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)