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TracFone's First Android Phone, the Samsung Galaxy Centura is Now Available at HSN

TracFone's first Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy Centura is now available at HSN.com for $129.95 with free shipping. The phone comes with a $25 Google Play gift card, an aftermarket car charger and a  gel skin. $129.99 is oa sale price good for a limited time only, HSN's regular price for the bundle is $169.95.

It's also available  from ShopCellDeals' Ebay store for $109.99 with free shipping but without the airtime, accessories or Google Play card.

The Galaxy Centura is an entry level  device that runs on the Verizon network. It's been available for some time from TracFone's sister brands Straight Talk and NET10 for $99.99 without airtime or accessories. The phone's specifications include:

  • OS Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Weight 4.4 oz.
  • Dimensions 4.44 x 2.40 x 0.45 in
  • Camera 3.0 MP
  • Battery 1500 mAh For up to 7 hours Talk Time and 10 days of standby
  • Battery, Talk Time Up to 7 Hours*
  • Memory 512MB RAM, 4GB Internal memory (2.6 GB available)
  • Internal Memory 4GB NAND + 512MB RAM
  • microSD™ Capacity Up to 32GB
  • Network: 850Mhz and1900 MHz CDMA, EVDO Rev. A 
  • Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HTML Browser, GPS
  • Processor , Qualcomm 800Mhz MSM7625A
  • Display 3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels
  • Main Display Size 1.92" x 2.89"
  • Compatible Music Files: AAC, AAC+, AMR, MP3, OGG, MIDI, SP-MIDI, WAV, WMA; Audio, Streaming; MP3/Music Tones
  • Compatible Video Files: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8

According to HSN, the phone is a triple minutes for life device and it comes with 600 minutes, 600 texts, 600 MB of data and 90 days of service.

HSN also says that a TracFone 60 minute card (when tripped) provides 180 minutes, 180 texts and 180 MB. This represents a major change from the way data and texts are billed compared with other TracFones where texts cost a third of a minute and data is charged at 1.5 minutes per KB (1536 minutes per MB).

One minute per MB is equivalent to 11¢/MB  using a $19.99 "60 Minute" card and 5¢/MB using a $29.99 200 minute Monthly Value Plan card. TracFone is also selling data only cards in three denominations: 300 MB for $10, 750 MB for $20 and 2 GB for $50 which is 2.5 to 3.3 cents/MB. These are very good prices for data which is not something I'd expect form TracFone. If only they had BYOP.

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  1. Not a plan for me but what a great deal for pay as you go users! A smart phone on the Verizon network with reasonable data rates. I wonder if it uses the expanded Verizon network like Net10 does?

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    1. I can almost guarantee that it does not use Verizon's postpaid network.

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    2. That much said, for light data users it might be a good deal but just don't port your number to them. You might lose it.

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    3. Please take a moment and read before you comment. I said expanded network not postpaid network.
      Also, I think we get the idea, Matt, you don't care for tracphone brands. You don't need to remind us on every article about them. It's getting really old

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    4. What's the expanded network? Do you mean extended?

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    5. Yeah. I've always heard it as expanded. But either way. Tomaaato, Tomahhto :)

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  2. Extended network, as in postpaid Verizon.?

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    1. We won't know until someone gets the phone and tries using it in an extended network area.

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    2. Does PagePlus use Verizon's extended network? Or is that considered roaming?

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    3. Roaming. The extended network is available for 20¢-29¢/minute depending on plan.

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    4. I had a Net10 Android that was provisioned on Verizon -- from my experiences, it's a safe bet this Tracfone will not work in Verizon roaming areas (namely, in my case, Central Kentucky, where the dominant CDMA carrier, there is Bluegrass Cellular who partners with VZW for postpaid roaming -- I imagine it's the same thing in parts of Oklahoma and Wisconsin, too).

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    5. I can tell you that, with Net10, you do get the expanded network in Wisconsin, since I use it pretty regularly in my travels

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    6. Interesting. Which NET10 phone and plan and where in Wisconsin?

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    7. Dennis, I just saw your comment now. I'm on the Net10 unlimited plan with BYOD. I get coverage from Interstate 90/94 near Tomah, Wi all the way to Oshkosh and Appleton in Wisconsin which follows Hwy 20 and Hwy 41. I never had coverage with PagePlus but when I switched I found that I now have coverage.

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    8. Which NET10 BYOP CDMA (Verizon), CDMA(Sprint), GSM (AT&T) or GSM (T-Mobile?

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    9. Anon asked: "Does PagePlus use Verizon's extended network? Or is that considered roaming?"

      PagePlus uses the crippled, smaller prepaid Verizon network. That is why I tell everyone to go with Selectel: similar rates and plans to PagePlus, but on the full postpaid Vrz network.

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    10. "PagePlus uses the crippled, smaller prepaid Verizon network. That is why I tell everyone to go with Selectel: similar rates and plans to PagePlus, but on the full postpaid Vrz network."
      You are misleading people about PagePlus coverage. As Dennis said above, "The extended network is available for 20¢-29¢/minute depending on plan." PagePlus get more data with their plans, and only pay for the extended network when they need it.

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  3. so page plus coverage is not as good as on their map?

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    1. As far as I know, the PagePlus coverage map is as accurate as any. Where do you see inaccuracies?

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  4. First I'd heard of a Verizon extended network, and a non-extended one...

    i.e. wondering if I will lose coverage going from regular Verizon to MVNO PP Verizon.

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    1. Extended network is what Verizon calls the no extra cost roaming that's included with postpaid.

      With Verizon Prepaid and PagePlus you get free text and extra cost voice roaming on the extended network

      With Verizon MVNOs Selectel and Next G you get no extra cost voice and text extended network roaming

      NET10 10¢/minute prepaid and Tracfone non-Android phones you get no extra cost roaming on the extended network plus additiona free raoming on some regional carriers that aren't part of Extended network.

      NET10 Unlimited and Straight Talk Verizon phones do not get access to the Extended Network.

      With TracFone Android phones we don't knw what roaming they will get yet.

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  5. When I had post paid Verizon, extended network coverage was included in the plan (don't think I paid extra for it)

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  6. This is good to know. I was thinking of going from regular Verizon to a Verizon-based MVNO, and now it looks like I would be stepping down to some sort of undefined worse, limited network.

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    1. That depends on which MVNO you choose.

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    2. Not really -- since Verizon covers the biggest parts of the U.S., it's only those "extended network" areas one needs to keep in mind -- Dennis did a good job of articulating "who does what"...

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  7. Dennis. Thanks for your clear answers. I'm thinking of moving from Virgin, which has hardly any towers anywhere (Sprint), to an MNVO on a real network like AT&T or Verizon. But the "no data roaming" things I see for just about every MNVO seems a disappointment. Not finding any that have it so far. Selectel seems great, but the fact that their web site looks like someone put it up half a year ago and walked away from it does not inspire confidence in their service.

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    1. Even on postpaid data roaming is severely restricted. Choose a mobile network operator that has native coverage where you need it.

      Selectel is new so a bit unproven at this point. But the beauty of prepaid is that you can change operators easily and with little expense if things don't work out. If you choose Selectel, I recommend going through a good dealer like Genius Wireless or Bat Mobile Wireless for lower activation cost and a second source of help if you have issues.

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    2. One other Selectel dealer who does free activations is Freedom Wireless of Bay City, MI. http://freedomwirelessbc.com/index.html They handle major prepaid operators on all 4 networks. Verizon MVNOs NextG and Pageplus. So you can get advice and help when you switch. They say Sprint-based Expo Mobile with PayGo is coming soon.

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  8. Dennis. HSN said that tracfone has changed there plan for android. They are using regular minutes, text, data. Each card give you minutes, text, and data now. HSN is also saying you can stream on 3G. Not sure if that is true.

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    1. I have a tracfone. I'm using AT&T and Tmobile airtime system. I'm wondering if I go on there verizon network. Will I be upgrading my coverage area or downgrading it.

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    2. TracFone's feature phones have a slightly larger overall footprint than the GSM based ones.

      However we don't know if the new TracFone Android phones will have the same expanded coverage or if they will have the much smaller Verizon native network only coverage that NET10 and Straight Talk Android phones get.

      Wait and see what early adopters report.

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  9. HSN sold over 35,000 Samsung Centura yesterday. For people that just want a smartphone but don't talk, text, use a lot data, it's not a bad deal. If you brought the one year card with 1000 minutes, that's 3000 text, minutes and 3GB of data for $160. Not bad.

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  10. Freedom Wireless BC does look very good. The only drawback being having very limited business hours.

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    1. Freedom Wireless also offers Eco Mobile, based on the rotating ad for Sprint prepaid on their home page. This is not listed under their Sprint plans page.

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  11. Going to pass on that for now (Eco Mobile). Looking to get away from Sprint due to their poor coverage just about everywhere I go. The best voice/data deal in the world matters little if the network shows 1 bar or none so much of the time.

    If one of these companies would honestly build a cell network that covered almost all of the country, the customers would flee toward them.

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    1. Done. It's called TracFone (check the coverage map). But you do not want to go there....

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    2. One strategy: Activate a Verizon 3G phone with unlocked SIM slot on Selectel of NextG; you get Sprint roaming. Carry a Tmobile prepaid SIM with you (free roaming on AT&T and some regional networks). When necessary, power down, insert SIM, power up. Change APN if you need data. Reverse when you want the other combo. Best phone for this? TFW iPh5, new or refurb.

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  12. There's a lot of white space there, Anon. Not "almost all the country". Cell phones have been around for decades now; having complete (or nearly complete) coverage shouldn't be rocket science after all this time.

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    1. Put your thinking cap back on, dmarks ;-) Who wants to pay for all those cellphone towers out in the middle of the desert, empty forests and *all over* our national parks? Who will pay for all the extra spectrum, network equipment, service and maintenance work? Would you (yes, in your bill)? Do you actually think the companies could get the permits? No, they would not.
      The service you want already exists. It is on Globalstar. Of course, you would not want to pay for that service, either. Just buy a Spot Communications device and you will never be out of range in the continental US. It covers most of the world, too. You can probably afford that, if you do not communicate too much. There is always your cellphone for that...

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    2. There's a surprising amount of white space here in the Northeast, even on the best networks for coverage: Verizon and AT&T. For me, I couldn't live with T-Mobile or Sprint because they just don't cover large portions of inhabited places where I frequent. Take a look at the coverage maps of western Mass. or upstate NY for example.

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    3. Take a trip on Google Earth and you can see why all the white space. Lots of green there! Not even many roads in upstate NY in the Adirondacks. No network covers that big green patch. You need sat comm if you travel all those white spots.

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  13. Anon with Thinking Cap: "Who wants to pay for all those cellphone towers out in the middle of the desert, empty forests and *all over* our national parks?"

    Ever been to Yellowstone? It is full of cell towers.

    Extra spectrum? How so? As for "who will pay", we have. Cell phone bills climbing as service degrades. The companies are rolling in enough dough to do this.

    "Would you (yes, in your bill)? Do you actually think the companies could get the permits? No, they would not."

    There is a problem with local governments acting outside of their bounds and banning towers, true.

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  14. Beautiful Fall day here, so I grabbed 4 phones and headed 20 miles West to an area that shows spotty coverage on 3/4 network maps. Along a 10-mile stretch there are holes with no roaming partner at any price on Vzw, Tmobile and Sprint. Only ATT Gophone showed coverage the whole way on their map. I stopped every mile or two, checked for signal and tried to make calls. Very unscientific results:
    1. ATT map is wrong. There were 4 or 5 times where I could not make or receive a call. 3 places had the no service icon.
    2. Tmobile coverage was spotty but at least the map was pretty accurate.
    3. Sprint showed no bars in 3 areas supposed to be white, but when I called the phone the signal jumped to 2 bars and the phone rang. I could hear voice.
    4. Verizon had 5 holes that showed on the map and my drive. Pretty accurate map.
    Yes, you still have to try out the coverage. Some of the places I visited had no signal on any phone. No cable out there. Those people need a land line, or satellite internet with one of the devices that extend cellphone service using the Internet. Tmobile's WiFi calling would work, too.

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  15. "Beautiful Fall day..." where? In any case, there is "coverage," and than there is real coverage. For example, a few weeks ago I was in a well-known town in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. The AT&T map shows good coverage all over the town, but I found I had almost nothing where I parked my car, yet when I walked across the street I had a good signal. Same thing all over town--sometimes you just had to move a few feet and the signal improved or disappeared. You had to pick your spots and then not move in order to make a reliable call.

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  16. How to check the balances (min. and days) on the smart phone? Does anyone know this?

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    1. Download the Tracfone "My Account" app from the Google store. I had to kinda guess that such a thing existed; fortunately, it did. :-/

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  17. I ordered the phone (2) and just saw the first review on HSN. He said the phone is good but there is no way to know how many minutes you've used!
    This is crazy for a prepaid phone!

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    1. You are supposed to be able to check usage online including with the Android browser.

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  18. I called Verizon and a rep told me that prepaid and post paid are the same...believe it?...I'm unsure

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    1. The TYPICAL Vrz prepaid network is a lot smaller than the "postpaid" network.

      PagePlus uses the smaller network. Selectel uses the larger one. I really have no idea what Vrz's own prepaid plan uses.

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  19. I got a smart Samsung Centura tracfone and transferred an old tracfone to this new one.
    But how do I set up voice mail?

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    1. According to the phone's manual:

      From the Home screen, tap the dialer and then touch and hold the 1 key until the device dials voice mail.

      Follow the prompts to create a password, a greeting, and a display name.

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  20. How to manage my International Frequent Numbers? My old LG phone (I think GSM phone) can manage it. After upgrading to Samsung Centura (CDMA, I guess), I can not.
    Of course, I typed Serial number and Phone number on the web. But the error message says:
    One or both of the numbers provided is not in the record.....

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    1. Are you using the new phone's serial number on the International Frequent Numbers page? Try using the old serial number. It might take a day or to for Tracfone and Auris to get international calling set up with the new serial number.

      You could also try registering your new serial number on the Auris International Long Distance Page.

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    2. Thanks so much. After re-registering my phone on the Auris Int. Long Dist. Page, it works.

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  21. I can not use the Tracfone Promo Codes for my Samsung Smart phone.
    The Promo Box is blocked so I can not key in the Promo Codes.
    I just wonder if the Promo codes are not available for Smart phone.

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  22. Just an FYI for everyone. First of all, I think Tracfone made a decision to further cement its presence as a major carrier (albeit reseller from other networks). This really is an amazing deal, no matter how you slice it. I did the math, and using the number of minutes and data on my regular smartphone (using Wi-fi whenever available), it boils down to less than $25 a month for Verizon's dependable network and 3G speeds. I also tested the speed, viewed Netflix videos, etc., and they worked great. I am in the Portland, Maine area, and Verizon's footprint is great here. Finally, a word of warning. I don't usually write negative reviews, but I have to recommend the Samsung Galaxy Centura over the ZTE Valet. Do yourself a favor and spend a few more dollars on the Samsung. It's a great device, even though the processsor is 800 mhz vs ZTE's 1Ghz. Not sure why , but the ZTE froze up, was choppy changing screens, etc. With the Samsung, response is very fast, no lock-ups, battery lasts an amazingly long time, and the screen is really vivid and much better than the ZTE, which seemed blurry. Just my two cents! I would be happy to answer any questions...I am kind of a phone nerd.

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  23. Bought this phone in the St. Louis area. Liked it, but 30 miles north in Illinois is a big no service zone where I do a lot of work and really need the service. Spent all that money in advance, no refund available on the minutes at all - all for no service.

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  24. Does this phone work on the pageplus network.

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    1. If might. I haven't heard of anyone trying it yet but some Straight Talk phones do work on Page Plus so a TracFone one may also.

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  25. Thank you Dennis...also, does this phone have a proximity sensor?

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  26. Wisconsin is one of the states with poor PagePlus coverage. I think that good coverage when compared to PagePlus implies some sort of extended/extensed/expanded/exploded... er "bigger" network.

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