New Scratch Wireless Website Shows Changed Service Options – Updated
Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless, WiFi-first, is in the process of restructuring its service and its website. In April 2016, carrier has stopped selling its service to new customers while existing ones have continued to function normally. Even though purchasing products and services is still unavailable, there are some changes reveled on the new Scratch Wireless website.
Update February 1, 2017: Scratch Wireless service is now available.
What Scratch website is currently showing is that customers will be paying a cellular access fee that will cost $69 per year. Unlike with old plans where data and text messages were bundled, this time, text messages are separate and free, included in a cost of cellular access fee. In addition to unlimited free text messaging (Wi-Fi and Cellular), customers will also get unlimited free Wi-Fi calling.
Scratch Wireless Voice and Data Passes
Customers will also be able to purchase separate voice and data passes if they need any. The cost and amount of data within passes remain the same although, previously, unlimited text messaging was also included. Data passes are available for 30 days:
- $7.99 for 200 MB
- $14.99 for 500 MB
- $24.99 for 1 GB
Voice Passes, however, differ slightly. The $14.99/ 30 day option for unlimited talk on cellular network remains the same while unlimited talk on Wi-Fi and cellular network for $9.99 per month is no longer available. Instead, there is a $7.99/30 day option with 100 voice minutes. Voice Passes look like this:
- $7.99 for 100 minutes – 30 days
- $14.99 for unlimited minutes – 30 days
For now, the only smartphone listed on website that customers can activate with Scratch Wireless service is Coolpad Arise. The phone is available for $89.
When carrier decided to stop selling service to new customers due to “re-designing and improving the solution”, CEO and co-founder of Scratch Wireless Alan Berrey told Fierce Wireless that they are planning “to make some positive announcements soon.” Since carrier hasn’t announced anything yet, we can only take this with a reserve until they make it official.
Other operators that use Wi-Fi-first model are Google’s Project Fi, Republic Wireless and Text Now. Project Fi operates on WiFi, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular, Republic Wireless on WiFi, Sprint and T-Mobile while Text Now uses only WiFi and Sprint network.
In addition, Comcast yesterday revealed its plans to launch their own mobile phone service by the middle of 2017. The company plans to focuses on Wi-Fi hotspots just like Project Fi.
Source: Scratch Wireless