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Reusing is great! BYOD and bring your eligible, unlocked smartphone to Sparrow

Reusing is great! BYOD and bring your eligible, unlocked smartphone to Sparrow

Check if you can bring your current mobile device (BYOD) to Sparrow. Because we use multiple networks, we check to see what network provides you with the best coverage, and if your smartphone is compatible with that network. 1) Call Sparrow at 844-697-7277 to see if your smartphone is compatible Have your device’s IMEI (15-digit unique identifier) handy when you call. There are a few ways to locate the IMEI: On the box your phone came in On the back of the phone or behind the battery on a white label On your device’s screen: type *#06# from the device home screen In your device settings, under general 2) Email Sparrow your zip code + smartphone’s IMEI The easiest way to capture the IMEI is to email a screen shot of your smartphone’s settings: Go to Settings > General > About Locate the IMEI (you may need to scroll down) Take a screen shot Email the screen shot and your zip code to wecare[at]sparrowmobile.com Questions? Call and we’ll be glad to...
Your Smartphone or Your Health?

Your Smartphone or Your Health?

By Amy Tucker, Sparrow Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer First, in the spirit of transparency, this is a post about two things I’m passionate (and definitely biased) about: my company, Sparrow, and fostering a more sustainable, inclusive and joyful world. The opinions expressed here are my own. In defending the GOP’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) offered Americans a nonsensical choice: Your smartphone or your health care. At Sparrow, we want to offer an alternative to Chaffetz’s unthinkable choice by giving you the opportunity to help people gain access to health care information, affordable housing, job opportunities and much more — just by paying your mobile bill. Is a smartphone connection to the world really a frilly luxury, as Chaffetz suggests? Seriously, how many days could you go without your smartphone? Could you afford an $825-per-month health care payment if you had no a smartphone to help you find and keep your job? And what kind of smartphone is Mr. Chaffetz using anyway, gold plated? It has been only 10 years since the first iPhone, but smartphones already stopped being a luxury long ago and became a necessity for participating in today’s economy. The average American looks at their phone 46 times a day. Collectively, that’s 8 billion times a day, according to a study by Deloitte. And in the U.S., with over 370 million active subscriptions, there are more mobile phones than people. “The phone has meant so much to me. I was able to get pictures of my dad before he passed away. I was able to get pictures and I...
Post from Sparrow CEO: Why U.S. Refugee Resettlement is Good for America

Post from Sparrow CEO: Why U.S. Refugee Resettlement is Good for America

Companies of all sizes have joined courts, states, cities and the general public in their outrage over President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration issued last week. One of the main tenants of the order is halving the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program (USRP), which for over three decades as been one of America’s most efficient and effective programs. Contrary to what is purported by its detractors, USRP is iron tight, featuring the most intense immigration vetting process to be found anywhere. Through the modern U.S. refugee resettlement system, less than 1 percent of refugees are resettled each year. Those who make it through the years’ long vetting process are historically productive citizens who contribute to their new communities and the U.S. economy in a positive way. In comparison to the overall U.S. population, its refugee resettlement system is not huge, but for the past three decades has been the largest in the world. In 2015, the U.S. welcomed about 77,000 refugees and the number was expanded to approx. 85,000 in 2016 [Pew]. “No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants. It’s a distinctive competitive advantage for our country — one we should not weaken.” This quote, an excerpt from a letter sent by Jeff Bezos to all Amazon employees last week is but one example of how fervently the business world is reacting to President Trump’s executive order, which drastically reduces USRP alongside other immigration restrictions. The chorus of corporations calling for a rebuke to the executive order seemed to grow by the hour and now includes MasterCard, Ford, Alphabet, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Facebook and Microsoft. Airbnb...
Sparrow Program for Refugees Featured at White House Roundtable During United Nations General Assembly

Sparrow Program for Refugees Featured at White House Roundtable During United Nations General Assembly

Sparrow Joins White House Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis Along with 50 Private Sector Companies SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 20, 2016) Sparrow, a U.S. wireless company applying the buy-one-give-one model for world change, announced its participation in the White House Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis. The White House invited Sparrow to present its RefugeeMobile program, backed in part by a MacArthur Discovery Grant, that provides new refugees who arrive in the United States with smartphones and apps designed to help them connect with their support network, learn English, find jobs and contribute to their new communities. There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, the highest number on record since the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began collecting statistics. More than 21 million of these people have crossed international borders in search of safety and are registered as refugees. Refugees are people just like everyone else — mothers, fathers, doctors, teachers, students — who have been driven from their homes and across international borders by violence and persecution. More than half are children. “The stories we hear from RefugeeMobile participants are heart breaking, but their resilience is awe inspiring,” said Matt Bauer, CEO, Sparrow. “We are humbled and honored to present RefugeeMobile to President Obama and see an enormous opportunity for improving refugee resettlement services in the U.S. by applying smartphones and modern technology,” said Bauer. Sparrow responded to the White House Call to Action with a pledge to expand Sparrow’s Texas-based RefugeeMobile program from 250 families to 1,000 or more families...