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StraightTalk and NET10 May Be Getting a Version of the Samsung Galaxy S III That Runs On Verizon

There are indications that Tracfone's NET10 may soon be offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that runs on the Verizon network. The S III that NET10 currently sells runs on Sprint.  NET10 hasn't announced anything so consider this an unconfirmed rumor for now.

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.

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  1. Could it br that net 10 uses the C designation just to keep track of straight talk and net 10s sg3 while both running on Sprint?

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  2. Is net 10 as strict with their version data as they are with at&t ?

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  3. I don't believe for a second that Verizon has opened LTE to NET10.

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    1. There there Matt, the straight talk wall whor/es said Verizon would never allow a smartphone. have some faith!

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    2. Unless Fran Shammo, CFO of VZW, has suddenly done an about face that we don't know about, then the kibosh was put on it. Also, I'd never give my business to Carlos Slim.

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    3. There's a very reliable source on HF that says this will happen and soon. Same guy assured everyone that BYOP would be returning. According to this source, Lte will only be available on 2 phones and the cost for those phones will be very high so it's not going to set the prepaid industry on fire at first. It is an awesome step in the right direction.

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    4. If I were to pay a lot of money for a phone on Straight Talk, then I would expect clear and concise usage terms, not this arbitrary mumbo jumbo they spew out. Furthermore, I would want to be able to tether and stream. Just put in place a hard data cap.

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  4. I dare say what does HSN stand for?

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  5. There have been rumors in regard to LTE (Verizon) being enabled on Net10/straight Talk for months. I know the CEO for Verizon said that won't happen but stranger things have happened.
    It's almost too much to hope for! Here's hoping anyway!!!!!!

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  6. @ Dennis, do you know if shopcelldeals via Ebay is HSN? they always seem to have very similar deals and if I am not mistaken both ship from somewhere on the east coast.

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    1. The deals do look similar but as far as I know there's no connection between HSN and ShopCellDeals.

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  7. I have been checking HSN religously for this deal and cannot find it. Has anyone found this deal yet?

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    1. No one has found it as it doesn't exist. I'm not surprised.

      The latest version of the rumor has the S968C launching on HSN next Sunday.

      Personally I think it's more likely to appear first in Straight Talk livery at a Walmart store like most new unannounced Tracfone devices do.

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  8. $449 or more if it runs on Verizon.

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  9. I hope someone releases more info on the s398c. I am extremely anxious to get it.

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  10. Walmart in my area just received the Straight Talk S968C version of the Galaxy SIII, any new information on if this is running through Verizon networks?

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    1. The S968C retail package displays the red Verizon map and the phone has been confirmed as working on Verizon.

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