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 http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/shop 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.


Friday, April 10, 2015

6 Ways to Capture The Spring Spirit

Share & Bookmark For some, Spring is just business as usual (looking at you Los Angeles). But for the rest of us the start of Spring is a breath of fresh air, literally. Because we can finally go outside. With Straight Talk, it's easy to capture and share all those amazing Spring moments. April, it’s so good to see you.
1. Sunset after a Long Day
It’s quitting time on a Monday evening. You leave the office and are blinded by a giant ball in the sky. The skies are blue and the sun is still shining. Maybe take the long way home and wait to capture the sun as it goes down.

2. You can Change that Bundled-Up Profile Picture
March was a tease. A couple of nice days in a row, it has to be safe right? The next day it’s snowing… snowing! But you can trust April. You can put away all the hats, gloves, scarves (but not all the scarves), the boots, and that coat. This means you can finally get outside and take some candid photos in the sun. #NoFilter necessary. 

3. Birds are Singing
Do you hear that? The sweet songs of birds chirping in the trees. They’ve been gone for too long, and they have so much to tell you. Take a video, send it to your friends.  Now if they would just keep it down on the weekends, that’d be great.

4. Everything is Alive
The trees, the grass, the flowers. THE FLOWERS! Gone are the days of gray and white. They lived through the winter too, and they want to show off a little. Keep doing you, plants. And we’ll keep taking pictures.

5. Go Outside Because You Want To
The start of Spring means more people biking to work, running the trails, and walking around just because. Take a walk with the ones you care about, stop and grab a family photo, or stream some music on your phone while you go for a jog.

What do you love about Spring? Show us how you're capturing the season on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages with #StraightTalkHere.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Lesson in Cellphone History

Share & Bookmark When you're saving money every month with Straight Talk, you almost forget what it was like before making the switch. And just like phone plans, cellphones have come along way from their humble beginnings. With the conveniences of today’s modern devices, the early days of mobile phones seem prehistoric.
Small Screen
Nowadays, your phone is almost entirely screen. The bigger, the better. But there was a time when phone screens were barely an inch across. Try watching a movie on that without using a magnifying glass.

No Internet
The early days of cellphones were also the early days for the Internet. So that meant no GPS directions, no searching for the nearest coffee shop, no streaming movies or tunes—your phone was just a phone.

No Music
Almost every phone comes with headphones so it’s hard to imagine a time when the only music a phone could play was a ringtone.

Slow Texting
When cellphones first hit the mainstream, texting was almost non-existent. There was no group texting, no emojis, no voice-to-text. Just to type the letter ‘c’ you had to press the 2 button three times…

No Camera
Selfie? What’s a selfie? It was enough of a marvel that you could call anybody from anywhere, but being able to take pictures or video with your phone? Now that’s witchcraft.

What else do you remember about the earliest cellphones? Tell us about it on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


Monday, March 16, 2015

What Does Your Phone Case Say About You?

Share & Bookmark Nowadays, your phone is almost an extension of your personality. In fact, you can tell a lot about a person just from the style of case they have. So what does your case say about you?

No Case
Watch out—we’ve got a rebel here. Going case-free is a bold choice. Every drop, bump, thud and fumble could mean disaster, but you like to live dangerously. And life’s no fun without a few risks here and there.

Solid Color
You’re practical. You spent a decent amount of money on your phone and want to treat it with care. So like any rational person, you bought a reasonably priced case that’s not too flashy but gets the job done.

You are an adult and expect to be treated as such. You demand respect and take life pretty seriously. To you, your phone is not a toy. It’s for conducting business, renewing your newspaper subscription and handling professional matters in a professional way.

Animal Print
Someone’s in touch with their wild side. You’re feisty and fierce with a passion for adventure. You use your phone to the fullest so it inevitably takes a beating, but you rarely drop or lose it thanks to your animal instincts.

Bubble Wrap
Really? Bubble wrap? Let’s see—it’s impractical, strange and different for the sake of being different. Yup, you’re a hipster.

What kind of case do you have? Share it with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Five Most Embarrassing Times for Your Phone to Go Off

Share & Bookmark Cell phones are great. They can make life so much easier, but sometimes they can make things really awkward. Like those moments when your phone goes off when you least want it to. We’re cringing just thinking about it. Here's our top five:
Movie Theater
We’ve all been there. You’re at the movies and you thought you put your phone on silent — right up until you hear your ringtone start to blare. You scramble to pull it out of your pocket to turn it off as your fellow moviegoers shush and scoff at you.

You’re a responsible library card owner. You always return your books before they’re due and never dog-ear the pages. But forget to turn your phone off one time and suddenly you’re the librarian’s worst enemy.

You’re trying to make a good first impression. You dressed up, printed out your resume on nice paper and gave the perfect handshake — not too soft, but not too firm either. Then your phone starts to ring and your face turns tomato-red.

The bride looks stunning, tears of joy have been shed and the ceremony is about to wrap up. “If anyone objects, speak now or forever hold your…” RING! Oh boy.

Work Meeting
t’s the day of the big presentation. Your clients have flown in from across the country and your boss is in the middle of closing the deal. The air is thick with tension and anticipation…which is suddenly shattered by a familiar 70s disco tune that’s coming from your pocket.

Have any of these ever happened to you? Tell us about the worst time your phone has gone off on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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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.

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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.”

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