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Friday, February 14, 2014

10 days with Scratch Wireless

10 days with Scratch Wireless

​Let me ask you something...How much of your day is spent somewhere Wi-Fi capabilities are available? At home, At work, in your favorite restaurant or coffee shop? Is it safe to say 90% of your day?

Now let me ask you another question... How much do you pay for your cell phone service? $50 a month? $75 a month? $100 a month? Can you even say OVER $100 a month?

If you answered 'YES' to any of the above questions, What if I told you that you could have cell phone service for as little as $1.99 a month, depending on your usage?

Introducing Scratch Wireless, Where Mobile Lives Free!™

Scratch Wireless is built on the premise of using Wi-Fi connections as your MAIN source of access, and using traditional Cellular data to fill in the gaps when you're not on a Wi-Fi connection.

Calls are free and unlimited on Wi-Fi, Data is free and unlimited on Wi-Fi, and texting is free and unlimited no matter what!

Instead of a '2 year contract,' this is a true 'pay-as-you-go' phone. You can buy 'passes' for when actual cellular data is needed.
~$1.99 per day... gives you 30 minutes of talk time or 25 MBs of data
~$14.99 per month... gives you 250 minutes of talk time or 200 MBs of data.

You DO have to purchase THEIR phone, which right now is the Motorola Photon Q on the Sprint network. (if you are in a Sprint-roaming area, don't worry. As long as you have Wi-Fi, the cell network WILL NOT MATTER)

This phone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, right out of the box.




Recorded on a GE C1033 Digital Camera -- lighting was ALL wrong


What I recieved

It comes with a 8MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing web-cam.

^^photo snapped with the 8MP rear-facing camera^^

The screen is a 4.3 (540 x 960) ColorBoost TFT LCD, and it brings a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage to the table. The storage is expandable to 32 GB via MicroSD card. The battery is a NON-removable 1785 mAh battery and it DOES have NFC built in.

It's no Samsung Galaxy S4 or even a Motorola Moto X, but it has decent enough specs to get your typical phone tasks done.

Now, I received this phone 10 days ago, (02.04.14) and I haven't had ANY problems with it at all. It's snappy, it's responsive (if not OVER-responsive), and the colors are bright and vivid.

The sound quality is EXCELLENT, even over Wi-Fi connections. The voices are a bit delayed when using Wi-Fi, but they are VERY clear.

There ARE a few downsides to the phone, but I feel those aren't 'deal-breakers,' at least not for me.
~The battery life
Yes, the battery life isn't the greatest. But it will get you through a typical day easily. I use my phone quite a bit if I'm NOT at the desktop to check the mail, surf the web, check the weather, and I've never KILLED the battery completely.
~It's heavy
Weighing in at 6.00 oz, The Motorola Photon Q is no heavier than the LG G Flex or the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The upswing, in my opinion, is the heavier a phone is, the less likely you are to drop it. You can feel the weight in your hand and KNOW when it's slipping.
~It's outdated
Seriously? Is this a total deal-breaker? Look on the Google Play Store. Most apps are going to require Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher. You're running Jelly Bean on this phone. I'm not even running Jelly Bean on my Coby tablet.
~The MPs on the camera is low
Sure, maybe it's only 8 MP, but as you can see, the shots are crisp and clean. You can't have Instagram on a digital camera (The Samsung Galaxy Camera notwithstanding), but 8 MP is perfect for those Instagram shots. It also shoots video in 1080p HD, so it's great for those Vine videos.

As far as the disability factor goes, Like with the Samsung Galaxy Centura I reviewed, it will vary. Those with decent and better motor skills will not have much of an issue. Those who shake a lot will have a more difficult time operating the touch screen. But it does come with the slide-out keyboard, so those who have a hard time typing on the touch screen can use that to type with.

Something to note on the slide-out keyboard... It is a bit HARD to work at first, but I can do it using one hand on top and bottom, sliding in OPPOSITE directions.

It's also great for those of us who are on fixed incomes, because once you buy the actual phone, you're done. This phone will pay for itself within 3-6 months, based on a contract with AT&T or Verizon.

The Motorola Photon Q retails for $269.00 and is ONLY available at their website. For More information on Scratch Wireless, Please visit their website: http://scratchwireless.com/

FINAL VERDICT
I love the idea behind Scratch Wireless. We pay ENOUGH for everything else in life, why are we paying so much for cell service when we can have it for free?
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Absolutely YES

**I HAVE RECEIVED THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. A HUGE shoutout to Jon Finegold and the wonderful people at Scratch Wireless for making this possible.

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