Thursday, February 18, 2010

Road Machine

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We've heard from several people who travel a lot that Straight Talk is their ideal phone. They get great coverage with no dropped calls, can text to their hearts' content and save a ton of money!

While economy is very important -- especially if you're on the road a lot -- reliability and coverage are also critical when you're miles from home base.

Straight Talk is the perfect traveling companion.

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  1. I travel extensively in Mexico and will be adding Panama to that list in the near future. Is there any StraightTalk packages or partners in either of these countries?


  2. I am a bit annoyed. My payment was due March 15, 2010.
    I happened to be in Walmart and purchased the Unlimited
    card, I proceeded to add to my phone,only to be told that
    I lost 7 days of use. Now instead of my payment being due
    April 15th, it is due April 8th. I complained, but to deaf ears
    this is their policy. My advice, don't add minutes until the day
    it's due, you will lose the time you have and they won't credit your

  3. Bob: No plans though we appreciate the suggestion.

  4. Carolyn: Sorry, but the 30-day period begins as soon as the plan starts. No overlap.

  5. It amazes me that people travel all over with this phone without any problems. My drive to work is 1/2 hour - there is NO SERVICE with these phones in my work area, when I'm 10 minutes from the home area, I have no service..coming home I get service back at the same place I lost it. It makes no sense since the service map shows coverage in this area. I have to return my phone and lose the money on the card because it's totally no use for me.

  6. Stratcat45: Sorry to hear about your problem. Please send e-mail to SuperCSR Elston: for assistance with your issues.

  7. 1.NO I DO NOT WORK FOR STRAIGHTTALK ,i own 4 st phones and can change everyday without any problems ,i just swiched between 3 phones today, just to see if id have any problems, everthing went perfect,MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PHONE FULLY CHARGED. this is what you do after adding a new card or if your switching from one straighttalk phone to another, i do all my adding or switching st phones at but you have to wait 5 minites then call *228 or #22890 from your phone. Your phone screen may display a "Start Activation?" message. If it does, select YES and then listen to the voice prompts.
    2. Select option 1 for Activation.
    3. At the end of the call you will receive confirmation that your activation was successful. If you do not receive this confirmation, call *228 again and repeat the steps above. (This call needs to be successful for your phone to work).
    4. Once your call to *228 completes successfully, you need to make a call from your Straight Talk phone to be able to receive calls. Before you are connected, you will be asked to select your language. Once you've completed the call you will be able to receive calls.
    5. Your phone is now active.


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.