Launched in 2013, Solavei is a T-Mobile MVNO with a very unusual business model, which offers customers incentives to enroll their friends in the service. Consumers can even get free wireless service or even earn an income based on how many others they sign up. The company has recently begun restructuring after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June of 2014. They are still open for business and enrolling customers, however, and have introduced additional plans and changed their incentive programs.
Pros: Their plans are pretty good value, and the opportunity to get the service for free when you enroll six friends is pretty nice.
Cons: Phone options are limited unless you activate an old phone.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: Unlimited
Solavei has four plan options: $29 for unlimited voice and text, $39 for unlimited voice, text, data (first 500 MB high speed), $49 for unlimited voice, text, data (first
2 GB high speed) and $69 for unlimited voice, text, data (first 4GB high speed).
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Solavei has customer service associates available via toll-free number during certain working hours every day of the week. Their auto-answer service is available 24/7 to handle some requests. Additional support can be reached via community support pages
Free Nights: Yes
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: Yes
Daily Access Fee: None
Payment Options: Solavei refills can be purchased online with a credit or debit card, or by calling their automated payment number: 1-866-765-2834 at any time and using a credit or debit card.
Text and Picture Messaging: Unlimited is included for free.
Data Plans: All plans except for the $29 plan include unlimited lower speed data, with a limited amount of 4G data. The $39 plan includes 500 MB, the $49 plan includes 2 GB and the $69 plan includes 4 GB.
Downloads: Solavei does not have any downloads through their site, but apps, games and wallpapers may be downloaded through third-party sources on compatible devices.
International Calling: Unlimited international calling is available to select countries, or on a pay-as-you-go basis. Visit their website for rates to international countries. Unlimited international texts are included with all plans for no additional fee, and international long distance numbers do not require access codes for easy dialing.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: Solavei does not allow roaming, so there are no fees.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: All plans include unlimited text
Calling Features: Standard calling features include voicemail, three-way calling and call waiting.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: Yes
Activation Fee: None
Nationwide Long Distance: Included
Unlimited Plan Available: Yes
411 Calls: Yes, no additional charges
Earliest Minute Expiration: Minutes are unlimited, but plans are on a 30 day payment cycle.
911 Calls: Yes
Phones: Solavei does not sell phones, but phones can be purchased through GSM Nation and activated through Solavei. You can also bring your own unlocked GSM phone.
Standard Calling Features: voicemail, three-way calling, caller ID
Some Available Cell Models: Solavei does not sell phones, but compatible GSM phones can be purchased here. (link: http://www.gsmnation.com/solavei/) Available models include iPhone 5C, Xperia Z Ultra, Alcatel Evolve, HTC One M8
Cheapest Phone Model: $29