Nov 13 AT 5:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

Controversial Solavei reports accelerated growth, pays out $1 million to social members


Pre-paid wireless provider Solavei only launched six weeks ago and today they announced they have 65,000 members enrolled. Solavei operates as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on T-Mobile and they provide an optional program that rewards users for sharing the service with friends. To date, Solavei says they have paid out over $1 million in commissions since it launched.

I was invited into the Solavei beta before it launched and I joined to see what all the fuss was about. Their social commerce platform sounded like a brilliant idea, but some people thought it was too good to be true and called it a scam.  Our research showed that the company was legit and backed by an experienced leadership team, but Ryan Wuerch, the CEO and founder, is surrounded by controversy from his last company Motricity.

Ryan Wuerch founded Motricity in 2001 and worked there for 10 years. The company went public at $10 a share in 2010 and its share price climbed to $30. Then the share price tanked and Weurch was terminated. A group of shareholders filed a lawsuit against Motricity and eight other companies, but Motricity’s lawyers responded “the Complaint’s defects are numerous and its merits nonexistent.’”

Once you get past Wuerch’s past, Solavei becomes a really interesting story. Sue Nokes, SVP of Asurion and former COO of T-Mobile, said “I see Solavei as this generation’s next Walmart.” That sounds like a crazy claim, but Solavei offers a unique plan that encourages members to share the service and enroll new customers.

Solavei continues to add more members.

I have been monitoring Solavei’s growth, and it has accelerated since the service launched on September 21st. Last month the company started a new promotion that offered a free month of service, and they extended it this month when the new enrollments picked up.

“We have seen a tremendous response since our nationwide launch with new members enrolling all across the United States, including Puerto Rico,” said Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei. “Growing 100 percent monthly and paying more than $1 million in commissions in such a short timeframe shows the breadth and scalability of Solavei.”

If Solavei maintains their growth rate, they would hit one million members next year. Part of me believes it will be a tough road, but all the growth in the US wireless market is coming from pre-paid plans and not post-paid plans. As more unlocked devices become available, like the Nexus 4, we expect a lot more people to leave the contracts and enroll in pre-paid wireless services.

Solavei’s Social Member plan with rewards is optional.

The story of Solavei is far from over, so we will continue to follow them and see how they do. This could turn into a revolution for pre-paid wireless services in the US, or it could turn into a huge disaster like previous MVNOs. So far things are going as planned, but no one knows where this will end up.

Does this look like the CEO of “this generation’s Walmart?”

Full disclosure: I am a Solavei member, but I’m not going to share my referral link unless someone asks me for it. There are plenty of other members that have enrolled and I’m sure they would be happy to answer your questions if you are interested in joining.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • Vance

    I knew you were a member, but have been paid yet? Is anyone here making any money on this yet?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I got paid my Fast Action Bonus, which is a one-time bonus for the first 12 people you refer. They deposit your earnings into a VISA prepaid card. I used my earnings to buy a Nexus 10 for review purposes. All other bonuses come from “Trios” which requires three members to have service for 30 days and renew their service. Currently, I have 0 qualified trios.

      • Homncruse

        I’ve received my first FAB as well (only at the $50 level). I don’t have any eligible Trios yet either (only 1 of 3 of the members in my Trio have had service for 30+ days).

        So yes, Solavei is legit, and yes, they pay.

    • James

      I also am a member and have been paid the following:
      In September I was paid my $650 Fast Action Bonus
      In October I was paid a total of $1,640: $140 in Trio Pay, $500 1x Bonus and $1,000 in residual monthly Path Pay.

      I am now up to 10 Personal Trios which is $200 in monthly residual income for Trio Pay and 65 Network Trios which is $1,000 in monthly residual Path Pay.

      I’m gunning for 100 Network Trios which will pay me another $2,000 1x Bonus and $2,000 in monthly residual Path Pay.

      My goal is $5,000 per month in residual income by Feb, 2013 and I have no doubt I will hit it.

      Solavei pays, but like any business, it requires vision, strategy, commitment and work to make it happen.

      • Jean

        My goal is much higher. I am looking for 10K per month in residual income. If this takes 5 years to achieve, still ok. Join my team today at

  • guest

    I understand this is an interesting business model. However, all the the articles you have been writing lately (especially this one) really make it sound like you are shilling for them. This is a serious turn off. Please note, it is the tone of the writing that bothers me more than the content.

    I have been reading this blog since its inception. This plus the lie that was posted about about the new nexus program coming from “a source who has given you good info in the past” is making me reconsider my loyalty.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Doesn’t sound like any response will please you. I have pointed out all the good and the bad points and disclosed that I was a member. There are no long term commitment to sign up, and I get no credit for people who try the service and don’t like it.

      Most of the Nexus rumors we reported on were true, except for one that came from an impostor that lied to me. As soon as we discovered that the info was false, we admitted the mistake, retracted the post, and moved on.

      • guest

        Full disclose is important and I do not believe you are shilling for them for profit. You did try to show both sides of the case, however I feel like you are letting your excitement get the better of you and are identifying with them and defending them instead of reporting on them.

        “If Solavei maintains their growth rate, they would hit one million members next year. Part of me believes it will be a tough road,”

        This line reads like what I was saying above.

        I don’t care if you reporting on rumors. I expect it. It’s what blogs do. You did responsibly label what you wrote as rumor. What bothers me is the way you portrayed the source as one who had given you good info in the past, when that was false.

        I am not trying to troll you, this is honest criticism from a loyal reader. Please do not dismiss it out of hand.

        • Taylor Wimberly

          FWIW, the “source” told me the Nexus 4 by LG would be unveiled on October 29th. They provided info that I confirmed with multiple sources, then fed me some fake info after gaining my trust. And thank you for the honest criticism. We love reading feedback from our audience.

        • Homncruse

          “If Solavei maintains their growth rate, they would hit one million members next year. Part of me believes it will be a tough road,”

          That’s just statistical extrapolation, and he admits it’s kind of a long shot. How is that “shilling” for them?

          • Homncruse

            Oh, and full disclosure: I am a member (under Taylor) as well, and I’ve had no negative experiences.

        • Nate B.

          I really like this person’s argument, but at the same time I think personally you get your hopes up to high. I mean what else do you want if it is stated as rumor, take it with a grain of salt, sources, etc. in this life or mobile blog life you need expect it. I honestly don’t know what to tell you or what Taylor could tell you to think differently. But it that is a good opinion.

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      • cj100570

        FYI: That Amen is for the guest.

    • Raptor

      guest, let me ask you after decyphering your unhappy potst:
      1) are saying that this site intentionally allows smelly rumors to be posted for,say, extra profit from the clicks on ads or increased visits of A&M store or other reasons ?
      2) are Taylor’s doubts influence your profit
      3)are you sure solavey is not a pyramid scheme?
      4)rumor is rumor. What is wrong to post any rumor if you have not profiting from it and no one is hurt?

  • Max.Steel

    He shills for a lot of sites and devs. Gameloft comes to mind.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yep I’m a huge fan of Gameloft, EA, Glu, Madfinger, and anyone else that makes quality games for Android. If you are a blogger, then you will promote a lot of companies, app, services, devices, etc. that you enjoy (and think others will enjoy)

  • iamXiV92a

    I see no problem with what’s been done. Taylor willingly said that he’s a member. Did he have to? No, I don’t think so, but I for one, appreciate the opacity.

    Regarding the rumours… they’re all out there and get posted as such. When found that they’re false, they’re also retracted. What’s the problem there?

  • chief113

    Don’t let them get you down Taylor. You run a great website. People on the internet have so much hate because they hate their own lives. Keep up the good work.

  • Lance

    I’m happy with Solavei so far, only been a member about 6 days though, already have my first trio under Taylor.

    Here’s hoping to making my phone bill free lol. Next month is already $0


    • elizabeth

      Welll w the new.compensation plan which cas a slap on our face! it’s clearly a scam! Run!

  • NamelessTed

    Good to hear that is sounds like everything is going well for Solavei. I have been a member for almost a month now and don’t have any issues with them. $50 a month for me is a perfect price. I am currently on an AT&T branded Nexus S so some of the data service is hit or miss, but I have noticed that I am getting more and more HSPA+ as T-Mobile has been updating their towers here in Phoenix.

    I am so glad that I am not on a 2-year contract anymore and have been telling people about Solavei as well as other pre-paid services.

    Personally, I’m not too focused on trying to recruit people. It does look a little bit like a pyramid scheme but even if you remove that entire aspect, Solavei still offers a great cell phone service (via T-Mobile) at a great price. And I definitely respect the fact that they are totally upfront about everything. They tell you what the data limit is before you get throttled, you know exactly how much money you get for recruiting X number of people.

    Also, I had been looking for a new service for a while and I had read about Solavei here in the past. Taylor personally sent me emails asking me if I had any questions before I actually payed and signed up and asked me how my service was going afterwards. Before I actually signed up for Solavei he even suggested that I look into T-Mo 4G prepaid and StraightTalk even though he had nothing to gain from those options. I can say that the service has been solid so far, and I can thank Taylor big time for getting me on the idea of not being on a contract and introducing me to Solavei.

    Thank You, Taylor.

  • solavei

    People this is a no brainer

  • Joshua

    Nothing here tells me what data usage costs? Really annoyed that it’s not even mentioned in the article on on the chart that shows rates. What are we talking about here for data? Caps? Extra… Big gap in reporting here!

    • Joe Lopez

      You get unlimited data with the plan. 4G up to 4 gigs of data, and after that they throttle you to 2G. I’m on my phone all damn day long and I use it as a hotspot for my iPad and I’ve yet to hit the throttle point!! No extra charges or anything like that!

      If you’re paying more than $50 bucks a month for your phone it’s a good deal! Don’t expect to get rich overnight, like any thing else of value, YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR IT!!!

      I shared Solavei with 6 people they in turn shared it with an additional 15 and those have shared it with another 32 as of today! I’m getting about $300 a month instead of paying a phone bill! Pretty cool in my humble opinion.

      If you would rather get paid than pay a cell phone bill EVERY month, check out Solavei!

  • BrotherBloat

    ahh, this is very much like GiffGaff in the UK, using O2′s network… it rocks! :)

  • melan26

    I honestly just don’t know how they would be able to support this they of hierarchy.

  • Dierk Dubois

    One of the best reviews from solavei, It really explains what this company is all about. Not Scam I been with their service for almost 3 months, and all they said is Real..U need Commitment and you will see results.

  • my49monthly

    check out for the real details about this company

  • One Voice Mobile

    Here is a really good review of the Nexus 4 on Solavei from One Voice Mobile:
    Solavie has no contract mobile phone plans. Also, now there is a promo to get an Android smartphone for free!