Monday, March 24, 2014

{College Budget Saving Idea} Scratch Wireless Free Phone Usage on Wi-Fi #mc

This isn't an early April Fool's Day joke! You really can get free data, voice and texting service free through Scratch Wireless when connected to Wi-Fi. This can be Wi-Fi at home, at work, at the mall, etc..... it doesn't matter where the Wi-Fi is coming from just connect and you can use your phone. I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Scratch Wireless. I received a product sample to facilitate my review.
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College Budget idea

Last month we posted a review using the new Scratch Wireless plan with our teen (check out her initial reaction here.) She automatically loved the Android phone from Scratch Wireless. Right now the phone is the Motorola Photon Q Android device. You must get this phone to use the service for now. You can keep your own phone number which is one of our favorite features of the company. No one wants to change phone numbers, especially teens!

Everyone has asked us what is the catch ... there has to be a catch as nothing is free. Scratch Wireless is a free text, data and voice service on Wi-Fi. If you aren't on Wi-Fi then, yes, you have to pay to use the phone. They offer a very affordable plan if you are going to be in an area without Wi-Fi. You can get their pay-as-you-go access to calls or data for $1.99 per day for short term use or use their monthly no Wi-Fi access of $15. At $1.99 or even $15 that is still a huge savings for cell phone useage.

My teen is a music junkie and has her phone loaded up with all of her favorite music apps. She can have her music with her at all times and text friends. My girl loves to exercise and the phone is just the right size to take along on her jogs. As the mom, I love that she also has her phone so if she needs us when out jogging we are just a text or phone call away. 


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cell phones with free service - it is for everyone!

I'm super jealous of the slide out keyboard. You can use the phone with our without it. The keyboard makes it so much easier to type. I doubt my phone brand will ever give us a slide out keyboard even though it is a feature most women love. 

When it comes to cutting back on cost, my teen figured out that this is a cost effective device and could easily save her $60 or more a month. She will be moving out this summer or fall for college and we are seriously considering keeping this plan for her. She knows that she will have Wi-Fi all over her college campus which means a free service for her to cut down on college cost. The pay-as-you-go fee or even the monthly fee if needed is still lower in cost than her current plan.

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College teens can save money and be on a budget

We love this family budget saving idea and will strongly consider it for the teen who will not be leaving home as well. The pricing is right and so far the past month so is the service.

Since my last post, did you look into Scratch Wireless? Have you decided to try the service? If so what do you like about it? If you haven't tried it, what is holding you back? I'd really like to know. One incentive to get you to try the service, each month, Scratch Wireless gives away a Motorola Photon Q Android device through its ‘Fan of the Month’ contest. 

To enter, all you have to do is comment with what your monthly wireless bill costs on the contest hosted on the Scratch Wireless Facebook page. Give it a try!

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