Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Five Most Embarrassing Times for Your Phone to Go Off

Share & Bookmark Cell phones are great. They can make life so much easier, but sometimes they can make things really awkward. Like those moments when your phone goes off when you least want it to. We’re cringing just thinking about it. Here's our top five:
Movie Theater
We’ve all been there. You’re at the movies and you thought you put your phone on silent — right up until you hear your ringtone start to blare. You scramble to pull it out of your pocket to turn it off as your fellow moviegoers shush and scoff at you.

You’re a responsible library card owner. You always return your books before they’re due and never dog-ear the pages. But forget to turn your phone off one time and suddenly you’re the librarian’s worst enemy.

You’re trying to make a good first impression. You dressed up, printed out your resume on nice paper and gave the perfect handshake — not too soft, but not too firm either. Then your phone starts to ring and your face turns tomato-red.

The bride looks stunning, tears of joy have been shed and the ceremony is about to wrap up. “If anyone objects, speak now or forever hold your…” RING! Oh boy.

Work Meeting
t’s the day of the big presentation. Your clients have flown in from across the country and your boss is in the middle of closing the deal. The air is thick with tension and anticipation…which is suddenly shattered by a familiar 70s disco tune that’s coming from your pocket.

Have any of these ever happened to you? Tell us about the worst time your phone has gone off on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Which Type of Phone User Are You?

Share & Bookmark Everyone uses their phone in different ways. We all know that person who takes endless selfies or is always on the hunt for the coolest new app, but some people take it to a whole new level. See if any of these types of phone users sound familiar to you.
Phones have made quality cameras available to us at all times. And some people can’t help but take pictures of their food. That’s the Foodographer. To them, food is a visual medium. A bowl of tomato soup that’s cast in just the right light. A hamburger topped with an egg. A summer salad finished with goat cheese. Anything with goat cheese, really. Some food is just too perfect not to photograph.

Music Maven
If a Music Maven is out and about, you can be sure that their headphones are in. They like life with a soundtrack and are always using their phones to listen to music. Music Mavens are fun to watch when they forget they’re in public and start dancing or singing along to the tune. 

Hashtag Queen/King
#TGIF. #PerfectDay. #BeachLife. Meet the Hashtag Queen/King. They like dropping hashtags into every conversation. Whether they’re sharing an opinion (#JustSaying) or simply providing context (#CatLadyProblems), you can be sure they’ll sum it up nicely with a hashtag.

Emoji Master
Whether it’s a quick text to see what’s for dinner or a group text figuring out tonight’s plans, the Emoji Master prefers icons to words. From smiley faces  and hearts to camels 🐫 and hamburgers 🍔 there’s no telling what they’re going to use next.

So which type are you? Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let us know.
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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.