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Samsung Galaxy S II Headed to Straight Talk and Net10 - Update: Now Available

A tutorial and manual (view onlinedownload PDF) for a new Straight Talk and/or Net10 Android phone just went online at the tracfone.deviceanywhere.com domain that America Movil uses for documentation. The new phone is rather unimaginatively labeled as the Samsung S959G and appearance wise it looks exactly like AT&T's Galaxy S II (SGH-I777) that was released last October.

A new smartphone's appearance on the deviceanywhere.com site generally means that it will be released soon on America Movil's Straight Talk or Net10 US prepaid brands. It's not a sure thing, tutorials and manuals have been posted for phones that were significantly delayed or canceled and never released. If the S959G is released it will be one of the most advanced phones ever sold by a US prepaid operator.

At the time of its release the Galaxy SII was Samsung's flagship model with top of the line specs, including a 1.2 Ghz Samsung Exynos 4 dual core processor, 4.3 inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen and  8 MP auto-focus camera with LED flash and 1080p 30 fps full HD video recording.  It's also very thin, 8.49 mm (.33 inches) and light (130 g (4.6 oz) for a phone with a 4.3 inch screen. The S II has been superseded by the just released S III but it is still a very advanced smartphone.

The S959G will almost certainly use the AT&T network. The "G" at the end of the model designation means that this is a GSM phone which in turn means either AT&T or T-Mobile.  T-Mobile is unlikely because  America Movil has never released a smartphone on T-Mobile. Plus the S959G looks exactly like the AT&T S II, T-Mobile's version has more rounded corners.

As the S959G hasn't been officially announced we don't know the price but I'd be surprised to see under $350.

Update: The Galaxy S II is now available for $349.99 from the Straight Talk website. It uses the AT&T network.

For more on The Galaxy S II check out Engadget's extensive review which includes a couple of hands on videos.

Source tracfone.deviceanywhere.com via HowardForums

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  1. it's going to virgin mobile, wait for the announcement on august 22nd

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  2. I rather use it on AT&T on Straight Talk then use it on Sprint's horrible network.

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  3. I hope its on Verizon.

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    1. It's not on Verizon as it's a GSM phone. We know this because the model number ends in "G". This is further confirmed by the manual which has instructions telling you how insert the SIM card.

      Because it's GSM it could only be on AT&T or T-Mobile. The S595G looks identical in appearance to AT&T's Galaxy S II. T-Mobile's version has more rounded corners. My bet is AT&T.

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  4. Verizon? I would return my proclaim in a second that I just brought.

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  5. ST's Facebook site has numerous references to the phone by ST customer service reps as the Samsung Galaxy S Showcase.

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  6. @yeswap. Have you heard anything about Straight Talk getting the Samung Showcase that will run on Verizon.

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    1. There was a rumor about the Showcase coming to Straight Talk a couple of months ago but I haven't heard anything about it lately.

      The Samsung Showcase, which has been available on US Cellular for a while, is based on the older Galaxy S platform and has a single core processor, 4 inch screen and a 5 MP camera.

      The Galaxy SII is a more advanced phone

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    2. The showcase is the old Fascinate that Verizon had back in late 2010. A few select walmarts have them, primarly in verizon only areas. i havent seen it on ST website. i bought one and took it back the next day. reception is horrible and is painfully slow. has only 384 ram. i went back to my proclaim. although smaller is a way way better phone.

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  7. Net 10 has reduced the price of the ZTE Merit to $79 - probably in anticipation of the addition of the Samsung Galaxy S II to its lineup.

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    1. The Merit is still $129.99 on net10.com. The $79 price is at Dollar General stores, amazon.com, ShopCellDeals and possibly other retailers

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  8. So would that be a quad band (or more) phone that can't be unlocked? That seems kind of pointless, unless Net10 changes (or has changed) that policy.

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    1. I'd love to be wrong, though, and be able to pop in a SIM if out of the country. Will stay tuned right here and see what happens.

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  9. There is brand new kiosk note for wireless that says on Oct.13 Walmart will have the s2 on the straight talk module

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  10. I love my samsung proclaim that I use on straight talk but if I could afford to get the Galaxy S 2 I would in a heartbeat.

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  11. I checked out the web site and this phone is $349. It runs on the AT&T network. Glad to see some smartphones that don't run on the sprint network!

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  12. It's in stock @ my lo al Walmart. They had about a dozen or so.

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  13. The specs on the ST website say Android 2.3 ( Gingerbread ). Please tell me that an upgrade to Android 4.0 ( Ice Cream Sandwich ) is immediately available.

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    1. ICS is available through Samsung Kies for the physically identical AT&T Galaxy S II. Unfortunately we don't if Kies will serve that update to phone when it's running Straight Talk firmware. You might want to wait a bit until users actually start getting the phones and try to update.

      Even if Kies doesn't support the Straight talk S II, it should be possible to root the phone and install CM9 or CM10 (ICS and JB ROMs).

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    2. Yeswap, I'm on Samsung's site and what I can't understand is why this phone ( SGH-S959G ) is Gingerbread while the Boost mobile equivalent ( SGH-D710 ) has Ice Cream Sandwich as the stock OS.

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  14. I bought this phone on the 25th of Sept. I am very pleased with it's quailty. AT&T tower in the Tampa bay area. Great 4G coverage. You can't go wrong for $45 a month unlimited everything

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  15. The Samsung Showcase is on the Verizon network. It has nothing to do with the last letter of the model number. On the packaging, look for the small rectangular box that will say CDMA-V. Any straight talk phone that says CDMA-V is on Verizon's network.

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    1. Not sure what your point is here. Yes, the showcase is a verizon phone. THe article on this page is about the Galaxy S II which is an ATT phone

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  16. This phone will only work with SIM card, or I can also buy a card Net 10 and transfer my phone number, oh I can use a Straight Talk card $45 dollars, someone could tell me please. I have a separate cell layaway this, and I need more information on how to use it properly, that company uses to operate. Thank you any person for any information.

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    1. Depending on whether you buy the Net10 ot Straight Talk version of the phone it comes with a Net10 or Straight Talk SIM. You can only use the SIM that comes with the phone. You can't use a Straight SIM in the Net10 version of the phone or vice versa. You can transfer your existing number to this phone.

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    1. I called Samsung and they said that the Galaxy SII is not upgradable through Straight Talk because it is a Tracfone. It uses Kies min which is not available on Samsung's website.

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  18. Love my new Galaxy SII with Straight Talk... Works great! Faster with AT&T than my new IPAD Third Generation on Verizon. Saves my passwords to business sites and does it all. Camera is amazing...At automatic payment of $49.15 a month (including tax)... much more cost effective for a single plan. And it's all unlimited.... Can't believe it at that price.

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    1. Did you buy your Galaxy SII thru Straighttalk or somewhere else? are you using a Straghtalk Sim in this phone? I have an unlocked AT&T Tracphone SGH-S959G Galaxy II- do you know if I can use this with Straighttalk Sim?

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  19. Will the s2 update to Ics thru kies min.

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    1. As far as I know ICS is not available for the Straight Talk S II through Kies.

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  20. I contemplated buying one for a while an finally broke down and bought one. And it is an amazing phone minus the fact I am unable to update it to android 4.0 icecream sandwich running off of straight talk. If anyone has any information could you please let me know via email? [email protected]

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    1. There's a long thread on XDA-Developers about efforts to get ICS on the ST S II. I didn't read the whole thing but it doesn't sound like anyone's managed to do it yet. I suggest you read it before you try anything as it sounds like it's pretty easy to brick this phone.

      BTW, It's a really bad idea to post your email address on the public web like you just did. SPAM bots will harvest the address and send you tons of SPAM. Unless it's a throwaway address I recommend deleting your comment and re-entering it minus your email. You can get follow up comments emailed to you by clicking the "Subscribe by email" link at the bottom of the page.

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  21. Is the straight talk galaxy pgone cheaper in cyber week?

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    1. As far as I know, there weren't any deals on the Straight talk Samsung Galaxy SII during Cyber Week.

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  22. If you purchased the GS2 unlocked and used it with Straight Talk would ICS work or would it still run on the older version?

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    1. Official ICS updates are available for the AT&T, T-Mobile and international versions of the Galaxy S II. Any of those could be used with a Straight Talk SIM and could be updated to ICS.

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  23. Do you have to pay more than the $45 to use the Mobile hotspot???

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    1. Mobile hotspot is disabled on all Straight Talk phones. Third party hotspot apps might work but you will probably get throttled if use more than 2 GB/month, 100 MB/day.

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