Scratch Wireless Offering Free Wi-Fi-Based Service

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Scratch Wireless, an MVNO that runs on Sprint’s network, today launched a new service offering that promises to deliver free calling, texting, and mobile data. Scratch is selling a single phone, the 2012-era Motorola Photo Q for $269, and lets customers make calls, send text messages, and surf the web all for free when connected to a Wi-Fi network. When Wi-Fi isn’t available, Scratch Wireless devices will roam onto Sprint’s network, where text messages will still be free, but voice and data cost extra. According to Scratch, it offers daily and monthly voice/data plans that can be used on Sprint’s network when the user roams away from Wi-Fi. The 24-hour plan costs $1.99 for 30 voice minutes and 25MB of data, and the monthly plan costs $14.99 for 250 voice minutes and 200MB of data. Scratch does not have an agreement in place with Wi-Fi aggregators, such as Boingo, so customers are on their own to map out Wi-Fi hotspots and availability. Scratch does not require contracts or recurring monthly fees.

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