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Scratch Wireless Announces Availability of Unlimited Free Mobile Service

Scratch Wireless, the world’s first truly free mobile service, today announced the availability of the first Scratch-enabled smartphone, the Motorola Photon Q. Priced at $269, the smartphone includes the ground-breaking, totally free Scratch Wireless service which lets consumers access unlimited free talk, text and data over Wi-Fi networks, without ever signing a contract or paying a penny for service.

Scratch Wireless is utilizing a “Wi-Fi First” strategy that takes advantage of a fast growing number of Wi-Fi network access points and hotspots, a number which is expected to reach 5.8 million by 2015 (up from 1.3 million in 2011). The Scratch model is a simple one – text, voice and data services are always free when a user is on Wi-Fi and texting is free, always. Through an agreement with Sprint, a user is able to make phone calls or access data services over the nationwide Sprint 3G or 4G LTE and WiMAX networks when they are away from Wi-Fi for a small fee but never have a long-term contract or obligation to pay.

The Motorola Photon Q features a 4.3” display, dual high-resolution cameras, access to the entire Google Play Store, and much more. By selling this phone at a reasonable price without a contract, plan or requirement for paid access, Scratch is transforming the industry by taking the cost and complexity out of traditional mobile services and offering a completely free wireless service.

“Scratch Wireless has created an innovative and compelling offer that should be highly competitive within the wireless marketplace,” said Karen Freitag, vice president – Global Sales at Sprint. “When coupling Sprint’s history of MVNO enablement with Scratch’s appetite for disruption, the consumer will be the ultimate beneficiary.”

In October, the company launched with $5 million in funding and a vision to revolutionize the mobile phone industry with its “Wi-Fi First” mobile service. To request an invitation to purchase Scratch's Motorola Photon Q, please visit: http://scratchwireless.com/invite.php

“We love our smartphones, but we don’t love paying upwards of $100 a month for them,” said Alan Berrey, Scratch CEO and co-founder. “There is Wi-Fi practically everywhere, and it’s free, so why not use it? We built Scratch Wireless from the ground up to take full advantage of Wi-Fi, to redefine the traditional mobile experience, and to offer free unlimited smartphone service.”

About Scratch Wireless

Scratch Wireless is the world’s first free mobile service for text, data and voice. Through partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers and network operators, Scratch offers consumers full featured Android smartphones with free mobile service. Championing a “Wi-Fi First” approach to mobile communications, Scratch Wireless is changing the way people think about mobile service forever. To learn more about Scratch Wireless, please visit http://www.scratchwireless.com or follow @ScratchWireless on Twitter.

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