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Online Tutorial and Manual Hint That the Samsung Galaxy S4 is Coming to NET10 GSM

TracFone, NET10 and Straight Talk phones always have an interactive tutorial posted online that demonstrates how to their features. These tutorials are created by a company called DeviceAnywhere. Tutorials for unannounced new phones often appear on the DeviceAnywhere site weeks or months before evidence of the new device shows up anywhere else. This week's find is a tutorial and a 326 page PDF Users Guide (download PDF) (view online) for an unannounced NET10 branded Samsung Galaxy S4.

The tutorial calls the phone the Samsung SGH-S970G, a name that doesn't give much away. But the manual positively identifies it as a "Samsung Galaxy S4 4G LTE Smartphone", model S970G. With TracFone, NET10 and Straight Talk phones, a G suffix on the model number indicates a GSM phone. All of the NET10 and Straight Talk GSM Android phones to date have used the AT&T network so it's a safe bet that this one does too.

The tutorial and manual are strong evidence that the S4 will show up on NET10 and probably Straight Talk some day, although occasionally a tutorial is posted for a phone that never reaches the market. We don't know the release date or price, but NET10 and Straight Talk phones usually aren't discounted much, if at all from what comparable phones cost on the open market. The 16 GB S4 for AT&T is available for $649 on Ebay or $679 from Amazon, so I expect the NET10 version to be between $650 and $700 if and when it arrives.

Update 11/12/2013: The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available on the Straight Talk site priced at $599.99. Surprisingly it's only available in T-Mobile (GSM5) markets not in AT&T ones which is either a mistake or else the phone is on T-Mobile rather than AT&T as originally expected.

Personally, I don't see the point of buying a phone from one of the Tracfone companies if the same phone is available anywhere else. Straight Talk and NET10 Android phones  are invariably locked down and crippled so that they won't accept manufacturer's updates. If the NET10 S4 comes with JellyBean, it will never see an upgrade to Kit Kat, for example. If you want an S4 on NET10, buy the AT&T version from any reputable seller and put a NET10 AT&T SIM in it. That way you will have a phone that gets timely updates and will have better resale value than the crippled version from NET10.


Source DeviceAnywhere via HowardForums

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  1. You'd be better off buying the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Google Play Store because of it being unlocked and receiving regular updates.

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  2. Yeah, Dennis and Mark .... I'm with you on that one. What happens if you spend 650-700 bucks and then run afoul of the nebulous and arbitrary terms and conditions? Then basically you have a very expensive nightlight. There is really absolutely no good reason to buy Tracfone's phones: Just BYOD. Disclosure: Yes, I am biased. I despise America Movil.

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    1. Go to AIO wireless much better with no surprises

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    2. There is a good TFW phone, the $400 iPhone 5. Works on Verizon MVNOs, AT&T and Tmobile HSPA+ out of the box with no hacking.
      1 year warranty.

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    3. Yes, that $400 is an ideal prepaid phone. You can also hack it back to a regular Vz5 by jailbreaking and reversing the hack used to get a regular Vz5 on MVNO plans. I think you need to leave it on iOS 6.1.2 or 6.1.3 if you want to do that. Apple stopped signing 6.1.x so you cannot downgrade from iOS 7 any more.

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  3. Maybe because people don't want to mess with data settings and want a phone to work out if the box,a warranty,support.etc.

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  4. Sim card customers of tracfone net 10 seem to be 3rd class to said providers.

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  5. A $400 iPhone that works on Verizon mvnos ? where from,and afaik Verizon doesn't allow Lte devices on its mvnos. if your talking about straight talks refurbished iPhone5, you are mistaken.

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    1. The Straight Talk iPhone 5 does work on at least one Verizon MVNO according to this: iPhone 5 from Straight Talk activated on Page Plus with Success

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    2. Anybody can buy the phone from ST, Net10, Walmart.com. It works.

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  6. Oh I was under the impressions page+ didn't even allow an late device to be activated, let alone the iPhone .

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    1. The Vzw 4, 4S and TFW 5 will activate.

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  7. Verizon recognizes an st iphone 5 imei/esn?

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    1. I'm sure Verizon can identify an ESN as belonging to a Straight Talk device. Verizon won't active a Straight Talk iPhone but they don't prevent their over MVNOs from activating it.

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  8. I'm not saying it makes sense for most of the people reading this site, but there are tons of mobile phone buyers who don't know or want to know all the inside scoop about how everything works and they are totally willing to pay for something that works out of the box and requires very little in the way of fiddling. They don't want to order sims, change settings, monitor data using an app, etc. Straight Talk, Net 10, and Trac Fone do all that for them, and probably save a lot of people a lot of money over what they have been paying to one of the big guys on the postpaid contract plans. The shortfall comes when for some reason something goes wrong and these folks have to deal with America Movil CS, or lack thereof. They just want a phone that works, and they don't want hassle. If they can save some money, so much better.

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    1. That's exactly what I'm saying, the average customer doesn't want the hassle, even the ones who want to save money by using prepaid.

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    2. The average customer who wants the least amount of hassle usually does not go with prepaid as a service. IMHO, prepaid is for the more cost-conscious, educated, and somewhat technically savvy customer. Dealing with Tracfone is like getting a tooth pulled, maybe worse. If your lucky, you can find an MVNO that will provide comparable service to a postpaid. Your mileage may vary some but I've found Page Plus Cellular to be a nice balance. Their customer service is still onshore and is mostly very helpful when needed. Now, if the dreaded merger between Page Plus and America Movil goes through and customer service goes to Manila, I will seek out an alternative. For now, though, it works and works well. Another prepaid benefit is the ability to easily kick a non-performing service provider to the curb.

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  9. What can be done with a bad esn Straigh talk iphone 5, in other words can I use the GSM side on Straight talk, or would I need to take it to another GSM carrier, such as AIO? If I am not mistaken, I thought a bad esn would show on Straight talk , even on the gsm side because even though you would use a sim to activate it, the imei is still visible to Straight talk...sorry so drawn out, am I making any sense?

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    1. How do you get a bad ESN on a prepaid phone. There's no ETF to evade, is the phone stolen?

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  10. Is the phone stolen? What had happen was? Somebody don't know how to use "Where's my IPhone".

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    1. The person who used the iOS 7 Activation Lock (aka Kill Switch) just needs to connect the phone to iTunes and enter their Apple ID and password to to unlock it.

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  11. We're can I get a regular sim card from my net10 phone I have an lg optimus extreme is not unlock is a real net10 phone and I lost my sim card plz help :/

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