Solavei becomes first US carrier to ship BlackBerry Z10

We're pretty sure you've heard of the BlackBerry Z10 by now, but have you heard of Solavei? Let us jog your memory: Solavei is a virtual operator (MVNO) here in the US which rides atop T-Mobile's GSM / EDGE / UMTS / HSPA+ network and offers unlimited voice, SMS and data for $49 a month, contract free. The company further sweetens the deal with discounts when you sign up friends. As for the Z10, you probably know that it's already on sale in the UK and Canada but isn't supposed to land on US carriers until mid-March. Well scratch that, because starting today Solavei is teaming up with GSM Nation to bring Blackberry's flagship to its customers. We've confirmed with Solavei that pricing for the handset is a hefty $999 (unsubsidized, clearly). The company currently offers the ATIV S for $605, the Galaxy S III for $575, the Nexus 4 for $405 and the Ascend P1 for $391, to name a few. It also welcomes unlocked phones. Full PR after the break.

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SOLAVEI LEADS MARKET AS FIRST U.S. WIRELESS SERVICE PROVIDER TO OFFER BLACKBERRY Z10

With its $49 No-contract Unlimited Voice, Text and Data Mobile Service on a Nationwide 4G Network, Solavei Announces the Early Availability of the Newest Blackberry Phone

BELLEVUE, Wash. (February 8, 2012) – Solavei®, an affordable contract-free mobile service provider, today announces the advanced availability exclusively to its members for immediate purchase of the Blackberry Z10 through its retail partner GSM Nation. Solavei Members can be the first to own the newest Blackberry handset before any other carrier or MVNO in the U.S.

One of the most anticipated new phones for 2013, the Blackberry Z10 was only available in Canada and the UK – until now. Due for widespread availability in mid-March, the Blackberry Z10 boasts a high-resolution LCD display, 4.2 inch screen, the brand new Blackberry 10 operating system and onscreen keyboard. Consumers and experts alike are anxiously awaiting the phone's mass-market arrival, but for Solavei Members, the wait is over.

"We believe in giving our members access to the latest phones and wireless capabilities," said Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei. "Solavei not only gives its members the opportunity to pay less for unlimited mobile service, but even the opportunity to earn income by sharing Solavei with others."

Launched on September 21, 2012, Solavei has already attracted more than 120,000 members nationwide to take advantage of the only mobile phone service offering a $49 per month unlimited voice, text and data plan, along with the unique opportunity to earn recurring monthly income by sharing with friends and family through its social commerce platform.

Instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising for brand awareness or using retail stores to distribute its services, Solavei relies on its members to share the service and directly compensates them for their efforts. The members using Solavei's contract-free mobile service act as the greatest form of advertising and distribution. Members enroll new customers by sharing through word-of-mouth and personal social media connections. In its first four months, Solavei paid out more than $5 million in member commissions.

To learn more about Solavei and enroll, visit Solavei.com, and to purchase the Blackberry Z10 visit GSMNation.com/Solavei.

How Solavei Works

Solavei is a cost effective mobile phone service with no obligation to share or sign up others. Members who choose to share the Solavei Mobile Service with others through its social commerce platform can use the money to offset their monthly bill and even have the opportunity to generate recurring monthly income. At its simplest, the plan allows members to earn $20 per month for every three members (called a "Trio") they or someone directly connected to them signs up for mobile service. When members have three Trios, the income generated is greater than their monthly plan cost of $49, essentially making their mobile service free. The more members in a person's network, the more income earned.

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Solavei becomes first US carrier to ship BlackBerry Z10, charges $999 for the privilege