Don't Miss This Back-To-School Lesson In Wireless

Both students and parents said mobile devices are an essential part of the school year.

Of the five most popular items students say they can’t survive the school year without – including everything from headphones to coffee – it’s probably no surprise that mobile devices top the charts. In fact, 90% of respondents to the Straight Talk back-to-school survey* said that mobile devices are an essential tool for educational purposes.

Student with backpack waits for bus

Every year, students and parents turn to their smartphones and tablets to accomplish even more tasks. Check out the fun facts revealed by our back-to-school survey:

  • Headphones are the second most-needed item to survive the school year, with 58% of students indicating that they can’t live without them.
  • 60% of parents count on their mobile devices to receive notifications from their kids’ schools, while more than half use their phones to access their child’s grades.
  • 81% of students use their mobile devices to stream educational videos, while 75% use them to submit homework assignments.
Back-to-school survey results

Check out our full survey results below:

Straight Talk back-to-school infographic

Are you ready for school?

An overwhelming 81% of respondents said that having an unlimited plan for their mobile device is essential for educational purposes – so as you cruise the aisles of your local store to check items off that back-to-school list, don’t forget about data. With Straight Talk, students and parents can conquer the academic year with unlimited talk, text and data plans at just $55 a month.

*This survey was commissioned by Straight Talk Wireless conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 601 online respondents between July 09, 2018 and July 12, 2018. For more information, visit