Straight Talk and Net10 sites. It's the Samsung SCH-S720C Galaxy Proclaim. I believe it's a Verizon network phone as it's the only Android phone show when you enter a zip code for one of Net10/StraightTalk's Verizon only "CO" markets like Missoula, MT (zip code 59801) or Chester, SD (57016). Of course it could be a programming error with the sites, which is not an uncommon occurrence. How the sake of the hundreds of thousands of users who only get Verizon service where they live, play or work, I hope this is the real thing.
The Proclaim is also available in areas like San Francisco and New York City where all carriers operate. It will sell for $179.99 with free shipping. Straight Talk is taking orders now and says the phone will ship in 1-2 weeks. Specs (below) are pretty good, especially the 1 Ghz processor.
- 3.5 inch 320x480 px (HVGA) screen
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1GHz Processor
- 3 MP camera
- MP3 Player (cable not included)
- 2 GB microS (included) Supports microSD Card up to 32GB (not included)
- Gravity Sensor / Tilt & Shake
- 3.5mm Headset
- TouchWiz Lite 3.0
- Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Rating:
- Battery Talk Time up to 5.5 hours, Standby Time up to 16 days
- Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.5 in.
- Weight 4.1 oz.
These specs appear identical to Verizon's first prepaid Android phone the Samsung SCH-i110 Illusion which sells for $169.99, ten dollars less than the Straight Talk and Net10 Proclaims. More significant is the plan price. Verzion charges $80/month for unlimited voice and messaging and 1 GB of data.
On paper, Straight Talk is a much better deal, $45/month for unlimited voice messaging and data. Unfortunately, Straight Talk's unlimited data is not unlimited. That's hardly a surprise, mobile data is inherently limited and very few carriers deliver or even claim to deliver unlimited data.
The problem with Straight Talk and Net10 is that the actual data limits are a secret and the punishment for exceeding them is severe. With other carriers when you reach the limit, data stops working or the speed is reduced, with Straight Talk there have been numerous reports of users being kicked off for "abuse" after using as little as 2 GB of data in a month or 100 MB in a day. I can understand a data cap, and 2 GB, or even 1GB, it's a decent amount of data for the price. The problem I have with Straight Talk is that they don't just suspend your data for the rest of the month, they boot you off the network with no refund and in some cases haven't allowed the users they terminated to port their number to another carrier. Most terminated users have reported getting only a single warning from Straight Talk before being kicked off.
It's very easy to exceed 2 GB/month with a smartphone. StraightTalk and Net10 are greats value but you need to watch your data usage very carefully to avoid getting your service terminated and possible losing your number. I recommend using an Android data monitor app like 3G Watchdog to track your usage. When you get close to the limit, shut off data using the phone's menu. On the Galaxy Proclaim you can shut off data by going to Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks and un-checking "Use Packet data". Also, the 2 GB/month, 100 MB/day limits are with Straight Talk phones on the AT&T network. I suspect the limits are lower, maybe 1 GB/month like Verizon's own prepaid Android plan, with Straight Talk Verizon phones. If I get reports of users getting warned or terminated for using too much data on the Galaxy Proclaim I'll update this post with the information.
Straight Talk has an interactive tutorial for the Galaxy Proclaim on their site as well a 137 page manual (download PDF), (view online).