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 http://bit.ly/UBOnkC and require the no contract, 30-day $10 service plan specially designed for Connected Life Products. 

Click here to purchase or learn more: http://bit.ly/UBOnkC

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Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano
http://www.fiercewireless.com

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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