Scratch Wireless launches free service, Wi-Fi First
A new Sprint MVNO, Scratch Wireless, has launched free service based on Wi-Fi, called Wi-Fi First. Scratch provides free talk, text and data wherever Wi-Fi is available and free texting even when it’s not. Outside of Wi-Fi area, talk and data will be on Sprint’s network and will cost extra.
Difference between Scratch Wireless and other providers that offer free service like FreedomPop or TextNow and Republic Wireless that mostly rely on Wi-Fi while on Sprint only when Wi-Fi is out of reach, is that customers can optionally buy “Cellular Pass”, talk and data cellular-based, if and when they need access.
Scratch Wireless offers passes for a day, 24 hours or a month, 30 days that can be easily purchased using the app on the phone. Customers can choose from 30 minutes of calling per day for $1.99 and 25 MB of data per day for $1.99. Also, Scratch is offering 250 minutes of calling that lasts 30 days for $14.99 and 200 MB of data per 30 days also for $14.99.
At the moment, there is one phone available with Scratch Wireless’s free service, Motorola Photo Q. The Photo Q can be purchased for $269. It comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform, a 4.3-inch (540×960) qHD display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, microSD card slot for expanding memory up to 32 GB, 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting. Connectivity wise, Motorola Photo Q features LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro HDMI and GPS support. A 1785 mAh battery powers the phone and provides up to 7.5 hours of talk time and up to 220 hours of standby time.
Scratch Wireless is mainly targeting customers aged 14–24 years old, according to Jon Finegold, Scratch Wireless’s vice president of marketing. Customers who might benefit from Scratch’s free service the most are those who are surrounded by Wi-Fi most of their time and those who are heavy texters.
Currently, they are “offering phones on an invitation-only basis” so those interested can leave their email in order to get additional information. The complete launch and offering their service online can be expected “in time for the holiday season”.
Source: Fierce Wireless