What Is It
Have you gotten tired of paying extraordinary amounts just for cell phone service? In this day and age, it’s really hard to go without a cell phone, so it’s becoming more of a requirement than a luxury. After all, many jobs want to be able to reach you all of the time, not all places support home phone lines, and it’s important to have some way to reach others in case of an emergency. I’m sure you can still get around without a cell phone, but honestly, it’s becoming a lot more difficult.
However, lots of cell phone companies charge over $75 a month (easily!) just for a single line of cell phone service. That’s just getting downright insane. That’s where Scratch Wireless comes in. A cell phone service that’s completely and truly affordable, Scratch Wireless harnesses the free data you have all around you – Wi-Fi! By splitting its service between Wi-Fi and cellular towers, they charge much, much less while still providing the same cell service that you’re used to.
Unlike standard cell phones which only connect to Wi-Fi for data service and if you tell it to, Scratch Wireless will default to Wi-Fi service for everything – including texts, calls, and data. If it can’t find a Wi-Fi connection, it then will seek out a tower to provide the service you need. This leads to much, much cheaper service fees for you – while still receiving the cell phone service that you need! You can use free Wi-Fi anywhere to make free calls and texts anywhere! When you’re outside the range of a Wi-Fi network, the Scratch Wireless allows you to purchase a “data pass” that allows you to use service on the Sprint network to continue doing what you were doing.
Because of this unique service model, Scratch Wireless service only works on specifically programmed phones. I’m sure they’re working on adding more phones, but at the moment, they just offer the Motorola Proton Q. This smartphone features 4G capability, runs Android, features dual cameras, has a large, clear screen, features a pull out keyboard that’s perfect for texting, and of course, allows you to download any extra apps from the Google Play store!
Worried about coverage or want to see how it works? Scratch Wireless offers a 30-day money back guarantee! Just use the phone for 30 days, and if it doesn’t work out for you, just send it back! Scratch Wireless will even pay the shipping.
You can keep your old number too! Or get a new one. It’s entirely up to you. There also are no contracts, and you get unlimited free voice and data when on Wi-Fi and unlimited free texting on Wi-Fi and cellular. It’s kinda pretty freakin’ amazing.
I’ve been really impressed with my entire time on Scratch Wireless. Not only does the phone work pretty well, but the service works amazingly as well. It’s actually what I was most worried about – I mean, who wants to worry about whether their cell will work or not? Actually, Scratch Wireless has BETTER coverage than my current phone! What do I mean?
Well, I sometimes end up going into the basement of my college campus buildings in order to do work or go into a meeting with someone. At those times, my previous phone would drain its battery insanely trying to find a signal – and no, it could never find one. With the Scratch Wireless phone, it just connects to the Wi-Fi in the basement, and it has perfect service! Along with that, during this review, I went out the country. You know what that does to most cell phone service. Well, my previous phone was pretty much a pretty tablet with no cell access. My Scratch Wireless phone? Well, it could still make calls and text via Wi-Fi signals. (This applies to even going out of state. My previous phone stops having service outside of the state of Iowa, but my Scratch Wireless phone works perfectly with a Wi-Fi connection!)
I was a bit concerned about the non-Wi-Fi connection, but it works great as well. You just need to go into the app and pay-as-you-go for the cellular access that you need. Once you do that, it activates the cell service pretty shortly, and you can use a non-Wi-Fi connection to make your calls, use data, and text.
On that note, the texting is pretty amazing as well. No matter whether you have Wi-Fi or not, texting is always free and will work. That’s awesome! My only complaint is that, with texting on Wi-Fi and non-cellular connections, you can’t picture message. There are texting applications from the Android App store that will help you get around that, but right now, their texting feature doesn’t allow for picture messaging. That’s slightly frustrating as I enjoy picture messaging my friends, but I’m hoping it’s something they’ll add to their service in the future.
It’s super easy to tell if you’re on free Wi-Fi or not. The phone has a notification in the upper panel that shows whether you’re on free Wi-Fi or on Scratch Wireless service. No matter which one you’re on, texting is always free, so you can keep up with your conversations with no issues. If you want to use data or call, though, you’ll need to be on either the free Wi-Fi or on the Scratch Wireless service. If you’re outside the free Wi-Fi areas, you just open up the Scratch Wireless App and purchase either a 1-day pass or a 30-day pass. Once you do, it’ll instantly open up the Scratch Wireless service to give you the access that you wanted to do what you need to.
In case you were concerned about the set-up with Scratch Wireless, it turns out that you have no reason to be worried. It sets up just like a standard phone – only once you have everything how you want it, you just need to launch the Scratch Wireless app that comes preloaded onto your cell phone. You’ll put in some basic information, and you’ll be set-up with a phone number and your information within 2 minutes. Contact support, and you can get your old number transferred as well – or if you don’t want to, it’ll give you a new number instead.
If you’re one of those people that tends to give your children your older cell phones, Scratch Wireless can be for you as well. Contact support, and they can help you transfer the cell phone to a new account. This means that your children can be responsible for the payments and amount of minutes that they use. What an easy and simple way to teach them responsibility and choice as they need to pay for their own minutes and time.
There are plenty of reviews over the phone itself on the internet, but I’ll admit that the Motorola Photon Q works just fine with this service. It provides all of the basic “smartphone” functions with ease. It doesn’t have any issues with lagging, and the keyboard is really easy to type on. I wish the camera was more powerful, but short of that, the cell phone works really well with the service, and you don’t really feel like you’re “missing” anything compared to some of the “just hit the market” cell phone options out there. As far as I’ve seen, it’s a good, quick option for a smartphone.
Scratch Wireless is an affordable and smart way to access cell phone service. You don’t have to worry about ridiculous fees anymore. Just pay for access when you need it while using Wi-Fi to access many of your needs for free. The Motorola Photon Q phone works just fine with the service, and Scratch Wireless has made it a seamless and simple experience to access their network. No complaints from me!
I wish picture messaging was an option on Scratch Wireless Wi-Fi. It’s something they’re working on adding for the future, but right now, you’ll need to use an Android app to do any sort of picture messaging.
When you don’t want to be strangled by your cell phone bill, it’s important that you look for alternatives. Scratch Wireless provides everything you need. Using Wi-Fi signal, you can use most of the features of a regular cell phone for free, but for when you need cell service, there’s an affordable pay-as-you-go option. Even if you were to buy the cellular service every day for full price (there’s a discount if you want full cell service all of the time versus paying day-to-day), you’d STILL come WAY ahead of what it costs on a standard cell phone plan. Plus, the phone offerings are good and work great as smartphones. Yay Scratch Wireless!
You’ll need to purchase your Scratch Wireless phone directly from their website. Once you get the phone in the mail, you can set-up your phone number and access within 5 minutes of opening the box. Unless you’ll need to transfer your number, you don’t even need to contact customer support. It’s super easy!
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