Here's another new option for FREE text, talk, and unlimited data on your smartphone from a startup out of Boston.
Research from Cisco finds that smartphone users are near free wifi around 80% of the time. So the Scratch Wireless business model affords you free texting, data, and voice minutes when you're near wifi.
If you're not, you simply buy a pass for $15 a month that lets you get cellular service for voice and another pass for data. (Texting remains free and unlimited all the time, no matter where you're on wifi or a cellular network.)
So how can you get in on this deal? It starts with you buying a Motorola Photon Q for $269. It's a fancy smartphone with a 4.3 inch screen that runs Android 4.1 (Jellybean). Once you buy it, your service is free with the stipulations I outlined above.
If you choose to get the cellular network pass for $15 a month, why would you do Scratch Wireless rather than, say, Republic Wireless for $25? (Read my review of Republic here.)
Well, I see Scratch as a perfect service for a parent who wants their child to have a smartphone. You can always reach them by text thanks to the free and unlimited service that doesn't require wifi. And you don't have a big cellphone bill every month!
It's like poor man's cellphone service. All these services like FreedomPop, Republic Wireless, and Scratch Wireless are a niche; they won't serve a big number of people. But they're all another sign of the trends that point to cheaper and cheaper service to come.
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