Monday, September 21, 2015

How to Use Your Phone as a Diary

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Today we have a plethora of ways to share our thoughts, feelings, romances, breakfasts, weekend plans, and anything else we can snap a picture of or put into words. Social media is great when we want to hear from our friends and followers, words of encouragement, congratulations, or perhaps just a hilarious comment. But what do we do when our thoughts need to time to simmer, to be reflected upon, or to be kept from your Aunt Edna who is also your Facebook friend? Tradition would say it’s time to grab your diary, but who carries around a pen and paper anymore?

We all have phones that are smart, but can we trust them to keep our secrets? With Straight Talk, you can get a phone that has all the cool features, latest apps, and reliable service needed to turn your device into a tiny vault of private thoughts. No siblings allowed!

Try these tips for keeping your juiciest secrets from leaking out of your phone:

1.      Lock your home screen
Smart phones have several ways to keep your home screen locked. You may have numbers, patterns, and thumb print options, and you’ll find them in the settings menu. Choose one you can remember!

2.      Download a journal app
Help keep your entries organized by date, set up another password, and keep your journal notes separate from your grocery list.

3.      Type your diary entries in emoji
Only people in the emoji-know will understand. Do not try this on a spelling test.

4.      Use your voice dictation function
Instead of tiring out your poor little thumbs with all that tiny keyboard typing, find a quiet place, enable your voice dictation function, and let your feelings stream out.

5.      Create code names.
Like your favorite Upper East Side prep schoolers.


Share your phone privacy tips in the comments or on our social media channels!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Improve Your Self Awareness Month #SelfieAwareness Tips

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a single selfie gets you a pretty good start on an autobiography. And if you’re planning on sharing your awesome pics on social media, it’s wise to put a little consideration into what your selfies say about you. We think September, which is also Improve Your Self Awareness Month, is the perfect time to reflect on taking photos of your reflection and put your best face forward.

Step 1 to taking a great selfie would be to get an awesome smart phone and wireless service from Straight Talk, so you’re all set with a state-of-the-art mobile device camera and 5GB of data on our $45 unlimited plan*. Coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks will have you ready to post anywhere in the U.S.

With Straight Talk on your side, the following tips will keep your selfie game on point:

1.      Know your good side
Put your right side in; put your right side out. Take a couple selfies; see how they turn out.

2.      Flash or no flash?
Probably not. Using the flash in a mirror creates an unsightly light burst in the middle of your photo. And using the flash to compensate for low lighting is usually too harsh. Try finding an alternate light source like the sun or a lamp.

3.      Stay composed
The “Rule of Threes” can make your composition more interesting. Using it, your eyes should be about one third down from the top of the frame, and your nose slightly off of dead center (of your selfie, not your face!).

4.      Conquer the close up
Avoid both messy backgrounds and distorted features that can happen when you hold your phone too close to your face. Zoom in a little on your camera, then, hold your phone slightly farther away while keeping most of the frame full of your beautiful face.

5.      Go toward the light
Natural lighting looks better than artificial lighting. So leave the bathroom for other… business, and bask in sun’s glory, face on. Avoid casting a shadow on your selfie by never taking photos with the sun directly behind you.

6.      Go app shopping
Camera and photo-editing apps can up your selfie game without upgrading your whole phone. You’ll find features like night cameras and red eye removal to keep your selfie game strong all day long.

Share your favorite #SelfieAwarenessTip in the comments or on our social channels!

*First 5GB of Data at High Speed, and then at 2G. At 2G speeds, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. Please refer always to the latest Terms and Conditions of Service at


Monday, August 3, 2015

#HowTwo Go Back to School with 5GB High Speed Data

Share & Bookmark Having access to the world wide web of information can give any student or life-long learner a nice edge. If you sit close enough to the teacher to catch her questions on your mobile device’s microphone, you can have your hand up with the answer up on your search results screen faster than you can say Ok, Goog–  

And with 5GB of high-speed data and unlimited talk and text on every $45 Unlimited* 30-day plan from Straight Talk, your impressive feats of learning can continue all month long! We thank our valued customers for voicing their opinion and making our data decision simple – more is better, no exceptions.

To keep your back-to-school season just as simple, we decided to bring you a few #HowTwo tips with a high-speed data twist, two-step solutions that make your mobile life simply better.

1. #HowTwo learn French: 1. Grab a device. 2. Open language translation app.

2. #HowTwo paint: 1. Set up canvas. 2. Read online tutorial.

3. #HowTwo finish cross-country practice early: 1. Enable GPS. 2. Find a shortcut.

4. #HowTwo read all the books for your English class: 1. Order online. 2. Read an online summary while you wait for your shipment.

5. #HowTwo stop hitting the snooze button. 1. Open music app. 2. Play an ‘80s song.

6. #HowTwo get an extension on your homework. 1. Feed some paper to your dog. 2. Send your teacher an email with photo evidence.

How will you use 5GB high-speed data to make this fall the best Back-to-School season ever? Share in the comments or on our social channels!

 * After 5 GB, data speed will be reduced to as low as 2GB for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. At 2G speed, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. All currently active Straight Talk BYOP customers will also receive the first 5 GB Data at High Speeds at the start of their next 30 day cycle. Please refer always to the Terms and Conditions of Service at

Simplify Your Life Week Tangle Tamers

Share & Bookmark During National Simplify Your Life Week, you might think to yourself, I already have the latest, greatest, does-it-all device! It keeps me connected to all the people, music, games and other media I love in the palm of my hand, and my straightforward Straight Talk plan is as simple as it gets.

But one thing we could all use help with is keeping our device chargers, earbuds, and other digital paraphernalia under wraps. Cords get lost, knotted and generally worn out as we fumble to keep our batteries full while living life (and using our phones) to the fullest.

We decided to bring you simple, practical solutions to this everyday problem, using just a little ingenuity, a few office and household supplies, and the wisdom of the world wide web. We hope you find our Tangle Tamers useful!

1. Outlet Caddy
You may need the juice, but you don’t need to put your phone on the floor.
Get directions via How About Orange.

2. Binder Clip Earbud Reel
You may be able to go paperless, but it’s a mess to go clipless. Get more binder clip organization inspiration via Live Simply by Annie

3. Cassette Case Phone Stand
Never let your phone just sit there. Prop it up properly.
Get directions via Life Currents.

4. Gift Card Phone Stand
Fold up a used gift card for another easy stand.
Get Directions via Decorating Your Small Space.

5. Ribbon Box Charging Station
If you’re over your ribbon-organizing phase, use the box to create a super organized charging station. Get directions via All You.

6. Tube Sock Armband
Don’t get tripped up by your earbuds while you’re working out.
Get directions via CNET.

What Tangle Tamer do you use to simplify your life? Share in the comments or on our social channels!

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.

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.