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$149.88 Android Phone Coming to Straight Talk's $45/month Prepaid Service?


This hasn't been officially announced yet but according to the leaked video below which appeared today on YouTube and DailyMotion, Straight Talk's will be getting its first Android Phone the Samsung Galaxy Precedent.  The price is $149.88 and Straight Talk's $45/month unlimited everything plan is required.

This could be a hoax but the video's broadcast quality production values suggest it's the real thing. Unfortunately the video doesn't specify a release date or tell us much about the phone except that it has WiFi, Bluetooth and Swype.

To me the phone looks like a GSM variant of the Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy Prevail. I'm guessing it's GSM because all of Straight Talk's smart phones have been running on the AT&T GSM network.

This phone looks to be the best deal yet for an Android phone on an unlimited prepaid plan from a major operator. The only other unlimited voice, messaging and 3G data plans plans that offer an Android phone are Sprint's  $50/month Boost Mobile and $55/month Virgin Mobile deals.

Not only does Straight talk have a price advantage over Sprint's prepaid brands but it has a coverage advantage too. That's because Straight Talk's GSM phones use AT&T's post paid coverage footprint. Not only is AT&T's native network bigger than Sprint's but there's a lot of no extra cost roaming included to provide much better overall coverage than Boost and Virgin's Sprint native network, especially in rural areas.

Notice I called Straight Talk a major brand? While it may not be a household name, it's owned by Mexico based América Móvil, which operates in 16 countries and is the fifth largest mobile operator in the world with 225 million customers, bigger than AT&T and Verizon combined.

Via: Howard Forums

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  1. The galaxy prevail is underpowered and has a lack of internal memory which trnds to make the prevail slow laggy and buggy. I rather own the E-5

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  2. Certainly great for those into the Android fad but fact is, this phone won't be all that....I hear very low mhz processor, outdated OS, and more.

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  3. The Model # is M585C.... The "C" means CDMA.... Runs on the Verison Network...

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  4. Interesting. Can you share where you found that information? Also CDMA could be Sprint though I think Verizon is more likely.

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  5. It is likely to be on the Sprint network, based on the zip codes in which Straightalk claims it will be available.

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  6. It's Sprint. Confirmed on ST's F. Pre-order page went live, too: Facebook page http://reserve.straighttalkandroid.com/

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  7. Thanks for the heads up guys. I found it and pretty much confirmed it's on Sprint. That make's it a lot less interesting as it's essentially the same phone and same coverage and essentially the same price as the Boost Prevail.

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  8. On their own website, http://reserve.straighttalkandroid.com/ , it says model is Samsung M828C (still ending in 'C' but not the M585C mentioned above).

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  9. That's right, M828C is the correct model number according to Straight Talk

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  10. their website also says it will be available in areas that are not covered by sprint so i would hope Verizon since they have much better coverage

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  11. Can you give me an example of a zip code not covered by Sprint where Straight Talk says the Precedent will be available?

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  12. Darn. You got me excited. A reasonably priced pre-paid Android phone running on the Verizon network (or anything but the lame Sprint/Virgin network). Hopefully somebody will figure out that there's a market for a phone with a) reasonably priced pre-paid unlimited data b) Android and c) widespread coverage including rural areas

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  13. i think im gonna get one bc i wann test it out. i believe its gonna be a good fone

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  14. yeah but you can't find them at wal mart where i live and on straightalk site they don't have them i saw them at both wal marts where i live for one day from that day on they don't have them

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