Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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  1. WHAT IS THE DEAL...l with the r810 vanishing from the market over night. Walmart says they sent them all back, but that is just uninformed employees talking. If you call ST they told me the are out of stock. I can't get seem to get a straight answer about why they are no longer available but all of the new adds I see have a picture of it just like the new home page on there site. That is false advertisement if you ask me. Every time I see a new add for ST I see the r810 picture and think "oh they have them back only to waste more time trying to get one and they done carry them any more. I switched service to ST with the intentions of getting an r810 and the week I switched the were pulled from the market. If I can't get an answer soon I think I am going to switch back to my old provider. Also I can't seem to find an email link on here for the ST rep and I don't get any response from customer serve when I email tham on the subject as well.

  2. Any chance I can bring my own unlocked GSM phone like Pure Talk or H2O Wireless offers?
    Straight Talk looks really good but the phone selection is a real deal breaker.

  3. Pops: Thanks for your interest. The Samsung R810C is no longer available.

  4. K; Straight Talk Service works exclusively on Straight Talk phones.

  5. Disappointment...looking to move my service when I see that the only phone I am interested (R810C) is no longer available. Are there any plans to bring in a comparable phone or BB, an HTC or something on that line?

  6. Hi squirt4040 : Nothing to announce, but if/when there is, we will do so here. Thanks!

  7. Do calls you receive and text messages you RECEIVE count against the 1000 per month?

  8. Hi Tania. That's correct. Thanks.

  9. Yes, of course, Depnomore. If it is still active it can be ported upon the activation of your new phone. Thanks.

  10. Your website directions are poorly written for porting numbers over. You should clarify that the customer has to buy the SIM/Service first, before they can port a number from another operator.

  11. Can I use an HTC One X+ with StraightTalk under the Bring Your Own Phone program?


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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