Must Have Nokia Ovi Store Apps for your Straight Talk Smartphone

The Straight Talk Nokia 6790 and Nokia E71 both allow for access to the Nokia Ovi store. The Nokia Ovi store has thousands of app for your Straight Talk. It’s free to sign up and has plenty of free apps to download. If haven’t done so already and you own a Nokia 6790 or a Nokia E71, you need to visit the Nokia Ovi store and take a look around. Here are some free must have Nokia Ovi store apps for your Straight Talk Smartphone.  Don’t have a Straight Talk smartphone? Get more information on the Straight Talk Nokia E71 and Straight Talk Nokia 6790.


Visit the Nokia Ovi Store

Facebook Straight talk app

Snaptu

Snaptu lets you access your major social sites including Facebook, Twitter and more. All in one applications so that you don’t have to download and clutter your phone with various other applications.

Free application

Youtube

Youtube

You don’t need us to tell you what Youtube is but this app lets you access the Youtube and view videos without accessing the Youtube mobile site.

Free application

Opera

Opera

A favorite and popular mobile browser preferred over the standard Nokia browser.

Free Application.

Opera

Nokia IM

Nokia IM gives you access to all the popular IM clients including Google Talk , Yahoo Messanger and Windows Live Messanger.

Free Application.

Opera

Opera

This excellent weather application gets you instant weather information for your location. Animated forecasts, 10 day forecasts and more. This is a must have!

Free Application.

fring

Fring

Fring is definite must have for your E71. Allows for free video calls, voice calls and chat to other Fring users as well as users on popular social networks. Also use Fring to make low cost international calls. Free application but only supported on E71

Wikipedia Reader

Wikipedia Reader

Wikipedia in your palm. Search and read wikipedia quickly and easily. This is a free application

Yahoonews

Yahoo News

Yahoo News application lets you get the latest news. Stay on top of things quickly and easily. Free Appliction

Would you Switch to Unlimited Prepaid Service With a Decent Smartphone?

Up until recently, getting into a prepaid plan meant being punished by having to  downgrade to a “dumb” phone. Within the last few months however, prepaid service providers have introduced some pretty decent smart phones. 3 of the top prepaid providers now have some sort of smartphone in their line ups.  As the prepaid smartphone competition heats up, there is little doubt we will see more prepaid companies add additional smartphones to their line ups. Would you switch to prepaid and save some monthly cash for one of the smartphones below?

Straight Talk

Straight Talk just jumped on the Smartphone bandwagon by introducing two new Nokia models. While not new models, they still offer so nice features. Good thing because Straight Talk is one of the better and cheaper Unlimited Prepaid providers on the market.  Is Straight Talk Available in your area?

Nokia E71

Straight Talk Nokia E71

Straight Talk Nokia E71

First, is the Nokia E71. The E71 offers a Blackberry look and feel. It sports all of the major functionality you could want in a smartphone like email, apps, wifi, video recorder, digital camera and mp3 music player all at 3g speed. While not a brand new model, this ones been around for couple of years in Europe and is quite popular. Compare the Straight Talk Nokia E71 and 6790

The E71 is an excellent smartphone with a professional corporate feel and look to it.  It’s certainly right up there with the likes of the Blackberry Bold.

Why go with a contract when you can go with something like this at half the price? Check Straight Talk Nokia E71 Availability

Nokia 6790

Straight Talk Nokia 6790 smartphone

Nokia 6790

Next is the Nokia 6790.  A more casual slider phone yet still has all of the smartphone features. The 6790 has all most of the same features as the E71 including email, apps, wifi, mp3 player and digital camera also at 3g speeds. There are 2 main differences, the 6790 has a GPS based navigation while the E71 uses location.  Second, the 6790 does not have front/back lenses for video calls while the E71 does. Compare the Straight Talk Nokia E71 and 6790

The 6790 is also an Excellent phone with great features but you must slide the keyboard to dial so that may turn some off. Check Straight Talk Nokia 6790 availability

Conclusion

Why spend $100 on a contract plan when you can spend $45? These two phones have great functionality so you won’t be punished with an out of date device. They may not have the same cachet as the iPhone but would you rather carry around something with prestige or do you rather save 50% on your bill? We vote for the 50% savings! Use the $600 you will save to buy an iPad or something…Is Straight Talk Available in your area?

Compare Straight Talk Nokia E71 and Straight Talk Nokia 6790

Straight Talk now has 2 pretty good non touchscreen smartphones to let you take advantage of the $45 Unlimited Voice/Text/Data plan. While both phones have an extensive list of solid features, there are some notable differences. Below is a table to help you compare the Straight Talk Nokia E71 and the Straight Talk Nokia 6790.


Straight Talk Nokia E71 Vs Straight Talk Nokia 6790

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Calling Plan $45 Unlimited Voice/Text/Data Only $45 Unlimited Voice/Text/Data Only
Form Factor Slider QWERTY Monoblock QWERTY
Technology GSM 3g GSM 3g
Operating System Symbian Symbian
Browser HTML w/Flash Lite HTML w/Flash
Internal Storage 128 mb 110 mb
External Storage microSD up to 8Gb microSD up to 8Gb
Email (Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, Exchange, Etc.) Yes Yes
Downloadable Apps-Nokia Ovi Store Yes Yes
Downloadable Java games Yes Yes
Navigation Yes Yes
Wireless (WiFi) No Yes
Video Call Capable No Yes
Camera 2 Megapixel 3 Megapixel
Front Secondary Camera No Yes
MP3 Player Yes Yes
Built in FM Radio Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes Yes
More Info on the Straight Talk Nokia E71 More Info on the Straight Talk Nokia 6790
Overall Ratings

New Straight Talk Smartphones Nokia E71 and Nokia 6790

Straight Talk GSM Nokia e71

Straight Talk GSM Nokia e71

Straight Talk brings us 2 new smartphones that are both attractive and very functional. The Straight Talk Nokia E71 and Straight Talk 6790.  While both are existing models, this is the first time Straight Talk brings full smartphone functionality to its prepaid line up.  We can now enjoy saving money without sacrificing form and function!

For those of you who’ve been looking at Straight Talk but couldn’t bare the thought of carrying around one of their “dumb” phones, fear no longer because you won’t be embarrassed to carry either of these.  Both have similar functionality but very different looks. Compare the E71 and 6790 Surge

If you rather show off your business side, consider the Straight Talk Nokia E71.  Very sleek and very professional! This phone is equivalent to the Blackberry bold in both form and function. Honestly, the E71 is actually more attractive and the Symbian OS makes for a very functional and user friendly phone.

Straight Talk Nokia 6790

Straight Talk Nokia 6790

If you prefer to let your hair down and want a more casual look, consider the Straight Talk Nokia 6790. This one features a sliding QWERTY keyboard making for a very compact form factor while maintaining Qwerty functionality. Like the E71, the 6790 comes with the Symbian OS so it’s a very user friendly phone.

Is the Nokia E71 and 6790 Available in Your area?

If features is what you mostly care about both phones are capable of accessing your internet email accounts from providers like Gmail, Yahoo, Aol, etc. Work email can also be accessed so long as your company has an external email site like Outlook Web Access and has ActiveSync enabled.  Both phones are also capable of accessing the Nokia Ovi app site for getting apps and games to expand your phone’s capabilities.  In addition, both phones feature full browsers for easy internet access, mp3 players, digital cameras and more.

In conclusion, these two Nokia phones finally make Straight Talk a viable choice for cell phone users who demand more than a typical “dumb” phone.  Either phone is worthy of the “smartphone” label and either is worth looking at. Moreover, the Straight Talk $45 unlimited voice/text/data is less than half the price of most contract plans. Who needs to pay 90 bones when you can pay 45 for the same?

Is the Nokia E71 and 6790 Available in Your area?

LG620 Net10 Unlimited

Straight Talk/Net10 LG 620g

LG620 NET10

The new LG620 from Net10 Unlimited is the most compact cell phone available from NET10.

Size:4.4″W x 2.00H” x .7″

Weight: Lightweight – 3.14 ounces

Technology: GSM

Data: Yes

Signal Strength: Excellent

Audio Quality: Excellent

Durability: Excellent

Battery Life: Battery Talk Time Approx. 5 hours Standby Time Approx. 9 days

Description:

The LG620 from NET10 Unlimited is the most compact slide up phone from NE10. It comes equipped with a very decent camera, external memory option, and ability to browse the web. The LG620 is a palm sized on the go type of phone. You can answer incoming calls by simply sliding it up (open) and end calls by closing the slide down (will keep calls in speaker if closed) as an added feature.

LG620 from Net10 Unlimited is very easy to use although it does not have a full keyboard, sending and reading text messages is a cinch. You can browse the web and you might be able to go to Facebook (let us know if it works) with the little browser.

Downloading ring tones and and wallpapers are easy to do if you get a Micro USB cable and an external memory card (usually for about $15). Best of all, with the Net10 Unlimited $50 dollar plan, you have nothing to worry about including a pesky contract.

Buy your LG620 and start saving money with the unlimited prepaid phone from Net10 Unlimited.

Included accessories: Battery
Wall AC Adapter
Sim Card

Cell phone plans (contracts) explained

Cell phone plans are not complicated, the contracts are. Cell phone companies offer a vital service in our modern society, a necessary service. There was a time when having a cell phone was a luxury or only reserved for business people or the affluent. Today, nearly everyone has a cell phone. It offers instant means of communication in almost any part of the world. The problem lies in the contract and the often greedy and unethical practices by the cellular phone companies.

How do cell phones work?
A cellular phone is a transceiver. It both receives and transmits information via radio waves. Your cell phone operates the same way as a standard radio except it is smaller, more efficient, and with the web integration, way more powerful than a typical hand radio. The transceiver connects with the nearest tower and the signal gets routed via a base station and the phone call is made. The concept is simple and functional. The cellular waves are strong enough to transmit over long distances but safe enough to be near humans and animals.

The Cell phone contact
Wha’s all the fuss about? A cell phone contract takes such a simple concept as the cell phone and complicates it to the point that most people don’t want to deal with it or are turned off by cell phones altogether because of the cell phone contract. What is important to remember is this contract is simply a way for the cell phone provider to guarantee a profit. If you are not careful, you will sign a legal contract which binds you to a two – five year agreement. An agreement which if you try to get out of, can cost you heavily.

What are the options
Luckily, you can have the same cellular service without the contract. There are Unlimited Cell Phone Companies such as TracFone, NET10, and Straight Talk, that will give you the same [that’s right] the same service other companies offer without the complicated and often damaging contract.

Black Friday Sales were amazing but were they worth it?

Everyone knows the day after Thanks Giving is the day a few people get amazing deals but thousands go out to shop with the hope they are a part of the few, the lucky, the Black Friday Shopper!
Retailers nationwide participate in the madness by offering great items for no profit at all. In fact, most retailers take a hit on the price of the item just for the prospect of getting hundreds of new and old customers in the stores. This “bait” approach does work since every year hundreds of people camp out the day before waiting for the so called “door-buster” deals. Consumers are so fascinated with the sales they can even get pushy, mean, and sometimes things turn out deadly.

There are lots of critics who feel the Black Friday rushes are dangerous and down right adolescent but mostly very logical. At the end of your Black Friday, the average (key word being average) does not save more than someone who simply bought as Christmas approached since the sales available to the majority will usually come back.

Walmart for example had some pretty good deals on cell phones like:
Sprint – Palm Pre Touchscreen Smartphone (Price with New 2-yr Contract)
For $75

Sprint – Palm Pixi Touchscreen Smartphone (Price with New 2-yr Contract)
For $23.00

However, if you look closely, you’re committing to a two year contract. At the end of the contract, that Black Friday price would have gone down the drain.

Let’s have a Straight Talk

The Straight Talk Unlimited plan offers substantial savings over the short and long term life of your cellphone service. Straight Talk from Walmart is the least expensive unlimited cellphone plan on the market today. Others such as Boost Mobile and Metro PCS compete pretty well in this market with them being the more experienced older cell providers.

Straight Talk has the backing of Verizon Wireless and TracFone Wireless who are both established players in the cellular industry. TracFone is the number one provider of prepaid cellphones and they also operate NET10 winner the J.D. Power and Associate award for prepaid cellphones 2009. If that does not impress you and give you confidence in getting a Straight Talk cellphone, you might be impressed to know TracFone has over 10 million active subscribers and the customer base is growing at a steady pace.

As if that wasn’t enough, TracFone also holds a government contract which provides low income Americans with a free cellphone and a monthly airtime allowance. The Safe Link program brings the lifeline to those that may otherwise not be able to afford a cellphone. Having the means of communicating also ensures low income folks have higher chances of getting job interviews, staying in touch with family and contacting emergency services if needed. TracFone is both a strong brand as well as a community cellphone provider.

Prepaid Cellphones are no longer weird

The idea of prepaid was once a foreign concept in the U.S. with Europe and the rest of the world leading the way. However there are so many advantages to Prepaid that the concept is pretty common now.

Cons to Prepaid Pros to Prepaid
Unknown to many Gaining popularity
Upfront payments Pay for only what you use
Upfront payments No contracts

Mainly what makes prepaid worth looking into is the freedom it offers. The company, in this case Straight Talk has already calculated what they plan on selling their service for and still make a profit. They have taken the guesswork out of making the tough decision of choosing a cellphone provider and plan.

You dont have to worry about paying more than you use or getting hidden fees at the end of your statement because, well… there is no statement.

Straight Talk Motorola RAZR Review

The RAZR is a proven phone with at least 3 years on the market. Motorola has sold millions of the RAZR so it’s no wonder Straight Talk chose such an established device to launch its latest program.

motorola razr Straight TalkSize: 3.95″ x 2.08″ x .54″

The Straight Talk RAZR is an elegant robust and proven cell phone. It has all the features you want including

· Bluetooth

· Web browser

· Camera

· Voice commands

· Calculator

· Voice Recordings

· Calendar

Verizon network and signal strength:

The RAZR CDMA phone provides the best CDMA signal with the visible signal meter on the top right in highlighted green. The RAZR will still operate well even with only one bar of signal but obviously the more the better.

The Straight Talk RAZR operates on CDMA technology on the Verizon network. This is good news since Verizon offers large nationwide coverage. The bad news is you cannot make roaming calls on any other network. Don’t let this deter you though since like I said, Verizon has a very large network. The other things to note is outgoing International calls are prohibited. All inbound calls are accepted though.

Web browsing:

The web is actually pretty good on the Straight Talk RAZR. It has 1x speed which is about 2.45 (Mbit/s) for Downlink and 0.15 (Mbits/s) for Uplink. This is a very decent speed and it will vary depending on your signal level. Opening the browser takes you directly to the Straight talk mobile page. The Straight Talk webpage has a several preloaded sites including:

1. Download

2. Email/Social

3. Websites

4. Weather

5. Sports

6. News

7. Movies

8. Horoscope

9. Lottery

Each main link takes you to a list of other sub links.
Most people would believe however that you are limited to the confines of the preloaded pages however this is not the case. Use this trick to venture out from the Straight Talk page, press Menu and go to URL. Enter the page you want to visit directly or go to your favorite search engine such as Google.com to search the entire web. I noticed the battery compartment can get pretty warm when browsing for an extended period so don’t be alarmed if you feel the heat. In fact, this is pretty normal during any operation that uses the battery such as extended calls or browsing. In areas of lowered signal strength, I noticed “Network connection lost”. Again, don’t let this alarm you as it is perfectly normal for any cell phone to lose connection in areas of lowered signal.

Voice Calls:

The RAZR has a crisp speaker and calls go through very well (assuming you have a strong steady signal). As with all other cell phones, the call quality depends a lot on how strong and steady your signal is. The speaker hands free option comes in handy as well and the volume is more than adequate and is easy to turn on/off. To activate or deactivate the speakerphone option, simply press and hold the top left side key on the edge of the screen above the volume side keys.

Text messages:

Sending text messages is easy with the RAZR and with the Straight Talk Unlimited plan, the RAZR is ideal for the Textually active. The average person sends about 5 text messages a day and with the predictive text by Motorola, sending messages is as easy as pressing only one key per letter. The days of pressing each key several times to get one letter are gone. The RAZR fully passes the text message challenge!

File Transfers:

Transferring files is easy with the RAZR. You can either do it through a mini USB cable or through Bluetooth. Luckily, Straight Talk has not restricted any file transfer processes. The RAZR also plays MP3s so you can easily carry your favorite music anywhere you go.

Camera:

The RAZR features a 4x zoom VGA high resolution camera. Taking pictures is as simple as pressing the Right key labeled “Camera” and pressing the round key in the center to snap the images. You can zoom in and out by pressing the right and left arrow keys. Another great feature is the use of the external screen for self portraits. Simply close the flip while the camera is on and you can see yourself on the external smaller screen. This is a great feature for taking avatars for Facebook or other social media. Most newer cell phones must have a tone when taking pictures but the RAZER can snap images with no tone at all. The RAZR comes with 35Megs of internal storage and unfortunately does not offer external memory support such as an SD card.

Hardware:

The RAZR is a phone built to last. It includes a strong screen with a protective plastic shield which can probably be replaced if it gets too badly scratched. You can also invest in an invisishield clear scratch resistant protector.
Get your Motorola RAZR V3 (Full Body shield)

The charger is a straightforward mini USB connector which unlike other cell phones will not bend or break easily. The battery is also easy to put in and take out although you may not need to ever remove it since the battery is also very sturdy and built to last.

Overall, the RAZR is a solid investment and will last for years to come. It has all the cool features and useful tools for all types of users. Beginners to advanced users will find this classic a perfect choice for the Straight Talk unlimited plan.

Click Here to view the Motorola RAZR V3A at StraightTalk.com