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Straight Talk Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone

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

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

asked 2 years, 8 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, 6 months 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, 7 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, 8 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, 8 months ago
By
Jarryed
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, 7 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, 6 months 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, 7 months 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 months ago
By
tracylynn12
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
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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, 7 months ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
Dial 611 from your handset, or go to straighttalk.com
answered 2 years, 7 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, 7 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, 7 months ago
By
nicknametaken12345
Question

Does this phone's camera also have a flash?

asked 2 years, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
No camera Flash, 5mb camera, works well outside in the day time, in the house low light not so goo, but there are apps to help that.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
no it doesn't unfortunately
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
dimond3y3s
 - talihina, OK
answer 3
No
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
CorporateEagle
 - West Milton, PA
answer 4
No, this phone does not have a flash for the camera.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

Does it have photo id when someone calls so when you there picture will show?

asked 2 years, 7 months ago
By
MarceyM
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can add photos to contacts.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
Hi MarceyM,

Yes, there is a couple way to do this:

If you already have a contact in your "Contact List"::

1. Select the contact you would like to add the "photo".

2. On the bottom left you will see and icon of a "Person w/a Pencil". Tap/Touch it. (this will take you to the "Edit Contact" page.

3. Tap/Touch the Empty Square Box above the Name of the Contact.

4. This will open up the "Contact Icon" window. You can "take a photo" from there or "Select Photo From Gallery"

5. After selecting photo hit "Save" or "take a photo", then hit "Ok", then hit "Save".

6. Hit "Done".
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 3
Yes this phone supports that. You will need to set a picture in each contact you want a photo ID to show.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
Jarryed
answer 4
Yes it does. You can also set different ringtones for different contacts.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

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

asked 2 years, 2 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 2 years, 2 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 2 years, 2 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 2 years, 2 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 2 years, 2 months ago
By
jheld
Question

can you speak to text with this phone?

asked 2 years, 8 months ago
By
buddy2323
 - Mentor, Oh.
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Dear buddy2323,

Yes, you can do "Speech to Text".

1. Go to the person you wish to text.

2. Tap/Touch in the "open bar", where you would type text.

3. After the "Cursor" starts blinking or is in the Texting area, Tap/Touch the "Microphone" Icon on the bottom left of the Android Keyboard.

4. It will say "Record/Speak". Speak what you wish to text. (it will take a few seconds to translate what you have said).

5. Proof what is on the screen to be sent, as it doesnt always pick up the correct word.

6. If a word or two are "wrong"....touch the wrong word, this will bring up a "pointed box cursor"( you can move the "pointed box cursor" that comes up to the wrong word(s) and "backspace" to clear them.)

7. You can then type the correct word or re- speak it(by Tap/Touching the "mircophone" icon again.)

**You can set up "Speech Recognition" to your voice, and if certain Cuss, bad/dirty words are used, the app will not translate them(you will get the "**" symbol. This has to be "unchecked" in settings to allow total free uncensored "Speech to Text".
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
Yes you can
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
mtc1098
 - MN
answer 3
This phone supports the speech to text feature. Very convenient when using the Google search.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
Question

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

asked 2 years, 8 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, 7 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, 8 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, 8 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
Question

Does this phone have fm fradio?

asked 2 years, 7 months ago
By
nyc1499
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, although you can download apps for the radio stations that you would like to listen to. Most larger stations broadcast on via the internet as well. That's how you'd be able to listen via an app.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
EWSHEDS
answer 2
The stock ROM does not come wtih FM Radio, thou there are apps for that.
You can try FM Radio by Sutton Shin. it failed to load on my device. you can also try Spirit FM Radio Unlocked it cost $9.99 ..
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 3
No it does not. You can always download Pandora or another music type app.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

swype?

Does this phone have swype option on it?
asked 2 years, 8 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, 7 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
Yes it does
answered 2 years, 8 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, 8 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
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