Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Powerless: An ode to your phone battery

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You can feel lost when your phone battery reaches its last surge. Does a day like this sound familiar?

100%
It’s mid morning. Today has been like no other Friday before.


64%
Running here, going there. Last minute meetings overlapping each other.
Checking e-mails, sending e-mails, the school calls.
False alarm.


42%
Have to focus on this presentation.
What is the client doing here? Was this on my calendar?
Cancel all my afternoon meetings.


29%
More e-mails marked urgent. Don’t forget to reply to those.
Ok the client’s gone. Have to get to those emails. Haven’t been at the desk all day.


14%
Take a deep breath. The storm has passed. Time for some me time.


4%
Does anyone have a charger? No, not that charger…


0%
How is it only 2:30??


Powerless

The older your phone gets, the shorter its lifespan becomes. Luckily Straight Talk Wireless has a wide selection of brand new smart phones with powerful batteries. Go to http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/shop to see what phone can work best for you.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring Cleaning with Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Spring-cleaning is a pain, but we all have to do it. Having a Straight Talk Wireless phone as your sidekick can help you get through the worst of it.
Make a To-do list
Straight Talk devices are the perfect mobile notepads. Write out a list of what you need to accomplish and check off each task as you go. Each bullet point will feel like a mini victory.


Music can change the mood
If you find the right mix of oldies and current jams, put that playlist on shuffle, slip your phone in your pocket and have some fun. Suddenly that broom will feel like a microphone and the dust bunnies are your adoring fans.


Social Media is the perfect procrastination tool
No one can finish cleaning without a few distractions. If you feel yourself getting distracted take some time to check your networks. With the Straight Talk coverage you’re always connected. You might see a cute puppy clip or lose yourself in someone else’s vacation pics.


Document your findings
Your friends may never believe you’re actually cleaning. Snap a quick “before” photo and compare to a spotless “after” photo. It might be good for your own memory because who knows what that place will look like in a few days…


Delete that To-Do List
Once you’re finally finished and all those bullets are crossed out. There’s nothing more satisfying than deleting that note from your phone and enjoying yourself.

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Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano
http://www.fiercewireless.com

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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