Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 Ways to Make Time Fly with Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Holiday traveling can be a major drag. Traffic, inclement weather and airport madness can turn a quick trip into an ultimate test of your patience (and your toddler’s bladder control). But with Straight Talk’s coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks, you can use your mobile device anywhere thanks are given this Thursday.

In case you’re losing interest in looking for license plates from other states, here are few more ways to make time fly with Straight Talk while your holiday travels creep along at a snail’s pace.

1.      Call someone other than your mother
If you’re going to be hanging with mom and dad on Turkey Day, take the opportunity to call another friend or relative you haven’t talked to in a while. Who wouldn’t be thankful for that!
2.      Zero out your inbox
This is a pretty boring task, but unlike your third helping of mashed potatoes, you’ll feel so good when you finish!

3.      Join a new social network
The Internet is a great place to find people with whom you share common interests. Find a place to share your DJ skills, connect with other beekeepers, or review vegan soul food restaurants!

4.      Learn a new language
Download an app to learn a new language, and next year, guide your whole family on a jet-setting Thanksgiving vacation.

5.      Download another game
Word puzzles, “board” games, simulation games, something about ruining perfectly good candy – let’s all give thanks to app developers for making every year of holiday travel with a smartphone better and better.

What fun ways do you pass the time with your phone? Share your answers in the comments or on our social channels! And have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, October 30, 2015

4 Ways to Wake up Smarter with your Smartphone

Share & Bookmark When Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday night, millions of phones across America will automatically set themselves back an hour, gifting their owners with an extra hour of sleep. Technology truly is wonderful, don’t you think?

We think Straight Talk fans deserve to make every morning feel like they’ve gotten an extra hour of zzzz’s, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to wake up smarter using your smartphone. Sweet dreams!

1.      Ease into consciousness
Use an alarm clock app that allows the volume of your alarm to increase gradually. Maybe throw some bird chirping and babbling brook sounds in the mix. For a moment, you might think you live in a tree house! Side note, it’s totally unsafe to get jolted awake by loud noises when sleeping in an actual tree house.
2.      Download a sleep app
Waking up is easier when you’ve had a good night’s sleep. There are apps for insomniacs, and other sorts of troubled sleepers, with solutions ranging from hypnosis, to guided yoga, to soothing sounds. You can even find apps that track your movement from under your pillow and trigger your alarm when you are in your lightest state of sleep.

3.      Stock up on smart gadgets
There are all sorts of appliances you can control with your smartphone via Wi-Fi (read: from your warm and cozy bed). You can get your morning brew going with a smart coffee pot or tune in to the morning news with a smart TV. Once you’ve treated yourself, think about treating the environment right, too, with a smart showerhead. It connects to an app that tracks your water usage to help you cut back on wasting water.
4.      Meditate
With all the time you’ve saved by not hitting snooze and making coffee from bed, you’ll have a few minutes to add in another smart habit. Try meditation! The benefits range from reducing stress to slowing aging. You technically don’t need a smartphone to have a Zen morning, but a meditation app can be a helpful guide and persistent reminder.

What’s the first thing you check on your phone in the morning? Share your answers in the comments or on our social channels!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

No Mouse Required: Straight Talk’s Mobile Games for Cats

Share & Bookmark Happy National Cat Day! Cats on the Internet are great because they are always doing something cute, you never have to scoop up their poop, and you can mute them if they are meowing too loudly. However, nothing replaces the cuddly wonder of a real live cat. If you take the plunge and decide to become a pet parent, you don’t have to give up the cat videos you love. There are even more ways you can bridge your existence in the digital world of infinite cats and the personal joy of playing with your very own cat.

At Straight Talk, we want to help you celebrate life’s crossroads wherever you go. Your cat can also enjoy coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks when you get creative with your device. Here are a few thought starters, but you know your cat best, so don’t let this list limit your fun.

Flashlight Tag
If your cat is the nocturnal type, help him expend some of his nighttime energy with your flashlight app. Shine the flash on the wall, move it around, watch your cat chase it like crazy.
Get Social
Put your superstar hat on and create an alter ego for your cat on social media. What would Mr. Tiddlywinks say if he could caption the picture you took of him with an astronaut helmet on? You decide! Social media is also a great place for you, or rather Mr. Tiddlywinks, to make new feline friends and get great cat fashion inspiration.

Mouse Hunting
Cats aren’t just the stars of YouTube, they’re avid viewers as well. Search for a mouse hunt video and send your cat on a hot pursuit.

Change Your Ring Tone to a Purr Tone
Your cat thinks your ring tone is annoying and he’s a little afraid of vibrate mode. Thankfully, scientists discovered what music cats really love, so you can download it, change your ringtone to it, and make them purr with love every time you have an incoming call.

Download a Cat Game App
There are a lot of great apps for playful cats. There are digital balls of yarn to bat around on a tablet, pixel ponds full of fish to mesmerize your feline, and critters whose movement on a tablet screen you control with your phone.

Share your favorite phone or tablet game you play with your cat in the comments or on our social channels!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Straight Talk Emoji Personality Quiz

Share & Bookmark Do you know your Meyer-Briggs personality type? If you don’t you can find out what it is by taking the official test here. To take the Straight Talk test, open up your phone, find your most recently used emoji, and see if it matches our best guess based on your personality type!

Serious Sally always has some business she’s taking care of, and keeps her tablet neatly tucked away in its case.

Sweetheart Sarah is such a good listener – of course she has the unlimited plan.

Intellectual Ingrid always has an e-book open on her phone.

Visionary Valerie is always coming up with smart, creative ideas, like switching to Straight Talk and saving money.


Adventurous Al likes to try new things, so he switches up his no-contract Straight Talk plan all the time.

Sensitive Steve may be quiet, but his friends know his emoji game is on point.


Idealistic Ike likes your idea and wants to see it happen! His social media posts are always inspirational.


Analytical Aaron is always at the office, solving a tough work problem. He uses his phone’s search function more often than he answers your texts.


Active Annie is always on her feet. Her photo gallery is overflowing with #fromwhereistand photos.

Happy Harriet’s texts are usually invitations to a fun party. They are always unlimited because she has a ton of friends!


Imaginative Ida makes really funny social media posts and has about a million followers!

Clever Carol gets bored easily so she travels a lot – and loves having great nationwide coverage from Straight Talk!

Systematic Sandy is a planner and she’s calling you to nail down a date.

Conscientious Connie is seeking harmony. Her ringtone is a calming little ditty.

Sociable Sam: People love this guy! How can you not love this guy? He’s photobombing all your selfies.

Commanding Clarissa is a natural born leader. That’s how she convinced all her friends to switch to Straight Talk!


Share your favorite emoji and why it’s your perfect personality match in the comments or on our social channels!

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 StraightTalk.com.


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.