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Solavei selling first BlackBerry Z10 phones in US, just $999 each

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You’d really have to want a BlackBerry Z10(s bbry) phone to get it early in the U.S. for nearly a grand, but that’s what Solavei is offering. On Monday, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) added BlackBerry’s newest smartphone, which is currently available in the U.K. and Canada, to its U.S. lineup. The phone is officially expected to be first offered by major carriers in the U.S. at the end of February.

T-Mobile is striving to be the first in the U.S. to sell the BlackBerry Z10, which is ironic since Solavei buys T-Mobile service at wholesale pricing and re-sells it along with specific unlocked phones. That means you can pay $999 now for the Z10 and use it on T-Mobile’s network or you can wait a few short weeks and pay far less; perhaps $199 with contract, depending on what T-Mobile decides to charge for the handset.

Solavei is likely using the early Z10 offer to attract more customers to its virtual network. The company sells unlimited monthly plans for $49 on unlocked phones and has a unique business model.

In addition to the low monthly fees, Solavei members can earn compensation by recruiting more customers to the network. The system reminds me of a multi-level marketing opportunity and the company claims to have paid out more than $4.1 million to its members. That’s a good chunk of change and I’ll bet those members high on the pyramid are the only ones that can afford a $999 BlackBerry.

6 Responses to “Solavei selling first BlackBerry Z10 phones in US, just $999 each”

  1. Carlo​‎​‎​ Ch3n

    I have been using it for 10 days now and i love it to bits =) I do have iphone5 too and i love it too.. but i prefer the Z10 honestly, coz i’m just a swipe away to what i wanted check, do, and update =) love it. can’t wait for it to get all the major apps though.. Skype, Instagram, Flipboard, Viber and WhatsApp..

  2. I’m in Canada and if someone from the U.S. gave me $800 I would be happy to go buy one for them and mail it to them. That is $600 for the phone, .15% sales tax, shipping and gas money. The phone would also have to be unlocked but you would still be saving $200. I feel bad for anyone in the U.S. that really wants the new blackberry and has to sit by while the rest of the world is getting it. I bought one and love it. It really is a great phone.