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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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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, 2 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, 1 month 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, 2 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, 2 months ago
By
aroundtheclock
 - TN
Question

Can you listen to Pandora Radio on this phone?

asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - California
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes you can, I do it everyday, with Wifi and with the 3G connection.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
micklooking
 - 33919
answer 2
yes you can download Pandora app plus other radio apps.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Kyrsta
 - San Diego, Ca
answer 3
Hi Anonymous,

Yes, you can.

1. Go to the Icon the looks like a shopping bag or purse, and it says "play store" under it. Tap It

2. Let the page load, then tap the letters "apps".

3. Then tap the "Magnifyne Glass" Icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. (this will open a search bar).

4. Type in Pandora, tap the Pandora Icon, then download. ( you will need to remember your google email and password should you ever sign out, so you can get back in)
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 4
Yes. I have I Heart Radio, though. But you can download any radio program in the Google Play store.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Keltess
 - Johnstown, PA
answer 5
Yes! I listen all the time and it works great!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
aroundtheclock
 - TN
Question

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

asked 2 years, 2 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, 2 months ago
By
DAMH
 - Manning, SC
answer 4
I have wonderful pictures and yes, I can hear youtube videos very well.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
5grandmama5
Question

Can you see youtube vidoes and how is the quality of the vidoes? Does this phone has 3- way callling?

asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
tama123
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi tama123,

The prior answer to the You Tubes videos is correct.

Yes, you can do a 3 way call with the ZTE Merit.

1. Make your "inital" call.

2. Once you are connected, Tap/Touch the "Add Call" Icon button (on bottom left of the touch screen).

3. Dail the second number, once it starts to ring you will see "Merge Calls w/an arrow going up. (bottom left of touch screen).

4. All 3 numbers are now "Merged", and if your party answers...you will be on a 3 way call.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
YouTube works great on this phone. I'm not sure about 3 way calling, though.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Keltess
 - Johnstown, PA
answer 3
You can watch and listen to youtube videos and it works great. There have been a few videos that come up sayiing that they can not be watched on a mobile device but I think that is with any phone.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
aroundtheclock
 - TN
Question

can u get skype on this phone

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

Yes, on ur touch screen tap the Google Play Icon. (it looks like a purse/shopping bag and says Play Store underneath)

After it loads, tap the Green Word "APP".

Then tap the "Magnifiy Glass" icon in the upper right hand corner of the touch screen.

When the "search box" opens, type in "Skype". (Apps will then load)

When you see "Skype", tap it and install it(then follow directions to set it up or sign in)
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
No picture Skype because it doesn't have a front facing camera.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
answer 3
Yes you can.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

How do i set personalize ringtones for my contacts on my ZTE Merit straighttalk android phone?

How do i set personalize ringtones for my contacts on my ZTE Merit straighttalk android phone?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
SandiTX78611
 - Texas
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi Sandi,

1. From ur touch screen, tap the Grid Icon at the bottom(located beside the green phone handset icon). This will bring up all of your icons.

2. Touch the Contacts Icon(this will open your contact list).

3. Touch the name of the contact you want to add a special Ringtone too.

4. Hit the far left bottom key(not on touch screen), this is ur Menu Key(with the 3 horizontal lines on it). This will bring up a new bar on ur screen at the bottom.

5. Tap the Options Icon in the middle. This will open up Options. (There u will see Ringtone)

6. Touch Ringtone, then touch Select Phone Ringtone(this will open up your Ringtones)

7. Pick the one you want for the contact person, then hit Ok.

8. Then hit the middle silver Home Button(on the outside bottom of phone, not on the touch screen)

9. You are done. Repeat as needed.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
First - Open your contact list.
Second - Select the name you want to edit.
Third - Hit menu button
Fourth - Then Options.
Fifth - Change ringtone.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
answer 3
You can do this when you set up the details for your contact information for each contact.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Keltess
 - Johnstown, PA
Question

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

asked 2 years, 2 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 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, 1 month 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, 2 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, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

What kind of hard case is recommended for this phone??

asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
stavely32
 - Missouri
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi Stavely32,

I have bought several off of Ebay from a seller named Wireless_Mayhem.
I bought one that was a Rubber Hard Plastic. It does not get hot when charging the phone (run your phone out completely, then charge it off).
I bought another one that was a glossy hard plastic case, the phone got a little hot and the case was very hard to get off.
I liked the one I bought off of Ebay as this seller sells ones that are pre-cut perfectly to fit this phone. However, most covers that fit the ZTE Avail will fit the Merit.....
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - TooHotMyrtleBeach
answer 2
It depends on what you want. There's a bunch of different cases you could get for this phone. But it depends on your own personal taste.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Cmongaler
Question

Does the zte merit have threaded texting?

asked 2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
Yes ... It is a lot like the I-phones where it looks like instant messaging.
answered 2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

Does This Phone Have A CameraButton?

asked 2 years, 2 months ago
By
YeaBuddy123
 - Penfield, NY
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
It has a camera app and a camcorder app. You can put the widgets on your screen for fast access.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Kyrsta
 - San Diego, Ca
answer 2
Dear YeaBuddy123,

Yes, this phone has a camera. The camera "button" so to speak is the "Silver Circle w/a pinwheel" in it.

It is on the far bottom left of the "touch screen" after you are in the Camera Mode.

Find the photo you want to take...then "tap/touch push" the Circle mentioned above.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 3
Nope, you have to unlock the phone, go to the screen where your camera button is located on the "desktop" of your phone then click the camera app, then you can take a picture.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Bones1220
 - London, Kentucky
answer 4
The phone does not have a physical button built into it. When using the camera there is a virtual button to press on the screen of the camera app.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
KYbachelor
 - Columbia, KY
answer 5
If you are talking about a button on the phone itself for the camera shutter...then no it does not.

There is however a shutter button when the camera app when it is open that you can push on the screen to take a picture.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Jarryed
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