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.


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! 

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.