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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

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, 6 months ago
By
rareandfirsts
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
Answers
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, 5 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
yes GSM/AT&T Coverage map is Blue CDMA Coverage Map is Red
answered 1 year, 5 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 1 year, 6 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, 9 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, 9 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, 9 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, 9 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 1 year, 8 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 months ago
By
DaymanChampionOfTheSun
Question

What network does the Samsung S3 work for sip code 38301

asked 1 year, 7 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, 7 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 1 year, 7 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, 7 months ago
By
Jerica02
Question

does this phone have 4g and lte compatibility?

asked 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 2 months ago
By
blucaddy420
answer 2
No this phone has 3G capabilities
answered 1 year, 2 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 1 year, 2 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Can I use Verizon ThroughStraight Talk on this phone

asked 1 year, 2 months ago
By
Karl
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
...but again, if you want the Verizon version of this phone, DO NOT ORDER THIS ONE!!!!

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

If you want the Verizon version, go to this page:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Prepaid-Cell-Phone-Blue/29010041
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
YES,
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
robieism101
answer 3
Yes, but you will have to order the S968C. This particular phone is the S960L and will be on Sprint.

To order the 968C on Verizon, go to this page (copy-and-pates):

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

However, the Verizon version is 3G only. This phone, the Sprint version, is a true 4G LTE device.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

what is the onboard storage space? Is it 16GB or 32GB?

asked 1 year ago
By
askshell
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
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answer 1
The onboard storage space can support up to an extra 32GB and comes already with a 4GB card.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
16 gb
answered 1 year ago
By
Thecrow2123
answer 3
According to the Samsung spec sheet for this phone, it is 16GB internal memory.

copy-and-paste:

http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SCH-S960RWBTFN-specs
answered 1 year ago
By
richardarr
Question

does this phone work on 4g lte or 3g? because the description says 3g/wifi but the mobile specs says LTE!

asked 1 year ago
By
drawdjk
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
No this phone has 3G capabilities.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
The previous response is correct but just to add, remember that this particular model uses the Sprint native network. Although Sprint is quickly rolling out 4G LTE, it has a far smaller LTE coverage footprint than either Verizon or AT&T.

If you not in an area of Sprint LTE, the phone will use 3G Rev.A which obviously will be slower. But again, the general Sprint coverage area is still smaller than the other carriers. If you are in a good Sprint coverage area, I think you will be very satisfied with this phone.

Here is the Sprint coverage map (copy-and-paste):

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

Disregard the WiMax (uncheck the box) as this phone will not be compatible with WiMax (a less desirable technology).
answered 1 year ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
It will work with either. Whatever is available in your area
answered 1 year ago
By
Thecrow2123
Question

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

asked 11 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 10 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 10 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 11 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Does this phone have S beam ?

asked 11 months ago
By
Kevin
on Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S3 Pre-Paid Smartphone
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
This phone does have S beam.
answered 11 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Yes it does.
answered 11 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 11 months ago
By
richardarr
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