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.

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.