Samsung Precident

Straight Talk, the TracPhone MVNO featured nationwide at WalMart locations, is introducing the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, the latest prepay from Samsung, and it very closely resembles the Boost Mobile Prevail.  We can't be sure the innards are the same, but we also can't see Samsung building a completely different model at these price points -- $150 with no contract and on Straight Talk's $45 monthly unlimited plan.  Straight Talk uses the T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon networks, so we're not exactly sure if this is a GSM or CDMA device, but we are sure it looks like a bargain and should make for an excellent phone for the value shoppers out there.  We've got a short promo video after the break, and you can sign up to stay in the loop at the source link.

Source: Straight Talk; via Engadget

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There are 31 comments

piizzadude says:

So this is what they did with all the leftover Fascinates....

cloud36426 says:

This made me lol.

same. nicely done :)

grandmax7 says:

I googled how to set speed dials on samsung galaxy precedent and it showed part of a post from you. can you tell me how to set them up? I can't find anything on phone for speed dial.

Thank you

d-backs1#AC says:

Maybe if it actually looked like a fascinate then yes. It looks like the prevail on boost, nothing like a fascinate.

ojocell says:

You're right. It doesn't look like my Fascinate.

micahbzrk says:

agreed.

situveux1#AC says:

I'm sure it's GSM. I followed the source link and put in my ZIP code, and it said it wasn't available in our area. All Tacfone offers in our area is CDMA on Verizon. No ATT or T-Mobile out here.

Wicell says:

It might just not be headed to your area in general, i think it's probably CDMA though because it's basically Prevail from Boost Mobile

mrbillb says:

Not GSM.CDMA on Sprint.

a.crews says:

Its great to see "smart" phones crossing over to budget phone plans.

The Beer says:

Little more research would reveal it is going to run on the Sprint network and the model number ends in C so is definately CDMA. StraightTalk support has said a number of times Sprint network on their Facebook page

hammerbeard says:

anybody else hear him say in the video that a monthly unlimited plan is only $45 a 'munch' ? Quality!!

^^^~~~ Yum!

Terry K says:

Straight Talk uses Verizon's network, not Sprint's. They assign Verizon issued numbers (and sometimes AT&T), but Tracfone has never used Sprint to the best of my knowledge.

If the model number ends with a C it uses a Verizon tower and if it ends with a G it uses AT&T. And if it don't have a letter after the model, you need to reserch it, like I have a Nokia 6790 and it uses AT&T but it dosn't tell you. But if it is a 3G phone it would probably be a AT&T tower phone.

mrbillb says:

They are using Sprint now. They have CDMA-S and CDMA-V coverage maps.

This is a great deal for people who want internet speeds that rival dial-up.

boosee84 says:

Does anyone know if this phone is going to be on CDMA/Verizon or GSM/ATT because the phone is 3G which makes me believe it is ATT but it has a c behind it like it is CDMA/Verizon and at all cost before I buy it I am trying to avoid AT&T. Wondering if it takes a sim card or not that will be a good question cause if it does it is AT&T if it doesn't it is Verizon. Anyone know?

boosee84 says:

Does anyone know if this phone is going to be on CDMA/Verizon or GSM/ATT because the phone is 3G which makes me believe it is ATT but it has a c behind it like it is CDMA/Verizon and at all cost before I buy it I am trying to avoid AT&T. Wondering if it takes a sim card or not that will be a good question cause if it does it is AT&T if it doesn't it is Verizon. Anyone know?

ST-Cell says:

This phone is CDMA and it will be on Sprint network with the Straight Talk $45.00 unlimited plan.

Mikaela0217 says:

do NOT get this phone. What straight talk doesn't tell you, is that once you set the phone up with your certain zip code, that is the ONLY zip code you can use it in. I've had this phone for 4 days, and I don't get hardly any service, even in my zip code. DO NOT get it. It's a good phone, but you won't get any service, because it's considered "roaming" once you leave your zip code. So I'm getting a refund for this phone and getting a different plan.

mrbillb says:

Your Zip Code is not the issue. The issue is that it is on the Sprint network and their coverage is horrible. Straight Talk has made a huge error offering this phone on Sprint.

Mikaela0217 says:

It uses Sprint.

forfreedom says:

I'm pretty leery of ST's TOS - they expressly state that "unlimited data" does not include "uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video or games" - that pretty much puts the kabosh on using it to view someone in a video chat, using Youtube, listening to Pandora radio, downloading games from the App market (goodbye Angrybirds), using your phone to do video blogging, etc. Other TOS seem to say you can't use it to send your pics to Facebook, etc. Seems they want to sell you a device that's crippled by their TOS. To quote their TOS:

Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous mobile to mobile or mobile to landline voice calls; (ii) automated text or picture messaging to another mobile device or e-mail address; (iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games; (iv) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing; or (v) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services and/or redirecting television signals for viewing on laptops is prohibited. A person engaged in prohibited uses may have his/her service terminated without notice or a refund.

thomwithanh says:

So basically it's Android but if you actually want to use any data you'd better be on wifi.

mrbillb says:

This phone is on the Sprint network and their coverage is horrible. Straight Talk has made a huge error offering this phone on Sprint. For me and probably for most potential customers, Sprint is not a viable option. Although I have Sprint coverage where I live, it does not exist in many of the places to which I travel.

thomwithanh says:

From a cost standpoint I can't blame them - Sprint wholesales their data network at a much lower rate than Verizon or AT&T.

thomwithanh says:

Sprint is horrible.

My girlfriend and I were both using Virgin (Sprint) for awhile. It usually took me between 3 and 5 attempts to get a call through, even with "strong signal", she couldn't get service in her apartment up at college at all (we live about 4hrs apart). I got her switched to Straight Talk - not only is it cheaper but specifically because it uses Verizon's towers (they seem to be the only carrier with consistently decent coverage in Upstate New York).

I was going to get her the Samsung Galaxy for Christmas, but since its Sprint and she'd essentially be going back to Virgin Mobile I'm deep sixing that idea.

johnson321 says:

Look sprint sucks. Simple as that. Verizon is the best of all cell phone coverage and if you will go to straight talks website and look at their android coverage. Basically, you will never have signal. And it is going to be sprint coverage. Just google it. Im going to get me an android for a few days but if the signal is to crappy. im taking it back and getting me the nokia smartphone. Straight talk is pretty good if your not in the middle of nowhere and sometimes you even get service there too! :P. I think straight talk is awesome but they need to use Verizon androids. That way we never have to bitch about the signal :).

hrg317 says:

I'm new to the android mania and not doing through research, I bought the Samsung Galaxy Prevail. Maybe rightly so since I'm a newbie. I'm on the Sprint network and I believe Wi-Fi is my on option when it comes to the internet. I'm disappointed in some aspects. Something keeps gobbling my storage space.Most times I have to.delete an app to install another. If I have any storage space leftover, by morning the space is so low I can't install anything again.same cycle over and over again.Am I doing something wrong?If it's out there...please help me!
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