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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

Is this a CDMA phone?

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

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

asked 7 months ago
By
Gweneth
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, it is not unlocked. It can only be used in the USA with Straight Talk service.
answered 7 months ago
By
MOandroiduser
answer 2
No, and no.
answered 7 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 7 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

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

asked 1 year 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 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 ago
By
FL285
answer 3
It's not AT&T it's only on sprint towers right now
answered 1 year ago
By
Jerica02
Question

Is the phone on Verizion net work or AT&t ?

asked 9 months ago
By
Eagle
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
Again, this particular phone uses Sprint. Other TracFone SIIIs may use other networks, including AT&T but if you order this one, which is model S960L, it will use Sprint with 4G LTE.

Make sure you have strong Sprint coverage if ordering this phone. As most know, Sprint has a less extensive coverage footprint than either AT&T or Verizon and will have spotty coverage in rural areas, especially out in the western states.

The Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S II (model S959G) is on AT&T but this S III is on Sprint.
answered 8 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
AT&T
answered 8 months ago
By
lordbert13
answer 3
The PARTICULAR phone sold by Straight Talk uses the Sprint native network ...no roaming.

Make sure you have good Sprint coverage in the areas where you plan to use the phone. As you may know, Sprint has a smaller coverage footprint than either Verizon or AT&T and has spotty coverage in a lot of rural areas.

This phone should be great if you are in an areas that has Sprint 4G LTE coverage as it is a true 4G LTE phone and data speeds will be really fast in those areas. Sprint is rolling out 4G LTE quickly and contends that they will have 4G LTE in all their 3G areas by the end of 2014. That may be optimistic, however.

Here is the Sprint native coverage map showing both voice and 3G/4G coverage (copy-and-paste):

http://coverage.sprint.com/mycoverage.jsp?id=BO543STC

Not all LTE areas are shown yet, however. Disregard 4G Wimax as it is applicable to this phone (and it is slower).
answered 9 months ago
By
richardarr
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 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 2 months ago
By
FrostyBunny
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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

What network does the Samsung S3 work for sip code 38301

asked 1 year 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 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 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 ago
By
Jerica02
Question

does this phone have 4g and lte compatibility?

asked 7 months ago
By
cat
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes it does. Both 4g and LTE
answered 7 months ago
By
blucaddy420
answer 2
No this phone has 3G capabilities
answered 7 months ago
By
ErgConsumer
answer 3
Yes, this particular phone (model S960L) is true 4G LTE. However, it is on the Sprint network and we all know that Sprint's LTE network is not as extensive as the other major carriers. Sprint LTE is being expanded pretty quickly, though.

Be careful when ordering. There are two versions of Straight Talk SIIIs. The other version has the model number of S968C and uses the Verizon network but is limited to 3G. It is NOT 4G LTE. If you do not see "LTE" in the description of the phone, it is the Verizon version and will be 3G.

So, if you are in a good Sprint coverage area that has 4G LTE, this phone will be the ideal one to get as it will be blazing fast.

If you are not in good Sprint coverage, you may want to consider the S968C.

They are essentially the same phone except for the carrier and the LTE issue.

ETA: here is the Sprint native coverage map if you want to check your 4G LTE coverage. It may not be totally up to date as Sprint is rolling out LTE rapidly and they claim to have 4G LTE in all their entire native coverage area by the end of 2014 ...wishful thinking IMO. copy-and-paste:

http://coverage.sprint.com/mycoverage.jsp?id=BO543STC
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Does this phone have ice cream sandwich or jelly bean? Cause the description says both.

asked 4 months ago
By
cgrl22
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
I still say 4.1 JellyBean for reasons mentioned in my original post below. Too many sources point to this phone having JellyBean including Samsung themselves on their website and in all their literature --even in the manual for this phone.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
The Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone has the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 3
Wow, nice catch. I try to keep on top of the specs on this phone but that one got by me.

This phone will have the Android 4.1 JellyBean. I'm not sure why they've haven't corrected that.

You can verify that it will have 4.1 JellyBean by going to Samsung's spec page for this particular phone (copy-and-paste):

http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SCH-S960RWBTFN

...or the User Manual for this exact phone on page 33:

http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/wcm/connect/8af678f1-8381-44bd-863a-052a4848dc77/manual_en.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=8af678f1-8381-44bd-863a-052a4848dc77

...or the tutorial for this exact phone under "Features":

http://tracfone.deviceanywhere.com/straighttalk/home.seam?custId=STSAS960L
answered 3 months, 4 weeks ago
By
richardarr
Question

Can I use my current verizon samsung galaxy S3 and switch it to Straight Talk?

asked 1 year, 1 month ago
By
WorryingMom
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, you have to use a Straight Talk phone.
answered 7 months ago
By
MOandroiduser
answer 2
Maybe with a Sim Card. Ask a Straight Talk associate, but most unlocked GSM phones can be switched.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
Auronold
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