Scratch Wireless free service now available to everyone
New Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless has announced that its free service based on using Wi-Fi is now available to new customers. Scratch has launched its service in October 2013 and since then it was in testing period. Also, period of “offering phones on an invitation-only basis” is now over so Motorola Photo Q, the only for now Scratch-enabled smartphone, is also available. The Photo Q can be purchased for $269 while unlimited talk, text and data are completely free while customers are surrounded by Wi-Fi.
When customers are out of Wi-Fi range, texting remains free while talk and data can be added for additional fee. Customers have access to Sprint’s 3G, 4G LTE and WiMAX networks. Scratch Wireless offers daily and monthly passes, which can be purchased using the app on the phone. The daily pass includes 30 minutes of calling for $1.99 and 25 MB of data for $1.99. The monthly pass includes 250 minutes of calling for $14.99 and 200 MB of data for $14.99.
The Motorola Photo Q is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 4.3-inch (540×960) qHD display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone also has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, microSD card slot for expanding memory up to 32 GB, LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro HDMI and GPS. The Photo Q is powered by a 1785 mAh battery that provides up to 7.5 hours of talk time and up to 220 hours of standby time.
“There is Wi-Fi practically everywhere, and it’s free, so why not use it? We built Scratch Wireless from the ground up to take full advantage of Wi-Fi, to redefine the traditional mobile experience, and to offer free unlimited smartphone service.” – said Alan Berrey, Scratch Wireless CEO and co-founder in official announcement.