Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The #StraightTalkCheer Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday shopping can be stressful, especially if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift. But not to worry — we’ve got your back. Find presents for the pickiest person on your list and maybe even grab one for yourself while you’re at it. It's time to spread some #StraightTalkCheer.

Straight Talk BYOP – $3.99* (normally $6.99)
Available until December 5
Love your phone, but hate your expensive contract? Now’s the ideal time to bring your phone over to Straight Talk and start saving. Plus, it’ll be easier than ever to keep in touch with your loved ones this holiday season. At $3.99, you’re running out of reasons not to make the switch.
www.straighttalkbyop.com

Samsung Galaxy S4 + $100 Walmart Gift Card*
Available December 8–14

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is deisgned to make your life richer, simpler and more fun. Quickly and easily capture those special holiday moments and share them with your friends and family online. Not to mention that when you buy a 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy S4, you’ll also get a $100 Walmart gift card. Head into your local Walmart to get yours.


www.walmart.com/store/finder
 
Huawei W1 – $149.99* (normally $199.99)
Available until December 19

The Huawei W1 is built to perform. Its screen provides stunning clarity, even when viewed in direct sunlight. Thanks to a simple point-and-shoot camera button, you won’t miss a moment this holiday season.


http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/shop/phones
 
Samsung Galaxy Centura (Refurbished) – $19.99*
Available until December 19

Outfitted with a large touchscreen, the Samsung Galaxy Centura is entertainment lover’s best friend. It’s preloaded with Google Mobile Services, which means you can you can browse through thousands of Google Play Books and Google Play Magazines, and listen to all your favorite holiday tunes through Google Music.


http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/shop/phones
 
Samsung Galaxy S3 + $50 Walmart Gift Card*
Available December 15–21

The sleek and stylish Samsung Galaxy S3 has all the tools to keep you connected with friends and family, and the week of December 15, you can get a $50 Walmart gift card when you buy the S3 at Walmart.


www.walmart.com/store/finder

*While supplies last

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Straight Talk Black Friday Deals at Walmart

Share & Bookmark We’re just a few weeks away from one of the biggest shopping events of the year—Black Friday. It’s that special time when shoppers head out to their favorite stores in search of massive savings. And if you’ve been waiting to get a new phone until a good offer came along, your wait is over.

Get ahead of the Black Friday crowds and head to your local Walmart the evening of Thrusday November 27th, and you’ll find amazing deals on some of your favorite phones. Get the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style for $29 (normally $129), the LG Access for $49 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $249.
 
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These deals are sure to go fast, so here are a few useful tips to help you make the most of your shopping:

1. Bring something to occupy your time spent waiting in line, like your phone. Play games or listen to music to pass the time.
2. Bring your phone charger so you never run out of battery.
3. Visit Walmart the day before and map out the quickest route to the Straight Talk section.
4. Bring a snack. Who wants to shop on an empty stomach?
5. Remember, it’s just shopping. So take a deep breath, relax, and be nice.

With these amazing Straight Talk deals at Walmart, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best savings of the season.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet the Motorola Moto E on Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Your phone should make your life easier. Meet the Motorola Moto E, designed to fit seamlessly into your life.
Say you're browsing a few of your favorite cooking sites on your Moto E and find an awesome Chicken Parmesan recipe. You can easily create a shopping list on your phone before heading to the store. If the kids start to get a little rambunctious as you’re trying to find the tomato puree, throw a video on your Moto E and let them be entertained by one of the sharpest displays around. (Don’t worry, built with Corning Gorilla® Glass protection, your screen is pretty much kid-proof.)

If you suddenly forget where you parked after checkout, fire up the Safe Driver Car Connection Lot Spot app* and use your GPS to get back to your car. And thanks to the Moto E’s all-day battery, you’ll have enough juice to do it all without your phone dying.

Sounds pretty good, right? Now that the Moto E is available on Straight Talk, you can get the phone that does it all for less.

Shop here: http://bit.ly/1qLSjc9.

*The Lot Spot app is compatible with iPhone®, Android™ and Blackberry® smartphones and is only available in conjunction with Straight Talk's Safe Driver Car Connection device. Read our last blog post for more information: http://www.straighttalkblog.com/2014/10/teach-your-teen-safe-driving-habits.html

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.
www.straighttalkbyot.com

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.

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.