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.

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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.

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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.

Postagram


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.

EveryTrail
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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Sonic LTE is Now on Straight Talk

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People are already pretty excited about the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Sonic LTE. Well, get ready to be doubly excited because state-of-the-art technology is about to meet state-of-the-wallet affordability. That’s right—the Sonic LTE is now available on Straight Talk.
If you think an affordable phone is a boring phone, think again. The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Sonic LTE offers speed and performance for a price that’s easy to swallow. With the ability to harness 4G LTE through Straight Talk's $45 Unlimited plan and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, the only thing limiting your speed is how fast you can move your fingers. You’ll be zipping through apps, tearing through games and downloading songs in no time.

Sporting a 4.6” display, intuitive navigation and Android 4.1-powered OS, this hi-tech device has a lot to love for a low-cost price. If your brain and your wallet have ever agreed on something, this is it. 

Yes, it’s true. The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Sonic LTE basically does it all. And now that it’s available with Straight Talk’s $45 Unlimited 30-day plan, it can do even more. Get yours today. http://bit.ly/1oVHxRa

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stay Safer with Straight Talk’s New “Connected Life” Products

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When it comes to your family’s safety, never settle for less. With Straight Talk’s new Connected Life products, you won’t have to. These products offer smart, simple, easy-to-use tools that can keep you connected to the important things in your life. Whether you’re at home or on the road, you’ll be able to enjoy a little peace of mind when it comes to looking out for your family. It’s a win-win. 
Safe Driver Car ConnectionTM helps you keep up with your teenage driver while improving their skills behind the wheel. The new product comes equipped with a GPS chip and wireless data transmitter, easily fitting into your car’s OBD-II port. With the device you can:

· Track your vehicle's location or find your car in a crowded parking lot
· Restrict text messages and phone usage while driving (third-party app required)
· Assign vehicle geo-fences remotely
· Receive a driver score report to monitor your child’s vehicle use
· Help maintain vehicle health and fuel performance
· Connect to your smartphone, tablet or laptop to receive alerts


Straight Talk’s Remote Alert System is a standalone, non-monitored device that has a built-in wireless module that can send an SMS message or place a phone call to up to eight pre-assigned numbers when a sensor is triggered. With easy wireless installation, you can arm/disarm the Remote Alert System device remotely, all from your smartphone. Straight Talk also offers three accessories to help enhance your basic kit:

· Additional motion sensors
· Magnetic door/window sensors
· Remote key fob

Both devices are available at your local Walmart store or online at http://bit.ly/UBOnkC and require the no contract, 30-day $10 service plan specially designed for Connected Life Products. 

Click here to purchase or learn more: http://bit.ly/UBOnkC

Thursday, June 12, 2014

These Photos Were Worth $1,000

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Congratulations to our #StraightTalkHere Instagram contest winners, Jaimee, Kristen, Jennifer, & Jamie!

Take a look at the awesome photos that helped four lucky fans win $1,000 and a new Straight Talk smartphone.


Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo!  We appreciate you participating and following us on Instagram. It was great to see  where in the U.S. your smartphone had you covered, so continue to tag your photos with #StraightTalkHere. Who knows,  we may feature some of our favorites in the weeks to come.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Straight Talk’s 3GB Unlimited Plans > Competitors Unlimited Plans

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Straight Talk’s no-contract $45 Unlimited 30-day plan is the $45 plan with the most high speed data, and it recently increased its data offering to 3GB. That’s 10X more data than other comparably-priced plans. A 10X difference is an adorably big one.
 A 10X difference is also pretty relaxing.
Ok, you get it. Here’s the argument laid out in wireless-specific terms:
So Straight Talk has up to 10X more data, what does that mean for you? Well, you could post 8,550 Instagram photos.
For more on what 3GB of data allows you to do, and tips for making the most if it, click here

Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano
http://www.fiercewireless.com

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.