Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 Ways to Make Time Fly with Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark Holiday traveling can be a major drag. Traffic, inclement weather and airport madness can turn a quick trip into an ultimate test of your patience (and your toddler’s bladder control). But with Straight Talk’s coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks, you can use your mobile device anywhere thanks are given this Thursday.

In case you’re losing interest in looking for license plates from other states, here are few more ways to make time fly with Straight Talk while your holiday travels creep along at a snail’s pace.

1.      Call someone other than your mother
If you’re going to be hanging with mom and dad on Turkey Day, take the opportunity to call another friend or relative you haven’t talked to in a while. Who wouldn’t be thankful for that!
2.      Zero out your inbox
This is a pretty boring task, but unlike your third helping of mashed potatoes, you’ll feel so good when you finish!

3.      Join a new social network
The Internet is a great place to find people with whom you share common interests. Find a place to share your DJ skills, connect with other beekeepers, or review vegan soul food restaurants!

4.      Learn a new language
Download an app to learn a new language, and next year, guide your whole family on a jet-setting Thanksgiving vacation.

5.      Download another game
Word puzzles, “board” games, simulation games, something about ruining perfectly good candy – let’s all give thanks to app developers for making every year of holiday travel with a smartphone better and better.

What fun ways do you pass the time with your phone? Share your answers in the comments or on our social channels! And have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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.