Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Best Prepaid Plans for Nexus 5 Owners

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You already know you can save a lot of money by switching to Straight Talk (about $950 per year). But which plan is the right one for you and your cell phone needs? This article in the online technology magazine Make Use Of by Kannon Yamada breaks it down for Nexus 5 users specifically based on four simple questions:
  •     Do you rarely use a cell phone?
  •     Do talk and text all the time but don’t use much data?
  •     Do you use lots of data, talk and text?
  •     Do you use primarily data, but not other device services?

This article specifically relates to the Nexus 5, but the Straight Talk advantages mentioned apply to most devices.

Yamada recommends Straight Talk if you’re someone who’s constantly on the phone, “because of its discounts for paying a full year up-front, and reasonably large LTE data cap (2.5 GB).” LTE speeds are available on the Nexus 5 with Straight Talk’s BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) plan, and the article says no other carrier’s LTE service is as easy to set up.

Also, if you’re someone that consistently uses a lot of data, Yamada says Straight Talk is the best no contract carrier. Read the entire article here, and ask us any Nexus 5, SIM card or BYOP questions in the comments. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Enter for a Chance to Meet and See Garth Brooks in Las Vegas!

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Straight Talk is thrilled to partner with Walmart to offer Garth Brooks fans a once in a lifetime opportunity! We’re giving you a chance to meet and see Garth Brooks in Las Vegas with the Walmart All Access Pass.

Three lucky winners will be selected and each winner may bring three friends for a Garth Brooks meet and greet and tickets to an intimate concert at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas next year. Enter for a chance to win at http://www.StraightTalkSwitch.com/Garth from November 28-30, 2013, and make sure to pick up Garth Brooks’ new box set Blame It All On My Roots at your local Walmart.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Don’t Take it From Us – Why You Should Switch to Straight Talk

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We've told you about the benefits of switching to Straight Talk (no contracts, saving nearly $950 per year, America’s most dependable networks, etc.), but don’t just take it from us.

Yahoo! Voices contributor, Celeste Straube, recently tried Straight Talk for an entire year and wrote about her experience. A few of her favorite things about Straight Talk were:
  • “As far as call quality and service area, I couldn't be happier.”
  • “As soon as I switched from AT&T to a Straight Talk phone that uses Verizon towers, I noticed a drastic improvement in call clarity and a decrease in the number of dropped calls.”
  • “The price is also a great benefit, as I didn't have unlimited talk or data with AT&T and was always worried about going over my allotted amount.”
  • “If you are someone who lives and works in the same zip code, I would completely recommend Straight Talk for your wireless needs."
Read the complete article here, and tell us what you love about Straight Talk in the comments!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Straight Talk Wireless® Donates More Than $1,000,000 to Make-A-Wish® for Second Consecutive Year

Share & Bookmark “Give A Minute, Help Make-A-Wish®” Initiative Draws More Than One Million Participants
Straight Talk Wireless® donated more than $1,000,000 to Make-A-Wish® today as a result of the successful “Give A Minute, Help Make-A-Wish” program. During the month of September, a leading wireless provider donated $1 to Make-A-Wish for every consumer who took a minute to learn about Straight Talk at more than 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide. In-store participation by hundreds of thousands of consumers along with a social sharing effort made it possible to reach the goal and help Make-A-Wish grant wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions.

“Straight Talk is honored to continue its partnership with Make-A-Wish for the second year in a row,” said F. J. Pollak, president and CEO of TracFone Wireless, Inc. “We are thrilled to provide an easy way for Walmart customers to learn about the money they can save with Straight Talk while helping grant wishes in their local community.”

Straight Talk Wireless offers the Same Phones, the Same Networks, at Half the Cost*.  Plans include a $45 per month option with Unlimited** talk, text and data and nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks.

“Once again, Straight Talk is helping us grant more life-changing wishes that help sick kids feel better and sometimes even get better,” said David A. Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “The tremendous response and participation in ‘Give A Minute, Help Make-A-Wish’ is truly a testament to the caring nature of people in communities throughout the country.”

For the second consecutive year, Straight Talk set the donation goal of $1,000,000 to Make-A-Wish. Both 2012 and 2013 programs successfully surpassed the goal to help grant wishes of children across the country with life-threatening medical conditions.

We’d like to thank all of you for your participation in the Give A Minute, Help Make-A-Wish®” program and support for Make-A-Wish over the past two years.

Learn more about “Give A Minute, Help Make-A-Wish” online at:
Main Web site: www.straighttalkwish.com
Straight Talk Facebook: facebook.com/StraightTalkWireless
Straight Talk Twitter: twitter.com/MyStraightTalk

*“Half the Cost” is based on the savings of the two largest major carrier’s online published prices for individual contract plans and the Straight Talk Wireless 30 Days Unlimited** talk, text, data and 411 service plan, excluding the costs of the phones.  Plan features, coverage and limitations vary. A month equals 30 days. Source: Carriers’ websites as of May 2013.


** 30 day Unlimited Plans include 2.5 GB of high speed data per 30-day cycle. After 2.5 GB, your data speed will be reduced for the remainder of the 30-day cycle. High speed data is restored once a new 30-day service plan is redeemed at the end of the 30-day plan cycle. Other limitations, terms and conditions of service apply. Straight Talk reserves the right to terminate your service for unauthorized or abnormal usage. Please refer always to the latest Terms and conditions of Service at StraightTalk.com

Friday, October 11, 2013

7 Straight Talk-Inspired Halloween Costumes

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We know coming up with that perfect Halloween costume can be stressful, which is why we created this list of device-related costumes to help you or your kids get a jump start.

Cell Phone Bill
If you ask us, this is one of the scariest things you could be for Halloween.

Mr. or Mrs. Money Bags
Switching to Straight Talk helps you feel richer, so why not dress the part on Halloween?

Your Favorite Graph
Feel free to use these if your favorite graph is a pie chart or Venn diagram.

The Android Robot
This guy simply makes us smile wherever we see him.

Charles
His costume is a good excuse to dress up and get your finest suit out there.
Emojis
Eveyone loves emojis. All of your friends simply pick your favorite emoji and prepare to take a lot of 
pictures.

4G LTE
This is another great group costume. Gather three of your closet “G’s” and dress up like anything “fast” such as a lightning bolt, Olympic sprinter, or fancy car. Gold chains and/or hats would be a nice finishing touch. (Put our new SIM card into an LTE compatible AT&T device to share photos, stream videos, and download files at 4G LTE speed! Learn more: https://www.straighttalkswitch.com/lte/)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

“Switch It To Win It Challenge”

Share & Bookmark It’s no secret that people can save nearly $1,000/year* by switching to Straight Talk. What’s even better is the way people use their savings to make another person’s day. Whether it’s buying new clothes for kids going back to school, or helping a friend during a time of need, your stories truly inspire us.

Your stories of kindness and generosity inspired us to do something good, too. So we're giving away thousands of dollars in prizes for the best story about switching things for the better - for you or someone else. Enter our “Switch It To Win It Challenge” for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes, and then use your winnings to lend someone a hand!

To win, just share how you'd use $1,000 to do some good. You just might win it. There are two ways to enter:

  1. Share what you'd switch to help someone you care about. If you want, add a photo to help tell the story. You could win $1,000 + a Samsung Galaxy SIII!
  2. To enter, share what you'd switch to help someone you care about in a video that's 60 seconds or less. Post your original creation to YouTube, share the link and add a description. You just might win  $5,000 + a Samsung Galaxy SIII 

Ready to inspire someone? Visit the “Switch It To Win It Challenge” tab on the Straight Talk Facebook page to get started.

*Average savings is $974


Friday, May 17, 2013

The Next Big Thing Has Arrived: The Samsung Galaxy S III

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Are you holding out on buying a cell phone because you’re waiting for the latest and greatest to arrive? Well, you don’t have to wait anymore - The next big thing is already here. Today, we’re proud to introduce you to the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Features that make this phone stand out from the crowd include:

  • 4G LTE – Enjoy faster speeds on 4G networks. 
  • 8.0/1.9 Megapixel Cameras – Use both rear and front facing cameras.
  • 4.8 HD Super AMOLED – 4.8 inches of high-definition display; true and perfect color with ultra fast response time.
  • Pop up play – Do two things at once: watch a video as you email or text.
  • Smart Keyboard – The phone recognizes the next letter based on your typing pattern and the proximity to each touched key.
  • Smart Stay – The screen maintains a bright display as long as you’re looking at it.
  • Direct Call – If you’re sending a message, but decide to call instead, simply lift the phone to your ear and it will dial your friend’s number automatically.
  • Social Tag – Keep track of your friends at a glance. Just look at a photo of them for current online status.
  • S Voice – You can tell the phone to wake up, answer an incoming call, or even take a photo. 
  • S Beam – Place two Samsung Galaxy S III’s back-to-back and you can transfer pictures, music, videos, and more.

Sold on the amazingness that is the Samsung Galaxy S III? Make it yours.



Thursday, May 9, 2013

FLW Pro Angler Profile: JT Kenney

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Have you entered our Fish With a Pro sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to Lake Chickamauga, TN? Enter now and you could be fishing with a pro in no time!

Now, let’s introduce you to one of our favorite Straight Talk FLW pros, JT Kenney.

JT Kenney with a two big snooks from the Sebastian Inlet.

Hailing from Frostburg Maryland, JT Kenney has been a pro angler for 12 years. He is almost completely self-taught and looks back on the days when he would strap a fishing pole on his back, hop on his mini motorcycle and spend the day fishing in ponds, creeks and the head waters of the Potomac River. From ponds all the way to the national circuit, here’s a little more about million-dollar grossing JT Kenney.

Straight Talk: Hi JT, thanks for chatting with us today! We have to ask, around how many days per year do you fish?
JT Kenney: I spend about 220 days per year on the water, so a more than half of the year.

ST: What was your most memorable tournament as a fishing pro?
JT: My very first tour level event in 2002. I won the whole thing and got a small taste of victory.

ST: What is your biggest catch in competition?
JT: My biggest tournament catch was a 9.12 pounder at the Bass Master tournament. It felt like a big thing of money on the other end of the line!

ST: Nice! What is your favorite pre-event meal?
JT: Anything from what I like to call “God’s Grocery Store”—sushi, fish, deer, duck, fish, mushrooms from the woods, and oysters I knock off rocks myself!

ST: Sounds delicious. What else do you like to do when you’re not fishing?
JT: I like hunting, salt water fishing, and cooking.

ST: What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring angler?
JT: I always tell them to spend more time on the water - that’s how you learn to be successful. I can’t tell you everything there is to know, but just be out there and enjoy it.

Thanks JT. Now head over to straighttalkfishwithapro.com and you could be on a boat with a pro angler like him!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

International Long Distance Modifications

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This week, we’re rolling out a few changes to our 30 day International Long Distance Plan offering and want to give you the scoop.

It’s our mission to offer great plans at a low cost. In order to do so, we’re taking steps to manage the demand for calls to cellular phones in Mexico.  To improve the quality and reliability of our service to international destinations for our customers and to reduce network congestion, we will make the following changes to our 30 day Unlimited* International Service Plan, including all plans or cards in the Reserve.

Effective May 1st , 2013 each 30 day plan will include:

  • 400 minutes for calls to cellular phones in Mexico
  • You will be able to call up to 15 unique international numbers  
  • International calls to landlines and cellular phones in Canada, China and India 

All items will be reset upon service renewal each month.  Unused minutes do not carry over.

For more information about these changes to our international calling plan, please review the Terms and Conditions of Service available at http://www.straighttalk.com/.

We appreciate your business. If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Thanks,

The Straight Talk Team

FLW Pro Angler Profile: Scott Canterbury

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We’re thrilled to announce our Fish With A Pro sweepstakes. Enter to win a trip for two to Lake Chickamauga, TN to fish with an FLW pro angler! You know you want to be out on the water.


Meet our friend, Straight Talk sponsored FLW pro Scott Canterbury, a six year pro angler from Alabama who loves ‘flippin’ a jig’. We had the opportunity to sit down with Scott and ask him a few questions about his career in pro fishing. Read on to learn more about Scott.

Straight Talk: Scott, thanks for joining us today! When did you start fishing?
Scott: I started fishing at just 3 years old. I remember sitting in the live well of the boat with my dad and uncle while they fished.

Straight Talk: Wow! So then at what age did you start fishing competitively?
Scott: I started competing at 12 years old, and then really picked it up at 16 when I could drive.  While I do love the fellowship of fishing, I enjoy the competition even more. I’m going on my 6th year as a pro angler.

Straight talk: How much time per week do you spend fishing?
Scott: About 45 hours/week.

Straight Talk: When you’re out on the water and you make a big catch, how does it feel?
Scott: It feels like a major adrenalin rush! Even though a bass fight is not a long one (they’re smaller fish, so it takes about 30 seconds), it’s the most exciting moment on the water.

Straight Talk: What do you like to eat to prepare for a long day on the water?
Scott: My favorite pre-event meal has to be grilled Oregon salmon that tournament roommate Jay Yelas always brings down.

Straight Talk:  What do you like to do when you’re not fishing?
Scott: I enjoy hunting, golfing, and especially teaching my daughter how to fish. One of her ambitions is to go to University of Alabama and be the first to win the Bass Master Classic. She really enjoys the sport.

Straight Talk: Do you have any advice for aspiring anglers?
Scott: There’s nothing better than hands-on experience and time on the water. Read articles about fishing, fishing magazines, fishing TV shows, but the biggest thing is time on the water and experience. Fish as much as you can.

Straight Talk: Great advice. Is there anything else we should know about you?
Scott: I feel blessed to what I do as a living. I enjoy taking other people and kids fishing and hope I can teach younger children how to get into the sport. I also love taking my dad and uncle fishing and trying to put them on some fish… like they used to do for me when I was kid.

Wanna learn more about Scott? Join him for Twitter party on May 2nd at 12pm EST. Use #FLWchat to ask questions and be qualified to win a Straight Talk Android phone! Until then, be sure to head over to straighttalkfishwithapro.com for a chance to win a day on the water with an angler like Scott.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Straight Talk Presents… The Great $950 Dare

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We take pride in saving you cash by providing the best phones on America’s best networks for only $45/month. When you add it up, you’re saving a substantial amount of dough (roughly $950 a year).

Keeping savings in mind, have you ever taken a second to think what it would take for you to save that much cash in a year?  Did you know in order to save $950/year you would have to give up celebrating your birthday, anniversary and Valentine’s Day?

Not big into celebrations anyway? OK – how about no home a/c, internet and makeup. Think you can handle that? Step up and play “The Great $950 Dare,” the game which shows you what it really takes to save $950/year.

Spin as much as you like and see just how many life luxuries you’d have to sacrifice in order to save. Remember – you and your loved ones avoid sacrificing the essentials by switching to Straight Talk!



Monday, April 22, 2013

Catch Some Sweet Prizes with the Straight Talk FLW Sweepstakes!

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re not fishing in the great outdoors. We’d like to change that.

Calling all aspiring anglers - -Today we’re kicking off the Straight Talk “Fish with a Pro” FLW sweepstakes! Enter our sweeps for a chance to win a fishing trip with an FLW Outdoors Pro Angler in Lake Chickamauga, TN! Tell your best fishing buddy to pack his bags as well, because this prize is a trip for two!

Enter the sweepstakes here and get your “Gone Fishin’” sign ready. There’s a big mouth bass with your name on it!



Monday, April 8, 2013

Straight Talk Data Clarification

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We want to take this opportunity to address a topic that we know is important to you - data limits on your Straight Talk plan.

You may have heard rumors online that there is a hard cap of 1.5GB for data on Straight Talk.  We want to clear this up for you right away: We are NOT cutting off data at 1.5GB on Straight Talk.  The data limit in reference only applies to Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP™) AT&T-compatible SIMs on our sister brand, NET10. In fact, most of our customers enjoy their unlimited data plans with no issues or complaints regarding their data speeds or service. Please see sections seven and eight of Straight Talk’s terms and conditions for full details.

Still worried about your data usage? Here are a few tips to help you conserve your data:

  1. Connect to WiFi whenever possible to avoid using data entirely. WiFi Finder can help you discover open WiFi networks.
  2. Close applications that are not in use (this can save your battery, too!).
  3. Turn off auto-updates for apps or change the settings to update over WiFi only.
  4. Turn off automatic photo uploading or change the settings to upload over WiFi only.
  5. Turn off push “as items arrive” email. Instead, set your email account to sync every hour or longer.
  6. Browse mobile friendly websites instead of full webpages, which use more data to view.
  7. Use apps that help you manage data. In Android 4.0 or later, you can set limits and alerts on your usage. Otherwise, you can download 3rd party apps for Android and iOS such as:
    • Onavo – iOS/Android
    • Data Usage - iOS

Questions? Leave a comment below.

Thank you,

The Straight Talk Team

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Straight Talk Weighs in: Long Distance Relationship

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Video chatting, popping spontaneous letters in the mail, long drives. If you’re in a long-distance relationship, these activities may sound all too familiar. But we’re here for you - No matter where your loved one is located, we want to make it easier to stay connected with your loved ones. Straight Talk’s nationwide unlimited call, text and data plans keep the conversation going for only $45/month, so you won’t break the bank (even if you fall asleep on the phone).

If your significant other lives abroad, don’t fret! For only $60/month you can make calls on our Unlimited International Long Distance plan to over 30 countries. Now it’s easier than ever with the Straight Talk International Android app.


We want you to be able to talk to whoever you want, for as long as you want, no matter where they are. All in the name of love!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tax Tips!

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April 15 will be here before you know it so if you’ve been putting off filing your taxes it’s time to get on the ball.  We’re here to offer a few tips for you to make the process a little less stressful.

Tax Tip #1: Filing via DIY software? Do your homework!

There are many DIY tax options out there – be sure to choose the one that’s right for you. Before purchasing, take some time and scour the web for product reviews.

Tax Tip #2: Save money by filing sooner rather than later.

We’re still early into tax season which means there are deals available from tax prep companies and software programs. If you file soon you can take advantage of these great deals and alleviate the last minute rush on tax day. It’s a win-win!

Tax Tip #3: Don’t stress – you can always file for an extension.

Running into a snag that will prevent you from filing on time? Not to worry – you can always file for an extension. Form 4868 is available online and is included in most DIY tax prep software.

Tax Tip #4: Turn your return into savings

If you’re getting a return, sit back and relax - extra cash is headed your way! Use that cash to purchase a Straight Talk Wireless smartphone and you’ll turn your tax return into savings of $950/year.*

What are you favorite tax time tips? Share them with us in the comments below.



Friday, March 1, 2013

Get to Know the Straight Talk International Android App

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International access numbers – they've always been hard to live with, but necessary for making international calls. Until now, that is!

We’re excited to introduce you to the Straight Talk International app – a simple, free solution for those with the Straight Talk Unlimited International plan. This free app allows you to directly call stored contacts or international numbers minus the hassle of dialing access numbers. Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the app on Google Play
  2. Go to your contacts with the international number previously saved or dial 011-country code + city code + number 
  3. You’re connected! You don’t have to open the app to make a call!

Staying in contact with your friends and family all over the world has never been easier.

Download the app here. Who are you calling first? Let us know in the comments below.



Thursday, February 28, 2013

It’s Tax Time!

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It’s that time again! Yes – tax season has arrived and it’s time to file, file, file. Sure, the process might be dreadful, but there’s no better feeling than when you receive that sweet return.

What if we told you that you could reap the rewards of your return year round? Stop by a participating Walmart this Friday (3/1) and Saturday (3/2) to get the scoop on Straight Talk.  Representatives will be present to discuss savings and benefits you’ll receive from switching to Straight Talk as well as answer questions.

Bonus for iPhone lovers!  If you’ve had your eyes set on a new iPhone, you’ll learn all about how you can finance one for as little as $25/month.

Find the closest participating store here and be on your way to having nationwide coverage on America’s largest most reliable networks while saving as much as $950/year*.

*Average savings is $974.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Blackberry Curve 9310: Now Available on Straight Talk

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It’s time to celebrate! Starting today you can get a Blackberry on Straight Talk for the first time ever. That’s right, we’ve got the BlackBerry Curve 9310 with unlimited* talk, text and data for just $45 a month!*

 

So just how much power is packed into this device’s punch? Check out these sweet features:

  • Tune in now – there’s room for tons of mp3s as well as built in FM radio
  • Hurry up – enjoy the latest, most advanced OS ever: Blackberry 7.1
  • Type in luxury  – enjoy typing with ease on a qwerty keyboard
  • Talk is now cheap – use Wi-Fi instead of cell coverage
  • Capture the moment – 3.2 Megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
  • Stay in touch – one touch access to Blackberry Messenger (BBM)  keeps you connected with friends and family


And that’s not all! Check out the entire list of specs at the bottom of this post.

Ready to make this phone yours? Stop by your local Walmart or simply purchase it online here.

Key Features:

  • BlackBerry 7.1 OS
  • 2.44” QVGA display
  • Sleekly sized at 109mm x 60mm x 12.7mm
  • 512 MB on-board memory, expandable to 32 GB microSD
  • 8 hours Talk-time/18 days Stand-by
  • 70 hours music playback w/headset
  • 3.2 MP camera, flash, image stabilization, face detection, 4x digital zoom
  • GPS-enabled with preloaded BlackBerry Maps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/gn enabled
  • Network Dual Band: 800/1900 MHZ CDMA /EV-DO networks
  • Local FM radio reception capable
  • Convenience Keys for BBM, camera and multimedia functions

*Additional unlimited* International plan available for $60.



*TETHERING TO ANOTHER DEVICE IS PROHIBITED. OTHER LIMITATIONS APPLY. Please Refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mobile Technology: What’s Next?

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There’s no denying it – cell phones have come a long way in the past 20 years.  Now we can browse the internet, order food, and stream live TV… all on the go! But what does the future hold?  Here are 5 of our favorite up and coming mobile technologies:


Waterproof cell phones
Have you ever wanted to take a call in the shower? You might be able to soon thanks to Liquipel. With this waterproof phone coating, you’ll soon be able to sing and chat in the shower.

Facial Recognition Technology
Entering passwords and pins to get into your phone can be a pain. But with the Facelock Pro app, your phone-- and all of the personal information it contains—will be protected by your pretty face. Check it out here.

Mobile Blood Pressure Monitor
There are tons of fitness and health apps out there. Now Withings has created a mobile blood pressure monitor that provides you with the ability to monitor your heath on the go. Bonus: All history is automatically saved onto the device, making it easy to track and evaluate your progress.

Battery Life
Say you find yourself in an emergency situation and you have little to no battery life left on your cell phone. Thankfully, there is SpareOne – an emergency phone, which was just revealed at the 2013 Consumer Electronic Show. This device is powered by one AA battery and has the ability to keep a charge for 15 years!

Flexible Screen
According to Yahoo! News, Samsung introduced a new technology called organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that makes phone screens paper thin and flexible. Which means two things: 1. You’ll be able to fold up your cell phone like a map. And 2. Time to start practicing your origami skills.

If you could pick any of these cool new technologies, which would YOU choose? Let us know in the comments! 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Straight Talk Tutorial – How to Set Up Your Wireless Home Phone

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Get ready to cut your home phone bill in half! The simplicity provided by the Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone enables you to make both nationwide and international calls for only $30 a month.

Ready to get your phone up and running?  We’ll walk you through the process step-by-step below, and Laura provides great guidance in this video tutorial. Let’s do this!  


Step 1: Open that box up!
See, that wasn’t so hard. Inside you’ll find the following items:

                ·         Home phone unit
                ·         Antenna
                ·         Rechargeable battery
                ·         Power adapter
                ·         Service guide
·        
      If you purchased the phone online you should also have your service plan

Step 2: Install the battery
Turn over your home phone unit, remove the battery cover and connect the connection cable into the battery port. Place the cover back on and you’re in business.

The battery you just installed is a rechargeable backup that allows you to make and receive calls in the event of a power outage. It will be fully charged in about three and a half hours.

Step 3: Install the antenna
Align the antenna with the port on the back of the wireless home phone unit. It’s critical that the antenna is installed correctly in order to obtain optimal signal strength. After about two dozen rotations the connection should be secure. Resort to the signal strength indicators on the unit. If nothing is lit up, there’s a good chance the antenna is not installed correctly. Rinse and repeat until your signal indicator is glowing.

Step 4: Give it some juice
Insert the power adapter plug into the DC input port into the back of the wireless home phone unit and then plug the power adapter into the wall. Presto – the unit will turn on automatically. You’ll know you’re in business because the power indicator will turn blue. Want to turn it off? Just hold down the power button for one second.   

Step 5: Connect a telephone
Cord or cordless? It doesn’t matter! You can plug in up to two ports for you corded phones, or the base unit of your cordless phone. You’ll be able to use your cordless phones in and around your home.

Step 6: Activating the Service
You’re almost there so keep it up! To activate your service, visit StraightTalkHomePhone.com or call 1.800.299.7784 (from another phone). Have your serial number and service plan or credit card available. Once activated, dial *22890 from one of your connected phones in order to program it.

Step 7: Call away!
You’re ready to go!

 Want more info? Visit StraightTalkHomePhone.com

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Three Ways to the iPhone 5

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Last week we announced that the iPhone is now available on Straight Talk. We’ve been waiting for this day and can’t tell you how excited we are about this new offering for our customers.

Some of you may have been using the iPhone already through our Bring Your Own Phone SIM program, but now, we have three different options for you to have the best iPhone at the best price.

There are three ways to have the iPhone on Straight Talk:


  • Bring an AT&T or T-mobile compatible GSM phone, or an unlocked GSM phone.
  • Purchase a straight talk SIM card & airtime bundle. Standard and micro SIM cards available.
  • Activate your SIM by following the easy instructions included in the activation guide that comes     with your SIM card. You will need an Unlimited* Service Plan to activate your SIM. Buy it during checkout or during the Activation process.

  • Walmart offers financing for as low as $25/month on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Plus there’s no interest and no contract.

3.   Purchase an iPhone 5 at Walmart for $649 and watch it pay for 
      itself over time

     a.   Purchase the iPhone 5 for $649 upfront paired with a $45 Unlimited* plan.

           ·   $649 iPhone 5
           ·   Unlimited* talk, text and data access: $45/month
           ·   Total cost: $1,189/year

     b.   Cost of the iPhone 5 on a leading contract plan:

           ·   iPhone 5: $199.99 with a 2 year contract
           ·   Data plan: $140/month
           ·   Total cost: $1,799/year

     c.   Do the math.

So whether you BYOP, finance your phone, or pay up-front, know that Straight Talk offers the best deals on the full package. iPhone + $45/month Unlimited* = huge savings.



*TETHERING TO ANOTHER DEVICE IS PROHIBITED. OTHER LIMITATIONS APPLY. Please Refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Phone Financing + Unlimited* Monthly Plan = Huge Savings

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You don’t need to break the bank in order to get your hands on the new iPhone 5. Straight Talk offers financing for as low was $25/month! Plus there’s no interest**, no contract, and you get Unlimited* data. Winning.

Let’s break it down for all you champions of smart savings:
  • iPhone 5: $25/month
  • Unlimited* data plan: $45/month
  • Total cost: $840/year***
That’s $70 per month for a brand new iPhone 5 AND all the talking, texting, and data access your heart desires. All on America's largest, most dependable networks, with no contract.

Check out the iPhone 5 on a leading contract plan:
  • iPhone 5: $199.99 with a 2 year contract
  • 10 GB data plan: $140/month
  • Total cost: $1,799/year
Ouch! With a contract plan, you’re looking at $140 a month for the highest data, talk, and text plan they offer. They don’t even have Unlimited* data plans (did we mention Straight Talk’s Unlimited* plan is only $45/month?). Plus you STILL have to pay for the iPhone, which is $199.99. And you’re stuck with a 2-year contract. Don’t fall for the “sign your life away and get a cheap iPhone” trick. Head to your nearest Walmart store and save yourself $950 a year. Learn more at straighttalk.com/iphone.


What would you do with the yearly savings of $950? Tell us in the comments below.

*Unlimited Service Plan must be purchased with phone. Offer/model not available in all areas. TETHERING TO ANOTHER DEVICE IS PROHIBITED. OTHER LIMITATIONS APPLY. Please Refer to the Terms and Conditions.

**The monthly payment shown should allow you to pay off this purchase (excluding any applicable taxes or optional debt cancellation charges) within the promotion period if: (1) the balance is and will be the only balance on the account during the promotion period (this means that you do not incur any additional fees or charges on your account), (2) you make the payment by the due date each month, and (3) the purchase is subject to the 26 or 18 month advertised financing offer. Applicable taxes or optional debt cancellation charges will require you to make payments for additional months. The monthly payment shown will be added to your minimum payment for other balances on your account. The monthly payment shown will not apply if you do not select the 26 or 18 month advertised financing offer.

***Each iPhone purchase must be made on a separate receipt and requires a separate offer certificate. Offer certificate must be scanned at register at time of purchase to receive the 26 or 18 month offers. Offer subject to credit approval and cannot be combined with any other offer. Applies to a $649 single-receipt iPhone5 phone purchase or a $449 single-receipt iPhone 4 phone purchase made during the promotional period using either a consumer Walmart® Discover® or consumer Walmart® Credit Card in a Walmart store. Offer not valid online. No interest will be charged on promotional purchase (including related taxes and optional debt cancellation charges) and fixed monthly payments are required equal to $25 until promotional purchase is paid in full. Applicable taxes or optional debt cancellation charges will not increase the monthly payment, but will require you to make payments for additional months. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases. For new accounts: Variable purchase APR is 16.90%, 19.90%, 22.90% for Walmart Discover and 22.90% for Walmart Credit Card. Minimum interest charge is $1.00 for both cards. All APRs are accurate as of 10/1/11 and will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate (as defined in your credit card agreement). Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms.(Jan 10, 2013)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Straight Talk Easy Exchange Program

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Love your phone? Good. We want you to have it for as long as you’d like. And even with water damage, shattered screens, power surges and other accidents, you can.
It’s called the Straight Talk Easy Exchange program where you may be eligible to trade in a damaged phone.

We offer two programs*:

Easy Exchange PLUS: Purchase Easy Exchange PLUS monthly or annually within 30 days of initial phone activation and you’ll receive coverage for accidental damage and electrical or mechanical malfunction.  So if your phone suffers water damage, a shattered screen, or falls victim to humidity, we’ve got your back.

Easy Exchange: Purchase easy exchange annually within the first year after initial phone activation.  Easy Exchange extends the manufacturer’s warranty and covers electrical and mechanical malfunction providing extra protection for your favorite phone.

Easy exchange protection is available at pricing ranging from $.99 to $39.99. The pricing depends on the retail price of the phone, duration of the plan and whether the plan is prepaid.


*Please note that activation zips in Florida and California are not currently eligible, and BYOP is not offered at this time.

Straight Talk Automated Retail Shops

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In a pinch for a new phone, SIM or service plan with no Walmart around? Now you can find Straight Talk in airports, malls and train stations across the country. See below for a full list of locations where you can stock up on the go at a Straight Talk Automated Retail Shop.


Locations:
Amtrak Union Station
Ticketing Booths
225 South Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606

MSP - Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport
Main Terminal
4300 Glumack Drive
St. Paul, MN 55111

JFK - John F. Kennedy International Airport
Terminal 2 Delta Airlines Gate 19
JFK Access Road
Jamaica, NY 11430

DFW - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Terminal C, Gate 28 and Terminal D, Gate 24
3200 East Airfield Drive
Dallas, TX
IAH - George Bush Intercontinental Airport

OAK -  Oakland International Airport
Terminal 2 Gate 25
1 Airport Drive
Oakland, CA 94621

Lincolnwood Town Center
Center Court
3333 W Touhy Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Laguna Hills Mall
Center Court
24155 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Fashion Valley
Main Entrance Info Booth
San Diego, CA 92108

Del Amo Fashion Center
JC Penney
3525 Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503

Jefferson Valley Mall
Food Court
650 Lee Blvd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

River Oaks Center
Sears
96 River Oaks Center Dr
Calumet City, IL 60409

Burbank Town Center
Macys
201 E Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Eastridge Mall
Sears
2200 Eastridge Loop
San Jose, CA 95122

Somersville Towne Center
Main Entrance
2556 Somersville Road
Antioch, CA 94509

The Mall at Northgate
Macys
5800 Northgate Mall
San Rafael, CA 94903

Woodbridge Center
JC Penney
250 Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge, NJ 7095

Pacific View Mall
Center Court
3301-1 E Main St
Ventura, CA 93003

Westside Pavilion
Nordstrom
10800 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Allen Premium Outlets
Food Court
820 West Stacy Road
Allen, TX 75013

Auburn Mall
Macys
385 Southbridge Street
Auburn, MA 1501

Beverly Center
Food Court
8500 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Camarillo Premium Outlets
Food Court
740 East Ventura Boulevard
Camarillo, CA 93010

Crystal Mall
Macys
850 Hartford Turnpike
Waterford, CT 6385

Fox Run Mall
JC Penney
50 Fox Run Road
Newington, NH 3801

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Children’s Play Area
4000 Baldwin Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Great Lakes Mall
Macys
7850 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060

Houston Premium Outlets
Food Court
29300 Hempstead Road
Cypress, TX 77433

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
Food Court
One Premium Outlets Blvd
Tinton Falls, NJ 7753

Montgomery Mall
Center Court
230 Montgomery Mall
North Wales, PA 19454

Northlake Mall
Upper Level JC Penney
4800 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
Food Court
11211 120th Avenue
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

Richmond Town Square
Macys
691 Richmond Road
Richmond Heights, OH 44143

Round Rock Premium Outlets
Food Court
4401 North IH-35
Round Rock, TX 78664

Stamford Town Center
Food Court
100 Greyrock Place
Stamford, CT 6901

Stratford Square Mall
JC Penney
152 Stratford Square
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

The Mall at Wellington Green
Macys
10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.
Willington, FL 33414

White Oaks Mall
Food Court
2501 Wabash Avenue
Springfield, IL 62704

The Mall at Whitney Field
Radio Shack
100 Commercial Road
Leominster, MA 1453

Choose your product, and voila! You’ll have your phone, SIM or PIN in your hands in seconds.



Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano
http://www.fiercewireless.com

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.