Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Is It Time For a New Phone?

Share & Bookmark It can be hard to let go. You’ve been through so much together. And it just fits so perfectly in your hand. You couldn’t imagine starting over. But if any of the following items apply to you, it might be time.
1. Your Photos Look Like Cable TV When the Antenna Lost Signal
Grainy. Blurry. Static. Is that a picture of your cat or a squirrel on the windowsill?

2. You Have to Keep it Charging at all Times
You keep telling yourself it’s normal. But it’s not. How does 100% battery become 12% so fast?!

3. The Screen Looks Like a Jig-Saw Puzzle
Everyone drops his or her phone once in a while. It falls in slow motion, and all you can do is cover your eyes and brace for impact. Some get lucky with just a ding, but others aren’t so fortunate. You’ve texted on a cracked screen long enough. The solution is clear. And so is a new screen.

4. People Refer your Phone as a Brick
Phones used to be big, then got small, then really small, and now they’re big again. Weird. But back then, big meant thick. Kind of like… a brick. If you can throw your phone against the wall (admit it, you’ve done this) just to see what happens, it might be time to lay down the brick.

5. Your Phone Spent the Night in a Bag of Rice
Maybe you dropped it in the pool. Or a puddle. Or your youngest child is in the “Will it flush?” phase. Somehow, a bag of rice brought your phone back to life. But be warned, your phone has an expiration date. You won’t know when or where, but that rice might not help next time.

6. Beeper
Does anyone still have a beeper? Besides doctors?

Straight Talk has a wide selection of smart phones with powerful cameras, sleek designs, and beautiful displays. But if you just can’t let go yet, our BYOP (Link to BYOP on website) program lets you bring your phone with you. Can’t help with beepers though… How did you know when it was time for a new device? Share on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Friday, April 10, 2015

6 Ways to Capture The Spring Spirit

Share & Bookmark For some, Spring is just business as usual (looking at you Los Angeles). But for the rest of us the start of Spring is a breath of fresh air, literally. Because we can finally go outside. With Straight Talk, it's easy to capture and share all those amazing Spring moments. April, it’s so good to see you.
1. Sunset after a Long Day
It’s quitting time on a Monday evening. You leave the office and are blinded by a giant ball in the sky. The skies are blue and the sun is still shining. Maybe take the long way home and wait to capture the sun as it goes down.

2. You can Change that Bundled-Up Profile Picture
March was a tease. A couple of nice days in a row, it has to be safe right? The next day it’s snowing… snowing! But you can trust April. You can put away all the hats, gloves, scarves (but not all the scarves), the boots, and that coat. This means you can finally get outside and take some candid photos in the sun. #NoFilter necessary. 

3. Birds are Singing
Do you hear that? The sweet songs of birds chirping in the trees. They’ve been gone for too long, and they have so much to tell you. Take a video, send it to your friends.  Now if they would just keep it down on the weekends, that’d be great.

4. Everything is Alive
The trees, the grass, the flowers. THE FLOWERS! Gone are the days of gray and white. They lived through the winter too, and they want to show off a little. Keep doing you, plants. And we’ll keep taking pictures.

5. Go Outside Because You Want To
The start of Spring means more people biking to work, running the trails, and walking around just because. Take a walk with the ones you care about, stop and grab a family photo, or stream some music on your phone while you go for a jog.

What do you love about Spring? Show us how you're capturing the season on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages with #StraightTalkHere.

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.