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!

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.