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 Walmart.com or StraightTalk.com 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.

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.