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Straight Talk To Offer the Samsung Galaxy S III for $440

Straight Talk is about to get the Samsung Galaxy SIII, last year's "next big thing" and still one of the most powerful and desirable of Android phones. According to a post on Howard Forums the Straight Talk S III is showing up in Walmart's internal inventory system with a price of $439.88. Another Hofo user posted a link to to this image of a mockup of a Walmart store end-cap display featuring Straight Talk, NET10 and Walmart Family Mobile versions of the SIII. (Click the image to view full size)

So the Galaxy S III seems like a sure thing for Straight Talk, WFM and NET10. We know the price but the next big questions are what network do the Straight Talk and NET10 versions run on and when will they be available? PhoneNews.com did a bit of sleuthing and found Straight Talk's interactive tutorial for the phone. Hidden in the tutorial's Getting Started section are instructions for finding the phone's MEID serial number. On the page with the MEID, the phone's PRL (preferred roaming list) is shown as 31102, which is a Sprint PRL.

Straight Talk social media rep "Sara ST" reportedly confirmed to a Turk Forums member that Sprint was indeed the carrier for the S III. Although Sprint doesn't get much respect from the Straight Talk cognoscenti, the Now Network does have a couple of things going for it. For one, unlike with AT&T and Verizon based Straight Talk services, I haven't heard of anyone with a Sprint based Straight Talk phone getting their data cut off or throttled for alleged terms of service violations. Plus, the S III is an LTE-capable phone and Sprint, unlike AT&T and Verizon, has given at least one of its MVNOs (Ting) LTE access. While LTE isn't a sure thing with the Straight Talk S III, it does seem like a strong possibility. Hints of LTE availability can be found in the Straight Talk's (PDF) User Guide for the phone, which has a picture of a 4G status bar icon that it says  "Displays when connected to the 4G/LTE network", and in Straight Talk's tutorial, which lists "4G capable" as the first item in the phone's specifications list

As for when the S III will be available, only Straight Talk knows for sure. But given that it's in Walmart's inventory system and at least one store has received the phone I expect the release to be within a week or two at the most.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Samsung Galaxy S III, here's a rundown of the specs:
  • Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display: 4.8" (1280x720) HD Super AMOLED Touch Screen
  • Camera 8 MP autofocus, LED flash, 1080p HD video recording, 1.9 MB front facing camera
  • Memory: 16GB internal storage (12GB available to user), 2GB RAM. Supports for up to 64GB MicroSD.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz Dual Core
  • Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HFP 1.5, PBAP, HSP, HID, GOEP, SDAP/SDP, OPP, SPP, PAN, Stereo Streaming, MAP, AVDTP, OBEX (CR)
  • WiFi: 802.11 a,b,g,n
  • Battery: 2100 mAh, Up to 9 Hours Talk Time
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.3 in (137 x 71 x 9 mm)
  • Weight: 4.65 oz (132g)

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  1. NO Verizon, no good.

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    1. Verizon is a waste of money for free broadband bandwidth. Bandwidth is a non-tangible good or service that is 100% pure profit once the equipment is purchased. The fact is Verizon and AT&T could offer their services for $20 and still make insane profits considering their millions of customer but they are greedy. Every month they bring in pure profit from bandwidth that doesn't exist and you willingly pay them $120-$400 a month. The only plan I found worth my money cost me $120 with DISCOUNTS for unlimited everything (which was not unlimited data but only a MERE 10GB which with streaming on DirecTV or Dish Network can go by in a week. They also have the right to throttle your 4G LTE service, meaning you don't get a full LTE experience for the 10GB you pay for! IT'S A F***ING CRIME. You retards give them reason to charge you your first born child to get a cool phone, Straight Talk and Virgin Mobile are liberators of these fascist dictators. On Virgin I get a guaranteed 2.5GB of LTE provided by Sprint, in my area I get FULL LTE support. I pay $30 a month, and my experience for how I use my phone now is identical to Verizon and AT&T. I use my company phone for talking because that's all I really used it for. Who talks anymore? I virtually do all communication via text or email, hell I hook into my Vonage device for free phone calling. I do all my socializing in person unlike the majority of people. Do yourself a favor. Virgin Mobile is selling the Samsung Galaxy S3 plus 2 months of prepaid service free for $320. In my eyes Virgin Mobile is a better choice then Straight Talk as it has been in service for many years backed by one of the largest corporations in the WORLD! You can't go wrong. And this is from a guy who manages and builds massive network solutions for large corporations. I would never give my money to Verizon or AT&T again. They are criminals just like the medical companies in our country.

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  2. Most of the people that get their data cut off on Straight Talk fail to read and follow the T.O.S. No streaming, no online games, can't thether on 3G is part of the T.O.S.

    Anyway, Sprint still does not have 4G in my state. So that phone will run on that horrible 3G network. No thanks.

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  3. Boost will be getting it in about a month and a half. That's what I was told at my boost retailer

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    1. That would be a great move for Boost if it becomes true!

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    2. Same here. My Boost retailer told me the same thing.

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  4. It's not worth $440. Based on comparable phones, it should be only worth $350.

    If the Samsung LTE device could go on sale for $180 on Virgin Mobile, then there's no way anyone should pay more than $350 for the SIII or about twice the $180 price.

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  5. Family Mobile runs off of the "T-Mobile" Network.

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  6. Its sprint 4g LTE

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  7. Hard to understand why ST would roll this out on the Sprint prepaid nonroaming network. That coverage is terrible.

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    1. Not much different than the 3g coverage on family mobile...

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  8. The Family Mobile S3 will run off of the T-Mobile towers. The ST S3 running off of Spring will be great in metropolitan areas, but will have troubles in the hinterlands and puckerbrush.

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    1. I meant to write "Sprint".. I think the GS3 for ST is a wonderful get. It is far from enticing knowing that it runs off of "noT-Mobile" for Walmart's Family Mobile and Sprint for Straight Talk. I think a 'detuned' 3G, GS3 that ran off of Verizon for ST would fly off of the shelves like how the ST iPhone 5 has done.

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  9. Straight talk...listen up please. The people want Verizon based coverage phones. I'm sure this phone would be a very big seller if you put it on Verizon's network. Please make a Galaxy SIII to run off the Verizon towers. Sprint towers are awful!

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    1. I agree!!! I have Verizon coverage and want the Galaxy S3!!

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    2. Sprint sucks my area. Dont straighttalk realize verizon nationwide.

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    3. which is by far the best anyway now has the Galaxy s3 running on Verizon I am definitely going to get one I have never had a problem with Straight Talk Verizon phones

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    4. In my area I only have Verizon and my local Walmart now that will run o that will run on Verizon so I definitely will so I definitely will get one

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  10. It appears that Walmart is rolling out the ST BYOP CDMA program again. Walmart store tags are showing that the access codes will be sold in stores and online, though not available for purchase yet. Here is the online version. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Bring-Your-Own-Phone-CDMA-Activation-Kit-Plus-Service-Plan/24538820?wmlspartner=TnL5HPStwNw&sourceid=31263657521284147852&affillinktype=10&veh=aff
    More info at Howards Forum

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    1. I got this. Basically you can only use it on old phones. If the phone has 4G capabilities, you can't use it. Nor can you use an iphone. Its basically worthless.

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  11. Straight talk...yes please listen. I thought finally a phone I want, but not if running off Sprint.

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  12. If you buy a CDMA Straight Talk phone from an area in the Midwest or west coast they are Verizon :) had to buy a new phone while on vacation and got an iPhone 5 for straight talk in Missoula, SD. it is Verizon, not Sprint. Sprint has no towers in those areas. I would know! Bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 from Net 10 on the East Coast before I went on vacation and when I got to SD I had no service! Turned out the S3 phone was Sprint! Never had a Sprint phone from Net 10 before. Could not get a refund on the phone either!!!!

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