excellent. I live in SC and get it great here. Also Atlanta and NC have been fine as I travel some.
— SCtiger @bellsouth.net
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So I’ve been doing the service for a few weeks now and since I’m in a 2G area with Solavei I kept my Verizon one to use the data because I got grandfathered into the unlimited data plan. But the talk and text on solavei is very good and even when I tether it to my computer it is pretty good data too. It’s just slow on my phone. But they are putting 9 billion dollars into their towers and coverage so I can deal with crappy coverage for a cheaper phone.
I already referred my three trios so this phone is free and costs me nothing every month and will continue to cost nothing for as long as I keep three trios under me and it was very easy. I live very close to Las Vegas where they finished the upgraded towers and we went there and did a test with an iphone from solavei and one from ATT and the solavei one ran 70% faster on solavei than it did on ATT so I’m excited about when they get finished with the upgrade.
Sssooo. don’t get how it’s a scam either? They give you your money right away…it’s not like zeek where it just sat there to be lost anytime a company went down. Worse case scenerio…I have to go back to paying what I was with verizon and it doesn’t really scare me that much… People like to save money but they don’t like to change. I added it up and even if I keep this verizon phone and the solavei phone and just lowered everything on my verizon to almost nothing but data i still save $1920 a year. Yep I consider a penny saved is a penny earned. And they aren’t going to stop with phone service they will go to insurance, TV service, energy, ect. And you should look at who is on their advisory and investment board, pretty impressive. I did a TON of research on this company before I got involved because I too hate change and have been with verizon for fourteen years. But so far i’m happy with it!
I have been putting my updates on what I think of it on my youtube channel.
— TrishSego @myvzw.com
It amazes me how people are so negative about something they know very little about. I read this thread and I found so much misinformation and just plain negativity about something that is actually a great deal for many people.
I say “many people” because it does depend on if you life in an area with good TMobile coverage.
When you sign up with Solavei they first have you check a coverage map – it’s part of the sign up process because they don’t want people signing up who are not going to get good coverage.
I live in Los Angeles and my Solavei coverage is fantastic, my data speed is super fast (as fast as my dsl internet at home) and texting, calling and net surfing is unlimited. “Unlimited” has an asterisk because you do get unlimited data but it’s only 4G for the first 4 gigabytes of data per month. 4 gigs is a huge amount that most people don’t need, AND it’s more than any other service provider offers with an “unlimited” plan. After 4 gigs in a month you still get unlimited net, BUT they do throttle you to 2G speed for the rest of that month.
As to it being a pyramid scheme etc. it is not technically that. If it were the Feds would shut them down just like they shut down Zeekler/Zeek Rewards. It’s not exactly MLM either. Does it have elements of these? Yes. But if you think the people/companies involved in Solavei are going to put up all this money and effort to start a company that is going to get shut down or going to be out of business in 2 years you’re crazy. Is it possible it won’t work and they’ll have to close their doors or sell it to another company? Yes, that is possible. Is it likely? I think not. They have too much $ and effort invested in it and plans to make it world wide and go into other fields such as utilities. If this “word of mouth” no ads business model works, it will revolutionize how business is done.
1) Offers great service at a great price with no contract. There is no other company out there that offers 4 gigs of data on a 4G network as part of an under $50/month plan
2) Offers people the chance to get their service free just by signing up 3 people. If those 3 people also get 3 people, your service will be free for as long as they remain members. And if one drops out and you have another person signed up who is not part of a Trio (that’s a group of 3 signed up by you) then that person will automatically fill in your broken trio so you do not lose income.
3) Offers people the chance to make a monthly income. If this thing takes off like it is expected to with millions of subscribers, it may not be hard for someone who has a web site in place, knows a lot of people or otherwise markets this, to get 30, 40 or 50 sign ups. With that one could get a very good income with very little work.
These are the facts. If you want to be negative and say it won’t work, fine, you have the right to your opinion. And you could be right in the long run. On the other hand if you investigate this and see that it’s NOT MLM, it’s NOT a pyramid scam, and it IS a company that is affiliated with major corporations and top people from major corporations, and you want to give it a chance you might end up a) not having a phone bill even though you have excellent 4G data/text/talk; and b) making some money.
I never heard about the company until 1 week ago when I went to a concert and I was talking with a friend of mine that one to change my phove provider.. I used to have a year ago T-Mobile and I love their features but then I was unemployed and I couldn’t spend $120 monthly for a phone with unlimited txt, calls, data, tethering, etc. And she told me she had Solavei. She explain me that they use the same carrier as t-mobile, that I can still use mytouch phone, and that for $49 monthly I can have unlimited txt, internet, tethering, calls, roaming… I was like whats the catch? She explain me that the company doesn’t spend money in advertising, and that for that reason if you recomend the service to 3 people they give you $20… I really want my smartphone back to function and I need internet so I told her I’m going to do it. So next day I get my mytouch working with Solavei, and I really like it a lot. I don’t have any complaints. You can go through their website www.solavei.com if you want more info. Is prepaid so you can cancel any time without any fee, no background check.. You can also can buy 10 sim cards for $10 I think so you can create over the internet the connection to any person you want to add, is like you been the sales person from the company…
Carmen “Cuchi” Garcia
I used AT&T for the last 6 years and Sprint before that and Solavei has great service. I have not drop any calls or have had any trouble texting and my data speeds great! I did have to buy a phone to but if you “get” one with one of the other mobile services, believe me you are paying for it over the 2 years you have to have that service. Anytime I find I’m not happy with Solavei’s service, I can just walk away and it won’t cost me a thing. Can you say that about the service you have? As far as being an MLM company, it’s a company that pays its customers for recommending there service to other people, just like you all are doing about AT&T, Verizon, Smart Mobile, etc, except those companies are giving you nothing.
I can say I first learned of this back in early July. Signed an NDR after a long discussion with an acquaintance (who is a sports star you would all recognize). Started service during the beta about 4 weeks ago.
I left Sprint after 12 years, the last two being miserable. Solavei is for real. Yes there has been some small challenges during beta, but none were show stoppers, for example I needed to manually setup the APN as their push to the device didn’t work on my phone. Took about 45 seconds and it’s been perfect since.
If you do the research there are some big, big names involved in this. Jim Ryan left a very high ranking position at ATT Wireless to come to Solavei. John Rittenhouse former Wal-Mart COO is the COO at Solavei. Several key, high ranking, executives from T-Mobile are on the executive team.
Bottom line this isn’t your average MVNO. Toss out the psuedo MLM money making opportunities and it’s still a great value at $49 a month (I’m getting full speed data here in Seattle, averaging about 14Mbps downstream on my Samsung Galaxy Note).
I’ve taken advantage of the bring your friends feature and just had my first deposit on the Visa Debit Card they issue. In the past two weeks I’ve ported my 2 son’s phones and my wife’s. After our time at Sprint they are ecstatic with the service.
So far so good.
Solavei is a breath of fresh air in a sea of “business opportunities” where the common objective seems to be to get as many of your friends and families to shell out some money for a gizmo, new vitamin or face cream long enough for you to make some commission.
Where Solavei is different is that they offer a service that most people already use. One of the hardest things to do, especially in this economy, is to ask someone to buy something on which they currently don’t spend money. Who has an extra $100 laying around to spend each money on a juice from the jungle?
The typical home business requires members to purchase products to qualify for any commissions they might earn down the road as they introduce others. The problem here is that the average person can successfully introduce only 2-3 people, not enough to generate enough commissions to offset their monthly purchase of the product. So ultimately what happens is 2-3 months in to purchasing the product, the member starts comparing his/her outgoing payment ($100/mo.) against their incoming commission and see that $100 is a lot more than $7.15 or whatever small commission they are making monthly and throw in the towel by canceling their monthly order. This is called “attrition” or “churn” and the rate is very high for almost ALL MLM companies that sell products.
Another strong point with Solavei is that the company offers real value for consumers, unlike virtually ALL MLM companies that sell an overpriced product in order to be able to pay commissions. As an example, compare Solavei’s unlimited everything package and one can save upwards of 60% or more compared to a similar package with the big boys (Companies A, V and S). Even comparing to their partner T-Mobile, the savings are clear. T-Mobile offers unlimited everything for $50/month, but that includes only 100 MB of data, where Solavei offers, for a dollar less per month, the same package, but with 4 GB of data! That’s 40 times the data value for one dollar less. How is that not value?
Now – are there places where T-Mobile’s towers don’t reach or where you may drop calls. OF COURSE! But that’s true with any carrier. There is NO PERFECT CARRIER.
But one thing is for sure – and that’s that cell phones are going to be moving more towards no-contract plans where people buy their phones at full price and have the freedom to move. Because once you are in a two-year contract and you eventually find that you lose lots of calls or the web speed is slow, you are stuck and will have to pay an early termination fee, which can cost up to $300 in some cases. It just stinks being bound to a two-year contract… period.
Now – regarding their compensation structure, Solavei made the right choice in making the $1,000 per month income level the sweet spot in the plan. By making this hurdle attainable by anyone who really tries, (just sharing three at a time for 4 months) many people will achieve earnings of $1K per month, which will make a big difference in the lives of many people. And if you are one who helps many people reach that level, naturally you will make more for your support of your team. That’s fair compensation, is it not?
And proof that this is not a pyramid scheme, Solavei sells a service and doesn’t pay anyone based on recruiting or sign up fees. Commissions are paid purely on revenue generated by cell phone subscriptions. Also, it is very common in this business for a member to out earn his upline or the person who got in long before them. If you have questions of how this works, I would be happy to explain.
Lastly, Solavei’s social commerce model, where additional commissions are generated from shopping and purchases of other services such as cable TV and insurance is absolutely brilliant. They basically pay those who have the foresight to build the community aggressively through the cell phone plan.
So – honestly, I don’t see where the criticism holds any water.
Is this business easy? Of course it’s not easy. If it was, it wouldn’t be worth it. But can it be done with some effort, creativity and support. Of course it can.
I would be happy to provide more insight if you have questions.
— JohnnyThreedom posted on Ripoff Report
I was thinking about what you say but I did the whole investigation and finally joined, Im gonna tell you why:
Right now I’m paying $49 monthly for unlimited voice, text and the best unlimited data plan in the market (4g at 4g and then 2g the rest). I only pay those $49 and there is no membership or minimal quote to stay or any monthly fee. I just have my phone service as usual.
Any thing else I get is profit. I mean, if I refer 0 people it’s ok. I just keep paying as with other phone companies and I have the better plan.
Now let say I talk some people about this and some of them get into the company, thats profit.
So, yesterday I got my new phone and I’m gonna try it today. If it does work good, why should I go away from this company?
— expertlearner from myphonepaysback.com
— Troy Dooly - founding member of the Home Business Radio Network