A new player has broken into the mobile voice, text and data market, and some in the industry are calling it a “revolution.”
Solavei, in an agreement to use the T-Mobile network, now offers unlimited talk, text and data plans for a flat rate.
“It’s all you can eat, for $49 a month!” says Murfreesboro resident Toby Steele. “So many people are paying $79, $89 a month for their cell phone service. That time is over.”
Many simply want to sign up for the service to lower their mobile phone bill, but beyond the simplicity of the plan and the unlimited usage, what attracts many to Solavei is its marketing strategy, which puts money into the pocket of those who sign up others. Solavei is more than a phone company; it’s a business opportunity for anyone who uses the service for no start-up cost other than paying their phone bill and a initial $49 enrollment fee.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Steele, a fourth-level Solavei member. “It’s going to spread like wildfire. Those who get in on the ground floor will be sitting pretty in a few years.
“Those who make the most money in direct marketing organizations are those who get in early,” he continues.
Sure, other companies now offer similar mobile services at a similar price point, “but how much do they pay you for your referrals when you tell your friends and family about them?” Steele asks.
Solavei CEO and founder Ryan Wuerch said he had more in mind than financial success when creating his new company.
“I want it to positively impact millions of people’s lives around the world for good,” says CEO Wuerch.
He cites four social trends he observed that led him to the idea of Solavei: the economy (“The middle class has been degredating.”), social media (“Social media has changed the way we interact.”), mobile phones (“They’re like a limb of our body.”) and the industry of direct sales (“It’s a $110 billion industry.”).
Wuerch says he believes a company’s advertising dollars can have an even greater return on investment when paid to individuals for their referrals than spent on traditional advertising.
Even if an individual is still under contract with another provider, the savings and business potential could even justify paying a penalty to leave for Solavei, says Steele.
Members can port over their existing mobile number to Solavei or get a new one. Any unlocked T-Mobile or AT&T device is functional on the Solavei system, as are iPhones. New members simply request a SIM card for their device and will receive it in the mail upon enrolling.
Solavei also sells phones, such as the HTC One S, that can fully take advantage of its 4G network. (Some of the “functional” GSM phones operate at 2G or 3G levels, but make and receive calls and texts just fine even though their data speeds are slightly slower.)
And the compensation plan for members is “very attractive” according to Steele. Solavei members have the opportunity to earn various bounses and recurring income.
Signing up just 3 people within a member’s first 60 days with the company earns a $50 fast-action bonus; signing up 12 in the same time frame earns a total of $650 in bonuses. Additionally, the company pays $20 for each three active users (or a trio) in a member’s first two levels every month, meaning not only those a member signs up, but those their sign-ups sign up count towards these recurring payments.
“They send you a little purple debit card, with the Solavei logo on it; that’s how we get paid through Solavei. They load your funds right onto it and you can use it anywhere that accepts Visa,” Steele says.
Although Solavei is a new organization, its contract with T-Mobile assures the physical infrastructure is already tested and troubleshot.
So whether a mobile service client is attracted to the simple billing, without any roaming, overage or data charges tacked onto their bills, or the business model that has potential to yield great financial rewards for the consumer, the times are indeed changing in the cell phone industry.