Solavei used a multi-level-marketing business model that turned customers into salespeople. Users could earn commissions by signing up their friends and family members. Solavei got off to a fast start. At launch, its $49.99 unlimited talk, text and 4 GB of high speed data plan was very competitively priced for 2012. Generous recurring commissions of $20 for every three referrals with additional commissions when your referrals refereed their friends allowed some early Solavei adopters to earn hundreds of commission dollars every month. Solavei quickly signed up 250,000 customers.
Solavei sounded too good to be true and apparently it was. 14 months after launch Solavei raised plan prices and slashed commissions. Customers started leaving and last June Solavei filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The company continued to operate and claimed that it would emerge from bankruptcy by the end of 2014, but that wasn't in the cards.
Several mobile operators are making special offers to Solavei customers.
- T-Mobile is sending a free SIM to all current Solavei customers. Solavei customers who switch to T-Mobile Prepaid by Dec. 4 will get a free month of service and a $10 monthly discount until June, 2016.
- Ting is also offering a free SIM to current Solavei customers along with a $50 account credit for switching to Ting's T-Mobile based service.
- T-Mobile MVNO PTel is also giving Solavei customers who port to PTel a free SIM, as well as taking 75% off the cost of their first month's service and making the second month free.
For porting purposes your Solavei account number is your 10 digit phone number. Solavei doesn't use passcodes. If your new provider requests a passcode, use your zip code. When submitting your port request with your new provider you must include your billing address and that address must have the correct billing zip code assigned to your Solavei account.
Sources: GeekWire, Solavei
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