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Straight Talk and NET10 Verizon Galaxy S III Now Available Minus LTE


The long rumored version of the Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S III that runs on the Verizon network is now available online from the Straight Talk and NET10 Websites for $399.99.

Finding and buying it is tricky as the Verizon based S III is only available in markets that have Verizon service but do not have Sprint service. If your market has Sprint coverage, Straight Talk will only offer the Sprint based version of the S III.

The listings on the Straight Talk and NET10 sites for the Verizon and Sprint S III versions are very similar. The only reliable way to tell them apart is by looking for the phrase "4G LTE" in the phone's description. Only the Sprint version (bottom image) support' LTE. The listing for the Verizon version (top image) omits the "4G LTE" line.

Like the Straight Talk iPhones, the Verizon based S III has apparently had its LTE disabled to satisfy Verizon's requirement that no prepaid phone on its network be allowed to access the LTE network.

If you want the Verizon version and it's not offered in your zip code, enter a Sprint-less zip like  73949 or 82210 when the site prompts you for your zipc ode. At checkout, change the zip code back to your real one on the shipping address form. If you do this, be sure that you have native (not roaming) Verizon coverage where you want to use the phone. The phone will only activate in Verizon native coverage areas. You can verify your coverage on the Verizon prepaid coverage map.

Update 11/11/2013, the Verizon based SIII model is now available from Walmart.com as model STSAS968CWTPWP.

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  1. What's the point of this? Might as well get a Galaxy S4, use it on MetroPCS (T-Mobile), and actually get real data speeds.

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    1. Easy answer. You only get "real data speeds" if you can get data service. On MetroPCS, you can only use data in a small fraction of the places where Verizon offers data service.
      Some people will also like paying less for their phone plan than Metro charges ($50 for 2.5GB fast data).

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    2. That's good if one is in the tiny fraction of the country covered by T-Mobile. For those in a much larger part of the country covered by actual ready-for-prime-time truly national carriers (that's carriers, not un-carriers), this option for using the Verizon network does sound interesting.

      Provided of course the stated policy by "Straight Talk" of arbitrarily disabling accounts for "unwanted" data usage goes away.

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    3. travel away from any city and you might see the edge only network through Metro Pcs

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    4. I love how people think Verizon owes prepaid MVNO customers LTE. Verizon has a duty to their shareholders to make as much money as possible. They make that money off of 2 year contracts.

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    5. I love how Tmobile took market share from Verizon over the last 2 quarters by offering lower prices and more value, with HSPA+ AND LTE, even for prepaid customers. No 2-year contract required. Verizon says they are not worried, but they will respond, and soon.

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  2. HOFO ID Grateful4adviceOctober 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Enterprising developers should be able to enable LTE on this phone in the same way LTE was enabled on the Nexus 4. Regardless, you will still be a victim of the worst cellphone company in the Americas, America Movil. Verizon prepaid offers unlimited, talk, text and 1gb data for $50 per month thru WalMart.

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    1. That would be a very good hack. But it seems unlikely as no one has managed to get LTE working on any phone on Verizon Prepaid or any Verizon MVNO including phones where LTE is not disabled.

      There is a rumor going around that the Straight Talk iPhone 5 and ST Verizon SIII will get their LTE officially enabled before year end.

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    2. I like that rumor. Would like to try LTE on our ST iPh5, even if I cannot go back to PagePlus.

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    3. Dennis where did you hear that rumor about them getting 4g? Is Verizon prepaid also going to finally enable it? I'd like to read about that

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    4. The rumor comes from the HoFo Straight Talk board where it was recently revived after being dormant for a while.

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  3. Android KitKat will be announced soon, and due to the fact that Straight Talk will probably not have an OS update for that phone as well, I am waiting for the LTE Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 to use with a Straight Talk AT&T sim. Nexus devices do offer OS updates, and are very popular amongst prepaid users.

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  4. One of those ads explicitly says LTE, and it is in Straight Talk colors. Did I read something wrong... or is the ad copy contradicting the company's claims?

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    1. That's the Sprint one. "Only the Sprint version (bottom image) support' LTE".

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  5. As a Straight Talk customer that lives where Verizon has the best coverage this is great. I would love to buy a Nexus 5, but AT&T coverage is not as good as Verizon where I live. Straight Talk keep releasing ZTE and Huawei made Verizon phones. Which sucks.

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  6. It looks the ST Verizon-based S III is available only in white while the ST Sprint-based SIII is available in both white and black.

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  7. Dennis, I heard the same thing that Net10 and ST will be getting access to LTE on verizon actually the rumor is they have access to to LTE on all networks. That would be a great benefit having LTE access. Maybe the push is because of there opening of there Exclusive Simple Mobile Solution Store.

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  8. When ST and Net10 offer Verizon LTE, we will not have to read about how great it is to sign a Verizon contract to get it. We will pay ~$45/month, not a minimum of $70 plus taxes and fees. We will save about $500 net over 2 years, even after we buy our own new top-end phone. We will get unlimited TnT, not 450 anytime minutes and zero regular texts, and we will get more data. If our monthly use goes up, we will not have to pay a $30/month price increase or an early termination fee.

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    1. All that may be true but ST is too unreliable. Many people report that their phone quits working when airtime is refilled and quite a few have reported having their number changed without authorization or even a notification.

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    2. If ST were too unreliable, they would not still have millions of customers and growth. You cannot reliable on a few Internet complaints. Otherwise nobody would use any MVNO.

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