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


  1. I hope that their data plan is good enough to compete. I'm one who wants something that can go all out with data. I don't mind reduced speeds, as long as they can manage honestly unlimited Data. I've heard some nasty reviews of cutoffs and such. I hope they haven't misdefined Unlimited, because it's quantity the people want, and not just speed or timing.

  2. You may save money but they have horrible customer services sat on hold waiting to speak to a manager for a hour and still never got to speak to one plus they deactivated my phone with a month of service left and told me to buy a new phone to get me service turned back on which is hard being on a fixed income if anyone else has these problems small me I'm currently contacting the bbb so let me know thanks.

  3. If you ask me, yall are nothing but liars! You say your services are unlimited but they are NOT!!

  4. Several family members have switched.. one was switched in about 2 hours.. mine toOK a day and I have a niece who's took 2 days.. as of today.. 08.07.13 My daughter has been WITHOUT a phone for 8 DAYS!!! We have called several times.. Walmart has called several times.. and we just keep getting the RUN AROUND.. IT WILL BE ON BY 2:00 TODAY / 24 MORE HOURS / 48 MORE HOURS! I'M FED UP!!! SHE HAS SEVERAL JOB APPS OUT AND IF ANYONE DID CALL HER SHE WILL MISS THE CALL BECAUSE HER PHONE IS STILL NOT TURNED ON AND WILL MISS OUT ON A JOB OPPORTUNITY!!! WTF! NOT ONLY THAT, BUT SHE WILL ALSO LOOSE ALL THIS TIME PAYING FOR A SERVICE SHE CAN'T USE.. $45. PREPAID AND SHE CAN'T USE IT!!! Ticket #1074221493 FIX IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I would use my savings to get my mom a Straight Talk phone. I love the unlimited minutes and low price. She needs to join the smart phone world.

  6. Just switched to Straight talk and love the service! What an awesome company to have as my service. Keep up the good work :) Just wish you could have a variety of phones though.

  7. Just switched to Straight talk. What an awesome service to go through. keep up the good work. Just wish I had a variety of phones to pick from. :)

  8. A new challenge for Switch it to Win it blog post!

    I'm thanking the Deeds from Straight Talk Fancorps, I think I get more update on things from there than what I can do. lol! :)

  9. Straight Talk always helping the community!!! Keep it up

  10. Love my straight talk phones have had them for over 2 years now. Love the money that it saves me and have automatic refill so I don't even have to go any where to buy the refill card. It has saved me lot of mone to be able to buy other things.

  11. love my straight talks phone have saved so much money. have had my phone for over two years now.

  12. wow I had a few stories I was mowing over in my head on what I could do to help a person or two them I found out it was over. I am glad it is though since the winners clearly have the right things in mind with this giveaway... I am glad Straight Talk is giving a little back and hope they keep doing the right things and they will pull out ahead of the pay phone pack as a good and honest place to get a good deal on a cell phone plan!!!

  13. I would really like to have a Samsung galaxy sIII! I have an LG android phone that I use with Straight Talk and it is great! I am also excited about the Straight Talk Fancorps! With the money we save, my wife also has a phone on Straight Talk, we want to buy a washer/dryer that we really need!

  14. This is great that Straight Talk is doing this when the economy is hard as it is!

  15. Switching to Straight Talk has been the best thing that I have done!!!!! I am glad I switched to Straight Talk. Having a Android Phone is my favorite feature with Straight Talk.

  16. My favorite straight talk feature current has to be how awesomely easy it is to transfer my number when i want to update my phone. It's super easy and doesn't take too long at all.

  17. That is awesome, love straight talklk

  18. I think straight talk has great rates. Great contest! I love straight talk!

  19. I think straight talk has great rates. Great contest! I love straight talk!

  20. I am very upset with the service provided by straight talk! !!!!!! You save a few dollars but the customer service is horrible as well as the support. No one there can help me with sending picture messages. And the last representative just tild me that she doesn't know how to do it. The representative before her hung up on me and I have been on the phone for over 3 hours trying to get my picture messaging working. WOW.. . If this is what you guys have to offer then I would rather pay more for better cs and support that is helpful. ...

  21. I switched to Straight Talk almost 3 years ago and have saved a huge amount of money on cell service. Besides saving money, I love having no contract and great service.


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.