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!

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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.