Friday, January 8, 2016

BYOPhone: A Guide to Switching to Straight Talk in 3 Simple Steps

Share & Bookmark Did you unwrap pure joy last month? Getting an awesome mobile device is a surefire way to have an awesome holiday, and bringing your cool new phone to Straight Talk is the best way to make the joy last all year long. We’re bringing you a three-step guide for our Bring Your Own Phone program, so you can see how simple it is to switch to Straight Talk and save.

Step 1:
See if your phone is compatible with Straight Talk.
Find out at

Step 2:
Buy an Activation Kit and Service Plan.
The Activation Kit allows your phone to work on our service with either a SIM card or a network access code. The Service Plan lets you choose how much talk, text and data you’ll need each month.

Step 3:
Activate your phone on Straight Talk.
With an Activation Kit in hand and a Service Plan set up, you can follow the simple directions on our activation page to activate your phone. You’ll even get to choose to keep your old number or a pick a new one if you prefer.

That’s it! If you need more help purchasing your Activation Kit or Service Plan or setting things up, you can find assistance at your local Walmart store, contact us via phone or chat, or send us a message on our social media channels!

Tell us the best technology gift you’ve ever received on our social channels!

Friday, January 1, 2016

How to keep your New Year’s Resolution

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We all know a new year is great for reinvigorating your optimism and rejuvenating yourself, but we’re also no strangers to how hard it is to hang on to that spirit and keep a New Year’s resolution. Luckily, we’re ringing in this year with more advanced technology than in any previous year, and we plan on using that to our advantage!

2015 was certainly amazing, but this year, phones are even smarter and better connected, too. Paired with 5GB of high-speed data then 2G* and cell coverage on America’s best and most dependable networks from Straight Talk, your device is the perfect partner for helping you not give up on your resolutions! Check out our tips below for ways to make any type of resolution more mobile.

*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

Stay Healthy
Get social for this one. From pinning recipes to following your favorite hashtags to joining a network where you’ll share your progress, social media can help you eat healthier, no matter how you define your diet.

Stay Active
Find a gym with the maps app. Sync your device to your fitness tracker. Track your runs using GPS. Discover a new weight lifting workout. Have fun!

Stay Connected
Set a reminder to call your mom every weekend or reach out to old friends on social media. Your Netflix queue won’t go anywhere while you’re catching up with the people you love!

Stay Hydrated
There’s nothing too exciting about drinking water, so why not make it a game? Challenge a friend to a Snap-off and see who can be there first to send 8 snaps of empty water glasses a day.

Tell us how you use your phone to reach your goals on our social channels!

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.