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Solavei To Shut Down Dec 4, Discounts for Porting to T-Mobile, Ting or Ptel

Solavei Shut Down Notice
Solavei, a T-Mobile MVNO that launched in 2012 has announced that it is shutting down effective December 4, 2015.

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.

In announcing the shutdown, Solavei CEO Ryan Wuerch told customers that it was unable to “reach terms with our current mobile service provider to continue providing quality, cost-effective service to our members.", which sounds to me like a nice way of saying Solavei can't pay its T-Mobile bill.

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.
Any phone that works on Solavei should also work on T-Mobile or a T-Mobile MVNO like PTel or Ting.

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

Related post: Porting Your Number? How to Find Your Account Number and Password

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  1. Some of the most obnoxious blog posters on many sites early on we're these scummy solvei members. Good idea but most people are horrible marketers. It was also funny they had a secret website in the beginning that you had to get invited to see - in order to understand how the business / service works.

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    1. Before I read your comment, what you describe was my first thought on reading about this pyramid scam.

      Make your friends, neighbors, and thousands of unknown readers on the Internet hate you. Just like (Sc)amway.

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  2. Multilevel marketing is ultimately not a sustsinable business model. It's more like slash and burn where the few at the very top make out well and those farther down the chain work hard for pennies.

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    1. Hence the more apt term -- pyramid scheme.

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    2. Kinda like a Ponzi scheme.....

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    3. The fact is there are just way, way to many MVNO's out there, and the profit margins are just too thin to sustain a business model.Unfortunately, we will see a lot more MVNO's going under.

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  3. Blanket statements about the viability of MLM efforts are worthless. As long as your O&S costs are less than your revenue, you make a profit. Late joiners to Solavei made the same commission of $5/sign-up at that time as early members, not pennies. It was not a Ponzi scheme. Their business plan was flawed. Between 9/12 and 6/14 when they declared Chapter 11, Solavei racked up $63M in debt. Their revenue never exceeded $96M/year. Sure, they signed up 250K customers, some of whom got some free service before they dropped out. As of 6/14 they only had 101K subscribers, and bled more after declaring Chapter 11. Yes, early members could do VERY well, earning $20/mo. for every three new members they signed up. But the company spent far too much money in the first 21 months, and they could never dig out of that mountain of debt.

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    1. Very good explanation. People talk about Pyramid schemes and they obviously don't realize they work for a pyramid and the only person making all the money if the CEO! It's ok, they are the ones working until they die while those who do their research, get involved with a company vetted by the BBB, DSA and FTC and has been around more than 5 years and you are good to go. These businesses only work if you work but people are always wanting a get rich quick scenario and when they don't get it then it must be a "scheme" or "pyramid" Haha Site me one business model not built like a pyramid! The problem is the inky people getting schemed are the ones working 40 hrs a week for 40 years so they can retire in 50% of what they couldn't live on in the first place! Find a good business model, do legit research like Success Magazine, Forbes, Direct Selling News,BBB, see who is endorsing them and then go watch a documentary by a man named Eric Worre called Rise of the Entrepreneur and learn about the industry before acting like you know what you're taking about. It's an unbiased film with no endorsement of any company. I dont listen to broke people with negative opinions and do listen to successful people that back up their talk with documented facts and statistics!

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  4. The question now is who goes down next? Scratch or Republic Wireless?

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    1. My money's on scratch wireless being next to fail.

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  5. Cricket's next!

    jk

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    1. Cricket is not an MVNO, it is 100% owned by AT&T, so the chance of that happening is very close to zero.

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    2. If Sprint won't kill Virgin (which has been superfluous for ages), I can't imagine AT&T killing Cricket.

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  6. Sad that some companies like Ting are rushing to treat Solaveians better than their loyal cutomers.

    Maybe they'll be next. LOL!

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    1. No, Ting is solid, owned by tucows. Ting paid me $25 every time I joined. Too bad you missed out on that. Ptel sold me 2 years worth of PINs at half price when they added GSM service, plus gave me 4 free phones with airtime plans this year.

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    2. I think you proved his point about Ting with the "every time I joined" comment. Just saying.

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    3. Translation: Every Ting customer was a new customer once. Your expect them to make you richer twice?

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    4. Some were a "new customer" a lot more than once. LOL

      As long as companies keep chasing "new customers" like this, I'll keep chasing the deals. So far this year I got 11 months of service and three phones for less than $100 after promotions.

      I got a few 1¢ sims earlier this month and I can't wait for Black Friday!!

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    5. I've quite cable just to get good deals offered to new cable customers.

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    6. Yes, we switch between FIOS and Comcast "double bundles" every year or two. Don't use their voice service or email. We just plug our Vonage box into the new router and phone works fine. No need to notify everyone of email changes, either. Vonage totals $19/month (400 minute plan with taxes) and has more features than the cable company VOIP service.

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    7. Obviously the OP above is not a "loyal customer" of Ting, or doesn't read their website. If they did, they'd know about the Ting Refer A Friend program. Bag $50 for the first completed referral, and $25 for every one after that. Limited only by the number of your friends. Those friends get $25 off a Ting device or a $25 service credit as well.

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  7. One reason Solavei is closing? Look at who they deal with as a carrier. T-Mobile has 2G at best for Data here in Elizabeth City, NC. By the time you get outside of the city as your going towards Hartford, NC you have lost service. And you can forget Edenton and the towns near that way. If you live right in Virginia Beach and that area well in the immediate city you get 4G. So I don't see folks around here going with T-Mobile. I was a sucker for a while. But soon after I had to cancel and switch to something like AT&T, Verizon which does work and so do their MVNO's.

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    1. There you go again. Your experience is OBE. T-Mobile now has LTE coverage all over Elizabeth City, NC and the surrounding Camden, etc. Anybody can verify this. As for "Hartford," don't you mean Hertford? There is a short dead spot West of there, but coverage picks up again. And from E. City North, you have solid coverage all the way past Williamsburg, VA.

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    2. "There you go again. Your experience is OBE."
      I hardly think that Legacy's having been honored by Her Majesty's Government is an issue here. However, I am looking forward to him being knighted.

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    3. What network do you think they will be on if they switch and put a Ting sim card into their phone?

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    4. When you order a SIM from Ting you have to choose whether you want a T-Mobile or a Sprint one.

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  8. https://www.cricketwireless.com/black-friday-deals.html

    Port your Solavei number to Cricket and get $100 to use toward service payment! Offer valid til Dec 6th

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  9. Cricket is the way to go!!!!!! I work for Cricket Wireless and have over 10 years of experience if your in the tampa florida area we can take care of you we will waive the activation fee...we can also ship out the sims to you....my email contact is Yunlockit@gmail.com we process the rebate for you so after you pay your second months bill its automatically sent to you....you have til sunday!!!

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