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
Posted by Dennis Bournique at 3:16 PM on Saturday, August 13, 2011 // 14 comments