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Made with a 3.5" touchscreen, the ZTE Merit Z990G Straight Talk Prepaid Cell Phone gives you bright and clear web browsing and messaging. With access to over 450,000 apps on Google Play, the ZTE Straight Talk Phone gives you endless ways to customize your phone. Plus, the 5MP camera and video recorder on the ZTE Straight Talk Phone allows you to capture all your special moments. With GPS capabilities, the ZTE Straight Talk Phone lets you know where you're going, no matter where you are. The Android 2.3 operating system and 600MHz processor on this straight talk cell phone ensures a fast, intuitive response. With Straight Talk Cell Phones, the ZTE Merit Z990G Straight Talk Prepaid Cell Phone is the choice for anyone who needs more than the basics of a cell phone.
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Questions & Answers for Straight Talk Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone

Question

how is the battery.

im hopeing to buy this phone. but i need two now about the battery. is it good
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
By
bartstar
 - Hazleton PA
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
The battery is depending on how many apps you have running, how long the screen is lit up, it is fine for me, it is not the life of say my old razor phone, but this does more. some apps are energy intense. killing a few select apps helps prolong the battery.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
Hi bartstar,

Yes, this battery is very decent. But to keep it that way here is how to properly start out:

1. When you or if you buy it....if there is any charge to it, let it Run Out "Completely". (Do not charge it with a charge in it, as the battery will not retain its memory capacity)

2. Once it is "Completely" dead, insert the charger end into the phone first.

3. Then connect the other end into an AC outlet(not an extension cord, if you can help it), as this is "less" likely to heat the phone up and especially if you have a Case on it. (If you have a Silicon/Gelly like case on it, "Remove It" before charging.

4** Every time you go to charge your phone make sure it is dead or in the low red charge zone, so your battery will retain its memory.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 3
Battery life is pretty good. Just add a battery saver from Play Store. And you're good to go.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
answer 4
We took an 18 hour road trip and I literally messed with my phone the whole time because it was new :) The battery is typical for an android. It will last a couple days if you don't do much with it but if you are on it all day you will need to recharge half way through.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
aroundtheclock
 - TN
Question

can you see the pics and hear the youtube. how is the qaulity of both

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
The Pictures, which pictures, in the web browser you can zoom in, regular photos taken with the camera,it is similar as looking at a digital camera, You tube works well with a WIFI connection, videos usually look good and clear and do not skip and stop.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
Yes! It really is impressive as far as the screen picture and the sound will get loud and I have to turn it down sometimes! Not muffled, very clear.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Bones1220
 - London, Kentucky
answer 3
YouTube runs fairly well and the picture is clear.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
DAMH
 - Manning, SC
answer 4
I have wonderful pictures and yes, I can hear youtube videos very well.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
5grandmama5
Question

Using the ZTE Merit as a hotspot

I just bought the ZTE Z990G from Walmart and the salesman said that this phone can be used as a hotspot with my Galaxy 2 pad, however I do not see any setting to do this and cannot find anything realating to it or Bluetooth tethering. What am I missing here?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
NortheastDave
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
FoxFi and other WIFI apps will not work, after rooting then only thing that worked is Tethered.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
The Sales man told you what? did he explain How you can go about this?
First you have to Root the Phone, then you might can tether it via usb cable, there is a lock on the WIFI hotspot, you have to unlock that. there are apps that work with rooted phones.. I would go back and find that sales man and the manager and then ask salesman to show you How to do this, then hand him the TOS fine print?

Straight talk will turn your phone off for sharing that connection. It is in the Fine print somewhere. So no It is not a Hot Spot..

yes it is possible, but to what lenght are you willing to go. are you will to be terminated?

( read the Fine Print )
http://www.straighttalk.com/terms
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 3
It is my understanding that using any Straight Talk phone as a hotspot for other wifi-enabled devices is prohibited by Straight Talk's Terms of Service.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
CorporateEagle
 - West Milton, PA
answer 4
According to the Straight Terms of Service, tethering to other devices is not allowed. This also applies to the use of the phone as a mobile hotspot.

I am sorry that the Walmart employee told you absurdly wrong information.

If you still wanted to tether, or try to, get FoxFi from Google Play. It is free that makes your phone act like a hotspot. Just be wary though. If Straight Talk catches you, they can terminate your account without refund.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

which one is better.. merit or proclaim? I am new to the whole "smart phones"...

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
After researching the true specs, I have determined the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim with internal 1gb
At $179 to be the best deal with straight . the LG Optimus Black at $329.00 with Internal 2 GB storage (1 GB user-available), 512 MB RAM is the best phone, but expensive. The LG Optimus Zip with 150mb internal memory is not so good.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
The Samsung Proclaim is the better phone. Unless you live in an area with terrible Verizon coverage.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
zigatron
answer 3
It depends on your location and which provider has better coverage for you. If you have good coverage with AT&T, then I would go with the Merit. If you have good service with Verizon then go with the Proclaim which they run off. Hope that helps.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
answer 4
That is going to depend on which service is more reliable in your area.

The Galaxy Proclaim uses Verizon. The Proclaim also has a faster processor, more internal storage, camera not as good pixel wise.

The ZTE Merit uses AT&T.

Talk to your friends and find out what network they use and which they prefer.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

How do you add minutes to the ZTE Merit?

I transfered from a different Straight Talk phone so my minutes were automatically carried over. While playing with the phone, I realized I don't have anywhere to see my service end date or add minutes option like my old flip phone.
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
tracylynn12
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
How do you add minutes to the ZTE Merit?
refill your Service with a credit or debit card at StraightTalk.com, by calling 1-877-430-Cell (2355), or by buying a Straight Talk Service Card
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
Dial 611 from your handset, or go to straighttalk.com
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
CorporateEagle
 - West Milton, PA
answer 3
yes they get transfered over if you go to there website it will show you
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
kevinvt1
 - Granville NY
answer 4
Register on the Straight Talk website (Straighttalk.com) and you can sign into your account any time and check minutes, add minutes, enroll in their program that automatically charges your credit card provided and adds minutes when you run out or your service end date.,
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
nicknametaken12345
Question

mY PHONE SAYS MEMORY FULL, HOWEVER SD CARD IS EMPTY. HOW DO I MOVE MEMORY FROM PHONE TO SD CARD

asked 1 year, 9 months ago
By
TOM
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Most apps cannot be moved to the SD card. You should move your pictures, videos, or music. That should leave you room for your apps. The best thing to do is to delete unneeded apps. I hope this was helpful. To put pictures on the SD card when you take them there should be an option when you push save to save to either system memory or SD card. Choose SD card.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
helpfulhanny
answer 2
Be aware of what straight talk customer service tried to tell you . . . Almost all apps can NOT be moved. There is a serious problem with the phone and straight talk is unable to correct. And, according to my phone calls, they really DO NOT PLAN TO FIX.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Schlueter723
answer 3
You can't unfortunantly. You get 512 mb internal memory and that's it. You can try to download Move2SD and try that and uninstall automatic updates to free up some memory other than that the this is a con to this phone.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
NanasBabies
answer 4
You have to go to settings, manage applications, and then click on the application you want to move. There will be an option to move to sd card HTH!
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
jheld
Question

swype?

Does this phone have swype option on it?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Dear Anonymous,

Yes, this phone does have "Swype" on the XT9 Texting Keyboard. It is technically called XT9 Tracing.

To switch to Swype:

1. Go to the person you wish to text, then Tap/Touch the "typing text bar"(this is where the blinking cursor is).

2. Tap/Touch the "Cirlce Icon Key"(Input Options Key) located beside the "?123" key on the bottom left of the Android Keyboard.(this will open up the "Input Options" window. Tap/Touch the words "Select Input Method".

Tap/Touch the words "XT9 Text Input" .

3. You are now ready to "Swype" Text. As you move your finger from key to key you will see a colored line(blue) that follows your finger while "Swyping. (it does have some difficulty with long words. So at the top it will give you words to scroll(left and right) to choose from.)

To return to your Android Keyboard:

1. Tap/Touch and hold your finger in the "Typing Text Bar", this will open the "Edit Text" window.

2. Tap/Touch "Input Method". Then Tap/Touch "Android Keyboard".

3. You are now back to the Android Keyboard and Speech to Text, and out of Swype Mode.

**The Swype is ok, but you will probably need to make a correction here and there on some words**
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
Yes it does
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
mtc1098
answer 3
It is not pre-installed on this phone but you can download a free app that enables this function
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
Question

why can i not install flash player to plat slotomania?

asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jat1369
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Adobe Flash Player not supported , you can however download from google play app store, Slots Royale - Slot Machines, serveral apps for this...
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
The Merit will not allow you to download Flash player.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
CorporateEagle
 - West Milton, PA
answer 3
This phone does not support Adobe Flash actually. Flash has been dropped from ICS and only works sporadically on Gingerbread, varying on the phone manufacturer.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

Does this phone have the call waiting feature? Does it also have picture texting?

asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
MarceyM
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Most modern cell phones have call waiting, it is an Android, you can text a photo, there is a file size limit in texting.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
Yes it does to both call waiting and picture messaging (mms).
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
answer 3
Yes, it has both call waiting and mms messages(pic messaging).
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

Does it have a place to cnnect head phones If so what size do you need?

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Dear anonymous,

Yes, The previous post are correct.

This is an addition....this will also work with the Native Union Retro Pop Handset, 3.5mm plug, for those that do not like Ear Pieces or Buds.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
Yes, at the top of the phone. Regular 3.5 headphones. Ex. iPod touch headphones work.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
answer 3
You can connect headphones to this phone. I believe it has a standard jack that is found on most devices.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
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