Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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 for a chance to win a day on the water with an angler like Scott.

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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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