Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teach Your Teen Safe Driving Habits with Safe Driver Car Connection

Share & Bookmark This year's National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) takes place on October 19–25, 2014. This special week is designated to raise awareness for teen driver safety issues and encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. National Teen Driver Safety Week is the perfect time to talk to your teen about maintaining safe driving habits, and the Safe Driver Car Connection device from Straight Talk can help make safe driving easier than ever.

Safe Driver Car Connection is an easy-to-use device from Straight Talk that helps you monitor, manage and maintain your vehicle, all from your smart phone. When it comes to teen driver safety, this device has a lot features that come in handy.  

Cell Phone Restriction
Blocking your teen’s cell phone use in the car can help reduce distracted driving. With text restriction features and the ability to disable inbound and outbound calling while the car is in motion, you can help keep your teen focused on the road.

Vehicle Location
This feature makes it simple to keep track of your teen driver. You can be sure you teen is where they say they are and can monitor their vehicle’s location in real-time.

Safety Zone Alerts
Safe Driver Car Connection also allows you to set driving zones and alerts you when the car enters and exits certain predetermined areas.

Driver Scoring
To see how your teen has been driving when you’re not in the car, the driver scoring feature records hard braking, acceleration and sharp turning.

And that’s only the beginning. The Safe Driver Car Connection device can also monitor fuel consumption, send maintenance alerts when your car needs a tune up and locate your car in any parking lot. When it comes to keeping your teen safe on the road, Safe Driver Car Connection is a tool every parent should have.

Visit your local Walmart or go online to Walmart.com or StraightTalk.com and get yours today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Introducing BYOT—Bring Your Own Tablet to Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Tablets seem to be everywhere nowadays. That’s why we created our Bring Your Own Tablet (BYOT) program. BYOT offers everything you love about Straight Talk for your tablet. BYOT is compatible with virtually any GSM tablet and offers coverage on T-Mobile and AT&T networks, so choose a data plan that works for you and enjoy the savings.
Whether you’re at home or out and about, your tablet is a handy little companion to have. If your kids play fall sports, you can snap pics of them on the field and upload your favorites to share with your friends. When they’re on the sidelines, you can catch up on emails or check on the weather.
If you’re looking to cook up something special for dinner, you can use your tablet to find a great recipe online, put together a shopping list, and watch a tutorial on how to prepare the perfect dish.
And when it comes to finding peace and quiet in a full house, a tablet can be a lifesaver. With games and movies just a tap away, you can easily keep the kids occupied. Or, if you’re looking for a way to wind down, put on some music or download a book to relax for a while.
When it comes down to it, there’s a lot to love about your tablet. And when you bring it to Straight Talk, you’ll love it even more.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Use Your Wish Power with Straight Talk and Make-A-Wish®

Share & Bookmark For the third straight year, we're raising up to $1 million for Make-A-Wish® to help grant kids’ wishes. Sure, it’s a big goal, but it’s for a great cause, and we like to set our sights high. Besides, we’ve got #WishPower on our side. With your help, we’ll get there in no time. You can contribute in two ways:

1. Share a Wish Story Online
Visit us at www.straighttalkwish.com, share one of our wish stories and we’ll donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®.

2. Attend a Straight Talk Demo at Walmart
Head into Walmart and attend a demo any Saturday in September. We’ll donate $1 to Make-A-Wish® for every person who attends: http://bit.ly/1qkB8By

With a little effort, you can make a big difference in the lives of these amazing kids, like Marlo. His wish was to have a back-to-school shopping spree at Walmart—and his wish came true. He filled his cart with all the back-to-school essentials he’ll need to have a fantastic school year.

It only takes a minute to use your #WishPower and help grant a wish.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ace College this Semester with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style

Share & Bookmark Getting back into the groove of things can be tough after summer break—unless you have the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, now on Straight Talk.
Imagine how great life on campus would be with this powerful device in your pocket. Sure, you could walk to class without listening to music, but why would you want to? We all know music makes everything better. 

Some lectures can be a little overwhelming. But thanks to your Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, preloaded with the Voice Recorder app, you can record and replay your lectures until the lessons really sink in.

And what about in between classes? Waiting around isn't always the most exciting experience. But with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, simply download a few games and watch the time just fly by.

Once the weekend rolls around, you’ll be equipped to get the party started. Put on some tunes, watch a movie or find directions to the hottest spots on campus. With front and rear cameras, you can snap photos of all the good times and share them with your friends online. And if you have our $45 Unlimited plan, with up to 10 times more high-speed data than other $45 plans, you don’t have to worry about eating up all your data. It’s an amazing plan that makes this amazing phone amazing-er.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Straight Talk on Your Summer Road Trip

Share & Bookmark In theory, road trips seem like fun—cruising down an open stretch of highway with the windows rolled down and the tunes turned up. But, somewhere around mile 400, road trips begin to lose their charm. The kids start fighting, your leg keeps falling asleep, and you have to stop at every exit to find a bathroom even though you just asked if anybody had to go two minutes ago and they all said no.

Don’t let this happen to you. Here are a few road trip essentials to keep you rolling.

GPS — For when dad decides to take a “shortcut”

Music — When the only station on the radio is playing John Phillip Sousa’s greatest hits, you’ll thank us

Games — Car games are fun for about 5 seconds

Movies/Shows — Isn’t a car just a couch moving at 65 MPH?

Books — Finally make good on your New Year’s resolution to read more

You’re probably thinking, “Whoa! That’s a lot of stuff. Where are we going to put all of that?” Great question. Our great answer: In your pocket. With Straight Talk’s $45 Unlimited plan, featuring up to 10X more high speed data than other $45 plans, your phone can become the perfect road trip companion. Map your route, stream movies and music, load it with books and games to keep you busy for days. With the right plan, road trips can be fun again.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Back-to-School Essentials from Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Shortened for College Student’s Attention Span: Need a new device this semester? Switch to Straight Talk. Find epic phones. Save a lot of money. Pizza is delicious.

Keep reading for more details.

It’s that time of year again. Summer is on its way out, a new school year is on its way in and students everywhere are trying to remember how to set their alarm clocks. But don’t hit that snooze button just yet. If you’re looking to make the most of this semester, a new phone is just the back-to-school accessory you need. And thanks to Straight Talk, you can find the perfect phone for the perfect price.

Meet the Class of 2014
We’ve got a phone for every style. Like the Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s a serious piece of hardware for the tech-savvy student. Or maybe you want something a little smaller that still has impressive functionality. Then grab the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. It packs big power in a pocket-friendly size.

Looking for a device that’s a little more trendy? Not to worry. We’ve got what you’re looking for. Enter: the iPhone 5S—offering the latest and greatest in innovation from Apple.
Still not your style? Check out the ALCATEL OneTouch Sonic LTE. If you want the essentials without all the bells and whistles, this smartphone is the smart choice.
The best part is all of these phones are available with Straight Talk’s $45 Unlimited plan, with up to 10X more data than other $45 plans. Shop here: http://bit.ly/1qLSjc9. That means you can save big and use your money for more important things, like pizza. (Fun fact: did you know pizza is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Now that’s a superfood.*)

*Not scientifically proven

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Apps

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Bust out your swimsuit and slap on some sunscreen because summer is in full swing. And Straight Talk is here to help you get more this summer. With our $45 Unlimited talk, text, and data plan, you’ll get up to 10X more high-speed data than other $45 plans. Thanks to the coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks, you’ll enjoy service in more places. And, with these three free mobile apps on your Straight Talk phone, you’ll be able to get more out of your summer.


If you’re going on a trip this summer, you might want to send postcards back to friends and family. But instead of picking up a generic one off the rack, why not make your own? With Postagram, you can create postcards using photos from your Instagram, Facebook, or the camera on your phone and mail them to just about anywhere. You’ll be able to send personalized greetings on the go to friends and family across the world — all from your Straight Talk phone.

Available for iOS 7+ and Android 2.1+ For more info, click here.

Like to hike in the great outdoors? If nature is your thing, check out the EveryTrail app. This nifty little app guides you through trails across North America, featuring photos, reviews, and activities along the way. Whether you’re in a big city or rural landscape, you’ll be able to find all kinds of trails for hiking, biking, running and more. You can even map out your own trail for others to try. EveryTrail makes finding the perfect path a piece of cake.

Available for iOS 4+ and Android 1.6+ For more info, click here.

The Pit Pal App
Nothing says summer like the sound and smell of a good old fashion BBQ. The Pit Pal BBQ app can help you get barbecuing down to a science. Serve up the perfect flavors every time by tracking your cooks and noting your favorite methods and variations. You can even record what the weather was like to see its effects on your cook. With this handy app, you’ll become a certified pitmaster in no time. This summer is shaping up to be a tasty one.

Available for iOS 5+ and Android 2.2+ For more info, click here.

Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano

Feb. 9 2011 - 6:03 pm - América Móvil's TracFone MVNO service netted a whopping 1.1 million new subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2010, finishing the period with a total of 17.7 million subscribers.

TracFone's net adds put it in the same league as some of the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers. For example, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ [1]), the nation's largest wireless carrier, recorded 955,000 total net customer additions in the fourth quarter, ending the period with 102.2 million "total wireless connections."

Such a comparison isn't completely fair, however. TracFone doesn't operate its own wireless network--instead, as an MVNO, the company essentially piggybacks on the networks of Verizon , AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T [2]) and T-Mobile USA, reselling their services under TracFone's brands, which include Straight Talk, Net10 and others. Thus, TracFone's net customer additions are also counted by its host carriers under their "wholesale" column.

Nonetheless, TracFone's stellar growth is notable. The company has grown its U.S. subscriber base from 14.4 million in December of 2009 to 16.7 million in September 2010 to 17.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of last year.

As for TracFone's subscriber metrics, the company's minutes of use skyrocketed 219 percent year over year, from 94 in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 300 in the fourth quarter of 2010. TracFone attributed the growth to its Straight Talk unlimited service. TracFone's average revenue per user grew from $10 to $14 during the same period while its churn remained relatively unchanged at around 4 percent.

Read the full story here.

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CTIA-The Wireless Association's statement on usage and cost for mobile phone calls

WASHINGTON, DC CTIA-The Wireless Association® issued the following statement today in response to the OECD Communications Outlook report on usage and cost for mobile phone calls:

The headline from the recently released OECD Communications Outlook report reads that Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden have the lowest prices for mobile phone calls among OECD countries, while the highest prices were found in Canada, Spain, and the United States. But since U.S. consumers enjoy the lowest per minute rates of all of the OECD countries, what today’s OECD report really shows is that some international comparisons just don’t make sense – especially when built on flawed assumptions.

The real story is buried on page 275 of the OECD report which states:

“It is important to note again that the OECD calling pattern in the basket can be significantly different than common calling profiles in a specific country. For example, the high-usage OECD basket includes 1,680 outgoing voice calls per year while users in the United States average 9,600 minutes of voice calls (combined incoming and outgoing) per year. In this case the basket provides the cost of buying exactly the calls and messages in the OECD basket rather than what may be considered a ‘typical’ bundle in the market.”

Read the full article here.