Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spread the #StraightTalkCheer this Holiday Season

Share & Bookmark The holidays offer the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the family. With the money you save by switching to Straight Talk, you can share some extra #StraightTalkCheer with your family. Take a look at these simple and fun ways to get into the holiday spirit.

Gingerbread Houses
Gingerbread houses are a holiday staple, but when’s the last time you made one? Head to Walmart and grab all the fixings: gingerbread, icing, gumdrops, candy canes, licorice rope, peppermints and whatever else catches your eye.

Attending the Theater
We all know and love a classic holiday story. Going to see a holiday play can bring the holiday season to life in a whole new way. Most community theaters have holiday specials for kids and adults alike. It’s a great way to keep your entire family entertained.

Ice Skating
Ice skating is a classic winter pastime. Gliding across the ice with the wind in your hair and the world sliding lazily by—it’s a nice way to spend a few hours. The ice rink is a family-friendly destination that gets the blood pumping and smiles beaming — perfect for group selfies! Just remember, safety first if you're snapping photos on the ice.

Game Apps
For some digital family fun, load up your Straight Talk device with multiplayer game apps. It's a great option for when the weather's bad and you don't want to get out of your PJs.

How are you going to spread the #StraightTalkCheer this year?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The #StraightTalkCheer Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday shopping can be stressful, especially if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift. But not to worry — we’ve got your back. Find presents for the pickiest person on your list and maybe even grab one for yourself while you’re at it. It's time to spread some #StraightTalkCheer.

Straight Talk BYOP – $3.99* (normally $6.99)
Available until December 5
Love your phone, but hate your expensive contract? Now’s the ideal time to bring your phone over to Straight Talk and start saving. Plus, it’ll be easier than ever to keep in touch with your loved ones this holiday season. At $3.99, you’re running out of reasons not to make the switch.

Samsung Galaxy S4 + $100 Walmart Gift Card*
Available December 8–14

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is deisgned to make your life richer, simpler and more fun. Quickly and easily capture those special holiday moments and share them with your friends and family online. Not to mention that when you buy a 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy S4, you’ll also get a $100 Walmart gift card. Head into your local Walmart to get yours.
Huawei W1 – $149.99* (normally $199.99)
Available until December 19

The Huawei W1 is built to perform. Its screen provides stunning clarity, even when viewed in direct sunlight. Thanks to a simple point-and-shoot camera button, you won’t miss a moment this holiday season.
Samsung Galaxy Centura (Refurbished) – $19.99*
Available until December 19

Outfitted with a large touchscreen, the Samsung Galaxy Centura is entertainment lover’s best friend. It’s preloaded with Google Mobile Services, which means you can you can browse through thousands of Google Play Books and Google Play Magazines, and listen to all your favorite holiday tunes through Google Music.
Samsung Galaxy S3 + $50 Walmart Gift Card*
Available December 15–21

The sleek and stylish Samsung Galaxy S3 has all the tools to keep you connected with friends and family, and the week of December 15, you can get a $50 Walmart gift card when you buy the S3 at Walmart.

*While supplies last

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Straight Talk Black Friday Deals at Walmart

Share & Bookmark We’re just a few weeks away from one of the biggest shopping events of the year—Black Friday. It’s that special time when shoppers head out to their favorite stores in search of massive savings. And if you’ve been waiting to get a new phone until a good offer came along, your wait is over.

Get ahead of the Black Friday crowds and head to your local Walmart the evening of Thrusday November 27th, and you’ll find amazing deals on some of your favorite phones. Get the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style for $29 (normally $129), the LG Access for $49 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $249.
These deals are sure to go fast, so here are a few useful tips to help you make the most of your shopping:

1. Bring something to occupy your time spent waiting in line, like your phone. Play games or listen to music to pass the time.
2. Bring your phone charger so you never run out of battery.
3. Visit Walmart the day before and map out the quickest route to the Straight Talk section.
4. Bring a snack. Who wants to shop on an empty stomach?
5. Remember, it’s just shopping. So take a deep breath, relax, and be nice.

With these amazing Straight Talk deals at Walmart, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best savings of the season.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet the Motorola Moto E on Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Your phone should make your life easier. Meet the Motorola Moto E, designed to fit seamlessly into your life.
Say you're browsing a few of your favorite cooking sites on your Moto E and find an awesome Chicken Parmesan recipe. You can easily create a shopping list on your phone before heading to the store. If the kids start to get a little rambunctious as you’re trying to find the tomato puree, throw a video on your Moto E and let them be entertained by one of the sharpest displays around. (Don’t worry, built with Corning Gorilla® Glass protection, your screen is pretty much kid-proof.)

If you suddenly forget where you parked after checkout, fire up the Safe Driver Car Connection Lot Spot app* and use your GPS to get back to your car. And thanks to the Moto E’s all-day battery, you’ll have enough juice to do it all without your phone dying.

Sounds pretty good, right? Now that the Moto E is available on Straight Talk, you can get the phone that does it all for less.

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*The Lot Spot app is compatible with iPhone®, Android™ and Blackberry® smartphones and is only available in conjunction with Straight Talk's Safe Driver Car Connection device. Read our last blog post for more information:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teach Your Teen Safe Driving Habits with Safe Driver Car Connection

Share & Bookmark This year's National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) takes place on October 19–25, 2014. This special week is designated to raise awareness for teen driver safety issues and encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. National Teen Driver Safety Week is the perfect time to talk to your teen about maintaining safe driving habits, and the Safe Driver Car Connection device from Straight Talk can help make safe driving easier than ever.

Safe Driver Car Connection is an easy-to-use device from Straight Talk that helps you monitor, manage and maintain your vehicle, all from your smart phone. When it comes to teen driver safety, this device has a lot features that come in handy.  

Cell Phone Restriction
Blocking your teen’s cell phone use in the car can help reduce distracted driving. With text restriction features and the ability to disable inbound and outbound calling while the car is in motion, you can help keep your teen focused on the road.

Vehicle Location
This feature makes it simple to keep track of your teen driver. You can be sure you teen is where they say they are and can monitor their vehicle’s location in real-time.

Safety Zone Alerts
Safe Driver Car Connection also allows you to set driving zones and alerts you when the car enters and exits certain predetermined areas.

Driver Scoring
To see how your teen has been driving when you’re not in the car, the driver scoring feature records hard braking, acceleration and sharp turning.

And that’s only the beginning. The Safe Driver Car Connection device can also monitor fuel consumption, send maintenance alerts when your car needs a tune up and locate your car in any parking lot. When it comes to keeping your teen safe on the road, Safe Driver Car Connection is a tool every parent should have.

Visit your local Walmart or go online to or and get yours today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Introducing BYOT—Bring Your Own Tablet to Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Tablets seem to be everywhere nowadays. That’s why we created our Bring Your Own Tablet (BYOT) program. BYOT offers everything you love about Straight Talk for your tablet. BYOT is compatible with virtually any GSM tablet and offers coverage on T-Mobile and AT&T networks, so choose a data plan that works for you and enjoy the savings.
Whether you’re at home or out and about, your tablet is a handy little companion to have. If your kids play fall sports, you can snap pics of them on the field and upload your favorites to share with your friends. When they’re on the sidelines, you can catch up on emails or check on the weather.
If you’re looking to cook up something special for dinner, you can use your tablet to find a great recipe online, put together a shopping list, and watch a tutorial on how to prepare the perfect dish.
And when it comes to finding peace and quiet in a full house, a tablet can be a lifesaver. With games and movies just a tap away, you can easily keep the kids occupied. Or, if you’re looking for a way to wind down, put on some music or download a book to relax for a while.
When it comes down to it, there’s a lot to love about your tablet. And when you bring it to Straight Talk, you’ll love it even more.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Use Your Wish Power with Straight Talk and Make-A-Wish®

Share & Bookmark For the third straight year, we're raising up to $1 million for Make-A-Wish® to help grant kids’ wishes. Sure, it’s a big goal, but it’s for a great cause, and we like to set our sights high. Besides, we’ve got #WishPower on our side. With your help, we’ll get there in no time. You can contribute in two ways:

1. Share a Wish Story Online
Visit us at, share one of our wish stories and we’ll donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®.

2. Attend a Straight Talk Demo at Walmart
Head into Walmart and attend a demo any Saturday in September. We’ll donate $1 to Make-A-Wish® for every person who attends:

With a little effort, you can make a big difference in the lives of these amazing kids, like Marlo. His wish was to have a back-to-school shopping spree at Walmart—and his wish came true. He filled his cart with all the back-to-school essentials he’ll need to have a fantastic school year.

It only takes a minute to use your #WishPower and help grant a wish.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ace College this Semester with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style

Share & Bookmark Getting back into the groove of things can be tough after summer break—unless you have the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, now on Straight Talk.
Imagine how great life on campus would be with this powerful device in your pocket. Sure, you could walk to class without listening to music, but why would you want to? We all know music makes everything better. 

Some lectures can be a little overwhelming. But thanks to your Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, preloaded with the Voice Recorder app, you can record and replay your lectures until the lessons really sink in.

And what about in between classes? Waiting around isn't always the most exciting experience. But with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, simply download a few games and watch the time just fly by.

Once the weekend rolls around, you’ll be equipped to get the party started. Put on some tunes, watch a movie or find directions to the hottest spots on campus. With front and rear cameras, you can snap photos of all the good times and share them with your friends online. And if you have our $45 Unlimited plan, with up to 10 times more high-speed data than other $45 plans, you don’t have to worry about eating up all your data. It’s an amazing plan that makes this amazing phone amazing-er.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Straight Talk on Your Summer Road Trip

Share & Bookmark In theory, road trips seem like fun—cruising down an open stretch of highway with the windows rolled down and the tunes turned up. But, somewhere around mile 400, road trips begin to lose their charm. The kids start fighting, your leg keeps falling asleep, and you have to stop at every exit to find a bathroom even though you just asked if anybody had to go two minutes ago and they all said no.

Don’t let this happen to you. Here are a few road trip essentials to keep you rolling.

GPS — For when dad decides to take a “shortcut”

Music — When the only station on the radio is playing John Phillip Sousa’s greatest hits, you’ll thank us

Games — Car games are fun for about 5 seconds

Movies/Shows — Isn’t a car just a couch moving at 65 MPH?

Books — Finally make good on your New Year’s resolution to read more

You’re probably thinking, “Whoa! That’s a lot of stuff. Where are we going to put all of that?” Great question. Our great answer: In your pocket. With Straight Talk’s $45 Unlimited plan, featuring up to 10X more high speed data than other $45 plans, your phone can become the perfect road trip companion. Map your route, stream movies and music, load it with books and games to keep you busy for days. With the right plan, road trips can be fun again.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Back-to-School Essentials from Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Shortened for College Student’s Attention Span: Need a new device this semester? Switch to Straight Talk. Find epic phones. Save a lot of money. Pizza is delicious.

Keep reading for more details.

It’s that time of year again. Summer is on its way out, a new school year is on its way in and students everywhere are trying to remember how to set their alarm clocks. But don’t hit that snooze button just yet. If you’re looking to make the most of this semester, a new phone is just the back-to-school accessory you need. And thanks to Straight Talk, you can find the perfect phone for the perfect price.

Meet the Class of 2014
We’ve got a phone for every style. Like the Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s a serious piece of hardware for the tech-savvy student. Or maybe you want something a little smaller that still has impressive functionality. Then grab the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. It packs big power in a pocket-friendly size.

Looking for a device that’s a little more trendy? Not to worry. We’ve got what you’re looking for. Enter: the iPhone 5S—offering the latest and greatest in innovation from Apple.
Still not your style? Check out the ALCATEL OneTouch Sonic LTE. If you want the essentials without all the bells and whistles, this smartphone is the smart choice.
The best part is all of these phones are available with Straight Talk’s $45 Unlimited plan, with up to 10X more data than other $45 plans. Shop here: That means you can save big and use your money for more important things, like pizza. (Fun fact: did you know pizza is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Now that’s a superfood.*)

*Not scientifically proven

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Apps

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Bust out your swimsuit and slap on some sunscreen because summer is in full swing. And Straight Talk is here to help you get more this summer. With our $45 Unlimited talk, text, and data plan, you’ll get up to 10X more high-speed data than other $45 plans. Thanks to the coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks, you’ll enjoy service in more places. And, with these three free mobile apps on your Straight Talk phone, you’ll be able to get more out of your summer.


If you’re going on a trip this summer, you might want to send postcards back to friends and family. But instead of picking up a generic one off the rack, why not make your own? With Postagram, you can create postcards using photos from your Instagram, Facebook, or the camera on your phone and mail them to just about anywhere. You’ll be able to send personalized greetings on the go to friends and family across the world — all from your Straight Talk phone.

Available for iOS 7+ and Android 2.1+ For more info, click here.

Like to hike in the great outdoors? If nature is your thing, check out the EveryTrail app. This nifty little app guides you through trails across North America, featuring photos, reviews, and activities along the way. Whether you’re in a big city or rural landscape, you’ll be able to find all kinds of trails for hiking, biking, running and more. You can even map out your own trail for others to try. EveryTrail makes finding the perfect path a piece of cake.

Available for iOS 4+ and Android 1.6+ For more info, click here.

The Pit Pal App
Nothing says summer like the sound and smell of a good old fashion BBQ. The Pit Pal BBQ app can help you get barbecuing down to a science. Serve up the perfect flavors every time by tracking your cooks and noting your favorite methods and variations. You can even record what the weather was like to see its effects on your cook. With this handy app, you’ll become a certified pitmaster in no time. This summer is shaping up to be a tasty one.

Available for iOS 5+ and Android 2.2+ For more info, click here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Sonic LTE is Now on Straight Talk

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People are already pretty excited about the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Sonic LTE. Well, get ready to be doubly excited because state-of-the-art technology is about to meet state-of-the-wallet affordability. That’s right—the Sonic LTE is now available on Straight Talk.
If you think an affordable phone is a boring phone, think again. The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Sonic LTE offers speed and performance for a price that’s easy to swallow. With the ability to harness 4G LTE through Straight Talk's $45 Unlimited plan and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, the only thing limiting your speed is how fast you can move your fingers. You’ll be zipping through apps, tearing through games and downloading songs in no time.

Sporting a 4.6” display, intuitive navigation and Android 4.1-powered OS, this hi-tech device has a lot to love for a low-cost price. If your brain and your wallet have ever agreed on something, this is it. 

Yes, it’s true. The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Sonic LTE basically does it all. And now that it’s available with Straight Talk’s $45 Unlimited 30-day plan, it can do even more. Get yours today.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stay Safer with Straight Talk’s New “Connected Life” Products

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When it comes to your family’s safety, never settle for less. With Straight Talk’s new Connected Life products, you won’t have to. These products offer smart, simple, easy-to-use tools that can keep you connected to the important things in your life. Whether you’re at home or on the road, you’ll be able to enjoy a little peace of mind when it comes to looking out for your family. It’s a win-win. 
Safe Driver Car ConnectionTM helps you keep up with your teenage driver while improving their skills behind the wheel. The new product comes equipped with a GPS chip and wireless data transmitter, easily fitting into your car’s OBD-II port. With the device you can:

· Track your vehicle's location or find your car in a crowded parking lot
· Restrict text messages and phone usage while driving (third-party app required)
· Assign vehicle geo-fences remotely
· Receive a driver score report to monitor your child’s vehicle use
· Help maintain vehicle health and fuel performance
· Connect to your smartphone, tablet or laptop to receive alerts

Straight Talk’s Remote Alert System is a standalone, non-monitored device that has a built-in wireless module that can send an SMS message or place a phone call to up to eight pre-assigned numbers when a sensor is triggered. With easy wireless installation, you can arm/disarm the Remote Alert System device remotely, all from your smartphone. Straight Talk also offers three accessories to help enhance your basic kit:

· Additional motion sensors
· Magnetic door/window sensors
· Remote key fob

Both devices are available at your local Walmart store or online at and require the no contract, 30-day $10 service plan specially designed for Connected Life Products. 

Click here to purchase or learn more:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

These Photos Were Worth $1,000

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Congratulations to our #StraightTalkHere Instagram contest winners, Jaimee, Kristen, Jennifer, & Jamie!

Take a look at the awesome photos that helped four lucky fans win $1,000 and a new Straight Talk smartphone.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo!  We appreciate you participating and following us on Instagram. It was great to see  where in the U.S. your smartphone had you covered, so continue to tag your photos with #StraightTalkHere. Who knows,  we may feature some of our favorites in the weeks to come.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Straight Talk’s 3GB Unlimited Plans > Competitors Unlimited Plans

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Straight Talk’s no-contract $45 Unlimited 30-day plan is the $45 plan with the most high speed data, and it recently increased its data offering to 3GB. That’s 10X more data than other comparably-priced plans. A 10X difference is an adorably big one.
 A 10X difference is also pretty relaxing.
Ok, you get it. Here’s the argument laid out in wireless-specific terms:
So Straight Talk has up to 10X more data, what does that mean for you? Well, you could post 8,550 Instagram photos.
For more on what 3GB of data allows you to do, and tips for making the most if it, click here

Monday, May 19, 2014

The #StraightTalkHere Instagram Contest is Calling Your Name!

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A picture is worth 1,000 words. With the #StraightTalkHere contest on Instagram, it could also be worth $1,000. To enter, simply upload a photo to Instagram showing where you use your smartphone in the U.S. and tag it with #StraightTalkHere and @MyStraightTalk. It’s as straightforward as that. We’ll be giving away $1,000 and a new smartphone for the next two weeks, so set a calendar reminder and get your photos ready.
Family vacations to national parks, breathtaking sunsets on business trips and unexpected shots of you and a new ursine “friend” are all welcome. Nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks can take you a lot of places. Check out our Instagram channel here and good luck. 
Official sweepstakes rules here

Friday, May 16, 2014

Straight Talk is Now on Instagram!

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If you ever wondered what life with the best value $45 no-contract plan and nationwide coverage on America’s best and most dependable networks looks like, follow us on Instagram.

We’ll show you everywhere in America that Straight Talk has you covered, and how saving a little bit of money every month can make a big difference in your daily life. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see on our Instagram channel.

Take a look at our page now as we are giving away $1,000 and a free smart phone for fans who show us where in the country their wireless service has them covered. After all, Straight Talk has nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Straight Talk Is There for You at the Airport

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Spring is in the air, and we hope all of you have exciting plans to take advantage of the warmer weather. Before you head out to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon or anywhere else our coverage on America's largest, most dependable networks has you covered, we wanted to let you know Straight Talk is also there for you at many airport terminals. 

If you need a new phone, SIM or service plan and you can't make it to a Walmart before your trip, check out one of our self-service kiosks at your local airport. A list of all the airports we have self-service kiosks is available here. Enjoy the warmer weather, and post photos of where Straight Talk has you covered on our Facebook wall!

Nano SIMS are Now Available on Straight Talk

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We now have nano SIM cards, making it easier for you to Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) to Straight Talk! This allows you to bring more of the latest devices you already love to Straight Talk, without manually cutting down Micro SIMs.

Click here to learn more or purchase a nano SIM card. 

Also check out this post on our Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program. It's a simple, three-step process that can help you save you money every month, all while keeping your current number and network.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How to Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) to Straight Talk

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Love your current phone but wish it cost a little less every month? Straight Talk can help. We have a simple, three-step process for bringing your own phone that can help you save around $45 a month, all while keeping your current number and network. The process can seem daunting, but if you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way.

Step 1: Check if your phone is compatible
Click here and follow the instructions to check compatibility. You’ll be asked to provide your IMEI, MEID or ESM number (we’ll show you how to find it) and where the phone will be used.

Step 2: Get a SIM or Access Code and pick a plan
You can shop quickly here. Our $45 Unlimited* plan offers up to 8x more high speed data than other no contract $45 plans and saves your around $45/month.

Note: Don’t let GSM vs. CDMA scare you. Technically, these acronyms denote how data is converted into the radio waves that your cell phone sends/receives. Different carriers use different technologies, so the difference between you using an Access Code or SIM card in our BYOP program basically depends on your carrier.
Step 3: Activate your device
See how to activate your device here and feel the freedom.

We hope we outlined our Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) as clearly as possible. Please ask us any questions in the comments, and enjoy saving up to $950 per year!

*30 day Unlimited Plans include 2.5 GB of high speed data per 30 day cycle. After 2.5 GB, your data speed will be reduced for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. High speed data is restored once a new 30 day service plan is redeemed at the end of the 30 day plan cycle. Other limitations, terms and conditions of service apply. Straight Talk reserves the right to terminate your service for unauthorized or abnormal usage. Please refer always to the latest Terms and Conditions of service.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Straight Talk Wireless Is the #1 Prepaid Phone Plan of 2014 According to

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With more and more people realizing the benefits to switching to a prepaid phone plan (no 2-year contracts, saving around $950 per year, etc.), and more and more companies providing pre-paid options, it’s important to understand which provider and plan is right for you.

This is exactly where, “the leading cell phone plan comparison site on the web”, wants to help. They recently announced their annual ranking of the best prepaid cell phone plans, and Straight Talk took home the #1 spot. took into account a number of criteria including monthly cost, amount of minutes, data, and messages, service coverage, customer ratings, and expert opinions when compiling the rankings. Here’s what they said about Straight Talk:

“For the second straight year, the Straight Talk Unlimited Plan is this year's top choice for the category of best prepaid cell phone plan, according to MyRatePlan's ranking. The Straight Talk Unlimited Plan offers unlimited voice minutes, text messaging, and data for just $45 per month. Straight Talk service can be used with almost any device, from a basic phone all the way up to a high-end smartphone like the Apple iPhone 5s or Samsung Galaxy S line of phones. In addition, customers can bring their own devices as well and avoid having to pay for a phone.”
To learn more about bringing your own phone on Straight Talk, click here, and check out the full press release here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Check Out Our Latest TV Ads

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With the focus on football advertising this weekend, we thought you might be curious to check out our latest TV ads. Here are two of our recent favorites:

Tara used the $950 she saved by witching to Straight Talk to rent a sick monster truck.

In this second spot, Sue used the $950 she saved to hire a French pastry chef for the school bake sale. Bon Appetit!

Enjoy the game and commercials this weekend, and tell us what you would do with an extra $950 in the comments! We’ll use our favorites on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What to Know Before Buying an iPhone 5s on Straight Talk

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So you’re intrigued by the iPhone 5s on Straight Talk. You’re excited about its lightning-fast A7 chip, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a new 8-megapixel iSight camera, a new Facetime HD camera, iOS7 much more. You also are interested in saving around $950 per year, but aren’t quite sure if you’re ready to take the leap to iPhone. Don’t just take it from us. Here are a few things Gotta Be Mobile says you should know before buying an iPhone 5s on Straight Talk:
  • If you’d like to save money on an iPhone, Straight Talk comes with a lower monthly bill than the major carriers, while still delivering the same network coverage.
  • You enjoy the same 4G LTE speeds as your friends on big name carriers.
  • Straight Talk users save big money over big name carriers, even with the price of the iPhone factored in.
  • The best part of using a Straight Talk iPhone 5s, according to the article, is that it connects to the same towers that the big names use.

Have more questions about iPhone5s on Straight Talk? Click here for all the answers and check out the full Gotta Be Mobile article here

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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Straight Talk uses one of America's best networks, so you're assured of great coverage, fewer dropped calls and clear connections.

Whether you talk, text or send and receive data, Straight Talk's got you covered.

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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.