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Android Phones Coming to NET10 Too

It's raining new prepaid Android phones today! Hot on the heels of Virgin Mobile and Straight Talk announcing two new Android models comes word that NET10 is also getting two Android phones of its own.

The announcement is on the NET10 Facebook page. It reads,

"Presenting NET10’s First 2 ANDROID™-powered phones! LG Optimus Q and LG Optimus NET!! 3.2" Touch Screen, 3G, Android 2.3, Wi-Fi®, 3 MP Camera/Video Recorder, MP3 Player, Bluetooth®, GPS and more! Download over 250,000 Android apps!
Optimus Q has a Sliding QWERTY Keypad - Only $179.99.
LG Optimus NET - Only $149.99
Exclusively for the $50/30 Day Unlimited Plan. Reserve yours NOW at http://reserve.net10android.com/"

The linked page has pictures of the new phones, brief specs  and a form to check availability in your zipcode and sign up to be notified when the phones are available.

The Optimus Q (above) is the same phone that is also coming to Straight Talk and Virgin Mobile (where is called the Optimus Slider). Specs are listed as:
  • 3.2" HVGA Full Touch Screen
  • 3 MP Camera
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • Multitasking
  • Instant Messaging
  • Android™ 2.3 Operating System
  • GPS (navigation & map apps preloaded)
  • Swype
  • 3G/Wi-Fi® Connectivity
  • 4GB Micro SD™ Card Included
  • Voice commands
  • Dimensions: 4.53" x 2.34" x 0.58"
  • Weight: 5.51 ounces
  • Hearing aid compatible
The Optimus NET (right) seems to have come out of nowhere. It looks like a keyboard-less variant of the Optimus Q. Listed specs are virtually identical:

  • 3.2" HVGA Full Touch Screen
  • 3 MP Camera w/ digital zoom
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • Multitasking
  • Instant Messaging
  • ANDROID™ 2.3 Operating System
  • GPS (navigation & map apps preloaded)
  • Swype
  • 3G/Wi-Fi® Connectivity
  • 4GB Micro SD™ Card Included
  • Voice commands
  • Battery talk time: up to 5 hours
  • Standby time: up to 10 days
  • Dimensions: 4.45" x 2.32" x 0.48"
  • Weight: 4.45 ounces
  • Hearing aid compatible: (HAC) Rating M4/T3

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  1. Are they expecting people to pay one unit per minute of data connection? That'll leave a lot of customers pretty unhappy with using these phones. America Movil needs to figure out a more reasonable way to charge for data connections. Charging per minute that the browser is connected, whether any further data is transferred or not, is a rip.

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    1. get the $50 its 10x better. unlimited talk, text and web for $50 a month. by the card and you set for 30 days

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  2. No, like it says in the post, the Android phones are "Exclusively for the $50/30 Day Unlimited Plan."

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  3. I think this could be a good phone but u would have to have the unlimited plane

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  4. the data plan is decent but u prolly cant buy any apps with the unlimited plan :)

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    1. you can get apps

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    2. Can you still get free apps?

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    3. Yes, there are over 100,000 free apps in the Android Play Store.

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  5. With Android phones you buy apps directly from Google in the Android Market using your credit or debit card or Google Checkout. NET10 has no control over that. Lots of free apps in the Market too.

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  6. sooooo i cant just throw on a $20,$30 or even a $60 net10 card i ACTUALLY have to ONLY use the $50 unlimited plan? that doesnt seem right someone please look into this

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    1. If you were willing to pay that 60$ Card which is more expencive then the 50$ UNLIMITED Card It shouldnt be that be of a deal...

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    2. The ONLY plan you can use this phone on is the $50 unlimited plan - and actually it is $45 if you sign up for the automatic refill - and since that is the only plan you can use - that's how to get it at $5 off. However, I am unable to get any info as to the data cap - I've heard of people being cut off and thrown off Net10 for as little as 1 or 2 GB data. When you ask Net10 in the forum they have online they won't answer - they say read the Terms of Service they have online and that is 23 pages long of small print in technical legalese. I am going to give it a try - but I suspect there is definitely a cap. I know with the $50 unlimited card on other phones on Net10 there is actually a 50,000 min. cap.

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    3. Based on other people's experiences, the unwritten cap on Straight Talk seems to be about 2 GB/month, 100 MB/day. I doubt that it's any different on Net10.

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    4. Thanks for your response - I suspected as much. I've heard they actually throw you off Net10 without so much as a warning if you go over the unwritten limit. Tell me, before I buy this phone, how much would 2 GB be? A 2 hr movie? I apologize for not knowing, but I hate to spend $180 for a phone for the data use and find out it just isn't enough. I already have the LG 900g and it works fine for texting and calls, but internet access is severely curtailed by NET10. I work at a job where we cannot check our email or get Facebook - and are sometimes just plain bored. I was looking to this Galaxy Proclaim to pass the time with You Tube, etc. Thank you very much.

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    5. Watching a 2 hour movie using the Netflix Android app consumes about 2.5 GB. Regardless of which mobile operator you use you need to restrict prolonged video or audio streaming to Wi-Fi to avoid hitting caps

      Web browsing, email, Facebook status updates etc. use much less data. Use Verizon's calculator to get an idea of how much data different activities use.

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  7. You can use $20, etc. cards with any NET10 phone except for the NET10 Android phones. It's the same with Straight Talk, Boost and Verizon, Android phones require an unlimited plan. There's nothing to look into. The carriers get to make the rules, that's just the way it is.

    If you want to use an Android phone on pay as you go or a less expensive monthly plan that's not unlimited take a look at PlatinumTel, T-Mobile, Virgin Moble, Page Plus or AT&T.

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  8. My name is Joe and in you opinion does the GPS work well with the Android phones and are there limitations in the usage? I am aware that you must use the $50 card.

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    1. Used my gps quite a bit hadnt lost me nowhere yet! I actually like it better thsn automobile one it talks as well!!

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  9. Joe, in general GPS works well on Android phones. Their are a few with weak GPS reception like the Virgin Mobile Motorola Triumph.

    As they aren't released yet no one knows how well the GPS performs on the new NET10 Android phones.

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  10. Out of all the prepaid plans Net10 seam to have decent coverage so I am hoping the GPS will work well...I believe it has Google Maps preloaded which has a lot of nice features. I plan on purchasing the Net10 LG Optimus Net phone so I will let you know how well it works. I have check out other prepaid plans but I keep coming back to Net 10. The other plan and Android phones don't come up to the Optimus Net options. I hope I make the right choice. Hey where else can you get an Android phone for $50 a month and no contract...LOL.
    Thank you for your response.
    Joe

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  11. Actually NET10 Android phones use the Sprint native network and have the same coverage as Straight Talk Android phones.

    You can get the Optimus Net from Straight Talk for the same $179.99 price as NET10 and the monthly plan is $5 less ($45 vs. $50)

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    1. The Net10 Android phones do not use Sprint network - They use Verizon. They will not roam on any network. You must be in a Verison coverage area to get service.

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    2. The only Net10 Android phones that use Verizon are the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim and the soon to be released LG Optimus ZIP.

      The ZTE Merit is on the AT&T network.

      The LG Optimus Net, LG Optimus Q, LG Optimus Black, Huawei Ascend II all use Sprint.

      The Sprint and Verizon based phones don't roam. the Merit on AT&T roams on T-Mobile and several regional operators is some areas where AT&T has no service.

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    3. Thank you for the great info - you are a wealth of great info. Thank you again.

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    4. actually u can get the net10 optimus net from amazon for about $70. i know because i bought mine on amazon. same one u see in the store for $129. its a good phone and there is no cap on the data. its unlimited on the $50 unlimited card. talk, text, web and data. all u want to use for 30 days

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  12. Well that stinks! What about T Mobile? do they use the Sprint network for Androids?
    Joe

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  13. T-Mobile has their own network, they don't use Sprint. Nationwide T-Mobile has a lot more coverage than Sprint but considerably less than AT&T or Verzion. See Coverage Maps For All Prepaid Carriers.

    Of course what really matters isn't nationwide coverage but coverage where you will use your phone. Use T-Mobile's block-level coverage checker to see if it's likely to work for you.

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  14. For anyone who reads this blog...I did some research...like you said Yeswap Net10, Straight Talk, Boost, Track Phone, etc. all use Sprint network with Android phones. Verizon has prepaid plans but offers no Android phones. AT&T has Android or Smartphone but also charge for data plans, $10 to $25 more, on top of the $50 prepaid plan. Apparently the $50 only covers text and voice… got to use the pull downs to see find print. T-Mobile has their own decent network however, as you said, not as good as Verizon or AT&T. T-Mobile uses 4G and if you want you can increase your monthly payments to get more data download. With $50 you get only 100MB...$60/2G...$70/5G. After that it drops to 3G but it is your choice and you are still surfing the web...3G is not that bad. As you can guess by now I am picking T-Mobile. One thing I didn't mention....any T-Mobile Android phone can be used in prepaid plan. You can buy it where ever it is the cheapest then take it to T-Mobile and they set it up...not bad! Sorry for being so winded but maybe this will help others in their search.
    Joe

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  15. Seems right now any Pre-paid Androids released are on crappy networks. Sprint sux and so does Virgin as far as coverage. Even though its a Net10 and may normally use Verizon or Straight Talk using ATT towers it always seems these people at Verizon or ATT don't want a unlimited $50 data,web,talk,email plan on their towers. It would cut into their 2 year contracts and data plans totaling upto $100 a month. SO right now its just talk and text on the good towers in my area. My Straight Talk is on ATT but will they offer a Android in my area?NO, it goes over to Sprint then which theres no coverage.

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  16. I heard a rumor T-Mobile is being bought out by AT&T...any truth in that?

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  17. It's hardly a rumor. AT&T is attempting to buy T-Mobile. However The FTC and seven state's attorney generals have filed suits to block the merger on anti-trust grounds. The FCC also seems unlikely to approve it.

    Most business analysts now believe that the aquisition will fail.

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  18. Hope so I want to buy a T-Mobile prepaid Android phone...mainly for GPS. With all that I have research, it is the most economical and there is a decent network for the GPS option. Since most of my travel is on the east coast it shouldn't be too bad.
    Joe

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  19. after looking at all the info.and doing my own reserch, owning a straight talk android and then a net 10 android thinking id get better coverage,its nice someone looked all of this up..wish i would have seen it before i bought the net 10 android...now im out the extra money.. does anyone see the sprint network getting any better anytime soon

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    1. Their supposed to ave it fixed by July 4th

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  20. Does anyone know anything about the $20 "Casual Usage" plan? It is mentioned on the right side of the following page, but I can't find more info on it.

    http://net10android.com/lg-optimus-net.php

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  21. I think that refers to NET10's pay as you go plan which is 10¢/minute and requires you to add at least $20 every 60 days. NET10 requires an unlimited plan with the Android phones so the pay as you plan won't work.

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  22. I live in Rapid City, SD and was looking into buying Net10's Android phone. Net10's website says that the phone isn't available in this area. Does that REALLY mean I won't have service where I live, or are they just being fussy? It would seem that if the Android phone uses the Sprinit network that it would not work in this area since Sprint's network is kinda bad for this part of the country.

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  23. There's no Sprint native coverage in Rapid City. NET10 Android phones will not work there. Use the Boost Mobile coverage map to verify Boost/Virgin/NET10 Android/Straight Talk Android coverage.

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  24. so.....i buy the phone...then buy a plan and add time to that phone...i bet the phone is'nt worth what it says. how much for the phone....then the plan?? wow .if i buy a plan from another company...they give you the phone for free...even the droid!!

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    1. Speck, the NET unlimited plan is $50. The phone prices are as listed in the post. "Free" phones on contract aren't really free. You pay extra for them every month.

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    2. i have the phone an it is awesome.

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  25. My adult daughter has had the phone for awhile now and hasn't had any issues... Its no Iphone, but for the price, its well worth the value.

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  26. Does anyone know the extra charges if any, on the Android 30 day plans. I assume international calls are extra!

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    1. You pay sales tax on refills. As far as I know there aren't any other fees

      International calling isn't very convenient. You have to register on the Web and purchase international call credits in advance. Direct dialing isn't supported to most countries, you have to dial an 11 digit access code, wait for a prompt and then enter the international number. With an Android phone it's easier and cheaper to use Google Voice for international calls.

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  27. I'm looking for an Android Phone that will actually work in my area!! I know Sprint does NOT work in my area. I've been with Straight Talk for a few years been through a few phone. I have the most expensive phone from Straight Talk called Samsung Finesse R810C and for that Extremely High Price it doesn't even play YouTube and I was pissed about that. I like Straight Talk service but the phones SUCKS!!!!! They need to make Android Phones to cover every area!!!!

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    1. If AT&T or T-Mobile work for you, use the AT&T BYOD SIM in any AT&T or T-Mobile phone.

      The Samsung Finesse R810C runs on Verizon and their are no Straight Talk Android phones that use Verizon. If you only have Verizon coverage your only options for an Android phone are Page Plus ($55/month, but only 1 GB/month) or overpriced Verizon Prepaid ($95/month for 450 minutes and unlimited data).

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  28. Thanks I will be buying the NET10 Android phone. Its on sale for $79 and free shipping at Radio Shack..

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  29. So the Net10 Android phones use Sprint towers? I just got my net10 android phone today, but am not getting any reception.

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    1. Same here i have some but not alot. But they are supposed to fix that glitch.

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  30. If I buy the galaxy note can I buy a prepaid on that phone? And how much for the plans?..

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    1. You can use an AT& Note or an unlocked one on Net10 there's only one plan: $50/month for umnlimited voice and messaging and around 2 GB of data.

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  31. Does anyone have any idea when Net 10 will offer the Android phone for their Verizon coverage area ???

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    1. They already do, the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim.

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  32. How do you check your service end date on the phone. i have the phone now but idk how to check that

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    1. You can check it on the Net10 website or by calling customer support.

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  33. Battery talk time: up to 5 hours
    Standby time: up to 10 days

    THESE ARE LIES IT ONLY WORKS FOR ABOUT 3 HOURS. BUT CHARGES UP TO 100% IN ABOUT AND HOUR

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  34. for the Net 10 Android LG Optimus Net phone...
    Are the $50 NET10 unlimited call, text, data Prepaid Cards the only Prepaid Cards that you can add onto the phone????

    Or can you add different PREPAID CARDS?????? HELP!!

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    1. You can only use the LQ Optimus Net on the $50/month unlimited plan. You can only use Unlimited cards (or a credit or debit card) to renew the unlimited plan.

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    2. Okay . Thank you for your help !! :)

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  35. With the Lg Optimus Net:
    Can you text internationally, say to Mexico ? If so, is it just a means of creating the message and sending it ? or is there a specific way for it to be done since I understand that international calling is more complex. ??

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    1. To text a Mexican number dial +52 1 followed by the 10 digit Mexican number (2 or 3 digit area code plus the 7 or 8 digit local number). For example, to call the Mexican number, 999 966 123, dial +52 1 999 9666 123

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  36. About the LG Optimus Net:
    Does the phone come already preloaded with the first month on it ($50/unlimited plan) ??? [I bought the LG 800G GSM for Net10 awhile ago and it came with the first month free ($25/750minute plan)on it]

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    1. When purchased from Net10, the Optimus Net does not normally come with any included airtime.

      However, ShopCellDeals does sell the phone bundled with the first month's service at the discounted price of $114.99. You might find similar deals at other online retailers.

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  37. Yeswap - THANK YOU for posting this page and answering our questions. I've been researching this Sansung Profile Galaxy phone a great deal the last week and it seems you have answered all my questions on this one page! You're great and I thank you so very much.

    I followed your ShopCellDeals link and it's great. Thank you again.

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  38. I heard the LG Optimus Net can only be used when in close range to Sprint towers....Is this true because I'm not sure if I even live close to those...????

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    1. The Optimus Net uses the Sprint network. Ii doesn't need to be any closer to a tower than any other phone.

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    2. THANKS for answering all my questions ! I realy really appreciate it :)

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  39. The $50 unlimited card for the android net 10 phone is it unlimited talk, text and net or does net have a limited amount of minutes per card?

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    1. Text and voice minutes are unlimited.

      Data is advertised as unlimited as well but many users have reported being throttled to near dial up speeds if they use more than 100 MB in a day or 2 GB in a month.

      The throttle doesn't go away when you start a new plan month but Net10 will remove the throttle if you contact them on their Facebook page or at 855-333-2355

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  40. i live in arizona an here they say the the net10 android phones(wich i just got the LG Optimus) work off of the AT&T network.because there is no verizon here.

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    1. Actually most NET10 Android phones, including all three Optimus models that they sell, use Sprint's network.

      The only Android phones that aren't on Sprint, are the Samsung Proclaim and LG Zip, which are on Verizon and the ZTE Merit and Samsung Galaxy S II which use AT&T.

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  41. If I get a Net10 Android LG Optimus Net (supposedly both 800/1900 mhz) that is homed to Sprint, will it ROAM onto Verizon (or USCell) towers where there is no Sprint coverage? I see conflicting info - Net10 says they provide free roaming, but I know a lot depends on the handset. Since the LG Optimus Net is dual band, I am hoping that it WILL roam from Sprint to Verizon.

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    1. Sprint based Net10 and Straight Talk phones do NOT roam. If Net10 claims they do they are guilty of false advertising. I've haven't seen that claim, where did you see it?

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    2. It's in item 12 of their Terms & Conditions - but all that says (implies) is that a Net10 phone CAN roam under some circumstances and that there is no additional charge for roaming.

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    3. That statement applies to the AT&T and T-Mobile based Net10 phones which can roam.

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  42. net 10 told me it works in kingman arizona and my husband got up there for work and no where in kingman does it have service we called they said a tower was down then i call they say it is back up but still no service anywhere in kingman and they keep beating around the bush i gave them the guys name i talked to on the phone that said they have service and all and they do nothing about it i will never use them again i understand some places are not covered but when you and your map says all green and there is none maybe u should do something instead of too bad you already gave us your money

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  43. Everybody has a different answer. I want to know, if I buy an android net 10 phone will it be on cheap-ass sprint network, or will it be on ATT like my current Net 10 phone? I live in Des Moines, WA. A suburb 18 miles south of Seattle.

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    1. NET10 and Straight Talk Android phones use Sprint, AT&T or Verizon depending on model:

      AT&T: ZTE Merit, LG Optimus Logic, LG Optimus Extreme and Samsung Galaxy S II
      Verizon: Samsung Proclaim, Samsung Galaxy S Showcase, Huawei Ascend Y, LG Optimus Dynamic and LG Optimus Zip
      Sprint: Samsung Precedent, LG Optimus Black, LG Optimus Q, LG Optimus Net, Huawei Ascend II, Motorola Defy XT

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  44. I just purchased a Net10 phone from Target. It is a Samsung Galaxy Discover. Which network will it run off of? Or, which towers will it use?

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  45. I HAVE THE NET TEN SAMSUNG S390G AND WISH I JUST HAD GOTTEN A ANDROID PHONE SO I COULD GET FREE APPS AND FREE GAME APPS:(

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