Disclosure: We were sent a free product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Are you and your student preparing for back to school? If you’ve made a list of supplies, don’t forget to add Scratch Wireless to the list. Granted, it may not be a school supply, but it’s an essential item that offers an affordable way to keep in touch with your student in case of an emergency. What’s great about Scratch Wireless is it allows you to make free phone calls, text, and surf the web when you have a WiFi connection. Plus, even if you don’t have WiFi, you can still text for free so there’s no excuse for your student not to keep in touch with you during the school year.
The free option is already amazing, but if you are someone who needs to make calls outside of WiFi, Scratch Wireless also offers an affordable way to stay in touch with loved ones. They have a daily pass that can be purchased for only $1.99 for voice or data and even greater savings for a monthly pass. That option is only $14.99 and covers up to 250 minutes. That’s such a sweet deal especially when you don’t need to waste minutes when you’re in a WiFi area, getting more bang for your buck!
We received a Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone from Scratch Wireless to review and it’s quite impressive. It doesn’t skip a beat and is equipped with a lot of the latest technology.
What’s included in the box:
- Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Smartphone
- AC Phone Charger
- Getting started guide in English and Spanish
- Important information booklet
- Wireless Recycling Envelope
Set up only takes a few moments and you’re ready to use your Scratch Wireless phone in a jiffy. It walks you through everything you need to know and what each notification means. If you have WiFi available, a green dot will appear on the top of your screen letting you know you can make phone calls, text, and surf the web. A red dot means you can only text and don’t need a WiFi connection. Hubby sent me in the store to purchase and item but I couldn’t find it. Good thing I had my Scratch Wireless phone on me so I could text him even though there was no open WiFi connection available. There was no need for me to walk back to the car (which was pretty far) to see if he wanted a different option. Instead, I was able to text him and resolve that problem then and there.
The Motorola Photon G smartphone has a pretty responsive interface and I haven’t experienced any lag when using the touchscreen or internet. It moves quite fast on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is very easy to learn, even if you’ve never used a smartphone before. It’s sleek and provides a qwerty keyboard that slides out which is an extra option for people who love to text. The battery life, in my opinion, has held up well and lasts longer even when used often. There’s even an app called Smart Actions (which is cool) that allows you to set different tasks for your phone to do at certain times. For example, you can choose to have Smart actions to dim the lights on your phone when the battery is low or automatically silence your phone when you are at work. This is a amazingly free option that can help save your battery life so you can have a charge when you need it the most.
Other great features include:
- 4.3″ ColorBoost display
- 4G LTE Speeds
- 1GB RAM x 8GB ROM
- 8 megapixel HD front and rear facing camera
- Micro USB port
- MicroSD slot
- Caller ID
- Bluetooth Technology
- 7.5 of Talk Time
- and much more!
I love the different apps you can add to your phone and how you can personalize the screen to your liking. You can add different widgets or apps on certain pages where you want them and rearrange each page easily. All your notifications like Facebook, email, etc can be turned on or off and will pop up on the top of your screen. If you’re using your phone for work purposes, you can sync all your important contacts, emails, and more so you don’t have to ever skip a beat. I love that there is also an option to draft word documents, excel sheets, and other work/school related items and download them right on your phone. Phone calls come in pretty clear on the Sprint powered network and I haven’t experienced any dropped calls.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Motorola Photon 4G LTE smartphone and Scratch Wireless service. The only drawback I can see is the camera. It takes really nice pictures if you are outside but not so great if you’re inside. However, that’s a pretty small drawback and one I can overlook especially with all the other great features of this phone. I love our new smartphone and can’t wait to see what Scratch Wireless has to offer in the very near future!