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.

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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.”

Read the full article here.