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This Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S III features the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and a 1.5GHz advanced dual-core Qualcomm processor. With access to over 450,000 apps on Google Play, enjoy 3G/WiFi connectivity and a virtual QWERTY keyboard with predictive text. The Straight Talk Samsung phone offers a back 8 megapixel camera and a front 1.9 megapixel webcam so you can easily take amazing pictures or keep in touch with friends and family. With this Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S III, you can enjoy the Straight Talk $45/30-day unlimited service plan or the $60/30-day unlimited international service plan.
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Questions & Answers for Straight Talk Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone

Question

What network does the Samsung S3 work for sip code 38301

asked 9 months ago
By
Avery
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
I was told all the Samsung S3 phones work off T-Mobil network and towers. I live in 04530 Coastal Maine and we never could use T-Mobil but the web site for Straight Talk never said anything it said the phone would work in my area when I put in the zip code. But it did not. So now I have to send it back. What a pain that is. First trying to talk to someone at Straight Talk and then dealing with the chain they put you through. So I ended up with a supervisor finally and they authorized a return of the phone. Be careful though if you buy it from Straight talk it is more expensive and you have 30 days to return it. If you buy it from Walmart you only have 15 days according to the rep from Straight talk.
answered 8 months ago
By
renee1423
answer 2
The Galaxy 3 on Straight Talk only uses Sprint. Thats it. Iphone uses Verizon. I have tried both on Straight Talk. Stick with the Iphone since it uses Verizon.
answered 9 months ago
By
FL285
answer 3
I'm not sure what towers you have in your area but the s3 for straight talk as of now is only sprint towers so if u have sprint towers in your are it will work if not then it won't
answered 9 months ago
By
Jerica02
Question

Is this a CDMA (verizon) phone or GSM (sprint,att,tmobile or whatever)

I would only consider buying this phone if it runs on verizon towers I have read down thru these questions and comments and see posts that say it runs on verizon sprint and tmobile so which is it?
asked 4 months, 2 weeks ago
By
troy
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
4 answers
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answer 1
It varies. I got this phone for Black Friday online. Straight Talk staff told me it would run on Verizon (I called before I got the phone, and then when I got it I call again and gave them the ESN to verify it). I transferred my number and minutes over to it and had instant regret. Poor signal, internet was slower than dial up speeds! A tech guy at my work looked at the build number in the menu of the phone and was able to somehow find online that it was working off sprint based on that build number. A good friend of mine got the same phone, same price, at black friday but got it in a store about an hour from our home. His is running off Verizon and he has no trouble out of it. I would suggest buying it in-store nearby. Chances are, your walmart won't sell it if it doesn't work in your area. I wont be ordering anymore phones off walmart.com and i definitely don't trust the advice/information from the employees at Straight Talk. I got my money back for the SIII and switched back to my old phone.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
By
mcgheeii73
answer 2
Again, for those reading this question, be careful when ordering a Straight Talk SIII as there are TWO versions.

This one is on SPRINT and is a true 4G LTE phone. This phone's model number is S960L or will have the code on its box LTE-S.

The one that runs on Verizon has the model number of S968C ...is CDMA and runs on Verizon but will be limited to 3G speeds.

If you are order the phone featured on this page, it will be Sprint powered.

If you can't determine for sure what the model number may be, the Verizon version will make no reference to being LTE where the Sprint version will.
answered 4 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
It is CDMA. Runs on Verizon.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
By
MOandroiduser
answer 4
troy, this particular phone is the S960L and will be on the Sprint network. It is true 4G LTE.

Straight Talk has another version of the S III that does run on Verizon but is limited to 3G only. Currently, it is priced $100 more than this phone at $399 and the model number is S968C.

You can find the Verizon version (S968C) here (copy-and-paste):

for the white model:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Prepaid-Cell-Phone-White/29010048

for the pebble blue model:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Prepaid-Cell-Phone-Blue/29010041

Straight Talk does not have an S III on T-Mobile. However, the new Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S4 does use T-Mobile.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
By
richardarr
Question

samsung galaxy s3

is it using the verizon network through straight talk?
asked 4 weeks, 1 day ago
By
steve82864
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
4 answers
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answer 1
This Straight Talk phone uses the Sprint network.
answered 2 weeks, 3 days ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Again, the SIII featured on THIS page uses the SPRINT native network.

If you want the Verizon version of this phone, DO NOT ORDER FROM THIS PAGE!!

Instead, go to this page (copy-and-paste):

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Prepaid-Cell-Phone-White/29010048

The Verizon version is currently only offered in White. The Sprint version is currently offered in both White and Pebble Blue.

Check the model number carefully:

The Verizon versions will have "968" embedded somewhere in the model number. The Verizon versions will be limited to 3G data speeds.

The Sprint versions will have "960" embedded somewhere in the model number. The Sprint versions will be true 4G LTE phones.

Again, if you want the SIII on Straight Talk to use VERIZON, do not order from this page.
answered 3 weeks, 2 days ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
Yep, and it works pretty well. I have no complaints.
answered 3 weeks, 3 days ago
By
Kansasgirl2014
answer 4
No, if you purchase the phone featured on THIS page, the S960L, it will use the Sprint native network. This phone is a true 4G LTE phone so if you have access to Sprint LTE, it will have very fast internet/data speeds.

If you want the Verizon version of this phone on Straight Talk, DO NOT ORDER THE PHONE FROM THIS PAGE!!! The Verizon version of the SIII has the model number of S968C and currently is only available in White. Caution: the Verizon version is 3G only and will NOT have access to Verizon's 4G LTE network.

If you'd like to order the Verizon version of the Straight Talk SIII in White, go to this page (copy-and-paste):

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Prepaid-Cell-Phone-White/29010048
answered 4 weeks, 1 day ago
By
richardarr
Question

How do you tell on here when ordering if it is on verizon or sprint coverage

asked 2 weeks ago
By
Penny
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
4 answers
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answer 1
This specific product uses Sprint coverage. The Samsung S III has two model numbers on the Walmart site: S960L and S968C. Any phone option you choose that has a model number containing '960' will be a Sprint phone, while the same is true of '968' for Verizon.
answered 20 hours ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
I agree with decopatty that the map on the box will also be a clue. A red map on the right bottom corner opposite the "CDMA-V" that is in rectangle on the left bottom corner will indicate that it is the Verizon version. And a blue map opposite the "LTE-S" will indicate (in the case of the SIII) the Sprint version.

HOWEVER, when ordering here online at Walmart, you obviously can't see the box nor does Walmart show any images of the box so please refer to my explanation in the first post at the bottom of this thread when ordering online.
answered 1 week, 2 days ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
There should be red map of the US for Verizon on the packaging.
answered 1 week, 5 days ago
By
decopatty
answer 4
Penny, when ordering, make note of the model number.

The SIII on THIS page has the model number of S960L and will use the Sprint native network. It is a true 4G LTE phone and will have very fast data/internet speeds when in a Sprint LTE coverage area.

The SIII that uses Verizon will have the model number of S968C and will be limited to 3G data/internet speeds.

If you are ordering from Walmart.com, look towards the bottom of the page under the title "Specifications" and you will see a "Model No.:" listed. If the model number has "960" embedded anywhere within the model number sequence, it will be the Sprint version.

If the model number has the numbers "968" embedded anywhere within the sequence, it will be the Verizon version.

Take a look at the bottom of this page and do you see the "S960L" listed the "Model No." notation? It has "960" so it will be the Sprint version.

If you go to this page where the Verizon version is sold, you will see "STSAS968CWTPWP" listed for the "Model No." (copy-and-paste):

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Prepaid-Cell-Phone-White/29010048

Do you see the "968" embedded in the sequence following "Model No."?

(If you are in a Walmart store that happens to have both phones in stock on the shelves, in the left bottom corner within a small rectangle, you will see a code which will be either CDMA-V for the Verizon version or LTE-S for the Sprint version)
answered 2 weeks ago
By
richardarr
Question

Is this a CDMA phone?

asked 11 months ago
By
jenny
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes, on the box at my local store, these say CDMA-S in the corner, so its a sprint cdma device, probably identical to sprint's version so root and roms should work too.
answered 11 months ago
By
msnuser111
answer 2
I did some research and found that this phone uses CDMA Sprint network.
answered 11 months ago
By
RL7599
answer 3
I'm going to make an educated guess that it runs on Sprint's network. Testing zip codes that only have Verizon service show that it's not running on Verizon at the least.
answered 11 months ago
By
Dave2115
Question

Why does the reviewer say he has poor coverage from Sprint, isn't this a Straight Talk phone? Did he review the correct phone?

asked 11 months ago
By
Deb
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
It's because depending on the model of the phone you buy from Straight Talk, they operate on different Cell Phone Providers lines. The Galaxy S3 runs on sprint lines. The phone I have runs on a Verizon line. Some of the other phones run on at&t lines.
answered 10 months ago
By
answers2
answer 2
Straight Talk is a Mobile Virtual Network operator (MVNO) offering both CDMA and GSM support. The CDMA network uses Verizon's or Sprint's CDMA 1xRTT wireless networks and the GSM side makes use of either T-Mobile's or AT&T's GSM networks.
answered 10 months ago
By
Toten
answer 3
It is indeed a straight talk phone but the different straight talk phones have different carriers. Straight talk uses different carries such as my phone uses Verizon but another will use sprint or t-mobile. What carrier the phone uses could be a deciding factor for some.
answered 10 months ago
By
FrostyBunny
Question

How can i get a Samsung galaxy 3 that uses the Verison network thru straight talk?

Who can I talk too about this question, if the stores in my area does not have the phone in stock to see which carrier it will use?
asked 10 months ago
By
SN
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
You can't, it will only work on Sprint. To get this phone on Verizon, I had to return the one from Straight Talk and sign up with Verizon Wireless.
answered 9 months ago
By
Michael70
answer 2
I spent $480 on a Samsung Galaxy S3, from straight talk. I was told it would default to the nearest tower. (Verizon in my case) Of course, when I tried to activate it, I couldn't. When I called straight talk, a nice lady spent about 30 min with me trying to active it. Then it she told me that all of there S3s are only Sprint phones. I told her that I had to have a Verizon compatible phone, she said I'd have to buy a Iphone or something else. It cost me $18.00 to ship it back. Now I'm praying that they refund my money.
answered 9 months ago
By
Michael70
answer 3
Hi, you have a few options.

Option 1: Ask a Walmart associate.

We are trained for this kind of thing so feel free to ask away.

Option 2:

On the top of this page under "interested in this device?"
type your zip code.

OPtion 3: Contact Straight Talk to see whether this phone will work in your area.
answered 9 months ago
By
DaymanChampionOfTheSun
Question

How can I make sure when ordering this phone that it's on the AT&T network ?

asked 9 months ago
By
DB
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
Look for a GSM-A phone. The Galaxy SII is a GSM-A phone that works on AT&T. The price went way down on the SII recently. I have it and it works great.
answered 8 months ago
By
fragem
answer 2
You can't. The Galaxy with Straight Talk only works on Sprint. Straight Talk about a year ago ended selling any of their phones with AT&T. Try the Iphone on Straight Talk. Uses Verizon 3g.
answered 9 months ago
By
FL285
answer 3
It's not AT&T it's only on sprint towers right now
answered 9 months ago
By
Jerica02
Question

Is there a coverage map that tells 3G and 4G coverage?

Is there a coverage map that tells 3G and 4G coverage?
asked 8 months ago
By
rareandfirsts
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
Be careful, however, if looking at the "red" map on the Straight Talk website as that is the Verizon coverage map.

This phone uses the Sprint network so it's best to look at the Sprint coverage map from the Sprint website.

The Sprint coverage footprint is quite a bit less than Verizon's.
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
yes GSM/AT&T Coverage map is Blue CDMA Coverage Map is Red
answered 7 months ago
By
Grasscutter2009
answer 3
Go to the Sprint coverage check page and click on the "Data" tab (copy-and-paste):

http://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp

I don't believe this phone will pick up 4G WiMAX (their older 4G technology) so I think you can disregard WiMAX areas (you may have to confirm this assumption with others). Consequently, look for 4G LTE.

As you may know, Sprint currently has the least areas of 4G LTE than its competitors but rumors are that their plans are to get 4G LTE in place in all their native areas by the end of 2014 (?).
answered 8 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Will the Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy SIII work in an area that only gets Sprint 3g?

I live in an area that only receives Sprint 3g. Will the Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy SIII work good in that area?
asked 8 months ago
By
piper
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
My understanding is that this particular SIII will only use the Sprint "native" network ...it will not roam on Verizon. I'm thinking that's the reason you're not getting good reception, dungy12.

Yes, it's a great phone if the places you use it at are in good Sprint signal areas.
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
I was told that the galaxy III would work in sprint areas, also Verizon. I am in a Verizon area and do not get a good signal at all. I love the phone!!!, just wish I got better reception. I think the Sprint would work well.
answered 7 months ago
By
dungy12
answer 3
I guess it depends on what is considered "good." Sprint's 3G speeds are not good in a lot of areas. I still have a 3G air card from Sprint and some places I go 3G is not bad but in other places, the speed is terrible. Sprint's 3G does not have a good reputation.

However, the rumors (and I've seen this posted in several places on the net) are that Sprint will have 4G LTE in place in all their current 3G areas by the end of 2014. They are in fact rolling out 4G LTE at a brisk pace with no announcements so that is a good sign.
answered 8 months ago
By
richardarr
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