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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

does this phone have 4g and lte compatibility?

asked 10 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 10 months ago
By
blucaddy420
answer 2
No this phone has 3G capabilities
answered 10 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 10 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

is this samsung galaxy s3 the same as the white 1 sold at walmart for same price?

asked 7 months ago
By
ts1225
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
Again, the color of the phone has nothing to do with either what network it will use or whether it will be 3G or 4G.

There are two versions of the SIII offered by Straight Talk and sold at Walmart. One uses Verizon and the other Sprint. They both come in White and Pebble Blue. Therefore, there can be FOUR (4) separate phones that can be ordered.

The one featured on this page (the S960L) is a Pebble Blue phone that uses the Sprint native network. It is a TRUE 4G LTE phone and will have very fast internet/data speeds if it has access to Sprint's LTE network.

This phone, the S960L, originally was offered in BOTH Pebble Blue and White.

The other version of the SIII (S3) is the S968C which uses the Verizon native network. It will be limited to 3G internet/data speeds and will NOT have access to Verizon's 4G LTE network.

The S968C was also offered initially in BOTH White and Pebble Blue.

BE CAREFUL WHEN ORDERING SIII SO THAT YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO VERSIONS AND WHICH OF THE FOUR PHONES YOU WANT TO ORDER. TAKE CAUTION IN NOTING THE MODEL NUMBERS.

The Verizon version will have the numbers "968" embedded somewhere within the model number.

The Sprint version will have the numbers "960" embedded somewhere within the model number.

Once you determine the model you want to purchase, then you can choose the color ...either White or Pebble Blue.
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
The White ones at Wal-Mart are 3 G my son got the Blue one accidentally sent to him when I ordered online and it was a 4 G so make sure you got 4 G in your area before purchasing the 4 G.
answered 7 months ago
By
lb343
answer 3
Straight Talk originally offered four (4) separate Samsung Galaxy SIII phones. Some may be out of stock at this time, some are currently available, like this one which is the S960L that uses the Sprint native network and is a true 4G LTE phone.

Here are the four phones:

1. The S960L using the Sprint native network in Pebble Blue (color) and is a true 4G LTE phone. It will have very fast internet speeds if you are in a Sprint LTE coverage area. It is the phone featured on THIS page.

2. The S960L using the Sprint native network in White (color) and is a true 4G LTE phone. It will have very fast internet speeds if you are in a Sprint LTE coverage area.

3. The S968C using the Verizon native network in Pebble Blue (color) and is limited to 3G data speeds with no access to Verizon's 4G LTE network.

4. The S968C using the Verizon native network in White (color) and is limited to 3G data speeds with no access to Verizon's 4G LTE network.

The phones will essentially be identical (same features) with the exception of the color and the network they use and currently are selling for the same price.
answered 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago
By
richardarr
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 1 year, 4 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 1 year, 3 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 1 year, 3 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 1 year, 3 months ago
By
DaymanChampionOfTheSun
Question

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

asked 1 year, 3 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, 2 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 1 year, 3 months ago
By
FL285
answer 3
It's not AT&T it's only on sprint towers right now
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Jerica02
Question

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

asked 1 year 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 11 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
AT&T
answered 11 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 1 year ago
By
richardarr
Question

Does this phone have S beam ?

asked 7 months ago
By
Kevin
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
This phone does have S beam.
answered 6 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Yes it does.
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
Yes it does. To confirm, you can go to the "About This Product" section on the page for this phone on the Samsung website (copy-and-paste):

http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SCH-S960RWBTFN
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

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

asked 10 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 10 months ago
By
MOandroiduser
answer 2
No, and no.
answered 10 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 10 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

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

asked 6 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 6 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
The Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone has the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
answered 6 months 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 6 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Unlocked ? Sim card slot ?

I want to know if this phone is unlocked and does it support sim slot ?
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
By
peacemaker
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
It's locked to Sprint only.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Michael70
answer 2
Straight talk phones are not unlocked. This model uses the sprint network through straight talk's MVNO agreement.

Sprint uses the CDMA network, not all of their phone support sim cards. It will not work with an att or tmobile sim because those companies use the GSM network.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
Anubis123
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