Three kids, 5 smartphones and one large bill is certainly not what I look forward to each month, but every month that several hundred dollar bill arrives and I groan. Like any other family, our lives are centered around communication and the house phone is no longer the way to keep up. Rather than a quick call to say this is what I am doing, the selfie is the new, “here’s me now mom!” and texts flick off with dictation from your voice or quick taps on the screen. I love synchronizing apps that let me put the calendar all together and thrust out those emails letting everyone know where we need to be and when! Technology rocks and I am on the go all the time and so are my kids and I am not sure what we did before cell phones. When the internet is down, I feel like all civilization is gone, it is almost an ailment. My point, smartphones are a must and kids, dads, moms, grads, teens, tweens, grandparents, aunts, uncles and everyone else uses smartphones but the price we pay for in-touch, on-the-go communication 24/7 is insane! What if you could “scratch” that wireless bill and pay nothing? Meet Scratch Wireless, and I bet soon you will be scratching your head wondering what rock you lived under before you knew about FREE CELLULAR Service. This is a Dana Vento find that will have everyone running to buy the phone so you have will have no more cell phone bills. Lavishly live life out loud and rid yourself of that monthly wireless bill, there is another way and I have found it.
When I was initially contacted about Scratch Wireless I did not believe there was ANY way to get free service on a fully functional, app driven, smartphone that even has a slide out keyboard, but oh was I wrong. This is an Android smartphone. My ten year old son could not wait to program this phone with his information and then start texting me. All of his friends have phones and up until now he had been without a phone, but no more and I think he texted me more in one day out of excitement than most receive in a lifetime. This is my son setting up his phone, and there was really nothing to it, other than adding his email account and if we wanted a credit card(we did not!).
I made this for you so you can see the pricing!
Versus — What is supposed to be a competitor, but honestly, with this pricing is there really a competitor?
Texting on this phone and service is free and unlimited with or without WiFi and it is pretty readily available. When you are on WiFi texting, data, and calls are free and available. In theory and practice, you could NEVER pay a dime to use this phone year round. We have successfully used this phone from Pittsburgh down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and back and never paid a cent for service, phone calls or surfing the net!
You purchase the Scratch Wireless smartphone($269) and never pay an additional penny. The smartphone is a Photon Q 4G LTE by Motorola. For my son and for many around the USA, texting is all that is needed(these kids don’t make many calls) so you can always be in touch and the phone has you covered whether you are on WiFi or not, you can almost always text(we have not run into an area where you can not to date). Think about everywhere you travel and how many of those places have WiFi.
Amazing Options with Data Passes All Under $15 for the month, but all OPTIONAL because the phone works without paying–ever!
Now on the rare occasion that the texting service is not available(which is rare) or in the case that you need to surf the web or make a call, you can pay $1.99 and grab a data pass which provides you 25 MBs of cellular data, or a 24 hour voice pass to make calls for up to 1/2 hour.
There is an optional data pass, that is $14.99 which is a 30 day pass and it is only $14.99. Yeah, that is what I said, 30 days of phone service for $14.99 pretty amazing and frugal! You get up to 200MBs of data, or the voice pass offers 250 minutes for the month.
To date we have purchased NO Service, and our only cost has been the phones that each of my children have.
My Son’s Reaction & Set Up
I let him set his own phone up wanting to see how truly easy it was and his brother stood next to him, “just in case” he needed a hand, but my 10 year old had this under control. To my son, this was the ultimate in responsibility, coolness and he just wanted to show me how responsible he was going to be(LOL).
What you are looking at in the above photo are your notifications of when you can text, talk, or use the web. You are curious how the service is right? Let’s back step for a moment. My thought process on this phone, if you have boys, like I do, they don’t pick up the phone and chat, they text, so this is the perfect solution because they can text until their fingers fall off(jk). In the last month that my son has used his Scratch Wireless service we have had exactly ONE place he could not use his texting. When he is on the bus, he texts me to and from school, he is not on WiFi, it just works. When he is at the ice rink, there is WiFi, so there he can call me and yes he has his own phone number, and he has a fully functional phone with all the APPS he could possibly want. His apps are all Google Apps and he has an email account so I can email him, text him, call him or chat with him on Google Hangout.
When he wants to send images, we use either Kik, or Google Hangout. The App is pre-installed on all Android devices and since the service itself is not MMS ready this is the work around. We also have used Google Hangout for what would be equivalent to Facetime chat. My phone is an iPhone and his is Motorola Photon Q 4g LTE but that does not matter, we still communicate. When he is in WiFi areas he calls me from his own number and often we Google Chat(this is only when someone else has given him a ride to the rink and he wants me to know he is there).
I am not sure why you are still reading, rather than buying, oh are you under contract? I can’t wait till yours expires and you join! Let’s review what this service is one more time:
1) Unlimited Free Texting on WiFi and in cellular mode
2) If needed, pay-as-you go Data Passes and they are only $1.99(24 hours) or $14.99(month)
3) No contracts and No Ads
4) Android Smartphone – Motorola Photon Q 4G Lte
5) Unlimited free Voice and data on WiFi, which is in so many places
6) Phone cost is only $269
My calculation, based on One Phone, One savings per year, and the priceless communication: Monthly service on a very popular wireless carrier for a basic smartphone family plan would have cost us $70+ a month for ONE but with Scratch Wireless our cost is Zero, that is a savings of $840 a year. Amazing and a great way to cut a bill right out of your bill pile!
This phone is perfect for grandparents, parents, kids, tweens, teens and those grads that are off to college and don’t have the money to pay for a monthly phone service. They will most likely be in WiFi covered areas making this phone the perfect tool that any college student has to have! The phone is amazing with all it’s features and the service rocks all over, I can tell you from first hand experience and testing it out. We are so happy that our youngest has a phone and service and the cost is Zero dollar$! Even if I pay per month for the service, the cost is still less than any other monthly plan(by about 70-80%) and the phone itself is feature rich, with a keyboard for texting ease, so the Scratch Wireless smartphone and service is a win all the way around.
Rock a graduation present with a phone or start keeping in touch with your kids without a monthly payment! Lavishly live life out loud, never pay a wireless bill again and stay in communication with all those that you need to be in touch with. The phone is easy to use and the service is FREE! Don’t pay for those texts and calls, let WiFi handle it!
*Product was provided in order to facilitate review