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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

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

asked 1 year, 7 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 months ago
By
jheld
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, 1 month 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 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 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
By
aroundtheclock
 - TN
Question

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

asked 2 years, 1 month 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 1 year, 11 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 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
By
Jarryed
Question

Does this phone's camera also have a flash?

asked 2 years 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 ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
no it doesn't unfortunately
answered 2 years ago
By
dimond3y3s
 - talihina, OK
answer 3
No
answered 2 years ago
By
CorporateEagle
 - West Milton, PA
answer 4
No, this phone does not have a flash for the camera.
answered 2 years ago
By
Jarryed
Question

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

asked 2 years 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 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 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 ago
By
Jarryed
answer 4
Yes it does. You can also set different ringtones for different contacts.
answered 2 years 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 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 1 year, 11 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 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 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 ago
By
Jarryed
Question

ZTE Merit lists $50/30day card. Internet shows it should be $45/30 day card & at&t.

Everywhere on the internet, this phone is listed this as Walmart's first straight Talk android phone that uses AT&T. It states the phone is $129.00 and can only be used with the $45/30 day plan or the $65/30 day international plan. I wanted to purchase this phone but not if it is not through AT&T and is $5.00 more per card.
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Ellstar
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
45
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
txshopping
 - texas
answer 2
After taxes the card comes close to $50, but yes, it works on AT&T towers. My wife goes through AT&T and I had the Optimus Q that goes through Sprint. We have the same amount of signal strength everywhere we go. I pay less but she gets 4G speeds, so it's a trade off.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
TheChuck321
 - New Castle, PA
answer 3
It is $45/30 day plan or $60/30 day international plan
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Phoneman21
Question

Does the zte merit have threaded texting?

asked 2 years, 1 month ago
By
ViennaMei
 - Houston, TX
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, the texting thru the Green Box Icon labeled Messaging is threaded.

You can deleted text by text....or wait a few and when the thread closes and stops you can delete the whole thread altogether.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
Yes ... It is a lot like the I-phones where it looks like instant messaging.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Bones1220
 - London, Kentucky
answer 3
On the stock messaging app, there is no threaded texting(IM conversation lookalike).

You will need to download a texting app that has that as an option in the program features.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Jarryed
Question

Can I use a samsung memory card in this phone?

asked 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Korena29
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Micro SD card are just Micro SD cards, should work, you might have to format the card for the device.
answered 2 years ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
you can use any micro sd card up to 36 or 38 gb
answered 2 years ago
By
dimond3y3s
 - talihina, OK
answer 3
Yes, you can, as long as it is a micro SD card. Manufacturer doesn't matter.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Jarryed
Question

I purchased a ZTE Merit with net10 service, then found one using Straight Talk. Can I just activate the net10 (Tracfone)using a ST $45 unlimited plan?

I don't understand paying $50 a month for the net10 unlimited plan. I bought it first, for my wife, using the ZTE Merit. Later that day I found the same ZTE Merit using Straight Talks $45 unlimited plan, and purchased it for myself. Can I just add next months unlimited plan using a Straight Talk card, rather than the net10 the phone originally used?
asked 2 years ago
By
SandySnowman
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, unfortuntely you cannot use the Net10 phone with Straight talk even though straight talk also offers this phone. You can only use ATT and Tmobile phones that are unlocked with Straight talk plans
answered 2 years ago
By
Bettybcafe
answer 2
I don't believe you can use a ST Airtime card with the Net10 version of this phone. Net10, Straight Talk, Tracfone are all separate companies that are run by the same parent company, which in this case is Tracfone Wireless.

You can call customer service and see what they tell you, but your best option is to probably buy the Straight Talk version and port your number over from the Net10 phone before you return the Net10 version to Walmart. Hopefully Net10 will transfer your service card as well.
answered 2 years ago
By
Jarryed
answer 3
Tracfone, Net10, Straight Talk are all owned by the same parent company. They are operated as separate businesses though.

My suggestion would be to call up Customer Service and talk to them. If they will not budge, return the Net10 phone and buy the Straight Talk one. Walmart's return policy is 14 days.
answered 2 years ago
By
Jarryed
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