tutorial and manual (view online, download 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 The S II has been superseded by the just released S III but it is still a very advanced smartphone.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