Thursday, October 29, 2015

No Mouse Required: Straight Talk’s Mobile Games for Cats

Share & Bookmark Happy National Cat Day! Cats on the Internet are great because they are always doing something cute, you never have to scoop up their poop, and you can mute them if they are meowing too loudly. However, nothing replaces the cuddly wonder of a real live cat. If you take the plunge and decide to become a pet parent, you don’t have to give up the cat videos you love. There are even more ways you can bridge your existence in the digital world of infinite cats and the personal joy of playing with your very own cat.

At Straight Talk, we want to help you celebrate life’s crossroads wherever you go. Your cat can also enjoy coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks when you get creative with your device. Here are a few thought starters, but you know your cat best, so don’t let this list limit your fun.

Flashlight Tag
If your cat is the nocturnal type, help him expend some of his nighttime energy with your flashlight app. Shine the flash on the wall, move it around, watch your cat chase it like crazy.
Get Social
Put your superstar hat on and create an alter ego for your cat on social media. What would Mr. Tiddlywinks say if he could caption the picture you took of him with an astronaut helmet on? You decide! Social media is also a great place for you, or rather Mr. Tiddlywinks, to make new feline friends and get great cat fashion inspiration.

Mouse Hunting
Cats aren’t just the stars of YouTube, they’re avid viewers as well. Search for a mouse hunt video and send your cat on a hot pursuit.

Change Your Ring Tone to a Purr Tone
Your cat thinks your ring tone is annoying and he’s a little afraid of vibrate mode. Thankfully, scientists discovered what music cats really love, so you can download it, change your ringtone to it, and make them purr with love every time you have an incoming call.

Download a Cat Game App
There are a lot of great apps for playful cats. There are digital balls of yarn to bat around on a tablet, pixel ponds full of fish to mesmerize your feline, and critters whose movement on a tablet screen you control with your phone.

Share your favorite phone or tablet game you play with your cat 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.