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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

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

asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
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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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 2 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
Question

Does this phone take a sim card?

Does it come with it or do you have to buy one, or does it not take one?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jessica1704
 - Alabama
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
This phone takes a standard size SIM card.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
answer 2
It came with a Sim Card.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Weetomah
 - Greenville, NH
answer 3
It comes with one.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Chevy5
Question

swype?

Does this phone have swype option on it?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
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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, 1 month ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
Yes it does
answered 2 years, 2 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, 2 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
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
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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

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, 1 month ago
By
SandySnowman
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
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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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
By
Jarryed
Question

does phone work with at&t

asked 1 year, 4 months ago
By
al
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
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answer 1
This phone uses att towers
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
aroundtheclock
answer 2
This phone uses ATT towers.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
aroundtheclock
answer 3
yes
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
souptothebone
Question

Does this phone have a front and back camera?

It kind of looks like it does but i'm not sure. If not what are the two little things in the top left corner like by the earpiece?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Chevy5
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
This phone only has a camera on the back. It would have been great to have one on the front though.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
answer 2
No it does not have (facetime). It only has a camera on the back. Those to little things are for the notification lights.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Caramel0819
 - Springdale, AR
Question

For someone who travels (trucker), will this phone have the same capabilities of the lesser (NOT smart) phones? Will it retain signal?

My husband is a trucker, and his phone is his living. His current phone (Samsung R451C) picks up signal virtually anywhere he goes. Will this phone have the same capability? Years ago, we had ATT phones, but they dropped us due to roaming issues (we paid for unlimited usage, they said we cost them too much)...hubby moves all over the country (mostly Texas and eastward). Anyone?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
karwood
 - Alabama
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
This phone works off AT&T network so I'm assuming you should get awesome coverage. I switched from Virgin Mobile cause they work off Sprint Network.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
answer 2
This phone runs on AT&T towers. Anywhere AT&T has coverage, it will work.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
cec78
Question

ZTE Merit Data Speed & Usage Question

I was all set to get the ZTE Merit with the $45 Straight Talk Unlimited Plan, when I emailed ST customer service a question about the phone's GPS Navigation capabilities and was informed that the data portion of the "Unlimited" Plan is limited to "internet browsing through the Straight Talk mobile web service and authorized content downloads from the Straight Talk mobile web store."

I was also told that the Straight Talk mobile web service does not allow access to the entire Internet, and that you're limited to browsing a few dozen pre-selected sites. Using apps such as Square or Google Maps Navigation that require an Internet connection is also prohibited, I was told (unless connected through Wi-Fi, of course).

That information flies in the face of what I've been reading elsewhere, so I'm hoping someone who has the ZTE Merit and the ST Unlimited Plan can answer the following questions:

Are you able to browse any website you want using the plan's data connection (not Wi-Fi)?

Are you able to use apps that require Internet access when Wi-Fi is not available?

Specifically, are you able to get voice-guided directions while driving?

And finally, what kind of network speeds are you getting with this phone and the ST plan? 3G? 2G? Edge? Does ST slow down your data transmissions if you exceed a certain amount per month? If so, approximately what is that amount?

Many thanks!
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jay799
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
I've been using mine all over the internet. The use of internet when not connected to wi-fi is variable depending on signal strength. Usually, its just fine. I haven't used it for voice guided navigation, though since i already have a very good gps.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Keltess
 - Johnstown, PA
answer 2
I don't have all your answers but have had no difficulty getting on any website when NOT on Wi-Fi. Also, I have not had any luck figuring out the GPS.....

I have 3G
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
5grandmama5
 - Andrews Indiana
Question

What is instant messaging?

can you show me how my messages will appear on the screen?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Keembean
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi Keembean,

Instant Messaging or IM is a way of communicating as in a conversation, but thru texting.
On the ZTE Merit you can use Yahoo Messenger or use the Icon in your menu that says "Talk". That is Googles Instant Messaging, or the easiest way (the way I do it) is simply go to the Icon that is a Green Rectangle (it has a smiley face in it and says "messaging" underneath. Simply touch it and enter the number you wish to talk with.......
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - TooHotMyrtleBeach
answer 2
Instant Messaging is text messaging. If you ever have texted on a andriod it looks the same way. Plus you can customize your keyboard by going to the Play Store formely Andriod Market and pick which keyboard you like. I choose Gingerbread. Hope that helps.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
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