Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Straight Jolly: Having Holiday Fun with your Straight Talk Phone

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The holidays are increasingly viewed as a great time to put down your phone and spend time with the ones you love. But what if your phone is the one you love and a way to stay connected to all your other loves? Well, we’re all about using your phone whenever you need to express your feelings. That’s why our #unlimited plan with first 5GB of high-speed data then 2G* is only $45 a month.

*At 2G speeds, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. Please refer always to the Terms and Conditions of Service at

It’s also why we’ve compiled a list of ways to make the holidays fun with your phone. Light up the holidays any way you can – even if it’s with a little screen time.

1.      Digital Mistletoe
Pull up a photo of mistletoe and ask your consenting special someone to take a selfie with you. Surprise smooch time!

2.      Family-Friendly Game Apps
If you love classics like charades and road-trip bingo, there’s an app for that! Lots of board games also come in app form. Plus, it’s harder for your dog to eat your game piece when it’s on a tablet!

3.      Make a List
List-making might not top everyone’s list of fun activities, but staying organized can free up a lot of time for other fun stuff! Keep track of wish lists, shopping lists, errand lists, holiday card lists, ingredient lists and more in your preferred list-making app.

4.      Jingle all the way
Does grocery store holiday music make you want to put your head in a stocking until January? Customize your playlist on your phone, add ear buds and let your mobile device to the DJ work wherever you are.
5.      #Family
Create a custom hashtag for your family gatherings to document your special time together. You can keep all the pics on your favorite social network and even turn your album into a printed book! #giftidea2016

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Status Symbols: Decoding your Mobile Phone’s Status Bar Icons

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Remember when all you knew about your cell phone was the number of bars you were filling on that little staircase and how many tiny slices of battery you had left? Devices these days broadcast what seems like a novel’s worth of hieroglyphics in the status bar atop their screens, but it’s only really helpful if you know what those symbols mean.

Below you’ll find some common status bar symbols and what they stand for. You won’t find every symbol on every Straight Talk compatible phone, but if you do, we hope this helps!

We’ll start with some high-speed data connection symbols. With Straight Talk’s $45 monthly #unlimited plan, you can use these speedy connections for 5GB of high-speed data then 2G* per 30 day cycle. What can a person do with 5GB of high-speed data? You can stream music for approximately 40 hours! You can do lots of other things with data, too, like send emails or upload a photo to social media. The symbols below help tell you the speed, or quality, of your connection, while your Straight Talk plan tells you how much data you can send over the network at high speeds. 

*At 2G speeds, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. Please refer always to the Terms and Conditions of Service at 
4G stands for 4th Generation cellular data connection. LTE is one of several types of 4G connections.  Seeing either 4G or 4GLTEmeans your Internet connection is super fast – about as fast as your home computer using a Wi-Fi connection. 

    High Speed

    Cellular Data

†To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

H and H+ stand for HSPA (High Speed Packet Access). It’s faster than 3G and fast enough to groove out on YouTube.

    High Speed

    Cellular Data

3G stands for 3rd Generation cellular data connection.  This is high-speed data that lets you browse the Internet with ease and even stream music.

    High Speed

    Cellular Data

These symbols represent earlier generations of cellular data connections. They are fast enough to send text messages over the Internet on apps like WhatsApp.

    Cellular Data

This is your Wi-Fi symbol. It’s the technology that lets you connect to the Internet wirelessly at home, in a coffee shop or any other place with Wi-Fi set up. Even airplanes have Wi-Fi these days! It’s great to check and see if you can get a Wi-Fi signal when you’re browsing the Internet or streaming music because it doesn’t add to your monthly cellular data usage.

    High Speed

GPS, or Location Service, uses satellites to triangulate exactly where you are on planet Earth. It helps your navigation app get you where you’re going with ease, and doesn’t add to your cellular data usage either.

Your Bluetooth technology is working! While the Bluetooth earpieces of yesteryear are mercifully fading out of fashion, there are lots of devices that your phone can communicate with using this radio wave technology. It will connect to any nearby device equipped with the right computer chip – from speakers to basketballs. This is another cool technology your phone may have that doesn’t add to your monthly data usage.

Cellular strength! Your bars represent how well you can make and receive phone calls. Full bars don’t always mean you have a good cellular data connection, but it does mean you can call your friendly Straight Talk customer service team if you have any more questions!

As always, you can visit our social media pages and get straightforward answers from the Straight Talk team as well.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 Ways to Make Time Fly with Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Holiday traveling can be a major drag. Traffic, inclement weather and airport madness can turn a quick trip into an ultimate test of your patience (and your toddler’s bladder control). But with Straight Talk’s coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks, you can use your mobile device anywhere thanks are given this Thursday.

In case you’re losing interest in looking for license plates from other states, here are few more ways to make time fly with Straight Talk while your holiday travels creep along at a snail’s pace.

1.      Call someone other than your mother
If you’re going to be hanging with mom and dad on Turkey Day, take the opportunity to call another friend or relative you haven’t talked to in a while. Who wouldn’t be thankful for that!
2.      Zero out your inbox
This is a pretty boring task, but unlike your third helping of mashed potatoes, you’ll feel so good when you finish!

3.      Join a new social network
The Internet is a great place to find people with whom you share common interests. Find a place to share your DJ skills, connect with other beekeepers, or review vegan soul food restaurants!

4.      Learn a new language
Download an app to learn a new language, and next year, guide your whole family on a jet-setting Thanksgiving vacation.

5.      Download another game
Word puzzles, “board” games, simulation games, something about ruining perfectly good candy – let’s all give thanks to app developers for making every year of holiday travel with a smartphone better and better.

What fun ways do you pass the time with your phone? Share your answers in the comments or on our social channels! And have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 30, 2015

4 Ways to Wake up Smarter with your Smartphone

Share & Bookmark When Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday night, millions of phones across America will automatically set themselves back an hour, gifting their owners with an extra hour of sleep. Technology truly is wonderful, don’t you think?

We think Straight Talk fans deserve to make every morning feel like they’ve gotten an extra hour of zzzz’s, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to wake up smarter using your smartphone. Sweet dreams!

1.      Ease into consciousness
Use an alarm clock app that allows the volume of your alarm to increase gradually. Maybe throw some bird chirping and babbling brook sounds in the mix. For a moment, you might think you live in a tree house! Side note, it’s totally unsafe to get jolted awake by loud noises when sleeping in an actual tree house.
2.      Download a sleep app
Waking up is easier when you’ve had a good night’s sleep. There are apps for insomniacs, and other sorts of troubled sleepers, with solutions ranging from hypnosis, to guided yoga, to soothing sounds. You can even find apps that track your movement from under your pillow and trigger your alarm when you are in your lightest state of sleep.

3.      Stock up on smart gadgets
There are all sorts of appliances you can control with your smartphone via Wi-Fi (read: from your warm and cozy bed). You can get your morning brew going with a smart coffee pot or tune in to the morning news with a smart TV. Once you’ve treated yourself, think about treating the environment right, too, with a smart showerhead. It connects to an app that tracks your water usage to help you cut back on wasting water.
4.      Meditate
With all the time you’ve saved by not hitting snooze and making coffee from bed, you’ll have a few minutes to add in another smart habit. Try meditation! The benefits range from reducing stress to slowing aging. You technically don’t need a smartphone to have a Zen morning, but a meditation app can be a helpful guide and persistent reminder.

What’s the first thing you check on your phone in the morning? Share your answers in the comments or on our social channels!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

No Mouse Required: Straight Talk’s Mobile Games for Cats

Share & Bookmark Happy National Cat Day! Cats on the Internet are great because they are always doing something cute, you never have to scoop up their poop, and you can mute them if they are meowing too loudly. However, nothing replaces the cuddly wonder of a real live cat. If you take the plunge and decide to become a pet parent, you don’t have to give up the cat videos you love. There are even more ways you can bridge your existence in the digital world of infinite cats and the personal joy of playing with your very own cat.

At Straight Talk, we want to help you celebrate life’s crossroads wherever you go. Your cat can also enjoy coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks when you get creative with your device. Here are a few thought starters, but you know your cat best, so don’t let this list limit your fun.

Flashlight Tag
If your cat is the nocturnal type, help him expend some of his nighttime energy with your flashlight app. Shine the flash on the wall, move it around, watch your cat chase it like crazy.
Get Social
Put your superstar hat on and create an alter ego for your cat on social media. What would Mr. Tiddlywinks say if he could caption the picture you took of him with an astronaut helmet on? You decide! Social media is also a great place for you, or rather Mr. Tiddlywinks, to make new feline friends and get great cat fashion inspiration.

Mouse Hunting
Cats aren’t just the stars of YouTube, they’re avid viewers as well. Search for a mouse hunt video and send your cat on a hot pursuit.

Change Your Ring Tone to a Purr Tone
Your cat thinks your ring tone is annoying and he’s a little afraid of vibrate mode. Thankfully, scientists discovered what music cats really love, so you can download it, change your ringtone to it, and make them purr with love every time you have an incoming call.

Download a Cat Game App
There are a lot of great apps for playful cats. There are digital balls of yarn to bat around on a tablet, pixel ponds full of fish to mesmerize your feline, and critters whose movement on a tablet screen you control with your phone.

Share your favorite phone or tablet game you play with your cat in the comments or on our social channels!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Straight Talk Emoji Personality Quiz

Share & Bookmark Do you know your Meyer-Briggs personality type? If you don’t you can find out what it is by taking the official test here. To take the Straight Talk test, open up your phone, find your most recently used emoji, and see if it matches our best guess based on your personality type!

Serious Sally always has some business she’s taking care of, and keeps her tablet neatly tucked away in its case.

Sweetheart Sarah is such a good listener – of course she has the unlimited plan.

Intellectual Ingrid always has an e-book open on her phone.

Visionary Valerie is always coming up with smart, creative ideas, like switching to Straight Talk and saving money.


Adventurous Al likes to try new things, so he switches up his no-contract Straight Talk plan all the time.

Sensitive Steve may be quiet, but his friends know his emoji game is on point.


Idealistic Ike likes your idea and wants to see it happen! His social media posts are always inspirational.


Analytical Aaron is always at the office, solving a tough work problem. He uses his phone’s search function more often than he answers your texts.


Active Annie is always on her feet. Her photo gallery is overflowing with #fromwhereistand photos.

Happy Harriet’s texts are usually invitations to a fun party. They are always unlimited because she has a ton of friends!


Imaginative Ida makes really funny social media posts and has about a million followers!

Clever Carol gets bored easily so she travels a lot – and loves having great nationwide coverage from Straight Talk!

Systematic Sandy is a planner and she’s calling you to nail down a date.

Conscientious Connie is seeking harmony. Her ringtone is a calming little ditty.

Sociable Sam: People love this guy! How can you not love this guy? He’s photobombing all your selfies.

Commanding Clarissa is a natural born leader. That’s how she convinced all her friends to switch to Straight Talk!


Share your favorite emoji and why it’s your perfect personality match in the comments or on our social channels!

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.

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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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