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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

Im new to cell phones and was wondering if this phone has hotspot capability? Like... able to use it with my laptop to get on internet?

asked 1 year, 10 months ago
By
BRHarry
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
It is my understanding that it is a violation of Straight Talk's Terms of Service to use a Straight Talk device as a hotspot.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
CorporateEagle
 - West Milton, PA
answer 2
No it does not have that capability.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Caramel0819
 - Springdale, AR
Question

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

asked 1 year, 9 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 1 year, 8 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 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Cmongaler
Question

How do I download an image?

I searched google images and found something to download for a wallpaper. How do I go about saving the image?
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
katieme
 - Indiana
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
when you are on the image you want touch the screen until save image comes up then hit save .
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
xxpepsilovrxx
 - somewhere michigan
answer 2
You can point the phone browser to that same image or you could save it to your computer, then transfer it using the usb data cable.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Jarryed
Question

I lost the microphone on my text keyboard and have tried all I know to get it back. Please help

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
TechTireLady
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
I did the same thing. In the Messaging area where it says type to compose press and hold until another menu pops up, select input method and select android keyboard. This will bring the microphone back on the keyboard.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
FarmChicky
 - Bentonville, Ar
answer 2
Dear Anonymous,

There are a couple way to regain access to you microphone (speech to text feature). Since you have lost the "speaker icon button" on your key board, do this.

If Not In The Messagaing Mode:

1. Tap/Touch the "Middle Grid" icon on the bottom of the touch screen. (this looks like a bunch of little squares that form a "Square". (this opens up all of your "Home Icons"). Scroll till you see the "Settings" Icon(this looks like a Serrated Wheel)

2. This will open your "Settings". Scroll till you see the words "Lanuage & Keyboard" (there will be a "Square Icon w/ an A in it). Tap/ Touch this bar. (this opens up your "Language & Keyboard Settings".

3. Tap/Touch the words "Android Keyboard", under this it will say "Android Keyboard Settings".

4. This will open up your "Android Keyboard Settings", Scroll till you see "Voice Input"(under it it will say "Mic On Main Keyboard). Tap/Touch this bar.

5. You will now be in the "Voice Input" window. Tap/Touch "On Main Keyboard". (your "microphone is now back on your Android Keyboard).

6. Hit the raised Silver button on the bottom to return to your "Home Screen".

7. You are now ready to go to "Messaging" and do "Speech to Text"

If In Messaging Mode:

1. Open up your messaging.

2. Tap as if you are going to text someone.

3. When the keyboard comes up, on the bottom left you will see the "Numerical Button Key". Beside that you will see a "Circle Button Key" ( this is the "Input Options Key". Tap/Touch it.

4. This will open up an "Input Options" window.

5. Tap/Touch the words "Android Keyboard Method". (This will open up the "Android Keyboard Settings").

6. Scroll down to find "Voice Input"(Mic On Main Keyboard will appear under the words "Voice Input". Tap/Touch it.

7. This has now opened a window labeled "Voice Input", Select/Touch "On Main Keyboard". (Your "microphone is now back on your main keyboard, for "Speech to text".

8. Hit your "Home Button". (This is the raised Silver Buttom on the bottom middle of the phone.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
Question

I am having problems with the keyboard. When rotating from vertical to horizontal to text, the keyboard displays letter couplets, not single letters.

This only recently started and I cannot find a way to fix it. The display also looks different in the vertical position. The letters look larger and have changed to a white backdround.
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
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answer 1
When the keyboard pops up click on the wrench icon. Then select "Languages and settings" Then click selected language (which is most likely English). Select keyboard input and make sure that keyboard is the only one checked off of all the selections. Reduced keyboard is what displays the letter couplets
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
vxoelizabeth
answer 2
In the area where it says "Type to compose" press and hold down until the screen pops up that says "Edit text" and "Input method". Select "Input Method", then select Android keyboard". That will switch it back to the keyboard you're use too.

As far as when the phone rotates... changing the keyboard should fix that issue as well, but if you find that you like the "white background" with the XT9 Text Input selected, all you have to do is change the keyboard setting. Below where you compose the message there will either be ">>" or two other icons plus "<<". Select the one that looks like a keyboard with a line diagonally through it. That will change it back & forth between a regular keyboard & the grouped letters keyboard.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
EWSHEDS
Question

can you get a bigger peocessor for the zte merit

asked 1 year, 9 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 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Sweetpeacm06
 - MyrtleBeach
answer 2
I don't think you can put a bigger processor in the Zte Merit.
answered 1 year, 9 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 1 year, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Paris, TX
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
Answers
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 1 year, 9 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 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Jay799
Question

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

asked 1 year, 9 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 1 year, 9 months ago
By
5grandmama5
 - Andrews Indiana
answer 2
Just purchased this phone and it works great in the 25177 area.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
wvxxx
Question

Why does my google search and internet say access forbidden?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
pepermintpat
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
you have to take out the battery and sims card, wait 60 seconds then replace them back in the phone. this should work, it did for mine
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
chassidy1974
answer 2
mine did that too. i took it to walmart and the associate turned the browser off, then back on and it worked again...not sure how she did it though.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
footballbaseballsoccermom
 - St. Louis, MO
Question

radio

does this phone have a radio to get pandora
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
By
linda
on Straight Talk ZTE Merit Z990G Prepaid Cell Phone
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, but there's an even better app. It's called Tune-in Radio. Its free, try it.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
Tech990
 - Cambridge, OH
answer 2
This phone does not have a FM radio, but you download the Pandora app from Google Play.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
Jarryed
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