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Solavei to launch mobile service in Puerto Rico

Washington-based Solavei, a first-of-its kind social networking and commerce platform, will introduce its unlimited 4G nationwide voice, text and data mobile phone service Oct. 20, during an event at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, the company announced Thursday.

Solavei is an untraditional wireless service provider that offers contract-free service that pays people back for adding new customers and sharing their mobile phone service with their friends and family through the company’s social commerce community, which is integrated into the leading social networks.

“Today’s connected consumers depend on their mobile phones but struggle with the cost of current mobile service offers in the market,” said Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei.

“Solavei developed a comprehensive social commerce platform with the tools and resources to leverage the power of relationships using existing social networks to make mobile service more affordable — and even profitable — for our members,” he said.

“In three weeks of Beta testing, we’ve enrolled more than 25,000 new members and demonstrated the breadth and scalability of our systems,” said Wuerch, of the service that launched stateside Sept. 21, 2012.

Solavei’s flat $49 unlimited mobile phone plan is possible through the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) the company created via a strategic partnership with T-Mobile USA. Consumers have the flexibility to use any compatible unlocked GSM mobile phone, or purchase a new HTC One S, HTC Wildfire or ZTE Origin from Solavei.

In addition, consumers can earn income when they share their mobile phone service with their friends and family.

“Solavei has a unique approach to how it is working with consumers, not treating them as a commodity, but as part of the team,’’ said Roger Entner, founder and lead analyst of Recon Analytics. “As a pioneer in the social commerce market, Solavei has an appealing solution for consumers to earn recurring monthly income.’’

At its simplest, members can earn $20 per month for every three mobile-service members they or someone directly connected to them signs up for mobile service.

When members enroll three so-called “Trios,” the income generated is greater than their monthly plan cost of $49, essentially making their mobile service free and profitable, company executives explained.

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Business reporter with 27 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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