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Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S4 Now Available, Uses T-Mobile Network!



The Samsung Galaxy S4 showed up on the Straight Talk Website yesterday for $599.99. While that's a steep price, it's actually a bit less than than the $649.99 and $627.99 full retail price that AT&T and T-Mobile respectively charge.

While all of Straight Talk's previous Android phones run on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint it looks like the S4 is on the T-Mobile network. Here's why. The Straight Talk S4's S970G model number ends in "G" meaning GSM which rules out Sprint or Verizon. The S4 is only seems to be available on the Straight Talk Website in T-Mobile markets like San Francisco (zip code 94102) or New York City (zip code 10001). If you enter a zip code for an area that has AT&T coverage, but not T-Mobile, like Brady, TX (76825)  or Jamestown, MO (65046) the S4 is not available.

Unless the Website's market availability system is miss-coded, which is possible but unlikely, the S4 is Straight Talk's first Android phone to use the T-Mobile network. In what appears to be another first, the Straight Talk site advertises that the S4 supports 4G LTE. Up to now Straight Talk users with T-Mobile BYOP SIMs have not had LTE access.  If the Straight Talk S4 really does get LTE, that means it might now be possible to get LTE with Straight Talk BYOP SIMS in other phones.

Related:
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How to Tell Which Network (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon) a TracFone, NET10 or Straight Talk Phone Uses

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  1. I rather have a 3G Verizon version. The S4 has been on Family Mobile for at least a month, so I'm not surprised.

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  2. Are you sure? I live in an area with only Verizon & AT&T & it shows up. I think it runs on AT&T since they offer LTE through ST.

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    1. What is your zip code?

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    2. it showes up in my zip code also so it has to be Verizon or AT&T

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    3. Zip code 39120 is only Verizon and ATT and it DOES NOT show up.

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    4. 42066 is a Straight Talk GSM5ATCO market which means that Straight Talk believes that T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon service are available there.

      The T-Mobile coverage map shows 'satisfactory" 2G-only coverage in 42066.

      So although Straight Talk will sell you an S4 in 42066 but it will be on T-Mobile and will have 2G-only data. There are better choices like buying an AT&T or Google Developer Edition S4 and using it with a Straight Talk AT&T SIM.

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    5. 100% correct. Besides the S4, there are at least six T-Mobile feature phones shown for zip code 42066.

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  3. I still don't see why people don't just use Craigslist. All carriers even National Carriers are going to overcharge for these phones if you don't sign a contract. I bought a T-mobile SG3 over a month ago when they were going for about around $300 up or down a little. I paid a guy only $245 in which the phone was flawless and box and all accessories came with it.

    I needed to order a micro sim I had the old regular size one plus I wanted to order a case before I used the phone. Well long story short the case took 3 weeks to get here and I only got half the order. So they are supposed to be sending me the other half which will take another 2 or so weeks to get here at this point I know the cost of the SG4 on Craigslist is probably around $350 up or down. Check this out I only paid $245 for SG3 but I found a girl that would buy it ( not from Craigslist ) for $350 so I am going to sell it to her with everything then buy a SG4 with that money what a great deal on my part making a $105 profit and purchasing the SG4.

    My point is on Craigslist you can find good deals then make a profit also. I mean seriously $600 for a SG4 from them when I am going to get a T-mobile branded one for $350 a savings of $250. People wake up Craigslist is the best and only way you just have to be smart about it. ( Oh and Yeswap this is me again about the Boost 800 number again to go direct to management instead of frontline employees so that I can try to get my grandfathered 10 cents old iden plan back like you did. Sorry I know you gave it to me but I didn't right it down and can't find the post. Can you please re send it I will write it down this time ) Thanks.

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    1. Craigslist is not a trusted source. I rather buy it out right even if it is expensive. At least I know someone is not going to make off with my money while I have a defective or stolen product.

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    2. Craigslist can be great as long as you do your due diligence. Ask a lot of questions beforehand. Check the ESN or IMEI online prior to meeting. Print out the ad and write down the seller's drivers license or ID card number on it as well as having them sign that you gave them the cash (like a receipt). Thoroughly test the product before paying anything. Don't rush or be rushed. I've walked away from a few deals with sellers who didn't go along with this, but the sellers that did I never had a problem with. Remember, Craigslist is mainly just a list of private parties trying to sell their stuff. Mostly honest people, but still some scammers. If you're going to shell out money for a big ticket item like a smartphone, do your homework first.

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    3. craigslist is inhabited by thieves who will mug you and take your money after you set up a time and place to buy that phone which you think has a reasonable price. better to buy your phones, particularly if used, on amazon, swappa, or ebay. or just follow dennis here with his tips on where to get phones. but stay far away from craigslist.

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    4. Interesting... I've bought many phones on Craigslist and have never been mugged inside any of the Starbucks I've met a seller at. (I usually choose Starbucks for the wi-fi.) If they want to meet anywhere else like their home of a street corner, its a no-go. Simple as that. Always meet INSIDE a very public place. Like what Rowman said, due diligence.

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  4. If you have $600 to fork out for a phone than you don't need to be on prepaid. Wow, talk about a frivolous purchase!

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    1. What if it takes you a year to save for it because it's something you really wanted? Whether you have a lot of money or not, saving it is always a good thing.

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    2. If you have $600 to fork out for a phone than you don't need to be on prepaid.

      Wow, the marketing depts of the Big 3 have done a number on you and tricked you into thinking their way. Good luck with that!

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    3. I'm not sure how that tricked me, the phone is not being offered by the big 3 (actually 4). I just will not be forking out $600 for their latest phone.

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  5. Honestly, you might as well go with MetroPCS which is T-Mobile for all intents and purposes. Dealing with Straight Talk accelerated my hair loss. MetroPCS has been great and the data speeds have been fantastic. Plus with Metro your data is closer to unlimited. The only thing you cannot do is tether at the 60.00 plan.

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    1. I agree, straight talks cs is atrocious .I went to vzw prepaid, and they treat me like post paid, I'm staying put!

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    2. My auntie and I had a big laugh. Straigh Talk gives you nothing but the run around. That why I had to put them down. Metro is the way to go.

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