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.

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.

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.