Monday, September 21, 2015

How to Use Your Phone as a Diary

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Today we have a plethora of ways to share our thoughts, feelings, romances, breakfasts, weekend plans, and anything else we can snap a picture of or put into words. Social media is great when we want to hear from our friends and followers, words of encouragement, congratulations, or perhaps just a hilarious comment. But what do we do when our thoughts need to time to simmer, to be reflected upon, or to be kept from your Aunt Edna who is also your Facebook friend? Tradition would say it’s time to grab your diary, but who carries around a pen and paper anymore?

We all have phones that are smart, but can we trust them to keep our secrets? With Straight Talk, you can get a phone that has all the cool features, latest apps, and reliable service needed to turn your device into a tiny vault of private thoughts. No siblings allowed!

Try these tips for keeping your juiciest secrets from leaking out of your phone:

1.      Lock your home screen
Smart phones have several ways to keep your home screen locked. You may have numbers, patterns, and thumb print options, and you’ll find them in the settings menu. Choose one you can remember!

2.      Download a journal app
Help keep your entries organized by date, set up another password, and keep your journal notes separate from your grocery list.

3.      Type your diary entries in emoji
Only people in the emoji-know will understand. Do not try this on a spelling test.

4.      Use your voice dictation function
Instead of tiring out your poor little thumbs with all that tiny keyboard typing, find a quiet place, enable your voice dictation function, and let your feelings stream out.

5.      Create code names.
Like your favorite Upper East Side prep schoolers.


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Improve Your Self Awareness Month #SelfieAwareness Tips

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a single selfie gets you a pretty good start on an autobiography. And if you’re planning on sharing your awesome pics on social media, it’s wise to put a little consideration into what your selfies say about you. We think September, which is also Improve Your Self Awareness Month, is the perfect time to reflect on taking photos of your reflection and put your best face forward.

Step 1 to taking a great selfie would be to get an awesome smart phone and wireless service from Straight Talk, so you’re all set with a state-of-the-art mobile device camera and 5GB of data on our $45 unlimited plan*. Coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks will have you ready to post anywhere in the U.S.

With Straight Talk on your side, the following tips will keep your selfie game on point:

1.      Know your good side
Put your right side in; put your right side out. Take a couple selfies; see how they turn out.

2.      Flash or no flash?
Probably not. Using the flash in a mirror creates an unsightly light burst in the middle of your photo. And using the flash to compensate for low lighting is usually too harsh. Try finding an alternate light source like the sun or a lamp.

3.      Stay composed
The “Rule of Threes” can make your composition more interesting. Using it, your eyes should be about one third down from the top of the frame, and your nose slightly off of dead center (of your selfie, not your face!).

4.      Conquer the close up
Avoid both messy backgrounds and distorted features that can happen when you hold your phone too close to your face. Zoom in a little on your camera, then, hold your phone slightly farther away while keeping most of the frame full of your beautiful face.

5.      Go toward the light
Natural lighting looks better than artificial lighting. So leave the bathroom for other… business, and bask in sun’s glory, face on. Avoid casting a shadow on your selfie by never taking photos with the sun directly behind you.

6.      Go app shopping
Camera and photo-editing apps can up your selfie game without upgrading your whole phone. You’ll find features like night cameras and red eye removal to keep your selfie game strong all day long.

Share your favorite #SelfieAwarenessTip in the comments or on our social channels!

*First 5GB of Data at High Speed, and then at 2G. At 2G speeds, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. Please refer always to the latest Terms and Conditions of Service at


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.”

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