Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Family fun during the holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that usually means it’s time for the three F’s: food, football, and family. This is the time of year to be thankful for the people we have in our lives and the time we get to spend with them. Here are a few suggestions from TracFone of traditions to start this year so you can connect better.

Holiday games
This year, bring a few board games that are great for groups to gather the big family together. Before dinner (or before the post-dinner nap), gather everyone and have a little fun in preparation for the big feast. Try to play a game that requires teamwork. You’ll probably learn something new about someone you’ve known your whole life.

Recipe exchange
Your aunt Carol’s famous cheesy potatoes... Grandma’s perfect pumpkin pie... And how does your brother Jay get the turkey to stay so juicy? This is the perfect time to get an inside look at how your favorite Thanksgiving dishes are made. So lend a hand in the kitchen or offer to exchange recipes. We’re sure you have a few delicious tricks up your sleeve…

Get out and about
Being cooped up inside watching football has become a holiday tradition, but who says the guys on TV get to have all the fun? Head outside and get a little fresh air this year. Get a game of two-hand touch going or just throw the football around. Make sure to capture all your memories from this holiday on your TracFone! The important part is to make sure you’re having a good time with your family and making a stronger connection.

Just don’t forget to share some of your Thanksgiving traditions with us on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Become Fluent in Emoji

Texting has become about more than just using words and acronyms these days. What happens when you’re trying to express an emotion but can’t really get the right words? What if you’re trying to say something simply? What if you want to respond in a playful way? Enter: emojis.

Emojis are small pictures, sent by text and are all the rage. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you become fluent in this new picto-language.

1. Keep it simple

When it comes to emojis, getting your point across is easy if you don’t overthink it. If you’re trying to say something like, “I will pick up a pizza and be home at 7,” you don’t need an emoji for each word. To get the point across, just use something simple like :


2. Use them unexpectedly

If you’re having a text conversation with your son or daughter answer them using emojis.

For example, if they want to stay out past their curfew, send them these:

If they got an A on their algebra exam, send these:

If they ask for your infamous candied yams recipe, send these:

They will be floored.

3. Have fun!

Emojis are supposed to be fun so use them in interesting and creative ways. You can have an entire conversation with emojis. Or you can just pepper them in when you’d like. But now you know how to read them and most importantly you can enjoy them with your family.

Having particularly good emoji conversations? Feel free to share them with us on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Do Halloween for Less

The leaves are beginning to change and the air is getting brisk. That can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner. But between the sweet treats and costumes, this holiday can get expensive.

In the interest of wanting to help you #DoEverythingForLess, TracFone has a few suggestions of how you can celebrate Halloween that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. But feel free to have a few of those lying around on October 31st.

1.  Make your decorations at home

There are some simple ways to transform typical household items into spooky, fun decorations. Store-bought decorations are typically expensive, so why spend all that money when the decorations might only be up for a couple weeks. Plus, it could be a fun weekend project for you and your family and friends. For example, you could cut open an empty milk jug, draw a scary face on it and place a light inside to brighten up this eerie holiday.

2.  Handmade Halloween costumes

Buying a readymade costume from a store can be scary for your wallet. But making something yourself allows you to be creative and enjoy a feeling of accomplishment when it’s done. Thrift stores are great places to get the main pieces of your costumes. And don’t be afraid of some simple sewing as well. It just needs to make it through the night. Use your imagination!

3.  A spooktacular party

Just because you want to save a little money doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great Halloween celebration. Have a spooktacular party using easy-to-make homemade costumes, decorations and games! Of course, you should show off all your homemade Halloween decorations.

You can also play some classic Halloween games like bobbing for apples and pin the hat on the witch, or make all your treats yourself instead of buying prepackaged candy and sodas.

Have any tips of your own? Want to show off some of your Halloween costumes and decorations? Share them on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Support Cancer Research with TracFone

This month you might see a little bit more pink than usual. Pink ribbons are the international symbol of breast cancer awareness and October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Whether it’s a friend or a family member, cancer has touched each of our lives. Supporters wear pink ribbons, pink shirts and just about anything else pink to show support to those who are fighting the disease.

TracFone is excited to play their part as well. To help raise awareness and research funds, we are partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for a special offer this month. TracFone will be donating 10% of the retail price of the specially-marked pink LG306G sales to the foundation, available exclusively at Dollar General for $9.                                      

Founded in 1982 the Susan G. Komen Foundation is one of the largest breast cancer organizations in the U.S. By helping fund them, you will be contributing to the breast cancer awareness cause in several ways. Their outreach has helped lead to 70% of women over 40 having regular mammograms. This form of early detection has lead to a 34% decline in breast cancer mortality since 1990. Their work has also resulted in the government devoting $850 million in annual research, up from $30 million in 1982. All of their hard work over the last few decades means there are 3 million more breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

But the fight isn’t over. Stop by your local Dollar General or check them out online and pick up the special pink LG306G from TracFone to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the effort to find a cure .

Monday, September 28, 2015

TracFone Tips: Decorate your Phone Case

We’ve already made the ‘Case for the Case’ in our Summer Phone Fashion Tipsbut if you’re ready to change your device’s look, then look no further. We’ve got some simple tricks you can use to switch your smartphone’s style. And in #DoEverythingForLess fashion, these tips make use of small items you can find in your home and with the case that’s already covering your phone.

1. Nail Polish 

With bright tones and glittery options, nail polish is a great way to freshen up your phone case and give it some pizzazz.

2. Markers 

Markers are the perfect way to quickly color your case and produce some precise patterns.

3. Tape 

Decorate your case with pre-patterned tape to create a look that is completely your own.

Have you decorated your phone case? Share pictures of your personally crafted case on our Facebook and Twitter Pages.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Celebrate Grandparents Day with TracFone

No matter what we call our grandparents – Grandma and Grandpa, Nana and Papa or Meemaw and Bobo – they will always have a special place in our hearts. They love to bring the family together; whether it’s sharing a home-cooked meal, a once-forgotten story, or dropping the occasional inside joke (thanks, Grandpa!). But most of all, you always know that whatever life throws your way, grandma and grandpa will always love and support you.

To bring appreciation for this unconditional love, TracFone is celebrating Grandparents Day early. For the next two weeks, TracFone is providing free #LoveIsGrand eCards on Facebook, which you can share with your grandparents to celebrate this special holiday! And, when you share the eCards or comment on the post, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of four Alcatel OneTouch Pop ICON prize packs and a $1,000 Grand Prize!

The Alcatel OneTouch Pop ICON is the perfect smartphone for your grandparents. With its large five-inch touchscreen and easy to navigate menu, the OneTouch Pop ICON is the ideal device for those looking to make their first switch to a smartphone. And for all those years your grandparents spent spoiling you, it makes a great Grandparents Day gift to help you return the favor.

Speaking of spoiling, we’ve compiled a quick list of our favorite ways our grandparents spoiled us as a kid:

 1.      Staying Up Past Bedtime

When Mommy and Daddy say go to bed, there’s no choice but to crawl under the covers. When you’re having fun during sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, there’s no such thing as bedtime!

2.      Cards for Every Occasion

Whether it’s your birthday, Valentine’s Day, the first day of school, or even the day you get your driver’s license, Grandma and Grandpa always find a reason to send their love.

3.      Unforgettable Trips

It doesn’t matter if you’re going across the country or just across town, no one knows how to plan a memorable vacation like Grandma and Grandpa!

What are your favorite ways your grandparents spoiled you? Share them with us during our Twitter Party on September 9 at 9pm ET! Follow @TracFoneCalls, @MacaroniKid & #LoveIsGrand to join in on the fun! There’ll be chances to win prizes, too!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Family Road Trips with TracFone Wireless

Pack up the trunk, grab your favorite snacks and hit the open road! Summer may be coming to a close, but there’s no better way to send-off the sultry season than with a family road trip! And whether you’re going across the country or just across the road, with nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks, TracFone will be there every mile along the way to keep you connected and entertained.

Here are a couple of tools you can use on your TracFone Android™ smartphone during your next road trip to ensure a smooth ride from start to finish!

Never Get Lost Again with GPS
Say goodbye to those outdated paper maps! With GPS capabilities on your TracFone Android™ smartphone, you’ll never get lost again. Apps such as Google Maps or Waze can provide your family with turn-by-turn navigation and even help you avoid traffic jams. Best of all, you won’t struggle trying to figure out how to fold and un-fold your phone.

Sing Car Karaoke with a Road Trip Playlist
What’s the best type of traffic jam? The one with your favorite tunes! Before you hit the open road, be sure to load your TracFone Android™ smartphone with your personal top-40. You’ll have your favorite hits at your fingertips and won’t have to bother adjusting the radio dial as you cross state lines.

Stay Entertained with Games, Games & More Games
Let’s face it, playing ‘I-spy’ and the ‘license plate game’ can get very boring, very quickly. Luckily, there are over 600,000 games and apps available to download for your Android™ smartphone. So whether you enjoy word games, puzzles, or arcade classics, you’ll be able to find the perfect game for every member of your family. Best of all, when your kids have their favorite games in the palm of their hands, you won’t hear “Are we there yet?” ever again.

Have any road trip tips of your own? Share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.