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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

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, 5 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, 4 months 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, 5 months ago
By
5grandmama5
 - Andrews Indiana
Question

Does the camera have a zoom.

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Pinestump
 - Toledo,Ohio
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes it does.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
answer 2
This camera does have zoom feature.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
SKG6
 - Eastern KY
Question

can you get a bigger peocessor for the zte merit

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
Dear Anonymous,

No, you can not make your internal processor bigger.

On this phone it is 600MHz

Any chance by mistake that you are talking about memory.....
yes you can. With a bigger/larger Gb MicroSC card. This phone will accommodate up to 32Gb.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
I don't think you can put a bigger processor in the Zte Merit.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
Question

sprint towers?

the young man at our walmart in Paris TX told me all Straight Talk Android phones were using Sprint towers, but when I read these reviews it says this phone uses AT&T... is this determined by your location?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Paris, TX
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
Most of the Straight Talk Android phones use Sprint towers, but this one uses AT&T towers. The Galaxy Proclaim uses Verizon towers.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
Keltess
 - Johnstown, PA
answer 2
No, this phone always uses AT&T towers, no matter where you are. The guy at your local Walmart was misinformed.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Jay799
Question

What straight talk phones...smart phones work with Verizon.I cannot get ATT?

asked 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Judy
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
1) Samsung Galaxy Proclaim - $149.88

2) Samsung Galaxy S Showcase - Only can get in stores, price varies. This is $250.00 in my local store

3) LG Optimus Zip - $179.88

4) Huawei Ascend Y - $99.99(in my local store)

Here are four smartphones from Straight Talk that uses Verizon for service.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Jarryed
answer 2
Here are three of them Judy:

1) Samsung Galaxy Proclaim - $149.88
2) Samsung Galaxy S - Price varies by store($250.00 in my local store)
3) LG Optimus Zip - $179.88

Additional Info:
I was in my local store yesterday looking and there was a new Huawei Handset that was on Verizon as well. Have not run across it on this site yet.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Jarryed
Question

does it have a speaker-for handsfree?

asked 2 years, 1 month ago
By
RonT
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes
answered 2 years ago
By
Barboursville
answer 2
Yes it does. This is a standard feature on nearly all smartphones.
answered 2 years ago
By
Jarryed
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What is instant messaging?

can you show me how my messages will appear on the screen?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Keembean
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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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, 4 months 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, 4 months ago
By
quiet4what
 - Shady Cove, Or
Question

How many contacts will the zte merit phone hold

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Jodude
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
As far as I know, the ZTE Merit can hold an unlimited number of contacts.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
Jarryed
answer 2
I'm not really sure, but since the phone memory space is kind of small, i put all my contacts on my sim card.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
Keltess
 - Johnstown, PA
Question

I amd trying to set up my new phone and I can't get past the screen that has a lock picture plus it turns off really fast! Help!

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
As soon as you hit the button at the top to see the screen, put your thumb on the lock and slide quickly to the right. The phone will unlock and you can change the speed at which it displays.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
DeeB72
 - Goose Creek, SC
answer 2
Put your finger on the lock and slide it towards the middle of the screen. Your screen saver is set to go on like 30 seconds, you can change that in your settings.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
Kyrsta
 - San Diego, Ca
Question

Does anyone know if the coverage for the ZTE Merit smartphone is good in West Virginia?

asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
TravelingGirl
 - WV
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
This bounces of an AT&T tower,
if your town has AT&T access you should
have good luck with this cell.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
5grandmama5
 - Andrews Indiana
answer 2
Just purchased this phone and it works great in the 25177 area.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
wvxxx
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