Friday, July 10, 2015

Cell Phone Courtesy Month: Fighting Mobile Mayhem

Share & Bookmark July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and as summer temperatures rise, tempers get shorter and minding our manners can help keep everyone cool. We’ve compiled a few quick tips to keep in mind as you enjoy mobile coverage on the nation’s largest and most dependable networks.

1. Texting and walking is a treadmill-only exercise.
Keep our sidewalks a little safer by keeping your head up. Texting while walking may seem innocent, but searching for the perfect emoji can quickly become altogether engrossing. If you have to text on-the-go, first remove yourself from the flow of foot traffic, please.

2. The bus is not a phone booth.
What if everyone used their afternoon commute on public transit to have a nice chat on the phone? Would we keep raising our voices to talk over each other until everyone is shouting into their phones and our conversations turn out to be not so nice after all? Help courtesy prevail so we never have to find out.

3. The big screen is enough screen for one movie theater.
You silenced your phone at the beginning of the show. No brainer. But you were waiting on a really important text from a special someone and you just want to check a couple times (per minute) that you didn’t miss it? Just, no. Not only is it distracting for other movie-goers, it lights up your face like a flashlight, so there’s no pretending you’re not the culprit. Your pocket or purse is the perfect place to keep your phone until the credits roll.


4. Strive to achieve selfie awareness.
The only thing cooler than a picture of something cool is a picture of that cool thing, plus your face. But are you endangering yourself or anyone else while you’re trying to strike the perfect pose? If you’re standing in the middle of the street, driving a car, standing on top of a human water-skiing pyramid, or otherwise involved in fast-paced, modern life, it may not be the best time to take a selfie. Practice your courteous face in the mirror, be swift with your shutter finger, and earn your likes in the world of social media and the world of planet earth alike.

What will you do this month to mind your mobile manners? Visit us on social and share.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Straight Talk Horoscopes: July

Share & Bookmark Astrology and Straight Talk don’t have a lot in common – astrology has the complexity of every celestial body in the universe to consider, while Straight Talk takes a more straightforward, earthly approach – but they both encourage you to look at life one month at a time.

With Straight Talk, you can change your wireless plan as often as the zodiac calendar changes signs. And in case you’re looking to modify your mobile device needs for the month of July, we put our spin on this month’s horoscopes – or perhaps better put, we took the spin out.

Presenting, Straight Talk Horoscopes:

June 22 – July 22
Literally everything will go your way. Call everyone in your contacts and let them know.

July 23 – August 23
The sun may block negative vibes coming at you from the stars, but nothing will block your nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks.

August 24 – September 22
The mid-month new moon will free up some resources. Even the moon knows you can save up to 50% on your wireless contract by switching to Straight Talk.

September 23 – October 22
You will have a clear vision of the distant future. In it, you will be free from long-term wireless contracts.

October 23 – November 21
Your accomplishments will come faster than expected. High speed data can do that.

November 22 – December 21
You will effortlessly solve any problem that comes your way. And until someone catches you Googling, people will be really impressed.

December 22 – January 20
It is necessary to conquer opponents early in the month. But if you don’t get around to cancelling your wireless contract, our savings will be here the second half of the month, too.

January 21 – February 19
Brace yourself for a boring month. May your social media feeds always be full.

February 20 – March 20
The summer breeze will make you feel frantic. Severe weather alerts on your phone will keep you safe.

March 21 – April 20
A trustworthy and powerful ally will enter your world. Allies valued at $29.99 or greater on will be shipped free.

April 21 – May 21
You will experience minor emotional mishaps. Keep your emoji game strong.

May 22 – June 21
Creativity will soar this month. Make sure your contract data plan doesn’t keep you from showcasing your photography skills.

See where a new Straight Talk smartphone can take you:

Friday, June 12, 2015

What Your Camera Roll Says About You

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1. Your pet is your favorite model
Your furry companion is the cutest pet in the world and you want everyone to know it. Others may argue their pet is in fact the cutest on the planet, but your extensive gallery of unbelievably darling photos will prove them wrong.

2. Selfies, selfies, and more selfies
When the majority of your photos are selfies, you know you’re doing big things. A little confidence never hurt anyone. Plus, sometimes your phone is the most convenient mirror you have. You have to make sure you’re looking good before heading out for the day.

3. Nature, sunsets, sunrises
You are a hopeless wanderer. You see the beauty in the world around you. Keep craftily choosing those filters and camera angles and sharing the beauty of nature with your followers.

4. Blurry concert images
You’re a music lover. You have great taste and love discovering new bands. Unfortunately your photo taking skills aren’t up to par. You’re having so much fun at the show that you want everyone to know it, but sometimes it’s best to just tell your friends about it later.

5. Babies galore!
You’re a new parent and it’s the most exciting time of your life. Your baby is the best model in the world and every new outfit is a new “awww” moment. But you’re still salty about the time baby met puppy for the first time and you didn’t have your phone handy… and we are too.

Celebrate #CameraDay with our full selection of smartphones with high quality cameras and storage for all your baby, puppy, nature, and selfie photos.

Keep Your Phone Safe This Summer

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1. Plastic Baggies
If you're spending the summer at the beach, plastic sandwich bags should be your best friend. They might as well be called "plastic cell phone protector shields". Simply place your phone in the bag, seal it shut and keep the sand out of your speakers and buttons - just make sure the bag doesn't have any holes!

2. Double Check your pockets
On a hot day it can be easy to throw caution to the wind and dive in the pool. Just make sure to double check your pockets for your phone to avoid the slow-motion realization as you hang in the air before submerging yourself and your electronic friend.

3. Take pictures with two hands
Summer road trips and vacations can have some of the most glorious photo ops of all time. Just keep in mind it's a long way down on those cliffs. And the wind during that out-the-window mountain photo can rip your phone right out of your fingers.

4. Avoid Water
This should be common sense, but we’ve all done it at least once. If you’re going to be close to water leave your phone at a safe distance. Even for just a few minutes. Don’t worry, those text messages aren’t going anywhere.

Summer is full of fun in the sun. Make sure you keep your Straight Talk Wireless device safe so you can capture all the memories you’ll be making!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Powerless: An ode to your phone battery

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You can feel lost when your phone battery reaches its last surge. Does a day like this sound familiar?

It’s mid morning. Today has been like no other Friday before.

Running here, going there. Last minute meetings overlapping each other.
Checking e-mails, sending e-mails, the school calls.
False alarm.

Have to focus on this presentation.
What is the client doing here? Was this on my calendar?
Cancel all my afternoon meetings.

More e-mails marked urgent. Don’t forget to reply to those.
Ok the client’s gone. Have to get to those emails. Haven’t been at the desk all day.

Take a deep breath. The storm has passed. Time for some me time.

Does anyone have a charger? No, not that charger…

How is it only 2:30??


The older your phone gets, the shorter its lifespan becomes. Luckily Straight Talk Wireless has a wide selection of brand new smart phones with powerful batteries. Go to to see what phone can work best for you.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring Cleaning with Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Spring-cleaning is a pain, but we all have to do it. Having a Straight Talk Wireless phone as your sidekick can help you get through the worst of it.
Make a To-do list
Straight Talk devices are the perfect mobile notepads. Write out a list of what you need to accomplish and check off each task as you go. Each bullet point will feel like a mini victory.

Music can change the mood
If you find the right mix of oldies and current jams, put that playlist on shuffle, slip your phone in your pocket and have some fun. Suddenly that broom will feel like a microphone and the dust bunnies are your adoring fans.

Social Media is the perfect procrastination tool
No one can finish cleaning without a few distractions. If you feel yourself getting distracted take some time to check your networks. With the Straight Talk coverage you’re always connected. You might see a cute puppy clip or lose yourself in someone else’s vacation pics.

Document your findings
Your friends may never believe you’re actually cleaning. Snap a quick “before” photo and compare to a spotless “after” photo. It might be good for your own memory because who knows what that place will look like in a few days…

Delete that To-Do List
Once you’re finally finished and all those bullets are crossed out. There’s nothing more satisfying than deleting that note from your phone and enjoying yourself.

How is your Straight Talk phone helping with spring cleaning? Visit us on social and share.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Is It Time For a New Phone?

Share & Bookmark It can be hard to let go. You’ve been through so much together. And it just fits so perfectly in your hand. You couldn’t imagine starting over. But if any of the following items apply to you, it might be time.
1. Your Photos Look Like Cable TV When the Antenna Lost Signal
Grainy. Blurry. Static. Is that a picture of your cat or a squirrel on the windowsill?

2. You Have to Keep it Charging at all Times
You keep telling yourself it’s normal. But it’s not. How does 100% battery become 12% so fast?!

3. The Screen Looks Like a Jig-Saw Puzzle
Everyone drops his or her phone once in a while. It falls in slow motion, and all you can do is cover your eyes and brace for impact. Some get lucky with just a ding, but others aren’t so fortunate. You’ve texted on a cracked screen long enough. The solution is clear. And so is a new screen.

4. People Refer your Phone as a Brick
Phones used to be big, then got small, then really small, and now they’re big again. Weird. But back then, big meant thick. Kind of like… a brick. If you can throw your phone against the wall (admit it, you’ve done this) just to see what happens, it might be time to lay down the brick.

5. Your Phone Spent the Night in a Bag of Rice
Maybe you dropped it in the pool. Or a puddle. Or your youngest child is in the “Will it flush?” phase. Somehow, a bag of rice brought your phone back to life. But be warned, your phone has an expiration date. You won’t know when or where, but that rice might not help next time.

6. Beeper
Does anyone still have a beeper? Besides doctors?

Straight Talk has a wide selection of smart phones with powerful cameras, sleek designs, and beautiful displays. But if you just can’t let go yet, our BYOP (Link to BYOP on website) program lets you bring your phone with you. Can’t help with beepers though… How did you know when it was time for a new device? Share on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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.