The rumor seems to have been started when a HowardForums user found a new phone, the Samsung S968C on NET10's Activate Phones page. To see it:
- Go to http://www.net10wireless.com and click ACTIVATE in top menu.
- Then click Activate my NET10 Service, then Continue, then Create an Account
- On the next page, leave all the fields blank, scroll to the bottom and click SKIP, then Continue.
- On the next page click HELP next to the Serial Number/IMEI/MEID/DEC field.
A popup will appear with names and pictures on various phones including the mysterious Samsung S398C. The current Sprint based S III is the Samsung S398L so this is a different phone. Unfortunately clicking the S398C link opens an unhelpful "Tutorials for this device will be coming soon!" popup.
Luckily for us another HowardForums member discovered the S398C's tutorial and manual on the deviceanywhere site that Tracfone uses for such things. The manual confirms that the S398C is a Samsung Galaxy S III. Based on the S398C model number's C suffix it's a CDMA phone. Sprint and Verizon are the only CDMA networks Tracfone uses, so the assumption is that since the S398L is the Sprint version, the S398C must be for Verizon. Straight Talk generally sells the same phones as NET10 ,so if the Verizon S III does come to NET10 it's extremely likely that it will also be available on Straight Talk.
Keep in mind that new phones often appear on the NET10 or StraightTalk activate phone page months before they are released. Sometimes phones that appear there are never released. The same goes for manuals and tutorials, their appearance doesn't necessarily mean a phone's release is eminent or certain.
If you are into rumors about the S398C, HowardForums is full of them including that the NET10 Verizon S III was to be launched on HSN Sept 15 (update: didn't happen) and that it would have LTE enabled. While I'm hoping both rumors are true and will be checking HSN first thing tomorrow morning I'm a little skeptical, especially about LTE. Verizon doesn't allow LTE phones on their own prepaid service. It seems unlikely that they would let NET10 offer LTE before it's available on Verizon's own higher priced prepaid.