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Pigs Fly, Straight Talk Has An Android Phone on the Verizon Network

I never thought I'd see this happen but what appears to be an Android phone on the Verizon network has popped up on the 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
  • Swype
  • 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).

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  1. Well folks, this 1 is easy. If the ST contract claims "UNLIMITED" data, and you don't get unlimited data, you can file a complaint with the FCC and FTC, and also sue them in small claims court for false and misleading advertising. I did, against 1 of AT&T MVNO's for just that. We settled out of court.

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    1. I have straight talk and had 2 of the android phones.1 was a Samsung 1 was lg..I was told that they would be able to work in my area and went off Verizon towers. I could barely access the play store and rarely had service. Ive called hundreds of times complaining how they false advertise.I think I would rather just pay to get Verizon, Straight talk is half the price but usually half the phone too

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    2. Straight Talk sells several different Android phones from LG and Samsung. I don't know which phones you had but the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim does definitely use the Verizon network.

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  2. "The problem with Straight Talk and Net10 is that the actual data limits are a secret and the punishment for exceeding them is severe"

    This is why I am with Boost Mobile

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    1. HAHAHAHA Are you trying to tell me that BOOST is better than Straight Talk? Wow! Please excuse me while I take a hit of that thing you are smoking.

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    2. Boost has gotten better they have better phones and hood service in most areas I stay near alot of trees and things and straight talk is my supplier and I am switching to boost next month cause straight talk has too many glitches I've had my android 6 months and have been on the phone with customer service atleast 6 times a month my friend has boost and only calls customer service to pay their bill

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  3. I have straight talk but in my area right now they do not have a smartphone that will work. I looked today and the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim is showing as avaliable for this area. As much trouble as we ahve getting service I called to make sure...well go figure it is the sprint network not version. the only thing I have forund to work well here is verision and att. I am glad for the info about the data pkgs.if they ever offer something I can use I will be verifying that info with them first.

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    1. America Movil's customer support is not a reliable source of information. Straight Talk representatives on Facebook have confirmed that the Proclaim runs on Verizon. See: facebook.com/StraightTalkWireless/posts/10150773777562569?comment_id=23131558 for one example.

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    2. I emailed Straight Talk customer service to inquire on which network the Proclaim will be using, here is their response:

      Thank you for your interest in Straight Talk Wireless. We are responding to your recent inquiry.

      Please be informed that the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim will be activated using the Verizon network.

      If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact one of our customer care representatives at 1-888-251-8164. For your convenience, our representatives are available Monday-Sunday from 8:00 AM to 11:45 PM EST.

      Thank you for being a Straight Talk Wireless customer. We appreciate your business.

      Sincerely,

      Straight Talk Wireless

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    3. I have this phone just bought it yesterday and its on verizon network i live in the boonies and its hard to get service here but this phone works well i love it

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  4. I am very excited about this! I am tired of ATT and this seems like a decent solution. I live in a Sprint free area, but Verizon works great. My local Walmart store told me about this phone and I think it will be a huge hit in places too rural for Sprint. I am never the first onboard anything new, but in this case I might have to make an exception.

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  5. go with Straight Talk and it's like playing russian roulette with your number getting taken away. no thank you to not-really-Straight Talk

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    1. Don't depend on them for your number. Port your number to google voice & then use GV route calls/messages to your straight talk number. Then you have total control over it & nobody will take it from you.

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  6. I just read that this phone will only allow for data usage in your zip code. If you are out of zip code wifi only! Is this true?

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    1. I doubt that is true or even technically possible. But we won't really know until the phone is released and real users try it.

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    2. People kill me...ive had st for 3 years and have Never ever had a problem with this data thing y'all are speaking of. I also live in the boonies... the Internet works everywhere I have service I never have to use my wifi .. also if they tell u it will run off verizon for the new phone then it will.... this is stupid. Straight talk has been great to me and all my local friends. (Georgia) people who don't know or don't care or don't want ST quit talking about things that you don't know about. Dang.. get a life...

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    3. You can use your phone anywhere you go, my husband has this phone and we are 6 hours away from home and it is working flawlessly.

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  7. http://wontek.com/prepaid-reviews/Straight-Talk/Samsung-S720C?page=2

    Here is the link where I saw that information.

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    1. I saw that too. Straight Talk support is notorious for providing erroneous information.

      It might be possible to restrict data to a home market area like a state of group of states but restricting it to a single zip code would be a technical and support nightmare.

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  8. I can't even find a Proclaim at ANY of my local Walmarts (in a 60 mile radius, there are 7) They have the ZTE990, but employees can't even get any info aabout the Samsung.

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    1. order your phone online. a big part of why i do this, is because you have way more phones to choose from, and they're delivered to your door. and i believe everything thats over $20.00 ships for free

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    2. I agree! order it online. I did and await the FedEx truck any moment now. Verizon is the best carrier for my boonie suburb of D.C. It will be nice to say goodbye to Boost Mobile. Seems a tower has malfunctioned over 3 months ago. No signal, I can text at times...but, for $50 I'd like a little more.

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  9. I am so excited to hear Straight Talk is selling new android phones on other networks besides Sprint. What do you think is a better phone the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim or the ZTE Merit?

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    1. The Merit has a better camera, the Proclaim has a faster processor but otherwise the specs are almost identical. The Samsung might have a little more quality feel to it but I doubt there's much difference in durability. The most important consideration should be which network (Verizon or AT&T) works where you need to use ythe phone.

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  10. Thank you Yeswap. It is hard to know which one works until you actually try the phone. When I went to the Straight Talk website and put in my zip code for their LG Optimus Net it said I should get good service. I bought the phone and I don't get any bars. I found out the phone runs on Sprint. So, I guess I can't use Sprint phones. I went to the Straight Talk website to buy the ZTE Merit for $99.99 yesterday and it has gone up to $129.99. So, I guess I have to decide do I want to spend $129.99 for the Merit or $179.99 for the Proclaim?

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  11. The thing I found out with Straighttalk phones working off Verizon towers is that if you leave the home area, IT WILL NOT WORK!!! My friend, a truck driver, had a phone activated to his Los Angeles home address and when he tried calling out in Texas the phone had NO COVARAGE!!! The phone worked when he was back around San Diego... He got another phone which worked on AT&T towers with Straighttalk, and it worked while he traveled... Only the Verizon Straighttalk phones will limit you from what i know...

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    1. Not true.. verizon works almost everywhere ... sprint limits the coverage ... that's it.

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    2. You need to check your sources badly. I have a ST phone working on Verizon towers and I have absolutely NO problem leaving home area. Now, having said that, I have a friend that had the problem you are speaking of (no data when outside of home area) and all it took was calling a ST rep and entering a code into the phone and *poof*. Three minute call and it was done.

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    3. Ummm....last time I checked, Straight Talk only uses Sprint and Verizon towers sooooooooo, might want to check your sources.

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    4. Actually Straight Talk has had phones that use AT&T and T-Mobile for several years, long before they added Sprint phones.

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  12. ^^^ ohhh, and the Texas area where he was at DID have Verizon coverage, you just can't ROAM per their restrictions I was told by a rep from ST in America... the over seas employees don't know much or care I found out~

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    1. That sounds like a bug. While there's no roaming on other carriers like Sprint or US Cellular, if there was Verizon coverage it should have worked.

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    2. EXACTLY yeswap sounds like idiots that didn't have the facts straight...

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  13. Listen folks... just go to ST website and buy the att sim and an unlocked att phone from amazon.. I bought the samsung captivate for $236... awesome!

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  14. My straightalk phone - samsung galaxy precedent works fine for the most part. I haven't had issues with too much data usage, but then again I am not streaming video or music. I did have one big issue though. One day my phone had no service even though my service end date had not expired. I called up and they claimed to have fixed my problem. Sure enough the phone worked, BUT I HAD A NEW PHONE NUMBER FROM ANOTHER STATE. I tried to get back my old number but was told it was no longer available. So if you have a number you can't bear to have changed, watch out.

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  15. Has anyone had any problems with interference from radar detectors and such causing feedback when on the phone talking? My boyfriend and I live in the same area and have the same phone and both have gotten new phones and it is still does it. I had a droid before through verizon and it never did that. Help!

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  16. we've been with straight talk for years and have always had great service. Werecently bought 2 of the samsung proclaim 720c. every thing seemed great until after a few days the 3G on mine did not work. and then a few days later the 3g on the other also did not work. Straight talk has no idea why and after 6 hours total on the phone with straight talk neither of them still get 3G. Am going to call straight talk one more time. if they cannot fix the problem, then the phones are going back.

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    1. Having the same issue with new Samsung ST Android phone Proclaim. On IT support now....seem to be going in circles. Told me to erase browser cache, triple check the mobile network settings, turn phone on and off, text *22890 to update. Phone reactivated and should be good to go in about fifteen minutes. I have texted all roaming updates ever received. Not impressed since I have had this phone about one week and already having network issues.
      Update - now 3G back up

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    2. You might want to make sure there is adequate 3G coverage from Verizon in your area.

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  17. I've been using Straight Talk for 4 years. I have this Galaxy Proclaim. I used FoxFi (a hotspot app) to do Windows Updates on my laptop. Reached 1.5Mb speeds for more than 300MB of downloading in a single session - no problems. I watch Netflix videos too. This is not a "limited" or throttled phone.
    Honestly, I've never had a complaint about the service; however, I do have a complaint Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Alltel services when I had them.

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    1. Im glad to see others are using FoxFi on their Strait Talk fones. Im using it on a ZTE Merit ST fone which runs off AT&T Towers. I had to Check "unknown" to allow the FoxFi App to be downloaded from the FoxFi add-on package as AT&T doesnt allow a direct install via Google Android Market, but it was well worth it. I use the ST ZTE Merit as a little hot spot to power my 3 other disconnected Verizon Droid fones. 45$ vs$300 which was the cost of keeping 3 active lines w/ VZW is a huge savings. Im just curiius how long ST will allow this before
      capping data limits. The Samsung Galaxy Precedent worked fine using FoxFi but Sprint was so slow!! It was like my 1st TMobile HTC G1 on EDGE 5 years ago. I had to exchange it for one using AT&T

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  18. St customer for three years. Brand new Samsung proclaim. Worked great for 3 weeks. Then could not make/receive calls, no texts or data. 6 hours on phone got voice working. 2 hours later in the day got texts back but broke voice calls. Data hasn't worked since. Customer service wants to ship me new phone but not drop ship. Will be without a phone for a month. Less than satisfied with this.

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    1. That sounds like a network setup issue. Chances are the phone is OK.

      Call the Tracfone "Executive Resolutions Dept." number at 1-305-715-6500 Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern time. There is real tech support at that number, although I doubt that they will drop ship either if the phone really is defective.

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    2. Thanks, I'll try that. I was told that the original problem was caused by a discrepancy between my phone and the straight talk system. Never got a more detailed explanation than that.

      During all of the over-the-air programming calls I kept getting texts stating that "There is not enough currency in your account to send this message." Any time I tried to make a call, I got a message from Verizon, "This call cannot be completed as dialed. You must dial 0 and enter your credit or calling card." Went through various phases and flavors of that.

      Thanks for the suggestion, I'm hoping that what the problem is. I'm just a hair past the fifteen days I had to return the phone to Wal Mart.

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  19. hi yeswap
    i am in the market for a new phone i just gave up on the boost mobile blackberry. so i did have a samsung straighttalk phone before so i went back to that it is just a phone with the texting 30.00 phone card. But i do want to upgrade so i can have facebook use the phone and text i dont mind the 45.00 a month card. Can you tell me about the ZTE MERIT and the HUAWEI II DO EITHER OF THESE RUN OFF OF VERIZON or AT&T towers
    I went to buy the MERIT yesterday and was told they all use SPRINT. So can you help me. I dont know much about the phones i just want a good one for the money i am paying. A walmart clerk told me to go with the TMOBILE pay as you go now i am totally confused Can you help. thank

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    1. The ZTE Merit uses the AT&T network
      The Huawei Ascend II uses the Sprint network.

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  20. what phones from straighttalk runs off verizon towers

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    1. Samsiung Proclaim, ZTE ZIP Android phones and any dumbphone with a model number ending in "C"

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    2. Look at the boxes on display. On the front of each in the lower left hand corner there will be some letters. CDMA-S means that fone works off Sprint. GSM is AT&T. CDMA is Verizon.
      Samsung Galaxy Precedent is CDMA-S (Sprint)
      ZTE Merit is GSM-A (AT&T)
      I hope this explains it and i wouldnt count on asking the Walmart sales people as 9 oot if 10 times ive been given horrible information that was not correct. Writing Walmart is an endless loop of wrong info as well im sorry to say.

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  21. do you recommend straighttalk or tmobile prepaid

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    1. That depends. T-Mobile $30 plan, if T-Mobile has coverage where you need to use the phone and you talk less than 100 minutes/month.

      Otherwise pick a Straight Talk phone or SIM that uses the best network in your area.

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    2. The T Mobile equivalent allows only 100 minutes of talk time. now if you're using your T mobile phone for a nice little 30 dollar a mo. wifi hotspot the unlimited data that is an excellent idea however 100 minutes of talk time is almost ridiculous. I see if you're a very heavy internet users like in excess of 2 gigabytes per month the T Mobile plan would be fine but if you plan on making and receiving more than 20 5 minute call and using the internet the t mobile plan is not the best deal for 30 dollars.

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    3. Another way to utilize the t-mobile plan is to have $30 with 100 min, and use skype/google voice app to make/take calls to an online number, and use the 100min only for emergencies. But if your coverage for tmobile is not good, then it's not worth it.

      Or, have another phone from a good network like Verizon, with talk only features. The only caveat is you need to carry 2 phones, and I'm sure some people already do that (especially if your work provides you with a phone). In my opinion this is the best option, even though you would be paying for 2 plans, and carrying 2 phones as you are guarenteed to stay covered almost completely (atleast through talk - most important feature of a phone)

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    4. Just got a ZTE Merit & really like the phone as well as ST's service. My first Android so I'm pretty excited. Non-android savvy question though - Google Apps won't let me download foxfi. Error message says my "carrier" (ATT) does not support ZTE Avail. Any ideas? I have no other means to do wifi.

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  22. I've got the proclaim and love it but there's compatibility issues with alot of the apps that I use on a daily basis. Profit bandit, Amazon price checker are two that are simply not compatible, won't show up for me in the app store, find it through the browser and find not compatible with your device. So while I liked the verizon network and the phone, I'll go back to my virgin mobile LG Optimus because I can run those apps on that phone :o(

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    1. It's strange that those apps aren't compatible with the Proclaim but are with the Optimus V as both phones have the same 320x480 screen size and similar OS versions, 2.2 on the LG and 2.3 on the Samsung.

      Have you tried contacting the developers? They would probably be surprised to learn that their apps don't work on such a mainstream device and might want to fix it.

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  23. how do i find out my activation zip code

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    1. The zip code you use when activating is only used to give you a local number. Use your home zip code unless you want a local number in a different city.

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  24. I am thinking of switching over to ST verizon based phone but have two concerns. 1- I have heard problems with people losing phone numbers after switching and I would like to port my existing # from verizon and keep it. Has anyone had this problem that didn't lapse in payment. And 2- I want to make sure that I can use the phone outside my home zip code. I heard that you might not be able to use it anywhere except your home zip. plmk thanks!

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    1. I've heard of a few cases of Staright Talk losing people's numbers during ports or while updating service on the account. I don't think it's common but it can happen.

      If you don't need MMS, I recomend porting your number to Google Voice and forwarding to your Straight talk number. It costs $20 to port into Voice and MMS doesn't forward but you never have to worry about porting your number again.

      Data will work everywhere that Verizon has native coverage. The story about data only working in your home zip code is completely false.

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  25. Hi. Been reading your site- great info! was already to pull the plug and ditch my ATT contract and replace it with a Straightalk Sumsung Procliam- and experience the Verizon service. Just when I was going to do this, I read on a site that ST's data has been terribly slow and that they didn't recommend switching unless ST got it fixed. Do you know anything about this, or is it just people who use excessive amounts of data? Because of the slow down, I was considering the same phone through Net10, but wondered if the service is as good as straight talk? Or will it have the same problem (are they the same company under two different names??) My neighbor just switched to ST and her phone service is awesome (no more crackling/ dropped calls- which would be nice,but at the expense of no data??), but she really doesn't use the data much, so she could not comment.
    and one other question: I see the proclaim is onsale at amazon for but only for net10. Which is better Net10 or ST or are they equal when using the same phone? I really apreciate your time.

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    1. All the reports of slow data and data outages that I've seen have been with Straight Talk's AT&T based services. It appears to be an AT&T problem which effects all AT&T MVNOs, not just Straight Talk. The Verizon based Proclaim hasn't been effected.

      Net10 and Straight talk are the same company and same service, only the distribution model is different. Straight Talk phones, SIMs and airtime are available exclusively from straighttalk.com, walmart.com and Walmart stores. Net10 devices and airtime cards are sold by independent online and brick and mortar retailers.

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  26. What do you think is the soft cap on data for the verizon network? I'm guessing it would be 1GB as verizon offers a limit of 1GB on their prepaid plan for $80? If so, then it defeats the purpose of buying a smartphone. If I buy a phone, I would like to use it for what it's worth. I do not want to pay 180 bucks for something I'll be limited to checking weather, email, mobile sites. I can do that on any regular phone with mobile web services.

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    1. 1 GB makes sense as it's the cap on Verizon's own prepaid. However I haven't heard of anyone with a Proclaim getting cut off or throttled so far. Also Verizon MVNO Page Plus includes 2 GB on their $55 plan so it is possible for a Verizon reseller to offer more than 1 GB.

      It's actually pretty easy to stay under 1 GB with a smartphone as long as you limit streaming.

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  27. I own the Net10 variant of this same phone (it was initially set-up in the St. Louis market) -- recently took it to the Nashville, TN area, and everything worked perfectly! And mine, like the ST version mentioned

    The only caveat is unlike a typcial Verizon contract phone, this phone will not roam in those "rare" areas lacking VZW native coverage (such as the 100-mile stretch of I-65 from the Kentucky/Tennessee state line to north of Fort Knox, KY).

    Otherwise, what's not to like?

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  28. Received my new samsung galaxy proclaim- porting the number was completed with ease in under one hour. phone and web service is far better than my att high cost service. Web is much faster than att's has been lately too. But I do already miss my visual voicemail. Haven't had a chance to download apps yet- but will as soon as I can catch up.

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  29. Currently using Samsung Galaxy Proclaim with Net10..Will phone work if I were to switch to Straight Talk?

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    1. No you can't use a Net10 phone on Straight Talk.

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  30. I had verizon up until about 2 weeks ago then i bought the st galaxy proclaim and just had my # transferred. I still have verizon service but using a st phone. My problem is my phone is always in roam. I have had verizon before and st before and never been in roam and now it stays in roam. Is there anything i can do to get it out of roam?

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    1. If you can make calls, it's not really roaming as there's no roaming on Straight Talk Verizon. If that's the case try doing a PRL update by dialing *228

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    2. i did that but it still shows i'm roaming...and since it's always roaming it drainging my battery and i'm always having to charge it.

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    3. Try doing a factory reset:
      1. Back up your data on Google: on the home screen, pres Menu then tap Settings, then Privacy, then Back up my data.
      2. On the home screen, pres Menu then tap Settings, then Privacy, then Factory data reset

      If the Factory reset doesn't fix the problem your phone is probably defective, return or exchange the phone.

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  31. Well i tried that and it didn't work...i talked to a friend today and he said his is the same way. but thank you for all your suggestions.

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    1. Very strange because there isn't supposed to be any roaming with Straight Talk Verizon phones. It's probably an error in the preferred roaming list which is something that Straight Talk will need to lean on Verizon to get fixed.

      Try calling Straight Talk's "Executive Resolutions Dept." number at 1-305-715-6500 or 1-800-876-5753, Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern time and see if they can help or escalate the issue to the network techs.

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  32. When i backuped my data did it save it somewhere where i can get everything back? if so, how do i get it?

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    1. When you log in to your Google account your contacts and settings will be restored.

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  33. Well I called the # that u gave me and they told me i cant use my phone until i they activate it and it's been activated for 2 weeks and works just fine....now my problem is getting it off of wifi to mobile data and no one seems to know what i'm talkin about when i call them

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    1. Another good way to get support from Straight Talk is by filing a ticket with their Facebook Support Page.

      Apps will only use mobile data if there's no WiFi connection. Turn off WiFi (Menu > Settings > Wireless & network settings > WiFi) if you want to force them to use the mobile network. Not sure why you would want to do that except for testing purposes or if the WiFi is slow or broken.

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    2. there should be a setting in the data usage to turn mobile data on and off. sometimes it gets toggled off. and if so then toggle it back on and turn off your wi-fi.

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  34. I live in a very rural area so when i'm not at home i have to use the mobile network..and i tried what u suggested and its still dont work...i'm sorry for so much trouble

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    1. No problem, I don't mind trying to help. I'm sorry you are having so much trouble.

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  35. I just purchased the samsung galaxy proclaim and so far it works great where I live, in the boonies of east Texas, after several days of searching I found that cdma phones work better in remote areas, have had tracfone for years and the cdma and gsm both show to work in my area, but the cdma works a lot better,my question is this is my first web phone and need to know how to make sure web is off so do not go over limit, do I just go to home to end or do I have to do something else

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    1. The browser only uses data when it's actively downloading content (loading or refreshing a page). When the browser is sitting idle in the background it's not using any data, so you don't need to do anything special to close it.

      Streaming video (YouTube, Netflix) or audio (Pandora, Slacker etc.) are to the main things that get users in trouble for excessive data usage. Plain old web browsing doesn't consume that much data.

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  36. We are planning to switch from Verizon to ST this week. This will be the first time we (family of 4) have had Android phones. We plan to get the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim phones and stay on the Verizon network. My concern is the data limit. My husband was reading the STRAIGHT TALK WIRELESS TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE and is worried about #6 STRAIGHT TALK UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT AND MOBILE WEB ACCESS PLAN INTENDED USE. This is the term that seems to limit data usage (and many of you have questioned this in other posts). SO...can you occasionally watch a youtube video as long as you stay under 1GB per month? Thanks.

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    1. I don't think Straight Talk can tell if you are streaming or not.
      But if you use more than 100 MB/day or 2/GB month they will assume you're violating the TOS by streaming, tethering or other prohibited uses and will throttle your data speeds.

      As long as you don't use the mobile network to stream more than a few minutes per day you should be OK. You can stream all you want on WiFi, of course.

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    2. I have been on Net10s Samsung proclaim now for about 5 monhts and have used over 100MB per day on many, many occasions and have never had a problem with them throttling my speeds or contacting me about it. I don't know where this comes from but I stream music alot and watch You tube videos on occasion with no problems. I have been over 2mb only once, but again it was no problem. Here is a you tube video that addresses this issue:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMuOV7vT9b0&feature=channel&list=UL

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    3. All the reports I've seen of people being throttled on Straight Talk/Net10 have been with the AT&T based phones and BYOD SIMs.

      It's possible that there is no throttling on the Verizon phones yet. That will undoubtedly change if Verizon considers Straight Talk users data consumption excessive.

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  37. Ok now as I understand it, ST can use Verizon, ATT, Tmobile and Sprint networks. All I have up here in South Dakota are ATT and Verizon. I was looking into the "Bring your own phone" and getting a sim. I was told by the local walmart that I could get any ATT phone since they have SIM cards and then get the SIM and it would work on Verizon networks because that is what ST uses around here. IS that true? Sounds messed up. I would think that if it used Verizon networks it would have to be a CDMA phone not GSM. Now if I am right then I assume you would have to have a Verizon phone that has a SIM card to be able to use their CDMA networks. Starting to get confusing to me.

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    1. The Walmart clerk is wrong.

      A BYOD SIM will only give you service on AT&T or T-Mobile, never Verizon.

      If you want Verizon service you must buy a Straight Talk phone that runs on Verizon like the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim or the soon to be released Samsung Galaxy Showcase. There is no BYOD for Verizon phones.

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  38. What would you do if you could use either ATT or Verizon Networks?

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  39. YESWAP, ok I checked on the Showcase and it said it would not work in my area. I have both Verizon and ATT. Also the walmart clerk said that the phone that end in either C or G work here, can't remember if she said it was G or C though. Is one phone made for Verizon and another made for ATT? Or better yet I assume one is GSM and one is CDMA?

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    1. I don't get it. I thought the showcase was not available yet.

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    2. The Showcase is not available online yet and I haven't heard of it appearing in any Walmart's either.

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    3. Mark, how did you check the Showcase, as far as I know it's not available yet.

      Straight Talk Android phones with model numbers ending "G" run on AT&T.

      Android model numbers ending in "C" mostly run on Sprint, but the Proclaim and Showcase use Verizon. The ones on Verizon will say "Nationwide coverage on america's largest most reliable network" on the package

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  40. I search and then come to walmarts site that had it then there was a box that said to see if the device works in our area. But I just noticed that it had a C which would make it sprint and explain why this one I saw would not work. Thanks for the help. I have until January until my current contract is Fully up, I can renew now but not sure I want to and that is why I am here. Thanks for the help.

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    1. A Straight Talk representatives on Facebook confirmed that the Showcase uses Verizon.

      I do see the Samsung S950C, which is the Showcase, on Walmart.com now. But I tried a bunch of Sprint and Verizon zip codes and they all came up with "this phone will not work in the whatever Zip Code."

      There's also no price listed and the find in store feature is not available. All of which point to the phone not actually being available yet.

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  41. Im a truck driver and need reliable service nationwide. Which straight talk smart phones run on verizon?

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    1. If you want an Android phone, the Samsung Proclaim is the only current model that uses Verizon.

      All of Straight Talk's non-smartphones with model numbers ending in "C" like the LG 220G or Samsung R355C use Verizon too.

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    2. Ok. Thx! Walmart claims the LG optimus zip runs on verizon. But i had that phone for a few weeks and i didnt have a signal when my friend i drive with did, and hes on verizon. Was i getting less verizon coverage for a lower price? When i called ST (from his phone) they said there wasnt a tower for my phone in the area. The box for the phone has CDMA-V in the lower left corner. Any ideas? Thx again for your help!

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    3. The LG Optimus Zip is a bit of a mystery. The CDMA-V labeling indicates Verizon. Straight talk representatives have said on Facebook and Howard Forums that the Zip was on Verizon.

      But the Straight Talk website only lets you order the Zip in Sprint markets and I've seen several reports that it doesn't work in some areas with good Verizon coverage. I'm stating to think it is a Sprint phone mislabeled as Verizon

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  42. I have this exact phone through Straight Talk and it does use Verizon towers. My reception is fantastic and I live in a very rural area. I have had Straight Talk for years now and I'm constantly on my phone. I have never been billed or ran out of my "unlimited" anything. Going to Staight Talk was one of the best financial decisions I have ever made!!!

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  43. I am no longer a Verizon customer but still have my Verizon based Samsung Galaxy S, SCH-I500 phone. Can I use this with Straight Talk?

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    1. No, Straight Talk will not activate Verizon phones.

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  44. Do you know if the galaxy proclaim will work with credit card readers like the square or roampay?

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    1. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't.

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  45. Hello I have the proclaim It works great but while traveling through Oklahoma I lost signal at eufalla lake and did not get signal until Texas at that point I got 3g all the way to the border Florida good signal down talked to rep at st and was told the android would not work in that area the cheaper talk phones worked through Oklahoma I would think that there would be a way to fix this problem

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    1. It's not considered a problem. The proclaim uses the Verizon native network. If verizon does not have a native tower the phone won't have reception. It is the same for Page Plus and Veriozon prepaid.

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  46. Can I use my Verizon wireless incredible 2 with straight talk?

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    1. No, you can't use Verizon phones on Straight Talk.

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    2. That's not entirely true. If the Verizon phone has a sim card you can order a ST sim for your phone. That is if they have a sim for that phone. They advertise you to bring your own phone..

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    3. The only Verizon phones that have SIM cards are:
      1) World Phones like the Droid 3 that let you use a foreign SIM when traveling outside the US. These phones have programming to block the use of US based SIMs such as Straight Talk's. It is possible, but difficult, to unlock some of Verizon's World Phones and if unlocked they could be used with a Straight Talk AT&T or T-Mobile SIM.
      2) LTE phones which use special LTE SIMs. Straight Talk doesn't offer LTE SIMs at this time.

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  47. Will Galaxy SII work on Verizion Network If activated by ST

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    1. No, Straight Talk's Galaxy S II is on AT&T and Straight Talk won't activate Verizon phones.

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  48. I'm thinking about going to ST. I understand they work on the 3G VZW network in my area (Houston). Does ST slow the 3G speeds after an allowance of data has been used or is it truly unlimited 3G data? I want to make the change, but not at the expense of losing 3G speeds after 1-2 GBs of usage.

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  49. ST will throttle speeds. There seems to be a difference in when that happens. The Att and T mobile networks seems to be around 2mb per month. My experience is that there is a higher tolerance on the verizon network. Noone should think they are going to get massive amounts of data for $45 A MONTH

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  50. Maybe you, Yeswap, can help me. I've had 4 ST phones and now trying my 5th and last, samsung proclaim. I can activate my phone anywhere but home. When I get within a few miles of my home, it starts roaming and says"please reenter the 10 digit # you are calling", if I do, it will ususally work but not always. Cannot do browser. There is an alltel tower a few miles from my home and when I call *22890 to program my phone, it says "welcome to alltel wireless". I believe their signal is screwing up my phone. I've been on the phone to ST for hours and hours with no solution from them. Any ideas? I am so stressed out from all of this. Thank you!!!!!

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    1. Straight Verizon Android phones do not roam. You will need to go to a Verizon service area to be able to program you phone successfully. Once properly programmed to Verizon, the phone will not work in areas that don't have Verizon service.

      As you apparently don't have Verizon service at your home a Straight Talk Verizon phone is not a good choice.

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  51. Do any of the new android phones for straight talk run off At&t towers....I recently bought the Samsung Proclaim which is Verizon and it works great everywhere except inside my house.... if i step out my door onto the deck I have full service again. Any help would be great!!!

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    1. The Straight Talk Android phones that use AT&T are the LG Zip, ZTE Merit and Samsung Galaxy S II.

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  52. What tower does the Samsung Galaxy Showcase run off of.....i saw it today in our Walmart for $250.

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    1. The Showcase is on Verizon.

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    2. I saw here that this phone is now out? I don't see it online. I'm wondering if Net10 has it out.
      http://s1.zetaboards.com/Turk/topic/4941240/1/

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    3. It's only available in Walmart stores so far. Use the product locator on this page to find a store with it in stock.

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  53. Can you tell me where I can download ringtones for a Samsung Galaxy Proclaim? Thank you for any help!

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    1. You can use any mp3 as a ringtone on Android phones. Here's how, Copy your mp3 or ogg music files (.aac .wma may not work) to \media\audio\ringtones on the SD card.

      If the folder structure isn't already there just create it (first make a media folder and then an audio one inside of media and a ringtones folder inside of audio.

      You can create the folders with a free file manager program like ES File Manager from the Play Store or by attaching the phone to a PC with a USB cable and using Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder.

      As for where to download music from I like Amazon: huge catalog, 99¢/song, no DRM and high quality 256 kbps.

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  54. I am not sure I have the knowhow to attempt what you told me. It probably is fairly easy to someone with a little advanced background. I basically have very little knowledge of these terms you describe.

    Someone else told me there are sites where you can just download and install from the webpage. Is this a good idea, in your opinion?

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    1. You can use a ringtone download site. http://www.myxer.com is a reputable one that's popular.

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  55. Well I used alomost 5gb and they havent called or anything

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  56. Hi. Activated ST Lg optimus logic on 10/19. Not a heavy user (mostly g-mail). No downloading yet, etc. This am checked gmail, got mail. Now I have no internet connection. Called Cust. Serv. and reset the phone, etc., still no internet. Have all the bars and 3g connection. No internet and was told to monitor phone for 24 hrs and call back. Does anyone know what could be wrong?

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    1. It's probably an issue with your account that only Straight Talk can fix.

      But check that data didn't accidently get turned off: Menu > Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > Data Enabled

      Also try turning off Wi-Fi. Menu > Settings > Wireless & Networks > Wi-Fi

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  57. The Samsung Proclaim is indeed on the Verizon network. My wifes phone got a message as if the bill wasn't paid. We both have auto-renewal. They seem to have software problems. The tech (took 25 minutes on hold) was very patient and had to manually push the programming to the phone which updated it as paid. Other than that one issue for over three months and both of us have the same phone. We are very pleased with them. Just as good as the previous Verizon contract phones we had.

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  58. Everyone keeps saying you can stream unlimited as long as your set to wifi and not using data.. I am thinking about buying the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim and using it to watch netflix and stream pandora music. How do I set this phone to wifi instead of data and should I keep it on wifi all the time or should I have it set to data, and what should I use it for data for, and what should I use it for wifi for?

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    1. You have alot of questions. I would suggest you watch some Youtube videos on the proclaim. Also here is the link to a tutorial page on this phone.
      http://tracfone.deviceanywhere.com/net10/home.seam?custId=NTSAS720C&locale=en_US

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    2. I know how to set WiFi on and off but I haven't found anything for how to turn data on and off. I figure if I am going to use WiFi for streaming netflix videos and Pandora music, then I should turn data off right? And the other question I asked an answer for was what SHOULD I use data for.. should I ever have it turned on or should I always have WiFi on and data disabled? If I should use data, should I use it for everything BUT netflix and Pandora? I am new to the whole android smartphones scene and I have watched enough you tube videos and read enough tutorials to know that they have not answered these questions I still have.

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    3. Turning Wi-Fi On or Off
      1. From the Home screen, press the Menu Key, then
      touch Settings ➔ Wireless & networks ➔Wi-Fi settings.
      2. Touch Wi-Fi to turn Wi-Fi On or Off. When on, a check
      appears in the checkbox.
      3. When you turn Wi-Fi® service on, your phone automatically
      searches for available, in-range WAPs (Wireless Access Points). When your phone completes a scan, touch a Wi-Fi network to connect. If the Wi-Fi network is open, you will be automatically connected. If the Wi-Fi network is secured, enter the password at the prompt to connect.

      If Wi-Fi is on and connected, the phone will use Wi-Fi rather than the mobile network for web browsing, streaming auto and video, email etc. The only thing you can't use Wi-Fi for is sending and receiving MMS picture messages.

      If you want to be 100% sure that you are only using Wi-Fi you can turn mobile data off as follows:
      1. From the Home screen, press the Menu Key, then touch Settings ➔ Wireless & networks ➔ Mobile networks.
      2. Tap Use packet data to Enable or disable your phone’s connection to the mobile data network. When enabled, a check appears in the checkbox.

      All the above is from the phone's manual which is linked to in the post above.

      You can simplify the process of toggling Wi-Fi and mobile data by using one of the many W-i-Fi and Data Toggle Widgets that are a available in the Play Store. Search the store for "wifi widget" or "data widget"


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  59. I already looked at that tutorial it says nothing about how to turn on WiFi vs data and I've already watched hours of you tube videos and haven't found one yet that answers my questions. That's why I came here.. and asked. Not to get redirected to suggestions I've already tried without success..

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  60. On and off for wifi and data is in the notification pull down menu any page.

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  61. I have a Huawei Ascend 2.3.6 from Walmart. It's a striaght talk phone with Verizon service. The phone service is great, but I'm trying to use it as a wife hot spot and I can't seem to get it to work. Does anyone know what app to use, and how to get a laptop to recognize it? I downloaded wif tether app, but when I open the app, it says "Sorry, but your kernel does not have all necessary features for running this application". Any ideas?

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    1. Tethering apps are probably blocked by the Straight Talk firmware on most Straight Talk phones. Try PdaNet, it often works where other tethering apps don't.

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  62. can u please give me the names of st android phones that use att or verizon. Thanks....walmart has no clue

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

    AT&T: ZTE Merit, LG Logic and Samsung Galaxy S II

    Verizon: Samsung Proclaim, Samsung Showcase, Huawei Ascend Y and LG Zip

    See How to Tell Which Network (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon) a TracFone, NET10 or Straight Talk Phone Uses for more information.

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  64. Tether using FoxFi

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  65. I am looking into getting a new phone case for my iPhone, and I came across www.bodyglovemobile.com. They have seem pretty cool cases, and they have some good discounts. I can get 20% off my order and free shipping if I use the code BG20UV. What do you guys think about them? Has anyone purchased one of their cases before?

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  66. I would never spend my money for that wee Samsung Proclaim. i am here to Proclaim that the Wee Proclaim is a pitiful entry .

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  67. This is a very helpful site. I bought the Proclaim today. I read on other sites that several users lose the ability to access 3G once they've connected to WIFI. They contact Straight Talk and the issue is not solved in a timely manner. Do you know how this problem can be corrected?

    I'm not savvy with 3G versus WIFI. I'd like to restate to make sure I understand. If my wife uses WIFI through our router, then she can stream w/o having to worry about the data penalty (e.g., Pandora)?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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  68. Almost all phones favor WiFi over the mobile network. This is desirable because WiFi is usually faster and network data is inherently more expensive.

    If you are connected to a slow or unresponsive WiFi network, disable WiFi and the phone will fallback to mobile data.

    You can stream all you want when connected to WiFi.

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  69. "If Wi-Fi is on and connected, the phone will use Wi-Fi rather than the mobile network for web browsing, streaming auto and video, email etc. The only thing you can't use Wi-Fi for is sending and receiving MMS picture messages."

    If you are out of cell reception range but connected to Wi-Fi can you make voice calls or send text messages via Wi-Fi?

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  70. You can make WiFi calls with a VOIP app like Talkatone.
    The Google Voice app lets you send and receive texts over WiFi

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  71. I have this phone & so far love it! My only problem is when you're over 160 characters on a SMS, it automatically converts it to a MMS. Is there any way to fix it?

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    1. Some phones have an option to split long messages in the messaging app's settings menu. I don't remember of the Proclaim does though.

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  72. Same here no problems with straight talk data usage I'm a small business owner sell a lot on ebay and I'm either using my phone or teathered to my tablet plus I download a ton of music via my phone and I'm an online junkie I've never measured my usage with ST but when I was with sprint I was avg 2.8g a month in data I use this just as much online as my sprint phone and I've never got a warning from ST about my data usage lol talk to real world people not blind idiots spreading rumors

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    1. ST data use policies vary by network, which is explained on this blog.
      There are also many reports people on various forums who have been warned or had data cut off.
      Tethering is a violation of ST terms of service, so you are taking a risk with ST when you do this.
      It makes a lot of sense to really do your homework before you buy ST.

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  73. Six months ago I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim so that I could get on the Verizon network through Straight Talk. I live in a rural area of Idaho. I moved my telephone # over from Alltel. For some reason when I would travel out of the area or just go to town the phone would switch over to Alltel & I couldn't call out, but others could call in. After months of being on the phone with ST a rep finally figured out that the Alltel # I transferred was the problem and it was somehow fixed in my phone, even after I changed the number. Can't quit understand this concept!? I am waiting for a new phone to arrive & will test it out. Other than being on the phone with ST service for hours on end I love this phone & Verizon. The data speeds are great & have never had problems with data overages.

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  74. we have 3 proclaims in the house and they all work good .but cant get 3g on any of them have a new lg to no 3g there ether. all verizon through strait talk.. and if you read the boxes it tells you what network its on..cdma-v for verizon towers.. cdma at&t and t mobile or just ask the people at walmart.

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  75. hi I have used them all at least once and I now live in a no cell phone part of the state. but guess what trac phone works even at my home...

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