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Samsung R810 nearing a release on Straight Talk?

When Straight Talk debuted earlier this year, it was met with a warm reception. The pricing was right, and the company included enough services (including data and 411) to keep most users happy. In that initial marketing phase, there had been talk of the Samsung R810, but that faded a bit after a while. Now a Howard Forums user has noticed that R810 is spec sheet is on the Straight Talk website.

Many, including me, assume that this means the device is coming soon. There’s no guarantee of that, but it’s a pretty safe assumption. But why the delay? That’s an interesting question on which we can only speculate. Reading through that thread on HoFo, some people have heard that Straight Talk will offer up a third plan once they release the R810. That would help account for heavier data usages, since the R810 is more capable than any other phone in the ST lineup.

Adding a $50 unlimited everything plan could benefit Straight Talk. They recently upgraded the $45 plan to include unlimited data, but that’s for the WAP data used by most of their current handsets. The R810 would be much heavier on data. Adding what amounts to a $5 option for smartphone data would be a good move, though I wonder if it will be that cheap, or if they’ll have to go to $55 or $60. Remember, they’re running on the Verizon network, and the last thing Verizon wants is for Straight Talk to poach its customers.

We’ll probably find out more about the R810 and any new data plans during the month.

17 Responses

  1. Chase Winters Says

    That new phone sounds great. Bit I have the Samsung with the qwerty keyboard and that’s pretty damned good!

    I’m very happy with Straight Talk and am impressed with their coverage on Verizon.

    To me, the $30 – 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts deal is unbeatable. I travel and have never had a problem.

    When I had Metro POS, it worked fine in town but as soon as I got outside the city, fuhgeddaboutit!

    You get what you pay for, or in the case of Straight Talk, MORE than you pay for!

    Posted on November 21st, 2009 at 6:12 pm
  2. Michael Benin Says

    It’s coming this week. Customer rep said it will be 45$ but the phone will be 300$ so I doubt many people will buy it.

    Posted on November 29th, 2009 at 2:12 am
  3. d Says

    i wonder if it’ll have GPS like MetroPCS has.???!!

    Posted on November 29th, 2009 at 9:56 pm
  4. d Says

    i agree…$300 is way more than most can afford for a prepaid phone…..

    Posted on December 1st, 2009 at 2:56 pm
  5. dj Says

    They will offer both the $30 plan and $45 plan because it will not be capable of full HTML Web. This will be a locked down version of the R810 that is only capable of mobile web via the same straight talk browser that all their phones have (no streaming and very limited content). The spec sheet posted is pretty clear on that. It also will probably not allow any downloads other than the ones offered through it’s WAP browser as is the case with it’s other phones. Straight Talk wireless is laying down the law when it comes to their data usage and how their phones are locked out of additional third party software and freeware. They want to be the absolute master of their service and what is allowed on it. The R810 will be capable of taking video though and will probably also allow the sending and recieving of video via text message but that’s all.

    Posted on December 4th, 2009 at 11:08 pm
  6. Connie Says

    I have this new phone. It’s great except the internet won’t work! Calls to ST have been useless. Very upset at paying that much for a phone that doesn’t do what it is supposed to …..

    Posted on January 14th, 2010 at 12:32 am
  7. Connie Says

    It’s working!! Yay

    Posted on January 15th, 2010 at 10:02 am
  8. Lori Says

    Im very upset they chraged me twice for this phone and didnt even send it to me they took 420.06 out of my acount two times and my mother 4 times we didnt even get the refund or the phone this company is very unresponsible and i am extremly mad dont get this phone or company

    Posted on February 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm
  9. MariaEsther Says

    I like ST…I think the service is excellent but not the phones..I hope they come up with new phones at good prices..The Samsung Finesse is way too expensive.

    Posted on March 12th, 2010 at 6:59 pm
  10. Troy Williams Says

    it isn’t available on the website but i’d really like to purchase it. can anyone explain?

    Posted on March 26th, 2010 at 3:44 pm
  11. Shooting Stars Photography Says

    Maybe ST will get really smart and have an iPhone Droid type smart phone along with there other freat & affordable services.

    Posted on April 12th, 2010 at 3:15 am
  12. von Says

    i think it should cost less like between 150 -250 dollars

    Posted on July 20th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
  13. Shelley Says

    How/where do i buy this phone? I want to buy it but can only find it on ebay! help please!

    Posted on August 19th, 2010 at 5:01 pm
  14. Alicia Says

    Very disappointed that I can not locate this phone in any wal mart store anywhere. I called ST and they try telling me that wal mart can order it for me…..LIES!! Anyone know anywhere in Texas that this phone can be purchased at? Thanks so much everyone.

    Posted on January 20th, 2011 at 10:55 am
  15. stacey Says

    I have a samsung instict m800 and love it, im looking to go to a less expensive plan and was hoping to get ST with this phone..i want a touch phone thats not buisnessy.. just for pics, texting and uploading and socialing to fb..what do you think..would this be a good fit..i dont want all the complicated aps and stuff im not computer Thanks

    Posted on January 30th, 2011 at 10:20 am
  16. jen Says

    the finese is not any longer being sold…call corporate, call stores, what have u…but it is not being marketed anymore…theyve updated 2 nokia e71 & 6790 both smartphones

    Posted on February 7th, 2011 at 11:46 pm
  17. Bob Says

    I have a Nokia 6790…much, much to hard to work…a real pain.

    Posted on March 8th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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