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Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone

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Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone

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

Samsung Galaxy S3: Is this a GSM-A phone?

asked 1 year, 1 month ago
By
Kevin
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
2 answers
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answer 1
No. It runs on Sprint only.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
PhoneGuru
answer 2
no its CDMA
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
shilohboy
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 9 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
It is CDMA. Runs on Verizon.
answered 9 months 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 9 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

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

asked 5 months, 1 week 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 4 months, 4 weeks 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 5 months, 1 week ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
There should be red map of the US for Verizon on the packaging.
answered 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 1 week ago
By
richardarr
Question

samsung galaxy s3

is it using the verizon network through straight talk?
asked 5 months, 3 weeks 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 5 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
Yep, and it works pretty well. I have no complaints.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks 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 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
richardarr
Question

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

asked 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 2 months ago
By
FL285
answer 3
It's not AT&T it's only on sprint towers right now
answered 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
yes GSM/AT&T Coverage map is Blue CDMA Coverage Map is Red
answered 1 year 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 1 year, 1 month ago
By
richardarr
Question

Is this phone unlocked and can I use it directly back in China?

asked 9 months ago
By
Gweneth
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
No, it is not unlocked. It can only be used in the USA with Straight Talk service.
answered 9 months ago
By
MOandroiduser
answer 2
No, and no.
answered 9 months ago
By
MOandroiduser
answer 3
Officially, Straight Talk phones are required to be used within the U.S. only. They actually state that on the box that "TracFone is selling this phone to you at a discount in exchange for your agreement that it will only be used on Straight Talk's wireless service."

...and Straight Talk's wireless service is only offered within the U.S. (plus Puerto Rico and USVI).

So unfortunately, the official answer is "no."
answered 9 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Samsung Galaxy S3- straight talk cell phone

This S3 is 'mobile hot spot' capable, can this hot spot feature be used with the straight talk unlimited plan?? thank you
asked 7 months ago
By
12dav
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
i baught this phone and rooted it. there are a bunch of sites on the internet that will tell you how., the guy below is right, straight talk will not give you the instructions on how to make it into a hotspot. they keep telling you it is against ther rules. after a lot of work and trial and err , i finally was able to get it to hotspot and it worked ok for aobut 4 months. then , after that , they started to throttle the speed and like the guy said, it is right around 2 or 3 gb that they trottle speed so much that it's not worth to even use as internet is so slow both on the phone and as a hotspot. i might switch to sprint directly as they allow phones to be used as hotspots
answered 6 months ago
By
skooppy
answer 2
My apologies for not being helpful.

Unofficial answer: If you want to root the phone and can do so without bricking it, yes, it may be possible. The phone does not support hotspot functionality out of the box. However, rooting will obviously void the warranty and the phone will no longer be supported by Straight Talk nor Samsung.

Also, since both are prohibited by the Terms and Conditions of Service, you run the risk of being terminated for excessive usage if found you are tethering the phone.

And, using the phone as a hotspot may not be that practical as speeds could be throttled to 2G when 2.5 GB of data are used. 2G speeds for a hotspot would be miserable as that could be as slow as dial-up and sometimes slower under some conditions (location, weather, network congestion, tower congestion, etc.). This being a Sprint-powered device, it may not be subject to the throttling as much as some of the others but the possibility still exists as that is a general condition of the Unlimited Plan no matter what network is used.
answered 6 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
Official answer: Straight Talk's Terms and Conditions of Service prohibits tethering for all phones used with their plans including the Unlimited Plans. This includes using a phone as a hotspot.
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Is this a CDMA phone?

asked 1 year, 4 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 1 year, 4 months ago
By
msnuser111
answer 2
I did some research and found that this phone uses CDMA Sprint network.
answered 1 year, 4 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 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Dave2115
Question

What network does the Samsung S3 work for sip code 38301

asked 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 2 months ago
By
Jerica02
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