Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Lesson in Cellphone History

Share & Bookmark When you're saving money every month with Straight Talk, you almost forget what it was like before making the switch. And just like phone plans, cellphones have come along way from their humble beginnings. With the conveniences of today’s modern devices, the early days of mobile phones seem prehistoric.
Small Screen
Nowadays, your phone is almost entirely screen. The bigger, the better. But there was a time when phone screens were barely an inch across. Try watching a movie on that without using a magnifying glass.

No Internet
The early days of cellphones were also the early days for the Internet. So that meant no GPS directions, no searching for the nearest coffee shop, no streaming movies or tunes—your phone was just a phone.

No Music
Almost every phone comes with headphones so it’s hard to imagine a time when the only music a phone could play was a ringtone.

Slow Texting
When cellphones first hit the mainstream, texting was almost non-existent. There was no group texting, no emojis, no voice-to-text. Just to type the letter ‘c’ you had to press the 2 button three times…

No Camera
Selfie? What’s a selfie? It was enough of a marvel that you could call anybody from anywhere, but being able to take pictures or video with your phone? Now that’s witchcraft.

What else do you remember about the earliest cellphones? Tell us about it on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Monday, March 16, 2015

What Does Your Phone Case Say About You?

Share & Bookmark Nowadays, your phone is almost an extension of your personality. In fact, you can tell a lot about a person just from the style of case they have. So what does your case say about you?

No Case
Watch out—we’ve got a rebel here. Going case-free is a bold choice. Every drop, bump, thud and fumble could mean disaster, but you like to live dangerously. And life’s no fun without a few risks here and there.

Solid Color
You’re practical. You spent a decent amount of money on your phone and want to treat it with care. So like any rational person, you bought a reasonably priced case that’s not too flashy but gets the job done.

You are an adult and expect to be treated as such. You demand respect and take life pretty seriously. To you, your phone is not a toy. It’s for conducting business, renewing your newspaper subscription and handling professional matters in a professional way.

Animal Print
Someone’s in touch with their wild side. You’re feisty and fierce with a passion for adventure. You use your phone to the fullest so it inevitably takes a beating, but you rarely drop or lose it thanks to your animal instincts.

Bubble Wrap
Really? Bubble wrap? Let’s see—it’s impractical, strange and different for the sake of being different. Yup, you’re a hipster.

What kind of case do you have? Share it with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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.