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.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Which Type of Phone User Are You?

Share & Bookmark Everyone uses their phone in different ways. We all know that person who takes endless selfies or is always on the hunt for the coolest new app, but some people take it to a whole new level. See if any of these types of phone users sound familiar to you.
Phones have made quality cameras available to us at all times. And some people can’t help but take pictures of their food. That’s the Foodographer. To them, food is a visual medium. A bowl of tomato soup that’s cast in just the right light. A hamburger topped with an egg. A summer salad finished with goat cheese. Anything with goat cheese, really. Some food is just too perfect not to photograph.

Music Maven
If a Music Maven is out and about, you can be sure that their headphones are in. They like life with a soundtrack and are always using their phones to listen to music. Music Mavens are fun to watch when they forget they’re in public and start dancing or singing along to the tune. 

Hashtag Queen/King
#TGIF. #PerfectDay. #BeachLife. Meet the Hashtag Queen/King. They like dropping hashtags into every conversation. Whether they’re sharing an opinion (#JustSaying) or simply providing context (#CatLadyProblems), you can be sure they’ll sum it up nicely with a hashtag.

Emoji Master
Whether it’s a quick text to see what’s for dinner or a group text figuring out tonight’s plans, the Emoji Master prefers icons to words. From smiley faces  and hearts to camels �� and hamburgers �� there’s no telling what they’re going to use next.

So which type are you? Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let us know.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spread the #StraightTalkCheer this Holiday Season

Share & Bookmark The holidays offer the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the family. With the money you save by switching to Straight Talk, you can share some extra #StraightTalkCheer with your family. Take a look at these simple and fun ways to get into the holiday spirit.

Gingerbread Houses
Gingerbread houses are a holiday staple, but when’s the last time you made one? Head to Walmart and grab all the fixings: gingerbread, icing, gumdrops, candy canes, licorice rope, peppermints and whatever else catches your eye.

Attending the Theater
We all know and love a classic holiday story. Going to see a holiday play can bring the holiday season to life in a whole new way. Most community theaters have holiday specials for kids and adults alike. It’s a great way to keep your entire family entertained.

Ice Skating
Ice skating is a classic winter pastime. Gliding across the ice with the wind in your hair and the world sliding lazily by—it’s a nice way to spend a few hours. The ice rink is a family-friendly destination that gets the blood pumping and smiles beaming — perfect for group selfies! Just remember, safety first if you're snapping photos on the ice.

Game Apps
For some digital family fun, load up your Straight Talk device with multiplayer game apps. It's a great option for when the weather's bad and you don't want to get out of your PJs.

How are you going to spread the #StraightTalkCheer this year?

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

*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.
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.

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.