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This article was published on December 20, 2012

T-Mobile opens up pre-paid 4G access to its members in 14 markets via Solavei, on a band perfect for the iPhone

T-Mobile opens up pre-paid 4G access to its members in 14 markets via Solavei, on a band perfect for the iPhone Image by: Mario Tama
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The low-cost contract-free service provider Solavei has announced that its users can now access up to 4G coverage on unlocked GSM iPhones in 37 new markets with the 1900MHz band. That includes an expansion of 14 markets driven by the MVNO’s provider T-Mobile.

The latest network enhancement means that Solavei customers can use iPhones and other AT&T smartphones to access its $49 per month unlimited voice, text and data deal.

The areas that can benefit include Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Central and Southern Arizona, Central Valley California, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego,  San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, South Florida, Tampa and Washington DC.

Solavei was launched in September this year. Since then it has attracted over 100,000 members nationwide who take advantage of its $49 plan. Members can also take earn recurring monthly income by sharing with friends and family.

Solavei has an interesting method for spreading its service. Rather than spending a lot money on advertising and brand awareness, the company prefers to ask members to share their service and in turn offers them compensation for their efforts.

Members can bring on new customers through social media or word of mouth. In the first two months of business, Solavei managed to pay out more than $2 million in member commissions. So it seems that the system appeals to its users.

With the added spectrum for iPhones and other smartphones, it could mean that the Solavei is onto something. Social media can spread a good deal like wildfire and so with more on offer, happy customers could see it becoming a preferred provider.

Image Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images

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