An unidentified company is looking to lure members of the Seattle area wireless service provider Solavei this holiday season. And guess what? The Solavei folks don’t like the blatant recruiting effort one bit.

How do we know this?

Yesterday, I got a random “robocall” on my cell phone. I didn’t pick up, and I am glad I did not, since the message mistakenly identified me as somehow being associated with Solavei. (I’ve written about half a dozen stories on the controversial company since it came on the scene this past summer, but I have no business affiliation with them).

Nonetheless, I must have landed on some list, because here’s what the message said:

“Hey, Solavei reps, we want to help you have massive success. Were you aware that for as little as $49 a month you can literally get all of your most common household bills paid by our company and make more money now, and without having to switch people over to a different carrier or a different phone. Don’t be limited. We offer the best cellular carriers, Internet, discount energy, and so much more. Plus, we are sharing our enrollments with all of you throughout the holidays.”

It then offered a phone number for me to call, which I did. That resulted in a similar marketing message, and the chance to leave my phone number. (I did, but have not heard back).

At first listen, I thought Solavei was somehow behind the call, since that was the only company name I heard. (GeekWire’s Taylor Soper, who also received the robocall and picked it up on his mobile, also jumped to this conclusion).

However, Jason Genthner, a spokesman for Solavei, said that they are “absolutely not” involved with this effort. He noted that “telemarketing is specifically prohibited in the terms and conditions of our membership.”

In fact, several members of the Solavei management team also received the robocalls this weekend. And they are none too pleased.

“The message is actually attempting to lure Solavei members to a competing offer because we only offer mobile service and the message specifically talks about mobile service and energy along with other household services,” said Genther. “We believe the company responsible for the robocall activity is using Internet trolling to identify phone numbers of individuals with some Solavei association.”

Asked if they had identified the company making the calls, Genther would only say that they are continuing to investigate the matter.

“We intend to pursue all appropriate actions against the parties responsible,” he said.

Solavei has come on the scene in a big way since launching a $49 per month wireless service offering in September, one that rewards customers with cash for signing up friends, family members or co-workers.

Led by former Former Congressman Rick White and former Motricity CEO Ryan Wuerch and backed by former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller, Amazon.com vice president David Limp and others, the company said last month that more than 65,000 people have signed up for the wireless service since its debut.

Now, it appears, some other company wants a piece of their multilevel marketing action. We’ll update this post as we learn more.

Comments

  • Guest

    Kudos to Solavei for taking proactive steps to protect their brand. Like any company, Solavei needs to ensure that they are not associated with scammers who are only out to make a quick buck.

    • BeenThere

      Scammers trying to scam a scammer. Awesome

      • Brian

        because the FCC and Tmobile lawyers would grant a license to a Scammer??? The world is flat too right?? Its affiliate marketing, the day you singed up for facebook, twitter, etsy and ebay you entered this world….why not just do it with a service.

        • Glenn

          Exactly. ATT affiliates get $45 for every activation someone uses an affiliate link. That’s a 1 time commission or bonus.

          Solavei offers $20 for every 3 people signed up. That’s a MONTHLY RECURRING BONUS.

          ATT is the scam – you do the work to get a member in for a minimum of 2 years and they pay you $45???

      • Glenn

        Why do people call Solavei a scam. You pay $49 every single month for a service that, well, a whole bunch of MVNOs offer but based on what Solavei offers as far as service -its better deal. $49 unlimited text/data/calling on TM network. They do same thing with ATT, TM, Sprint and Verizon and any other company does – sell CELL service. Oh wait…ATT also offers a refer a friend program… I guess they are scammers too. Ignorance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevencrane Steven Crane

    I got the same call over the weekend. I have been with Solavei since June, even before the launch. It’s done nothing but help my family save money on our cell phone bill and has now eliminated it for good. I figured it wouldn’t be long before another company started to poach Solavei members.

  • Coach

    Yeah VTW is threatened by our success. Their reps are even coming up with YT videos trying to steal our reps. It’s funny!

  • Paul

    Don’t all companies do some sort of ‘join me’ campaign? I see ads all the time to get DirectTV on commercials intruding my television viewing. Poaching? ATT VERIZON TM SPRINT – they are trying to get their customers from each other every day with clever ads, sexy girls in pink riding a motorcycle, bundling… What’s the big deal?

  • http://49dollarcell.com/ Jim Adams

    I received the same call. Unfortunately for them, I wasn’t even remotely interested. 300 people in my organization so far and I’m not a career network marketer with a big Rolodex. Just a guy that knows a value and helps others see it and share it.

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