Do you want to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Z10 before its March launch date in the U.S. on T-Mobile?

Well, you’ll have to join the upstart wireless carrier Solavei and shell out $999. That’s right, the new device (currently only available in the UK and Canada) is being made available in the U.S. for almost $1,000 on Solavei, a mobile virtual network operator that piggybacks on T-Mobile’s network.

“We believe in giving our members access to the latest phones and wireless capabilities,” said Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei. “Solavei not only gives its members the opportunity to pay less for unlimited mobile service, but even the opportunity to earn income by sharing Solavei with others.”

We’ve written a lot about Solavei whose controversial business model has stirred up a hornet’s nest of discussion on GeekWire over the past few months. The company’s multilevel marketing business rewards customers for getting their friends, family members and colleagues to sign up.

Recruiting three new customers, dubbed a “Trio,” earns users $20 per month. Three trios, or nine new customer additions, equates to $49 — or the cost of one’s monthly wireless service via Solavei.

To date, the company says that 120,000 members have signed up for service in the U.S. and that it has paid out $5 million in member commissions to date.

All Things D notes that the $999 price tag of the Z10 makes it “one of the priciest unlocked devices on the market.”

So, what do you think? Would you pay $999 for the latest BlackBerry?

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  • Guest

    When one can get a top-of-the-line iPhone for only $199, or a Windows Phone or Android phone for much less, what’s the point of spending one kilodollar on a BlackBerry? (Sure, the aforementioned prices require that a contract be signed, but what kind of man buys a phone he doesn’t plan to use for two years?)

    The ultimate kick in the pants would be if subscribers still had to pay that asinine $20/month BlackBerry surcharge to route all mail through the BlackBerry Internet Service. At the very least, please tell me Solavei dropped that millstone from the BlackBerry experience!

    • Tony M

      The reason why the phone costs so much on Solavei is because they don’t require a 2 year contract to subsidize the phone like other carriers. I actually looked into all the costs and compared Solavei to AT&T and Verizon. Even with paying full price for a phone, in my example I used the Samsung Galaxy S III, I can save about $1000 over 2 years. I have a detailed comparison of the prices here:

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