Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Straight Jolly: Having Holiday Fun with your Straight Talk Phone

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The holidays are increasingly viewed as a great time to put down your phone and spend time with the ones you love. But what if your phone is the one you love and a way to stay connected to all your other loves? Well, we’re all about using your phone whenever you need to express your feelings. That’s why our #unlimited plan with first 5GB of high-speed data then 2G* is only $45 a month.

*At 2G speeds, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. Please refer always to the Terms and Conditions of Service at

It’s also why we’ve compiled a list of ways to make the holidays fun with your phone. Light up the holidays any way you can – even if it’s with a little screen time.

1.      Digital Mistletoe
Pull up a photo of mistletoe and ask your consenting special someone to take a selfie with you. Surprise smooch time!

2.      Family-Friendly Game Apps
If you love classics like charades and road-trip bingo, there’s an app for that! Lots of board games also come in app form. Plus, it’s harder for your dog to eat your game piece when it’s on a tablet!

3.      Make a List
List-making might not top everyone’s list of fun activities, but staying organized can free up a lot of time for other fun stuff! Keep track of wish lists, shopping lists, errand lists, holiday card lists, ingredient lists and more in your preferred list-making app.

4.      Jingle all the way
Does grocery store holiday music make you want to put your head in a stocking until January? Customize your playlist on your phone, add ear buds and let your mobile device to the DJ work wherever you are.
5.      #Family
Create a custom hashtag for your family gatherings to document your special time together. You can keep all the pics on your favorite social network and even turn your album into a printed book! #giftidea2016

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Status Symbols: Decoding your Mobile Phone’s Status Bar Icons

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Remember when all you knew about your cell phone was the number of bars you were filling on that little staircase and how many tiny slices of battery you had left? Devices these days broadcast what seems like a novel’s worth of hieroglyphics in the status bar atop their screens, but it’s only really helpful if you know what those symbols mean.

Below you’ll find some common status bar symbols and what they stand for. You won’t find every symbol on every Straight Talk compatible phone, but if you do, we hope this helps!

We’ll start with some high-speed data connection symbols. With Straight Talk’s $45 monthly #unlimited plan, you can use these speedy connections for 5GB of high-speed data then 2G* per 30 day cycle. What can a person do with 5GB of high-speed data? You can stream music for approximately 40 hours! You can do lots of other things with data, too, like send emails or upload a photo to social media. The symbols below help tell you the speed, or quality, of your connection, while your Straight Talk plan tells you how much data you can send over the network at high speeds. 

*At 2G speeds, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. Please refer always to the Terms and Conditions of Service at 
4G stands for 4th Generation cellular data connection. LTE is one of several types of 4G connections.  Seeing either 4G or 4GLTEmeans your Internet connection is super fast – about as fast as your home computer using a Wi-Fi connection. 

    High Speed

    Cellular Data

†To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

H and H+ stand for HSPA (High Speed Packet Access). It’s faster than 3G and fast enough to groove out on YouTube.

    High Speed

    Cellular Data

3G stands for 3rd Generation cellular data connection.  This is high-speed data that lets you browse the Internet with ease and even stream music.

    High Speed

    Cellular Data

These symbols represent earlier generations of cellular data connections. They are fast enough to send text messages over the Internet on apps like WhatsApp.

    Cellular Data

This is your Wi-Fi symbol. It’s the technology that lets you connect to the Internet wirelessly at home, in a coffee shop or any other place with Wi-Fi set up. Even airplanes have Wi-Fi these days! It’s great to check and see if you can get a Wi-Fi signal when you’re browsing the Internet or streaming music because it doesn’t add to your monthly cellular data usage.

    High Speed

GPS, or Location Service, uses satellites to triangulate exactly where you are on planet Earth. It helps your navigation app get you where you’re going with ease, and doesn’t add to your cellular data usage either.

Your Bluetooth technology is working! While the Bluetooth earpieces of yesteryear are mercifully fading out of fashion, there are lots of devices that your phone can communicate with using this radio wave technology. It will connect to any nearby device equipped with the right computer chip – from speakers to basketballs. This is another cool technology your phone may have that doesn’t add to your monthly data usage.

Cellular strength! Your bars represent how well you can make and receive phone calls. Full bars don’t always mean you have a good cellular data connection, but it does mean you can call your friendly Straight Talk customer service team if you have any more questions!

As always, you can visit our social media pages and get straightforward answers from the Straight Talk team as well.

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.