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Straight Talk picking up LG Enlighten Android handset

PhoneNews.com reports that Straight Talk will add another Verizon-powered Android handset to its lineup in a few weeks. As for the Enlighten itself, it’s the definition of an entry-level Android handset. It has a small 3.2-inch display at a mere 320×480 pixels. It does have a slide-out keyboard, though, which is preferable to some. Then again, it’s unfavorable to others, since it makes the phone more bulky. It will run Android 2.3, which is the bare minimum at this point. Again, we can expect the phone to drop sometime in the next few weeks. There is no word on pricing, but expect it to be considerably less than the $180 Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, Straight Talk’s other Verizon-powered Android.

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Straight Talk gets Huawei Ascend II at Walmart outlets

It’s hard to believe that nearly a year ago Cricket launched the Huawei Ascend II. At the time it wasn’t that impressive a handset, clicking in at 600MHz with a 3.5-inch screen while running Android 2.3. According to a recent Howard Forums post, some Walmart stores have started selling the Ascend II for Straight Talk. It’s the same exact phone, of course, just with different branding and service plans. You currently cannot get it at Straight Talk’s website, unfortunately. As of this writing it’s just at Walmart stores. The price tag is said to be $179.99, though, which is $80 more than it sells for at Cricket — and Cricket’s version has Muve Music.

Via PhoneNews.com.

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Straight Talk to offer Verizon-powered Samsung Galaxy Proclaim

It’s really amazing how Straight Talk continues to expand. Last year they began offering smartphone service via Sprint’s CDMA network. They’ve unveiled a number of Android handsets to go along with that offering, including the LG Optimus Q, the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, and the LG Optimus Black. Now, not even a week after Verizon prepaid began offering an $80 smartphone plan, Straight Talk has picked up a Verizon phone, the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, for its network. It certainly creates a new level of competition.

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Straight Talk adds unlimited international messaging for Android customers

Last week we saw Straight Talk make a pretty big move, introducing a $60 unlimited international long distance plan. Not long afterwards they made a smaller, under-the-radar move, adding unlimited international text messaging to their $45 unlimited plan. This feature, however, is available only to Android customers. Right now Straight Talk offers the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, the LG Optimus Q, and the Optimus Black in its Android lineup. Many other carriers offer this unlimited international text messaging service, though many charge for it. Straight Talk’s addition comes at no extra charge, and will further boost the profile of its premier plan.

Via PhoneNews.com.

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Straight Talk introduces $60 unlimited long distance plan

Straight Talk has unveiled a new plan, which is aimed at international callers. For $60 per month customers can make unlimited calls to select destinations around the globe. This includes mostly landlines, but also cellular numbers in select locations. Straight Talk spells it all out, allowing users to check whether their desired destination falls under the plan — before signing up. The plan comes with all of Straight Talk’s $45 unlimited features, so it’s in essence an extra $15 per month for the unlimited long distance calling service. You can check the validity of any number you wish by going to Straight Talk’s website and visiting the Unlimited International link.

Via PhoneNews.com.

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Straight Talk launches LG Optimus Black

It has been something of a confusing week for Straight Talk. First we heard that they cancelled the launch of the LG Optimus 2X. That was a shame, since it is a relatively powerful device. As it turns out, though, they just pulled a switcheroo. Instead of launching the Optimus 2X, they launched the Optimus Black — which is the same as the Boost Mobile launched in January. To review, it’s an Android 2.3 Gingerbread device with a 4-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, and 1GHz processor. It also comes with a 4GB microSD card. The device is available right now for $329 on Striaght Talk’s website.

Via PhoneNews.com.

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LG Optimus 2X will not come to Straight Talk

Remember earlier this year when Straight Talk put up a page announcing the LG Optimus 2X? it looked to be one of the highest-end Android handsets on prepaid, which makes for exciting times. Unfortunately, it is not to be. PhoneNews.com reports that the device has been quietly cancelled by Straight Talk. The reasons at this point are unknown, but PhoneNews’s Humberto Saabedra does a good job examining the possibilities. Maybe it will resurface in the future, but for now we’ll have to wait a bit longer for another relatively high-end Android handset on prepaid.

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Prepaid iPhone on Straight Talk?

Here’s one interesting outcome from the new SIM-only deals from Straight Talk and Net10: it could, and probably does, mean that users can activate iPhones. Andrew Berg of Wireless Week cites Walter Piecyk of BTIG, an analysis firm, who talks about the disruptive possibilities of such an offering. “We are unaware of any way to use an iPhone on prepaid,” writes Piecyk. That’s true generally, though there are the tech-savvier among us who have figured out ways. Yet there might be a few problems involved with this.

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Straight Talk and Net10 add SIM-only option

Both Straight Talk and Net10 have added a new option for phone owners. Instead of the normal process, which involves purchasing a phone directly from the company, they are allowing customers to bring their own devices. There are a number of restrictions involved, however, so anyone interested should read on to determine whether or not they are eligible.

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Straight Talk getting LG Optimus 2X

It appears as though Straight Talk is gearing up for another Android handset release. This one will be the LG Optimus 2X, and it comes with a little twist. It will actually have an LTE radio, so it will be a rare prepaid Android smartphone running on a 4G network. According to PhoneNews.com, it will run on AT&T’s LTE network. The phone itself isn’t particularly high end in terms of new Android handsets, but it’s near the top of the prepaid food chain: 1GHz processor, 800×480 display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080 video capture, and a front-facing camera. The big thing, of course, will be the LTE data on Straight Talk’s $45 plan. There is no word on pricing or availability, but as usual you can sign up to reserve your copy. Just visit Straight Talk’s reserve page for more details.

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Get Straight Talk unlimited for $30/month

Straight Talk has quite the a deal in store for Black Friday. Instead of discounting various handsets, they’ve discounted their popular $45 monthly unlimited service. During the promotion new customers can get unlimited talk, text, and web from Straight Talk for just $30 per month, for a full year. The deal runs from now through November 30th. There are certain restrictions, though, but as long as you’re OK with an older handset, you can take full advantage of this offer.
 

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Straight Talk officially adds LG Optimus Q

For the past month Straight Talk has been taking reserves on its second Android phone, the LG Optimus Q. Now they’re ready to unleash it. It is currently available for $179.99, and pairs with Straight Talk’s unlimited everything $45 plan. The Optimus is a mid-range Android handset, featuring the 2.3 operating system, a 3-megapixel camera, WiFi, and all of the standard Android features — including the Android Market. You can grab yours, along with a plan, at Straight Talk’s website.

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Straight Talk rakes in a half million subscribers

Tis the season for third quarter earnings reports. These are mostly uninteresting, even in terms of subscriber numbers. Really, we only share the ones that have the most relevance to Prepaid Reviews. One of them, of course, is Straight Talk. They came in big during the third quarter, adding 515,000 subscribers. This is all the more remarkable, because usually wireless carriers are a bit slower in the second and third quarters. Chances are this was a late-quarter rush following the release of the Samsung Galaxy Precedent. They’re primed to have a bit fourth quarter, too, now that they have two Android handsets. The holiday rush won’t hurt.
 
Via FierceWireless.

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Straight Talk announces LG Optimus Q


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It appears that Straight Talk is just getting started with Android handsets. They recently released the LG Galaxy Precedent, and now are readying another one. Via their Facebook page we learn about the LG Optimus Q. It’s identical to the LG Optimus Slider, which Virgin Mobile will shortly release. That means that, like the Precedent, the Optimus Q will run on the Sprint network. It’ll be a tick cheaper, though, at $179.99. You can reserve yours at Straight Talk’s website.
 
Via PhoneNews.com.

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Straight Talk’s Galaxy Precedent will run on Sprint’s network

There has been some confusion lately as to which network would host the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, which is Straight Talk‘s first Android handset. Straight Talk uses multiple networks, but since the Precedent is a CDMA phone many assumed that it would run on Verizon’s network. Verizon, if you’ll remember, was the original host network for Straight Talk. Yet that is not the case. As Phil Goldstein of FierceWirless reports, the Precedent will run on Sprint’s network. This makes sense, since the Galaxy Prevail, which is identical to the Precedent, also runs on Sprint’s network via Boost Mobile.
 
If you get decent Sprint reception in your area and want to pick up the first Android handset from Straight Talk, you can head to Straight Talk’s website to buy one for $149.99. It works best with Straight Talk’s $45 unlimited everything plan.

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You can now reserve the Galaxy Precedent from Straight Talk


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Just last week we heard that the Samsung Galaxy Precedent Android handset would be available from Straight Talk some time in September. The time is coming closer. You can now reserve your Galaxy Precedent by visiting http://reserve.straighttalkandroid.com/. Technically it’s not a reservation, though. It will put you on a list, and Straight Talk will inform you when the handset is available in your area. Still, if you’re looking to get your hands on one you might as well put in for the notification.

Via PhoneNews.com.

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Nokia E71 smartphone a great Straight Talk deal, with a catch

You might have noticed that since the beginning of the month Straight Talk has been offering a refurbished Nokia E71 for just $99.99, which is half off the brand new price. As expected, the unit has sold well, but it hasn’t come without issues.

PhoneNews.com reports that Straight Talk has been shipping, and continues to ship, the E71 with an invalid SIM card. That makes activation impossible, which certainly explains a number of the one-star reviews Straight Talk has received.

For their part, Straight Talk is dealing with the issues as they come up, though it doesn’t appear the issue has been solved at the root yet.

That said, you can still take advantage of the E71 offer at Straight Talk website. Just realize that you might have to take a few extra steps before you can activate.

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StraighTalk to add Android handset in September

Not to be outdone by their prepaid competitors, Straight Talk is preparing to launch an Android handset. Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, it is a near match to the Galaxy Prevail, which hit Boost Mobile earlier this year. That is, it has a 3.2-inch screen, 2 megapixel camera, and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). According to the report, from BTIG Research via FierceWireless, the device will drop in September for $150. Furthermore, the report indicates that Straight Talk has “negotiated a new data wholesale agreement with a major wireless carrier in order to offer these data hungry products.” That’s presumably Verizon, which operates a CDMA network, which is what the Prevail runs on.

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Notice a lack of Nokia smartphones from Straight Talk?

This is the kind of thing that can fly under the radar without anyone noticing. In fact, even in this FierceWireless report, there is no known date when Straight Talk stopped offering its two Nokia smartphones, the 6970 and the E71. They’re still available at Walmart stores, but if you’re looking for one on Straight Talk’s website, you’ll come up empty. Neither of the parties is saying much about the matter, though Nokia indicated that it’s no big deal. The reason it’s a shame for consumers is that those handsets best took advantage of Straight Talk’s unlimited web plan — which, if you think about it that way, might be the reason for the devices removals.

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Straight Talk now providing loyalty discounts


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On its blog last week, Straight Talk hinted that it would provide discounts to its loyal customers. They teased the promotion by posting a link to log into your ST account — which means that non-ST users were left in the dark. Of course, a trip to Howard Forums yielded an answer, which you see above. Paying up front for multiple months of service now gets to a small discount compared to the normal month-to-month arrangement. The three-month commitment is $42 per month, the six-month commitment is $41.67 per month, and the 12-month commitment is $41.58 per month (so, in all reality, you’re best off with a six-month commitment). Apparently you need to already be a Straight Talk subscriber, so head to Straight Talk’s website if you want to take advantage.

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Samsung T404G now available from Straight Talk

It feels as though I’ve seen this handset before, and considering how basic it is I’m sure I have (the logo above the OK button indicates that it was probably at Tracfone, which makes sense). For those in Straight Talk‘s GSM areas, the Samsung T404G is now available. It’s a basic handset, as you can probably glean from the photo. You can still access the web and play music while snapping pictures from the 2 megapixel camera. It also features a sliding QWERTY keyboard. You can get the T404G at Straight Talk’s website for $89.99 (plus $30 or $45 for one month’s service).

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Straight Talk adds two smartphones to the lineup

In our Straight Talk user reviews I’ve noticed two common complaints. First is customer service. Second is the lack of smartphones. Straight Talk addressed the second yesterday, announcing the Nokia 6790 and the E71 as part of its handset lineup. These both run on GSM networks. The 6790, a/k/a the Surge on AT&T, features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4 inch screen at 320×240 pixels, a 2 megapixel camera, and microSD expansion up to 8GB. The E71 is a candybar device with a QWERTY keyboard. It has basically the same screen as the 6790, though it is 0.04 inches smaller. The camera is a bit better, at 3.15 megapixels. Both devices will cost $244.99, and both require Straight Talk’s $45 unlimited plan. You can get one of these smartphones at Walmart or at Straight Talk’s website.

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Visit Straight Talk’s Facebook page for customer support

If you go to our Straight Talk review and scroll down to the user review portion, you’ll see a number of complaints about the carrier’s customer service. This is nothing out of the ordinary. For starters, people are more likely to complain than to praise, so many poor customer experiences get documented while good ones go unmentioned. Customer service is also generally poor among prepaid wireless providers. If you’re looking for help with your Straight Talk phone or account, you might be best off heading to their Facebook page. From there you can head to Discussions and get your questions answered. Given the customer feedback I’ve heard and by looking at the page, it looks like a good place to seek help if you’ve had no luck with customer service on the phone.

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