National wireless provider i-wireless, which uses the Sprint network, now allows users to buy a phone at a grocery store and get mobile service using the cell phone itself. When you spend money at the grocery, you even get free minutes.
Using a self-activation application powered by Telespree Communications, the self-service offering from i-wireless is now available at more than 2,200 retail locations within the Kroger family of stores across 31 U.S. states.
This includes Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food4Less, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC, Baker's, Gerbes and City Market.
A new user starts the process by entering a zip code on the phone, creating a password, selecting a calling plan, signing up for monthly credit card billing, activating the device and receiving a new cell phone number.
The self-service process prevents the need for calling customer care, using an automated voice system or needing dedicated retail assistance.
As part of the registration process, users can also sign up for a loyalty rewards program at Kroger stores. By submitting your shopper's card, spending $100 in qualifying Kroger purchases gets you 20 free minutes of i-wireless airtime.