Samsung Galaxy Proclaim for Straight Talk and Net10

by pbushx2

Welcome to my Samsung Galaxy Proclaim website. This site is devoted to sharing information about the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim from Straight Talk and Net10.

I expect this to be a very popular device since it is the first true smartphone from Straight Talk or Net10 to operate on Verizon’s network. I know from my years of blogging about prepaid phones that many people live in areas where only Verizon provides satisfactory cell phone coverage.
Samsung Galaxy Proclaim ReviewAnd I often get questions from those people asking when they will ever be able to get a nice phone they can use. Now they have finally an Android among their prepaid options.

This device was announced in early May, and according to the sellers’ information pages, it will be shipped out sometime in the middle of the month. I have already pre-ordered mine with overnight shipping, so I should be among the first people to get a Proclaim in my hands. When I do, I’ll dive into my usual thorough review.

Until then, I’ll rely on other resources, such as Samsung’s site, America Movil’s tutorials pages, the Proclaim user manual, and comparisons to other phones, especially others in the “Samsung Galaxy” lineup.

I can also tell you, based on my previous experience with Straight Talk, Net10, and TracFone, that the hardware in this device will be the same regardless of which service provider you go with. The difference is in the monthly plan pricing.

Both brands will require you to use their “unlimited” monthly plan, providing unlimted calls and texts and, supposedly, unlimited data. The difference is that Net10 charges $50 for this service, while Straight Talk’s price for the same thing is $45.

I don’t know the reason for this recommendation as the service is the same, so my recommendation is to go for the cheaper option and save yourself $5 a month. That said, Net10 airtime cards are avialable at a wider variety of stores. So if you want the option of buying your airtime somewhere other than Walmart or StraightTalk.com, then you’ll have to decide whether $5 a month is worthwhile to you for having that choice.

Also, you’ll notice that a couple of paragraphs above I wrote that the data is “supposedly” unlimited. I say that because with the other Android phones on these two service providers, consumers have found that they are sometimes shut down if their data usage exceeds 2GB a month, or 100mb in a day.

How this “unlimited” question will work remains to be seen when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. At this point, it’s impossible to know how it will be handled on the Verizon side of things; those other Android phones I mentioned were running on the AT&T network when they ran into trouble.

Over the next month or so, I’ll do my best to answer this and any other questions you might have about this handset in my full Samsung Galaxy Proclaim review.

{ 263 comments… read them below or add one }

Re May 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Great info so far. I want this phone on Straight Talk but I am trying to wait until there is more information out there about it. Did you buy your Proclaim yet?

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pbushx2 May 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

Just got it yesterday – taking pictures and activating it today.

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George May 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Please tell us something tonight. Do you have service? Internet ? Messaging? Picture messaging? Video messaging? Stream music from Pandora, MOG, etc. ? I need to order now but need to know if this phone has limitations because of Straight Talk.
Thanks, George.

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pbushx2 May 18, 2012 at 12:33 am

Hi George, sorry it took me so long. I activated my phone within about 15 minutes of taking it out of the box.
Internet worked right away. Picture messaging seems fine. Pandora streams fine over 3g and sounds ok, although I did get a warning message about Pandora taking large amounts of data, etc.
So far I would say it definitely seems like it’s pretty unhindered by Straight Talk. The big question will take some time to figure out, and that is “How much data will Straight Talk/Verizon let us actually use each month?”

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George May 19, 2012 at 12:41 am

Thanks for the reply. I got mine tonight and I took it to work 42 miles, 4 zip codes away and can say for those told by Jessica the Straight Talk rep that it would require data usage over wifi outside of your home zip code that it’s not true. So far everything on the phone is working everywhere I go.

sarah September 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I can send texts to everyone. but when i text my boyfriend ican send him a text but when he sends one back it wont show up on my phone.. i donk know why :(

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neil January 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

the wife had that problem all i did was download a text app and then remove it from the phone again and it seemed to fix the problem

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Dan May 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

I’ve been waiting for a prepaid phone that has Verizon connectivity. My current phone is …just a phone, and at $45 a month for a limited amount of minutes, I wanted to try to get an unlimited plan for the same amount with web included, and access to apps. How can Smart Talk say “unlimited web” then limit the data? Would they do that? Can’t wait to hear more about this phone. Saw it yesterday in a Walmart. Looks too good to be true. Let us know about battery life too.

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pbushx2 May 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Hey Dan
In my first day of testing out the battery, it performed very well. I used it as my main device all day long (I usually use an iPod touch). I was on it constantly, checking email, playing games (it’s a rough job to test the battery life, but someone’s gotta do it!), downloading podcasts, watching a couple of youtube videos, listening to a couple of podcasts, and streaming pandora for a couple of hours. I got my first battery warning around 10:30 at night, and that was the 15% warning, if I remember correctly.

Probably 20% of my time that day was on 3G, the rest on wifi. I did not have GPS turned on at all, which surely would have reduced the battery life. All in all, though, I was quite happy with the battery life.

Of course, I’m sure the battery life will degrade over time as all batteries do, but at least in the case of this phone the battery can be replaced easily, unlike the iphone.

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Jeremy May 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Any idea when your review will be up?

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John May 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I got the Proclaim one week ago. Just came off Verizon contract service. So far it’s not been pleasant. The phone I think is alright but I have had to call ST 4 times now to do resets. I have the unlimited plan and auto refill but the very next day after activating the phone it said i had insufficient min. Well I called and they did a reset or reprogram and it worked for 2 more days then I noticed the data quit but the phone would work. Another call and another reset. Then yesterday no service at all and they reset it again, Today it worked for half then day then a reset.
I asked the agent if there were problems with the new phone but he denied there was. I think it’s truly just the ST service is messed up. Today the text would work and the data would but the calls would hang up after the 2nd ring.
I truly like the feel and function of the phone and the android system is the best.

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pbushx2 May 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Hey John,
What a bummer! I’ve heard of similar problems before, but never had to address one myself. I would suggest contacting Straight Talk through their facebook page. They are usually fast to help, you end up with a record of the problem, and also avoid having to be on hold on the phone.

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Dan May 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

This concerns me. Is it the phone?… the Straight Talk service?…or where he lives?…. For $180 I expect better. Don’t want to give up my Verizon contract if I’m going to run into problems. Keep me advised please. I am in no hurry to change.

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pbushx2 May 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

Hey Dan,
I don’t think it seems to be related to geography, I think it’s basically a glitch in Straight Talk’s system. This is the first I’ve heard of it with the Proclaim – it seems equally likely to happen with feature phones as smart phones.

I would say, overall, based on my very informal unscientific observation, it happens to about 1% of ST/Net10/TracFone accounts. When it does happen, it’s right after porting a phone number from one service to another. And usually the service gets interrupted once, and then is fine after a call to customer service. It doesn’t seem to take 4 calls usually.

And for what it’s worth, I’ve heard of similar issues with people on contract phones with the big carriers (AT&T, Verizon, etc) too, so it’s not just these carriers. Personally, I wouldn’t let it stop me from buying this phone if you want it. In all that I’ve read, it’s not a permanent situation – like I said, I think it only happens about 1% of the time, and then usually one call to customer service (or getting in touch through the facebook page) takes care of it.

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Jay May 23, 2012 at 7:40 am

I got mine about a week ago, activated it and transferred my # from my old ST phone. It worked fine the first day, but when i went to work the next day, same thing. No minutes,service or net. When I tried to make a call, an automated operator from Verizon came on to direct me on making the call on a prepaid calling card or credit card. So I did a reset with ST’s customer service, and it’s been working fine since.

Ken May 27, 2012 at 7:26 am

I have heard of problems when people are on straight talk and go to another carrier but remain on straight talk, like a AT&T to
Sprint, but with straight talk. I dont have a Proclaim, but my Nokia E71 has had only one problem in the last year, It wouldnt see 3g, it wouldnt receive or send calls or texts. I used my sim card in an unlocked 2G iphone, for a day, and removed one of the E71 programs, restarted after being off for several hours, and it all worked great. it wasnt straight talk’sproblem that time.

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Patricia France May 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Do you know if I will be able to transfer my photos and contacts from my old Samsung cellphone?

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pbushx2 May 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I would think that shouldn’t be a problem, but it depends a little on the Samsung phone. The three methods of transferring photos I would suggest are:
1) put the pictures from the old phone on a MicroSD card, then use that card to put them on the new phone,
2) connect the old phone to computer by USB cable, and then transfer the pics to the new phone by usb cable.
3) transmit the pictures from the old phone to the new via bluetooth. You might need to do this one-by-one, so it could be kind of a pain.

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Karen May 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

I preordered my phone.. have had it about 2 weeks and LOVE it. I also got iphone a few days earlier and hooked up with sim card through straight talk. It works fine too once the APN is changed but it gave me great comparsion between the two phones. I prefer the Proclaim over the iphone honestly. I had been using Blackberry Bold through Verizon contract.. had been with them over 20 years so this was a huge decision to leave… and to leave Blackberry. I am still getting used to the touch typing and prefer Blackberry keyboard by far but figure that will change as I get better. This keyboard has swype typing and also voice to text. I LOVE voice to text and it works better I think than the Iphone 4s… it also suggest words etc. I love this phone and have taken both photos and video and uploaded to Facebook seamlessly and direct from the camera….. can’t do that from the camera with iphone without an APP and the apps do not seem to work well. I have not been out of our home area but have only had one problem and that resolved without call to ST. It gave me message once that Verizon could not verify my number and disconnected me. I called right back and it was fine. I have opened websites, used Facebook, done email and texting… all works fine. I was so surprised about the voice to text feature… it’s not perfect but that is likely my speaking unclearly and not the phone.. none of them are perfect with that type feature from what I have seen in any voice to text programs. I really think this is a jewel.. battery life has been OK… better than Iphone (btw I have a new iphone 3gs.. not the 4s.. I tested the 4s voice to text in Verizon store before leaving their service) . I have not had an android phone but if more expensive ones are better than this, I would love to see higher end phones come to Straight talk through Verizon… because this one is a winner and I can’t find anything I’d want to change. Well… except I wish it were bigger! that would be a great help! The only thing I cannot do is open WORD documents but I think that I just need to download docs to go or something like that to make this work. Blackberry which is much more “work” friendly than anything else I’ve seen.. it had Word mobile installed on each phone (or did on all of mine over the years) All in all I think this is a wonderful first Android and other than wanting a bigger size (I want Galaxy Note!), I am more than pleased. Some told me the androids would be harder to learn than Iphone.. I had no problem really with either but I personally think this phone was more user friendly than the Iphone 3gs. I look forward to hearing more professional reviews from those who have been working on androids.

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pbushx2 May 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Thanks Karen, I think this is a very well-done and thoughtful review, and I really appreciate you taking the time to write it and share it here. I have no doubt it will be helpful to others as they decide whether to buy it for themselves. Thanks!

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Brenda September 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

KAREN…..I read your whole article and if you replace Droid X where you say iPhone, you and I have the SAME post!!!! I thought I loved my Droid X and that nothing could beat it, but I absolutely and please with my Proclaim!!! Yes, the size is a downfall, but it was better than paying the outrageous cost of a contract phone with VZW (even though my husband owns a VZW store, doesn’t mean he can change the cost of the plan). I am having a slight issue yesterday and today with sending text messages…just won’t go through!! And my mom sends me picture in emails and I can’t get the pictures to open. Any suggestions from anyone on how to see if this is MY issue or the phones? I have no good things to say about ST customer service. I never can understand them….they don’t seem to speak my language (English). I would love for some advice from others using the phone. I was in good service and had “excellent” WiFi connection and still can’t get texts to go through. PS I can’t get over how amazing the talk to text is. I have to remember to state my punctuation though.

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Mitch May 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hey, its me from Yahoo Answers!
Anyway, as i was wondering before, YouTube without Wifi?
Slowing down?
P.S. i have decided not to get the Proclaim but the LG Optimus Black.

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pbushx2 May 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Youtube is working for me over 3G. How do you like the Optimus Black?

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Brenda September 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

I wanted the Optimus Black, but it is a Sprint phone and we do not get Sprint in my area. How do you like it?

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Jay May 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

As far as the camera/video recorder goes. I was amazed at the clarity. I bought a Kodak Playsport digital video camera for almost the same price as the Proclaim and the quality of the Proclaim photos is so much better by leaps and bounds. I have an animated music video that I created. I transferred the file which I optimized though Real Player (it recognized Samsung) and it automatically went into my media folder on the Samsung. It plays great. No skips,buffering, or glitches.

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pbushx2 May 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

that’s awesome info. Thanks for sharing it, especially the comparison to the kodak playsport.

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Glenda May 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

does the camera zoom?

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pbushx2 May 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

Glenda – the camera has up to 1.6x digital zoom – not a whole lot, but I guess better than nothing. Of course you could crop the picture after taking it using various android apps, or upload it to your computer for further editing there.

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Karen May 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I have also uploaded tons of photos to Facebook and videos as well.. very good photos for this type thing.. better than my Blackberry and better than the iphone IMHO. I have watched videos on you tube while on wifi and on 3g and no problems…. Other great thing as I mentioned before is the voice to text and the swyping.. this from someone who cannot touch type well after doing blackberry for years… I am still discovering things I can do with this phone but after couple of weeks.. I still love it.

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Thomas May 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Ordered 2 Samsung Proclaims via ST. one works fine the other has required 3 resets with ST , I keep getting insufficient funds after about 1 hour on phone with ST it works for a few days and then texts and voice stops working and I get insufficient funds on the account that is only 12 days in the unlimited $45 plan.

Plenty of *22890 resets, power resets etc. I think the issue is with the account/prepaid part of the service, not the phone not the carrier. One more day of resets and they ST, says they will swap out thw phone.. We’ll see…

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pbushx2 May 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

Hi Thomas
Sorry I wasn’t online over the weekend – has their been any improvement over the weekend on this situation?

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Kyle May 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

Hi, i was just wondering if with the proclaim from straighttalk you are able to download apk files(app installs) on your computer, transfer them to your phone, then install them. I have some sites i prefer to use and i prefer to download them onto my computer so i’m hoping that you can do this.

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pbushx2 May 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

Hi Kyle
I don’t have any previous experience with this, so I’m kind of learning as I go. To test this I’ve downloaded an app installer (“AppInstaller” from funtrigger) from the Play Store (formerly Android Market), then downloaded the apk of an app from slideme.org. I plugged my microSD card into my computer, copied the apk file to the card, then put the card back in the phone. I then had to change the android settings to allow third-party apps, and then when I opened AppInstaller I was able to see the apk file on my memory card. I tapped on the APK, and AppInstaller installed it for me. The app is now running fine.

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Lewis May 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hello!

I have been with Net 10 for about four years and have been awaiting a smart phone (that I was half interested in) from them. Looks like it might be a great time to try out the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim.

Thanks all, for the helpful comments.

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Donna May 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Hi – thanks for setting up this review site!
I’ve never used a smart phone of any kind, but I’m in the market for a phone that I can use for web browsing and credit card processing for my small business. There are Android apps that allow cc processing on Androids – do you think there would be any limitations given this is a pre-paid phone?

Also wondering about coverage. I’ve used Tracfone/ST for years and have been blown away by the coverage even the very remote areas that I find myself in for work. Am I correct in assuming that the coverage won’t be as good with this phone? Is it possible that regular text/calling coverage will be the same as Tracfone/ST, but not browsing? I really need a new phone but I’d hate to sacrifice coverage.

Are all the other ST Android on AT&T? I’m really confused about the difference. Any insights are appreciated!

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pbushx2 May 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hi Donna
I don’t have any reason to process CC transactions, nor a merchant account to do so, so I can’t test it and tell you 100%. But in every other way I’ve tested, the Proclaim works exactly like any other Android phone, prepaid or otherwise. So I firmly believe that if you can do the CC processing with an Android on a contract plan, you should be able to do it on the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. The only possible limitation would be data limits, but I would imagine that if you are sending CC numbers back and forth shouldn’t take much data. Just be careful not to be watching much video or streaming music too much.

The coverage so far seems to be the same as Verizon prepaid. I haven’t wandered too far with this phone just yet, but I don’t have any concerns about coverage for now. A good thing about the Proclaim compared to other Straight Talk/Net10 smart phones is that this it is the only one on the Verizon network, which has wider coverage than AT&T or Sprint, especially in rural areas.

The brand-new ZTE Merit android phone is on AT&T. With the Net10 and Straight Talk “SIM-only” plans, you can pick between AT&T and T-Mobile when you buy the SIM. Other than that, the other Android phones from Net10 or ST are all Sprint (including the LG Optimus Net, LG Optimus Q, Samsung Galaxy Precedent, and LG Optimus Black).

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Donna May 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Thanks Pbush,
So looking at the ST Android coverage map it looks pretty bad. Should I be looking at a different coverage map?

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 5:34 am

Hi Donna,
How did you get to that coverage map? I think you might be looking at Sprint coverage there.

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Michael July 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Hi Donna,
I wish to expound on the coverage issue. First, I tell people that ask me about ST( their phones and coverage etc.), I tell them that based on the phone you choose is which network it operates on. ST being a MVNO or Mobile Virtual Network Operator, has failed to make clear to the public exactly how it works. Instead of providing a coverage map that is specific to what your phone will work on, they show you one that includes pretty much the entire country. When in truth, that is not the footprint of Sprint or T-Mobile, and could misrepresent Verizon or AT&T. Instead of providing you with a device/network coverage expectation, they try and narrow it down to offering only devices that provide fair to great coverage based on your zipcode. Well, that’s not so good when you travel elsewhere with an expectation that you will have service.Then, you experience the horror of standing on a street in a little rural town looking at your phone and the red line is slashed through a shadow of your signal indicator.
Having said all of that, if you choose a phone that works on Verizons’ network, then you need only to navigate their website, open the coverage map, and click the little box that indicates prepaid, click the “Refresh Map” box, and look, look away. Bye the way, I am a former Technical Support Coordinator (5 years) for Verizon, once a two year subscriber to ST, but went to Verizon prepaid before they changed it, so I could enjoy the Motorola Droid X2. I hope that I have given a little different perspective on this subject, and maybe offered some helpful information.

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William May 31, 2012 at 7:11 am

My main concern is data usage,have you had any problem’s with them notifying you of overage? Thanks,William

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pbushx2 May 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

Hi William – so far, everything’s going fine. I haven’t been using a lot of data, just a couple of hours of trying youtube/pandora, but that has been spread out over the last week. Other than that it’s been email and some apps that don’t use a done of data. I tried to install 3G watchdog to keep track of how much data I’m using, but for some reason that isn’t registering my data.

I will definitely post about it here if I see any limitation on my data usage.

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Dan June 4, 2012 at 5:15 am

I have had the Proclaim for just over a week. Everything has been fine until yesterday. When I opened an app (NHL Gamecenter , for instance) and started to read an article, it kicked me back to my home page. I am hesitant to call the ST help desk because they are difficult to understand. It appears that this is a data limitation issue, but it could be something else. Anyone experiencing this, or have any ideas? Thanks.

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 5:46 am

Hi Dan,
Here’s a dumb question, but have you restarted your phone lately? I had a few apps get a little quirky, and restarting the phone seemed to fix it.

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Dan June 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I tried restarting the phone. That was the fix. Thanks pbush

Karen May 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

HOTSPOT capable for laptops or touchpad/ipad?? Just wondering if anyone has been able to use the phone as a hot spot for their laptop or ipad or HP Touchpad. I have the touchpad and tried to get the two to connect but it did not work. I was told this phone can be a hotspot. Does anyone know?? Anyone gotten it to work.. I’d even be fine with connecting it by cable if that would work. I don’t need to use it a lot in this way but it would be awesome if I could do it on occasion for business things. FWIW I can’t get the Iphone 3gs that is supposed to be capable of being hotspot to work either. I’ve not ever used cell in this way so I may just not be doing it right. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

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Chris June 6, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hot spot works great, Download Pdanet and Foxfi.
If you download Pdanet then try to use hotspot feature it will direct you to foxfi. All are free and in the market

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Abhishek June 15, 2012 at 6:54 am

Just go in the WiFi options, there is tethering option switch it on and give a password.

hope it works

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 5:31 am

Hi Karen

Sorry for taking so long to respond. I haven’t yet tried this, but I will soon and then I’ll post about it here. I am going to give it a try just for testing purposes, but I have to point out here that “tethering” like this is against the Straight Talk terms of service. Technically they can shut you down for violating those terms, so I’d tread cautiously on this one.

That being said, I’m not sure how vigorously they monitor for stuff like this, or even how technologically difficult it is to monitor for it. Like I said, I will give it a try and let you know via a post to this blog.

I have downloaded the Foxfi app and I will give it a try, then report back. Another caveat, though – I’m not sure a) how secure foxfi is, or b) if it will always work. As far as I can tell, this app exploits some kind of loophole in the Android Operating system to create a wifi hotspot. Most carriers don’t want you doing this (unless you pay them extra for the privilege, of course), so if the loophole can be closed with a future update to android, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this app stop working at some point in the future.

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Another Joe June 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Great info. Thanks everyone. I have two questions about this phone, if anyone’s able to answer.
Is it tethered to Verizon? We plan on doing some traveling to other countries, so would like to have a phone that will take the local sim card so we can use their service.
Is there any reason Skype wouldn’t work on this? I’ve not owned a smart phone before, so perhaps it’s a redundant question. Any help is appreciated.
Thanks.

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 5:53 am

Hi Joe
Sorry this is so late, but I’ll give it a shot.
1. You will not be able to use thsi phone in other countries. Verizon phones, unless they are specifically identified as able to be used globally, won’t work like that since Verizon uses a cellular technology that is different than what is used in most of the rest of the world. Put more simply, this phone does not have a SIM card slot, so you won’t be able to drop in a different SIM when you travel.
2. Skype works great over wifi. I haven’t used it much over 3g.

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BKB June 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

Has anyone purchased a case cover for the Proclaim? We purchased one labeled for the Illusion that did not quite fit. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 5:56 am

Hey BKB,
Were you able to find a case that fits? I’m interested in this too. I thought the Illusion was the closest “clone” to the proclaim, but apparently it’s not.

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Terry Koller June 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

I’ve found cases on both eBay and Amazon. I ordered one from Amazon two days ago; when it gets here I can let you know if it fit like they said it would.

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Brenda September 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

I purchased one via Ebay…there were 100′s of choices…. I anticipate receiving it today or tomorrow at the latest…. I’ll try to come back and let you know. But if you do a search for “Samsung Proclaim cases” you shouldn’t have any problems finding one to fit.

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Mart July 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

BKB go to amazon u can find really nice covers and pins(for big fingers) really low price. and the fit perfect.

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Ricky June 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I am trying to use skype’s video chat on the Samsung Proclaim and it doesn’t recognize the front camera…Is this normal?

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 5:58 am

Hi Ricky
Unfortunately there is no front-facing camera on the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. It looks like there is one on top next to the speaker, but that apparently is just a light sensor. It sure would have been nice to have a camera on the front of this phone!

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Bree June 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I love this phone! Its my first smart phone and its definetky everything i expected. the shippin took long then it should have but it was totally worth the wait. i just cant figure out how too delete stuff ob facebook , thts pretty much the only downerr for me. i have already dowbladed tons of apps and they all work greatt. im seventeen so im constantly textin , browsing and calling. such an upgrade from other straight tlk phonees. but im still getting used too the touch screen. lol

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Brenda September 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

FB apps are very limited on what you can and can’t do. This is with ANY phone.

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Derek June 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

according to: fierce wireless dot com, ST unlimited data means 3g speeds up to 2GB of usage, then throttled down to 2G speeds.

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Brenda September 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

Is this legal to be falsely using the word “unlimited?” OBVIOUSLY it is very limited!!! How would one bring this to someones attention? I am furious that I was hoodwinked into “unlimited” when that is not the case…

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Jade June 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I am thinking about buying this phone and I am nervous because I head that there are plenty of lemons in buying the bunch. Do I need to buy online or find it at a Walmart store, or would that matter at all?
Also, I do use my phone alot (texting most of the day, and calling long hours at night). Would that make anything go slower or would that kill the battery quicker? Do you have any suggestion on battery saving apps? do games like Haning with Friends, and Temple Run run smoothly on this phone? Feedback would be greatly appreciated and since you must have the phone for awhile, you much know alot about it by now. Thank you for your help and taking the time to read this and answer my questions. Thank you!

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

Hi Jade
I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this one. Definitely having the screen on alot is what will drain the battery, as well as using 3g Data. GPS is also a big battery hog. I used my Samsung Galaxy Proclaim nearly constantly one day when I first got it, just as a test.
I went for about 14 hours before I needed to recharge. That was with GPS off, and using WiFi 80% of the time, 3G 20%.
I tried both hanging with friends and temple run, and they seemed fine to me, though I’m not all that familiar with them so I don’t know if they run better on other phones.

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Grace June 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

New as well to the Android/Smartphone. My Proclaim has been turning the sound off and I’m not sure what I could be doing to cause that to happen. Also, is there any way to get rid of the “threads” for phone and text calls?

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Chesney June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Hi, i dont see a more in depth video review. will you be posting one on here? i would like to see how the on screen keyboard looks, and also the text messaging screen. I do like my iphones messaging and keyboard, but im looking into a low cost phone. thank you so much.

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

Hi Chesney
I am planning on it. However, my wife just had a baby a few weeks ago, so things have been going slower than usual for me lately. Is your iPhone under contract? If not, I’d definitely recommend trying out Straight Talk’s “bring your own phone” plan. I wrote about that in this blog post:
http://www.prepaidphoneguy.com/straight-talk-and-net10-sim-card-only-plans-now-available

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Brenda September 14, 2012 at 8:25 am

Doesn’t the iPhone have to be an AT&T phone to do the “bring your own phone” The iPhone I tried to do that with didn’t have a SIM card slot and so I was told by Walmart staff that is wasn’t compatible and I needed an AT&T iPhone… Forgive me, but I was unaware that an iPhone wasn’t just an iPhone….didn’t know that each carrier had their own versions….

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Lou June 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

will the proclaim be able to sync my contacts and calendar with outlook?

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 6:10 am

Lou, I’m not an outlook user so not really qualified to answer this question, but I think this article should help you:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2382337,00.asp
Bottom line, it sounds like syncing calendar and contacts should be okay, but some of the finer points might not work as well.

That being said, the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim should work like any other Android phone in this regard.

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Brandon June 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

I currently have a straighttalk verizon phone myself, although it is not a smart phone, I already have the $45.00 a month plan, though. The people at my company that I work with all have smart phones, I have owned them in the past, but wanted to wait until Verizon came out with a smartphone under straighttalk; before buying again.

The Straighttalk phone that I currently have will allow me to check some e-mails sites; such as hotmail or yahoo. I am however, not able to check my other accounts such as Windstream.net and others that are paid sites. This is one of my concerns and the other is; can e-mails be sent directly to this phone s from networked accounts, and received as messages like the blackberry?

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 6:15 am

Hi Brandon
I’m not sure on this one, since all my email accounts are through free providers. But I think you should be able to get your email from other sites as well. Some might have android apps specifically for that purpose. As far as windstream, I found this:
http://androidforums.com/droid-support-troubleshooting/21114-windstream-email-setup.html

And for email in general, I love the notification bar at the top of the screen, which notifies me of new messages as they come in. This is a standard Android feature, so if you want to see how it works you can check with one of your Android-carrying coworkers to see it in action.

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Re June 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

On another review site someone said they could not get the Proclaim to use a barcode/QR reader app. Has anyone here used a barcode reader app with the Proclaim on ST successfully? I know it is sily but that is the main reason I am considering a Smart Phone so I want to make sure that it will work.
Thanks

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 6:16 am

Hi Re
I haven’t yet tried that, but I will and I’ll post about it in a follow-up post.

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 6:21 am

By the way, what kind of bar code reader are you planning to use? I can test a specific app if that would be helpful to you.

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Holl June 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

In regards to hotspots on ST, I have a Nokia E71 and it came installed with a Nokia program to use the phone to connect my laptop to the web. I have used it, and by gosh I had to make sure I wasn’t in a hurry……., but it worked. I was able to log onto my account for an online class and post responses to class discussions, post/upload word docs to my email, etc. I didn’t see any limitations using the phone to connect to the web with my laptop at all, except the slowness.

Now that I’ve been researching droids, I think the slowness is more due to the processor in the phone and not ST. My Nokia is on the ATT network. I’ve had phones that were on the Verizon network on ST, but they were ancient phones so I can’t really compare. I DO KNOW that I’ve had Straight Talk for years now and have never been limited on texts/roaming/data, and I love that they bounce off of whichever tower I’m closest to without charging me extra roaming fees. I used to have verizon, but I was tired of never knowing how much my bill would be.

So, to those who are considering leaving contract to go to ST, I would suggest getting a fast phone (fast processor, etc) that meets all your needs and is on the Verizon or ATT network. I did have one for a short time that was on the Sprint network, and in my area, I hit dead spots where I just couldn’t get service at all-not even text in an emergency-and that was unacceptable. But it wasn’t ST, it was just the phone was made compatible with Sprint.

I WANT to get this phone for my husband and myself, but we’re pretty devoted to qwerty keyboards. I appreciate the information above that discussed using an iphone on ST. I am considering buying a droid phone that is unlocked and then buying the ST sim card.

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Lily June 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thank you for the information on the Proclaim. I am looking forward to your full review. I, too, am looking for the best affordable smart phone that runs on the ST/Verizon network, and I’m hesitant to buy something unlocked and purchase a ST sim card to put in it, in case it is not Verizon compatable or something. I have not switched to ST yet, and have never been on a prepaid plan before. What I would like to know is what kind of extra fees do they tack onto the $45 unlimited plan? I currently have a $69.99 plan with Sprint but all told, it would end up $80. plus dollars or more, not from minute overages but from fees they tack on. Is that something to expect from every company across the board, the extra added fees, I mean? Thanks

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pbushx2 June 16, 2012 at 6:19 am

Hi Lily
I just renewed my plan today and the total was around $48. The extra fees were sales tax (5.5% in my state, but may be different in yours) as well as a small “E911 fee,” I believe. I feel this is pretty reasonable compared to the add-on charges from some other companies.

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Joe Ackerman June 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

The best deal on ST is if you can pay for 6 or 12 months in advance.W/discounts it then comes to a monthly fee of about fourty bucks.

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pbushx2 June 19, 2012 at 6:59 am

Good point. Definitely something to consider for those that know they will be using their current phone for a while, and who can afford that much up front.

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Sue in Nevada June 18, 2012 at 1:12 am

Lily,
I didn’t want to go to Walmart since I just ordered my phone from ST over the internet. I paid exactly $45 by going to Walmart.com. Now I am supposed to receive an email that contains the card info by tomorrow. I hope so.

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Sue in Nevada June 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I received the phone card by email on the same day, but now I am waiting for a tracking number for my FedEx overnighted Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. Seems rather late, since they accepted my payment 22 hours ago.

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Bob Bollmann June 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

have had $45 plan on auto renew for over 2 years and mine is $46.55 a month with the tax–always the same, no surprises–love the straighttalk plan

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Re June 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

I have this app “Ultimate Value Diary Plus” on my kindle fire and would like to use it on a phone with camera so I could use the barcode scanning feature of the app.

The other post I read said no QR code scanners would work on the Proclaim. Since so many businesses are using these I would like to know that somebody has gotten a code reader to work on the Proc;aim. I am hoping it is a isolated problem to that persons phone. I am so cheap. It takes me forever to make a switch like this one. I have to research everything to death. Thanks so much for this helpful site!

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pbushx2 June 19, 2012 at 6:58 am

I did some searching and found that the app costs about 4 bucks, so I won’t be trying that specific app, but I do have a QR reader that I will test out the next time I see one of those codes.

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mendy June 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I love this phone. But, want to know why if
I delete pics from my gallery they’re still in my instant
Uploads file…and how can you delete them.

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pbushx2 June 19, 2012 at 7:00 am

Interesting, I haven’t come across this problem. Have you tried using your computer to delete the pics from the microSD card?

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Bob Bollmann June 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

How do I know if I am using wifi or 3g mode? Does the phone switch automatically ? I know these are probably simplistic questions but I am old and new to smart phones–but I must say with 2 weeks into the Proclaim I am hooked!! My first smart phone experience but this is great–

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pbushx2 June 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

Hi Bob
If you are within range of a wifi network that your phone has saved in its settings, the phone should automatically switch to wifi. You can tell by looking at the indicators in the status bar at the top of the screen. If the wifi signal is present, (a dot with concentric circles radiating out above it), then you are on wifi. If it instead says “3G,” you are on 3G.

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Sue in Nevada June 18, 2012 at 1:20 am

Pbush,

Do you think I should stay away from porting my current contracted Sprint phone number? Have you heard about many problems doing that. I love my number and so many people have it. My contract is over and my HTC Touch is falling apart. I should receive this Proclaim by Fed-Ex. Tuesday. I would also like the barcode option although I probably would be happy with unlimited talk, text, and some data (I use GPS though). I’ve never had data, but if I see it loaded, I will want to use it, so the 3G Watchdog app would be nice. I see another Youtube video user who downloaded it with no problem. I am afraid I may have bought a new phone too early, but getting into bed again with a high priced Sprint contract just seems plain dumb.

Thanks

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Brandi June 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I saw the comment about using the phone while traveling to foreign countries. My question is backwards…my son will be stationed in Japan and I’ll need to upgrade my phone. Will I be able to talk and text to him using the Proclaim? I see that I’ll have to use the $60 unlimited international rate, but I just want to be certain that this will be the right phone for me to communicate with him while he’s overseas.

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Lily June 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Thank you, pbushx2, that is good to know. At this point I am leaning heavily towards the Proclaim, and what I would also like to know is if I upgrade and switch out to the 32gb microSD card, will I be able to download my apps to that, and if so would it do it automatically, or is that a procedure I would need to know? My current phone has an issue deleting large strings of texts which I didn’t know until too late and it ate up all the internal memory. I have learned my lesson on that but I want to understand how to save the internal memory on the Proclaim as much as possible by utilizing the card. Any information would be welcomed!

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Bob Bollmann June 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I don’t seem to have call waiting on my new Proclaim–is there a setting I need to set to have this feature?

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Terry Koller June 28, 2012 at 8:01 am

Call waiting works on my Proclaim. I don’t see any widget, etc, for it, but yesterday I was leaving someone a voice mail and someone else called and it let me know and let me answer by sliding the green bar.

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Wanda June 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

When my Samsung Galaxy Proclaim with Straight Talk, I cannot answer. I push the greenn button for answer and nothing happens. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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pbushx2 June 23, 2012 at 1:11 am

Hi Wanda
Are you pressing the green button, then sliding it across to the right? That’s what I need to do to answer mine. Simply pressing down on the green button doesn’t work.

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christie June 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

my question is about the apps. i know some are free and others cost…just curious how many free apps there are and is it possible to get the apps you have to pay for? Me and my husband are both getting this phone friday and this will be the first smart phone ive ever had, so i just want to know all the info i can get about the apps! Thanks

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pbushx2 June 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

Hi Christie
There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available in the google “play” store, and a good percentage of them are free. There are also paid apps, obviously; to get those you’ll need to use a google account and have a payment method on file with them.

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Elizabeth June 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I just got my new smartphone from ST. I love it except for one problem. Calls don’t always ring through. My daughter called, the call rang through fine, reception was good etc. She called back later. The only way I knew she had called was because the phone beeped to notify my that I had a voicemail. It didn’t even show up as a missed call. Waiting for my boyfriend to call last night. By 10:00 I finally figured he wasn’t going to call for some reason. 10:02 my phone beeps to say I have voicemail. I listen to it and I actually had two voice mails. He tried calling twice. My phone never rang and it never showed up as missed calls. My phone was right beside me and I was reading a book. Again this morning it happened, but this time I was actually doing something on my phone. Any ideas of what this problem may be? If I end up missing calls because of this, the phone will have to go back, and I really don’t want that to happen. Someone said that it might be a quirky app???

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pbushx2 June 23, 2012 at 1:14 am

Hi Elizabeth,
To my knowledge, I have not had a similar problem. It sounds to me like maybe you are not in the strongest coverage when you are experiencing these issues, but that’s just a guess. In the past, I have had similar things happen when I was in an area where there was very weak coverage.

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Elizabeth June 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

I’ve had ST for the last year and haven’t had any problems with coverage (in fact it was better than AT&T) until getting this phone. And it seems as though it is just calls from my boyfriend who lives in Yellowstone National Park. Out of 5 phones calls he has made to me from his house, only one actually rang on my phone. The others went to voice mail and I had to call him back. When talking to him, there is no problem with connection or coverage….it’s just getting the phone call to actually ring on my phone. Very discouraging. Will go back to my old phone until ST can come up with something better, I guess. :(

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pbushx2 June 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Hi Elizabeth
This could be the result of different networks near you. The Proclaim uses the Verizon network. If your previous phone was on a different network, it might be that the network you were formally using provides better coverage in your area than does Verizon.

When your phone failed to ring for those four calls, were you in the same location for each missed call?

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Brooke June 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I have many questions and concerns about the new smartphone through verizon. It will be my first smartphone and first I don’t quite to seem to understand the Wifi and how it works, and can help. And do you know how you would download apps that cost, and how or if i could download them? I am concerned about the data usage. I do use the internet alot and don’t know if this phone would be my best option because of the limited data usage. Any information about my questions would be greatly appreciated from anyone, and thanks for taking the time to read this.
Thanks, Brooke

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pbushx2 June 23, 2012 at 1:20 am

Hi Brooke
WiFi means that you are connected to a wireless hotspot, or “wifi” network. Many people have wireless internet set up in their homes, which is accomplished by connecting a wireless router to your cable or DSL internet modem. The proclaim, as well as almost all other smart phones I know of, have the ability to access the internet either over the cellular network, or through wifi. Since wifi is usually faster, and not limited in terms of total downloads, the phones will “prefer” to use the wifi. In other words, if there is a hotspot available, and you’ve set up your phone so that it knows to use that hotspot, it will use wifi to get on the internet instead of the cell network. Does that help?

As far as apps, I have been trying to do my downloads when I’m at home and connected to my wifi. Some apps can be fairly large, so not only does it cut into your daily data allotment to download them over the cell network, it also is very slow.

And for payment, it’s all done through google account. if you don’t already have one, you’ll want to set one up when you activate the phone. you can then add a payment method to your google account (I think credit card and paypal are two of the choices, but I don’t remember what else might work for them). Then when you download a paid app from the “Google play” app store, google will charge whatever payment method you have on file with them.

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Morgan June 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me out I just got this phone yesterday and I figured pretty much everything out already. but the one thing I’m stumped on is how to turn the 3G capabilities on so I’ve got interent when I leave the wi-fi from my house. thanks.

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pbushx2 June 23, 2012 at 1:21 am

Morgan,
is the “mobile data” option turned on in the quick settings at the top of the screen? From your home screen, swipe down from the top of hte screen to reveal the status bar. The middle of five options there should say “mobile data.” Make sure this option is highlighted.
Let me know if that helps you out.

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Jessica June 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Noone else had asked this, so it makes me think I must be doing something wrong. When I download apps from the play store they don’t appear on any of the home screens. I have checked the box in the settings for a shortcut to be made when I download them. I have also held my finger down on the home screen and when the menu popped up, went to apps to make a shortcut, but none of the ones I downloaded showed up. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled, unchecked the boxes and rechecked, and turned my phone on and off but I can’t figure it out.

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lisa September 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Along the bottom of the screen are four icons
phone/contacts/texts/apps (the box with four squares in it)
if you click on apps you will find your missing apps. You can press and hold the app on the screen once you find the one you are looking for and it will put it on one of the 5 home screens.

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Viceroy June 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Proclaim from Straight Talk and have been disappointed by the fact that this phone cuts out in the middle of calls. I can hear the person I am talking to but they can not hear me. I have called the carrier, Straight Talk, several times but they have not fixed the problem. It bothers me that they also do not seem to want to acknowledge that the problem exist even though there are many complaints about this problem across the internet. If this continues I will soon have to go to another telephone model.

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pbushx2 June 23, 2012 at 1:22 am

I have not had a similar problem, after using the phone extensively for a month now. It sounds like maybe you got a lemon? I would suggest exchanging it for a replacement from wherever you initially purchased it.

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Terry Koller July 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

I am also experiencing the problem where my phone seems to cut out during calls; the person hears me but I cannot hear them. I’m thinking right now that it is actually the service causing the problems. While the verizon network is very good, I noticed when I first moved into my apartment and was a Verizon cell phone customer, the verizon phone did not work well in my new apartment; the phone I had on AT&T worked much better – but it didn’t work well when I was in Ohio or Maryland. Bottom line, I will continue to monitor but at this point think it may be the actual cell service, not the phone.

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DLT June 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hi I have had the proclaim for about 3 weeks now and love it I have noticed that when I get a text message it shows pics my boyfriend recieved a text from a friend and it was animated like video I told him to send it to me and my came in as like a still picture I had him send me different ones that had movement and still nothing had my brother send me some they wont come threw show up as still picture instead of seeing the animation can u help

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pbushx2 June 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hi DLT
I’m not familiar with this problem. Any other Proclaim owners out there that can help?

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Sue in Nevada June 24, 2012 at 2:37 am

I downloaded 3G Watchdog, free version. It’s working fine. It counts my wireless use in a separate tab from 3G and adds them together for total mobile internet use, then calculates projected month use which will end up being about 3 gigs. Can I ignore the wireless use tab for the purpose of calculating my monthly use? Except for the first day I have not been using the internet much, but the wireless has jumped when I connected it on 2nd day and 3G went down.

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pbushx2 June 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I don’t know why my 3G watchdog isn’t working. I just looked at it again, and all the settings seem normal. Maybe I’ll try to delete and then reinstall it. Did you set it to monitor on a daily or monthly basis?

And to answer your question, yes, you can ignore the wifi tab for calculating your usage. Straight Talk is only concerned with the mobile data usage.

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Sue in Nevada June 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I think I cleared it once or twice accidentally when i was resetting the settings, but it seems to work fine. It automatically set itself up to give me daily, weekly, monthly and plan lines and columns of sent, received and total. Of course I set the beginning date and the 2 gig maximum. I think you should delete and reinstall. It’s not perfect, but it is only as good as the phone (I went to 3G Watchdog and they have videos on how to set up). I believe it’s only as good as the operator too.

In task master, the RAM tab on top shows I am using 345MB/431MB and suggests closing. There is a clear RAM bar on the bottom with a warning to save data. Why am I so close to maximum if I am not showing any apps running? Are the apps I can’t see? Like 3G Watchdog or my email accounts, which I hardly open. This RAM use seems too close to maximum. Thanks.

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Brittany June 25, 2012 at 3:16 am

Hi, I just purchased this phone. I’ve heard great reviews about it. The only question I have is: when my phone is charging, powered off, it looks as if the screen turns off and on. Like it shows the battery charging, then disappears, and so on. Did I get a dud?

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pbushx2 June 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I haven’t seen behavior like that from my phone, but then I rarely turn it off. Is the battery charged when you take it off the charger? How frequently are you seeing the screen flash like this?

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Gary June 27, 2012 at 4:34 am

I had the same problem with a different phone when I used it with a third party USB charger I had bought.
It did the same thing as your phone is doing.
It turned out the third party charger was absolute garbage.
The charger that came with the phone was fine. I bought a different third party charger from a different seller and it was fine also.
So, the charger that came with your phone might be defective.
Or, if the charger is a third party type, it could just be garbage.
To check and see, find a friend with a known good USB charger (with the proper USB micro-B connector) and see if you get the same problem, or if it works OK.
Then you’ll know if your charger is defective, or if it’s the phone.

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Sue in Nevada June 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Mine does that one time if I charge with the phone powered off.

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Terry Koller June 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

I stupidly sent my lil android help widget to the “trash”. How can I get him back? Or is there another place on the phone besides the little android where I can get help?

Thanks in advance.

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Terry Koller June 28, 2012 at 8:07 am

Nevermind….I found it. :) For anyone else who does that, just press on the screen till the menu comes up that says “widgets”, then you can select the android help widget.

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Mason Mortimer June 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

What does 3G really mean in terms of Mbps? Also, how does this phone compare with the HTC Evo, if anyone knows?

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Mason Mortimer July 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

FYI: For those of you who were waiting, the Proclaim is now available at Walmart.com

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Samsung-Galaxy-Proclaim-Prepaid-Cell-Phone/20933054

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Bagman57 July 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

FYI: Did you guys know that Straight Talk phones don’t roam. I just bought a LG Optimus Q from Straight Talk a week and a half ago. I’m going to have to send it back because its on the Sprint network and their coverage is very sparse in my area. I have no signal less than 2 miles out of town. I’m going to get the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim and see how that works out since it’s suppose to be on the Verizon network. I have a simple Samsung phone from Straight Talk and it’s on the Verizon network. I have no problem with it with signal coverage 98% of the time. I just wanted to move up to a smart phone with a cheap no contract plan. I did have a Sprint 2 year unlimited contract but a $99+ a month phone bill is too much for me. BTW the LG Optimus Q is a great phone. I like the slide out keyboard and one of the reasons I got it. In my case it’s too bad it’s on the Sprint network. I will check back in to let you all know what I think of the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim and how it performs in my area.

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pbushx2 July 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Bagman57 – you are right, it is all about the network!

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Sue in Nevada July 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Hi, Everything has been working fine except my son is trying to send me pictures from his ST Non-Smart phone, but all I have received are texts. Do you know if there’s a setting I have missed? Thanks.

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Sue in Nevada July 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Just go to Gallery and press Share. I think I needed to have Picassa downloaded I think. Now it works well.

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Re July 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

Ok, so I tried a ton of barcode apps. I finally got it to work once after holding it on the code for about 3 minutes. The QR scanner works great but one barcode app finally told me “this device does not have a camera stabalizer” and thats why I can’t get it to scan barcodes (only QR codes). That’s fine I still love the phone and my app I asked about works great, just no scanning food barcodes.
I am very happy with my Proclaim and would recomend it to anyone for the price!!
BTW the GPS feature seems super accurate. I use it with a free running app.

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Matt July 7, 2012 at 3:12 am

I was able to get the Amazon app to scan a barcode once or twice. It seems to be all about lighting. Sad drawback, but nothing super depressing.

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MeaningOfLife July 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

What App was it? Not to concerned about reading barcodes, but QR codes would be nice…

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Seattle-K July 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Big thanks for this blog specific to ST & Proclaim!! I’m waiting on delivery of this phone but now very concerned that I did not read reviews beyond the capability of android device itself. (This phone will be my first experience with prepaid service and adroid).

Major concerns: 1) ST forum plagued with complaints of non working 3g shortly after activation. Problem seems to occur more so after home WIFI use. Some users also cite no service outside of their zip code! 2) Complaint of random service interruption and erroneous request to reload mid month. 3) Single fix cited is to perform the Verizon OTA but this fix doesn’t appear to work for anyone!

I reside in Seattle area (where Verizon coverage pretty good) and plan to use as my primary phone thus relied on Verizon map of nationwide service in making my decision. Did I make wrong choice for planned use? Are ST problems above device or unique to ST? Is the solution found in user WIFI and Mobile Networks settings i.e., disabling auto wifi, packet data, and/or enabling roaming CDMA? Your input and that from Seattle area users especially greatly appreciated before I cancel and port my number from my major contract carrier. Thanks again!

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pbushx2 July 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Seattle-K,
Sorry I’ve been so slow to respond. How are things working out for you? I’ve had my proclaim for 2.5 months now with none of the problems you mentioned.

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Seattle-K July 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

Thanks for follow-up and reassurance on service.

I haven’t opened the package and/or activated phone yet! Maybe this weekend. Thanks again.

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Seattle-K August 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I FINALLY activated my phone over the weekend and so far no interrupted service or other bugs reported by others. While this is my first droid and touch screen, I must say that I’m really struggling with typing on a touch screen. Is there some magic key to mastering this or am I just a complete klutz — I have small hands/fingers and thought I’d be good at this!!

Also, is it possible to magnify text of something I’m trying to read while web browsing? Thanks for your comments.

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

Seattle K – Have you used the “swype” function? I really like that for composing text.
Re: zooming in on text, try using “pinch to zoom.” It’s actually more of a reverse pinch. Put two fingers on the screen, the slowly spread them apart. The browser should zoom in. Also, which browser are you using? I highly recommend an alternative from the play store instead of the standard browser that came with the phone. I like opera, firefox, or dolphin.

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lisa September 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

you can also press the volume keys up and down to enlarge or decrease the size of text while surfing the net- found this by accident today

Carl Moody July 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm

How do you delete mass e-mail from the galaxy proclaim. It is a pain deleting them one at a time.
Thanks
Carl

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pbushx2 July 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Carl:
You can click on the little check box to the left of the sender of an email, and select multiple emails at once. When you have one or more selected, options pop up including “delete” and “move.”

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Seth July 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Hello, my brother recently got a Samsung Proclaim and he is having troubles getting the onscreen keyboard to switch from vertical to horizontal. I have a Galaxy S1 and there is an option for it but in the proclaim i did not see and option. Can you help me fix his problem please?

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pbushx2 July 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Seth – My screen rotates when I rotate the phone. It’s not quite as quick as on some other phones, but it does work for me.

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Mark in GA July 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Hi, the name is Mark and I’ve been researching the Proclaim for quite some time now; and so far I’ve found every answer to all my questions. All except for one, which I hope you could answer.
Do you know if the app FoxFi works on it? I’m asking because FoxFi is a hotspot app that allows you to give other devices internet off your phone’s data service (the app works on Android phones currently). I know that one of Straight talk’s rule is not to misuse their data service, which would involve tethering. BUT it also states that as long as you don’t exceed your 2GB of data usage, you should be fine. Which I know I won’t exceed the data usage, cause I honestly don’t use that much data. I have wifi at my house, which I use 24/7 unless I’m on the road. Which I will be soon since i’m going on a trip to NY for a week. But before I leave I’d like to buy a new phone, the proclaim to be exact, and hopefully use it as my phone and personal hot spot for my laptop. I would just need it to check my email, send a few emails too and do a few research papers (which would involve browsing some sites) so that wouldn’t be too much usage. So I’d really like to know if the app FoxFi works. Do you think you could test that out for me? That would truly be appreciated!

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pbushx2 July 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Hey Mark,
Yep, it works. I think they are also on the lookout for people using over 100mb a day, so keep an eye on your usage with this one.

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Mark in GA September 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Thank you so much for the reply! And no worries, I will definitely keep that in mind. You’re a really great help.

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James July 13, 2012 at 6:34 am

i just bought this phone and i like it so far, reading these comments i would like to add to them, as far as zip codes go,, i used the gps from dallas to fl with no problem, and making calls or using the browser, but the battery life when using apps drains it i think to quickly, another problem i need help with is when the screen goes out, and lets say you are checking voicemail message, you are unable to use the dialpad and the only thing that works is the button on the top right which just shuts off the phone, adjusting the screen time out seems like the wrong way to go please help me with this,

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Terry July 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Bought the Proclaim for my wife a month ago. She loves it and has had no problems. She wants to get a case for it and has been looking at the Otterbox brand but can’t seem to find one for the Proclaim. Any suggestions?

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eric July 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Hi. How do I transfer my contact info from my verizon iphone4 into my ST samsung galaxy proclaim?
Thanks
Eric

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eric July 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hi. Can I use my straight talk proclaim with net 10?
Thanks
Eric

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pbushx2 July 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Eric, I don’t think that using the ST phone on Net10 will work, but as far as I know it has not been tested. Why would you want to do it that way?
Also, I”m not familiar with the 4S, but I would suggest pairing them using bluetooth, then within the iphone contacts menu you should be able to send your contacts via bluetooth to the new phone.

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Lou July 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I have been trying to purchase this phone, but cannot find it in the Houston, Tex. stores or on Straight Talks website. Any advice?

Thanks,

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Michael July 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hi Lou,
That’s because the AT&T and Sprint coverage in your area are deemed adequate, and ST will not offer this phone for your area because it has to pay more of it’s take to Verizon. Don’t have a legitimate work around.

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lisa September 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

when it asks what zipcode, tell them 49022. This will allow you to see the phone on the straighttalk website.
I was able to buy the phone at that zipcode. But when you put in your shipping address make sure to correct the zipcode to your own zipcode. I read this on howardsforum.

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aaron July 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I have had mine for just over 3 weeks. i was using it yesterday to text sonebody and the message sat on the pendi.g status. afyer waiting and a little investigating i discovered a new icon on top in my notifications section. it is a whiye circle with a line through it.now when i try to make calls it says mobile network not available. I went into my settings and under about phone>status, all of my information says unavailable. msn, meid, prl version, my number, network status….everything. after spending an hour on the phone woth straight tLk customer aervice thall they could say was it wont connect to their network. i tried reactivating it and it says programming failed. Wish i could find a solution to this. any help would be grwat.

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pbushx2 July 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Aaron, that’s terrible. Have you tried their facebook page for help?

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Dani July 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

Lou, check back on the Straight Talk website..I was just on it this morning and purchased the phone so I know they have them in stock..atleast for now!!

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pbushx2 July 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Thanks Dani, you are right!
http://bit.ly/StraightTalkQuestions

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stacey July 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Just wondering how the camera quality is on the samsung proclaim?

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MeaningOfLife July 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Can someone comment on the process of upgrading the memory card? Is it difficult, time consuming, or causing any additional problems?

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Susie July 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Can you please tell me will the data plan on the proclaim work if your out of your zip code area? Do a lot of traveling from Midwest to out west. Heard you can only use data with wifi if out of your zip area.
Thank you

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pbushx2 July 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Hi Susie
I’ve had mixed experience with this. I had no problem traveling through a very remote area where I know there was native Verizon coverage. But then, in a different area, I was unable to access either data or regular calls and texts. This second instance occurred when I was with a group of people with various different cell carriers. Those that were on USCellular had no problems making calls. Those that were on Verizon but using only feature phones also had no problems making calls or texting. But another friend who has a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S2 was unable to make calls or use data, just like me.

So what this says to me is that there might be a different set of rules for different areas; specifically the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim might be prevented from roaming onto USCellular networks. It’s just odd to me that when I was farther from home, in a less populated area, I could use data, but then in a different area I could not when I know that there was a compatible network available.

So I guess it’s inconclusive for me at this point, but I’ll continue testing this when I get a chance to travel again.

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Dianne July 28, 2012 at 2:58 am

I just got my Proclaim 2 days ago. Just playing with it tonight. I had a Samsung R355 before this one with ST and on the verizon network. I do know because my daughter has had a droid for a few years, when you see the network maps that cover most of the US, that is for non android phones, the maps you see with sparse coverage is android coverage. From ppl I know that have androids, androids take alot more to run than a regular phone. My R355 would run on one bar, with no drop calls, no probs whatsoever. Just setting the Proclaim up I was getting that cutting in and out with the ST tech support and the 22980 set up. But Verizon in our area is still better than AT&T(I had them for years, which was Cingular first) there coverage is badddd. My daugther when she got out on her own got Sprint which coverage is better than AT&T’s but nothing like Verizons. We live in the mtns and Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. My Samsung R355, I would go over the mtn. to the interstate, with no drop in serivice, actually would hold 5-6 bars. Daughter with Sprint loses signal as she approaches the mtn. Now Im curious how the android will do, even though it is Verizon. And another reason I paid 50.00 more compared to the Precedent because the Precedent runs on Sprint network. Went back home for a reunion, Spfld OH, which is half hour from Dayton, and a fairly big city. Sprint coverage there was almost null and void. pbushx2 any further info on the qr reader? I just want the reader. I did a search for the best one, and when I tried to install it said my phone wasnt capable to use it. I play a game on Facebook, and they came out with a mobile app(a big reason I got an android, but it says my Proclaim is not capable of using that app. Why would that be. Is there an app that would let us use these other apps? You said you found a 4.00 app for the qr reader but didnt mention the name. Id pay 4.00 if I can find a free one. Id love to know if you have found anything out about that yet. Thanks!

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Cameron July 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

hey, ive been looking at this phone now because ive never had a driod os phone before. but the walmart in my area does not carry them this early into this phone coming out must be. The next step i did was went to straight talks website , they do have them in stock . But in buying my last phone (the nokia E5) i bought it in my local walmart, with the 18 month warranty. The proclaim i want to buy from Straight talk’s website A.S.A.P. but , I am not about to buy it if i cannot buy that same 18 month warranty with it.
Can you get that warranty when going through the straight talk check out process?
Or am i going to have to wait for it in my local walmart and buy it there?
Thanks ,
Cameron

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pbushx2 July 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Cameron – you might want to look into a service called “squaretrade” that offers third-party warranties. If that doesn’t work for you, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for your local Walmart (or travel to a different store that has it in stock).

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Levi July 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Has anyone tried to use any Video out cables for the ST Proclaim? Are there any in existance, do they work, what is the largest aspect ratio?

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Taylor August 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

just got my proclaim and i like it but i dont have a notification light? i cant find how to turn it on anywhere and it sucks because my entire phone lights up when i get a message but i want the notification light! at the top of the phone on the left hand side it looks like there is a notification lighting device but theres nothing in the phone that says i have one. please help me!!!

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pbushx2 August 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Hi Taylor, unfortunately there is no notification light on this model. That thing you’re talking about on the upper left is the light sensor that’s supposed to sense the amount of light shining on your screen, and adjust the display brightness accordingly.

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Imani August 2, 2012 at 1:25 am

Hi, i wanted to know if this phone can get Temple Run and how can you take Screen shots?

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Imani August 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Can you get Temple Run & Screenshot for this phone?

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pbushx2 August 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Imani, I have installed Temple Run and it works fine, I think, though I’ve never played it on any other device so I don’t have anything for comparing the speed/smoothness of the proclaim.

as far as a screenshot, there is not a way to do this within the Android OS, but I guess it now can be done with apps. I have not tried it yet but found this tutorial on how to do it:
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/screenshot-google-android-gingerbread-36229.html

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Adam August 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

To do a screenshot on, simply push the home button at the bottom and the power button simultaneously. Do it quickly and it’ll make the camera sound and under galleries, you’ll have a new folder where your screenshots are stored.

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Kelly Kester August 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I have had mine for just a month and loved it, until yesterday. I discovered a new icon on top in my notifications section. it is a white circle with a line through it.now when i try to make calls it says mobile network not available. I went into my settings and under about phone>status, all of my information says unavailable. msn, meid, prl version, my number, network status….everything. after spending four hours on the phone with straight talk customer service all they could say was it wont connect to their network and it will take up to 3 days to fix. they made me wipe out the phone (including all of my apps and contacts) and that didn’t work, tried reactivating it and it says programming failed. Wish i could find a solution to this.

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pbushx2 August 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Wow, that really stinks. Hopefully at least Straight Talk will replace the phone as a last resort if necessary. I know it would still be a huge pain, but it’s better than having to buy a new phone altogether. Please keep us updated on how this situation works out for you.

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keto August 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Mine is working fine, except for a couple calls where I can hear them, but they said I started cutting out. I’m assuming that must be the service and not this particular phone. hopefully they’ll come up with a fix it.an update or something. any ideas from anyone?

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

How is the Verizon Coverage in your area? That could be the issue.

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Nicolette August 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Ok – bought this for my husband this past week and for the life of me I can’t figure out how to program speed dials… Anyone know how? Thanks!

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lisa September 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Click on phone app. When the keypad comes up, press the button to the left of the home button (i don’t know what the name of it is) and a menu pops up with speed dial settings.
Once you program it, just press and hold the number of the person you want to dial…like press and hold 1.

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Michael August 8, 2012 at 1:21 am

Will the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim for Straight Talk allow you to download firefox from the google play store? I would really like to use this as my browser. I currently have the Samsung Galaxy Precedent for Straight Talk and it isn’t compatible. I don’t think it has enough phone memory or ram.

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

Yep, I’ve done it.

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LG August 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

How many texts will it hold? Does it erase those you were saving when you have to reset it?

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melissa August 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I have had the proclaim for a lityle over a month now . i havr 2 qurstiond when i first got it i could watch full on viefod on you tube and everything noe it skips as though a disc eould be scrstched it takes 20mi. to watch a 5 minute viedo just wondering y. also it looks as though therrs a cameta or somrthing on the front right by the ear piece what is that and how would i use it?

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

Melissa,
I haven’t had that problem with videos, and I really have no idea what might be the cause. As far as the camera-looking thing on the front, it’s just a light sensor to determine how bright the screen should be.

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melissa September 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thank you:)

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Jodi August 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I just activated my Proclaim tonight but can’t figure out how to get online. We have a wireless router, shouldn’t my phone pick up that? I shouldn’t have to set up the wi-fi thing right? I’m frustrated… :( any help is appreciated

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

Jodi – go into your settings, then “wireless and networks.” The first time you connect to your home wifi network, you’ll have to do it manually. After that, it should always connect automatically when you are in range.

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Eric August 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Does the samsung Galaxy Pro claim have a camera on the front facing screen

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

Eric – unfortunately, no. It looks like it does, but actually that’s just a light sensor.

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candace August 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

hey, i just got this phone and whenever i’m on a call but i need to use the key pad to enter numbers it turns black and is kind of difficult to enter them is there any way to fix that?

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

candace – for me, when I pull the phone away from my face the screen turns on and then there’s an option to show the keypad. If you are on speaker or bluetooth during your call, try tapping the power button once to bring the screen back to life.

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Daniel September 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

Hi, I had a few questions/requests about the phone
Questions:
1. Does it have a good on screen Keyboard
2. Is it a fast devise with apps on it
3. Does it have a good music player
4. Does it have a 3.5mm headset Jack
5. Does it fit in your pocket/ hand well?
6. Is the Camera good? Video Camera?
7. Does it have a front facing camera?
8. Can you make a full review of this phone please
9. Does it have a lot of options to customise?
I think that is all for that now

Requests:
1. Can you reply and make a review about the things I just mentioned.
2. Can you post pics and a video for clarity of screen and etc.

Thanks/ Sorry If im asking too much!!!

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

Daniel,
Hmm, that’s a lot to answer, but I’ll try.

1. I like the keyboard, especially using “swype” for faster typing.
2. It’s fairly fast for an entry-level phone such as this. Better than the ZTE merit, Galaxy Precedent, Huwai Ascend, or LG optimus Q or Optimus Net.
3. The music player is fine, and you can download other players besides what comes with it, such as winamp or hundreds of others.
4. Yes, standard 3.5mm headset jack.
5. It fits just fine. I like this size phone. Once you get over 4.0 inch screen size, at least for me, it sometimes gets difficult to cover the whole phone when using it one-handed. The proclaim does not have that problem at all for me.
6. Camera and video camera are not great, but it depends on what you are comparing against. Compare to a regular digital camera, it’s way worse. Compare to an iPhone 4S or recent expensive Android phone like Samsung Galaxy S3, it’s pretty poor. But compared to a feature phone like a different Straight Talk or Net10 qwerty phone or flip phone, the Proclaim is better.
7. No front-facing camera on the Proclaim.
8. I’m working on a full review, but I have a newborn baby that’s getting the vast majority of my attention at the moment.
9. It is very customizable, especially with full access to the google play store.

Requests:
see #8 above

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haily September 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I ordered this phone from walmart.com and have a question, on the walmart website it says you can use skype. So does this phone have a camera on the front screen so you can use skype ?

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

Haily – unfortunately you can’t use video skype on the Proclaim (no front-facing camera), but you can do audio or text chat over skype.

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lola k. September 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I have a question. The other day, I opened my photo hallery and I saw a picture of a screen. It was the home screen with the airplane mode/power off options window open. It must have captured the screen and saved it in my gallery by accident while it was in my pocket. My question is: how did it do this? I’ve since tried to figure it out…I even looked in the user manual. But still have no idea. Does anyone know how to purposely capture a screen and save it in the gallery?

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

Lola – press the “home” icon and the power button at the same time.

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Jessica September 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I can’t figure out how to answer calls on my new Samsung Proclaim- help!?

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pbushx2 September 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

Slide the green button across the screen.

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Kristy September 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

This is a great blog full of wonderful info! I just got the proclaim and see that the camera doesn’t have auto focus. Does the barcode scanner app work with this phone?

On a side note, I left verizon after 13 years. Straight Talk seemed too good to be true. I talked to others would have this service thought I would give it a try, I have nothing to loose at this point. So far I am very happy! I am only on day 2 with the phone/service, but I am pleased with the switch.

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Brenda September 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

Learned AFTER PURCHASE that Hulu.com Huluplus.com and Netflix.com apps are not compatible with my phone. FYI. If I knew this ahead of time I would haven’t been so caught off guard.

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Rhonda September 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

Absolutely love the proclaim. I have tried many phone, including iphone 3gs, zte Merit (a nightmare), Nokia, and another Verizon based smartphone by LG. I can’t remember the name of that one. The Samsung Proclaim tops them all. I use WiFi when I can which is not often and never had a problem using 3G the rest of the time. The battery is ok and alot better than the others have tried. I have had it almost three weeks. The only trouble I had was the first 12 hours or so I could not receive texts. But after another call to activate, all worked great and not a momen’s problem since. I DO recommend using the facebook page for any questions or problems. They are faster to respond and I can understand their typing much better than their speech. WONDERFUL service once you get it going. Been with ST for 2 and 1/2 years and will NEVER go back to a contract phone.

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Thomas September 17, 2012 at 12:40 am

I’m about to buy straight talk $45 and proclaim, but customer service telling me I will not me able to have Pandora, use Etrade apps and surf internet … so what a hack I will be able to do on the unlimited data plan ??

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Mike September 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I want to order the Samsung Proclaim (Net 10) from Amazon.com for a price of about $50 cheaper than Walmart or Straight Talk, but was told by ST telephone operators that it will not work with ST. I need to get an actual Samsung Proclaim ST phone, because even though they are the same, they are serial numbered and built especially for specific ST or Net 10. Can I purchase the one from Amazon or do I have to go through walmart.ST? Thanks.

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B.E. September 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm

After a few months, have you encountered any issues with the data limit? How is the Watchdog app doing?

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missyegm September 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Got 2 Proclaims about a month ago. My husband and I love them, but wanted a warranty with it. I bought the Proclaims online, but was able to go into the local WalMart and buy the 18 month warranty. I think it has to be within a certain amount of time from the day you buy the unit.

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Judi October 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Please forgive what might me a silly question, but is there a way to buy a backup battery for this phone and charge it outside the phone? I am in disability and this will be my only phone (I will be cancelling the landline). I would feel more secure if I knew a battery will always be charged. Thank you.

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Plush October 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Does this phone’s camera have a flash?
I just discovered the alarm clock through ‘voice search’ or something

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AliOhio October 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

This review site was VERY helpful in my decision- making process! I will be purchasing the Proclaim on payday. :)

That being said, my question is this. . .

Since the Proclaim runs on the Verizon network (one of my top reasons for wanting this phone in lieu of others) will texts/ calls to actual Verizon customers (prepaid AND contract) charge the other person/ go through if that person doesn’t have non- Verizon minutes left?

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Bill October 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

I currently have a LG dumb phone, which I use on Verizon’s network. I have been considering buying a Proclaim, which would be my first Android phone. My wife and I travel between south east Florida and western North Carolina where the most reliable service is a toss up between Verizon and AT&T. According to ST’s coverage map there would be non-Android coverage in WNC but there wouldn’t be any Android coverage. Here is my question: what would and wouldn’t work on the Proclaim in western North Carolina? Would I get phone service? What about text messages and e-mails?

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pbushx2 November 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Bill,
I believe you’d get calls and SMS texts, but not MMS texts or emails.

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Joe October 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I paired my new proclaim to my 2011 Hyundai and I can receive calls but when I attempt to place call the voice recognition does not understand. This worked fine with my old cell (not a smart phone) I see when I try to voice call just using phone it asked using mobile and if I press yes it calls but using bluetooth in car your not touching phone, am I messing something? Other than this I love the phone and no other problems using it for two weeks.

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pbushx2 November 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hey Joe
Unfortunately my car doesn’t have built-in bluetooth, so I can’t help with this. I would suggest posting your question on the HowardForums Straight Talk section. http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php/551-Straight-Talk

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Thairen F November 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Hi. I recently purchased a ZTE Merit, and am having constant restarting issues, along with the issue of low internal memory. I was considering sending my current phone for a replacement ZTE, or going on and purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. I’m reading some fairly decent reviews of it on this site, and have yet to come across anything remotely similar to the issues I’m having with my ZTE. The more reviews I’m reading about the proclaim, the more I’m regretting buying the ZTE, lol. Are either of these forementioned problems an issue with the Proclaim?

Thanks. :-)

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pbushx2 November 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hi Thairen
I have used the ZTE merit as well as the proclaim, and definitely prefer the Proclaim as far as how well it runs android. I have had a few issues with the Proclaim, but all minor, nit-picky things. So if you limit your decision-making to only these two phones, I like the Proclaim better.
However, keep in mind that the Proclaim runs on the Verizon network, whereas the ZTE merit is on AT&T. Coverage will not be identical if you make the switch you are talking about. In most areas, Verizon has coverage that is at least as good as AT&T, and often better. But that’s not always the case. Know your own area before making this switch.

But the biggest thing I want to point out is that your ZTE Merit has a SIM card in it, and this SIM card can be switched to any AT&T-compatible phone. This opens up a HUGE variety of choices for you. What I would do in your shoes is to buy a used or new unlocked AT&T phone and switch the SIM out of the ZTE into your replacement phone. Here are some models you might consider:
Nexus 4 (just released by Google) for $299
Used Samsung Galaxy SII ($200-$300 on ebay)
Used Samsung Galaxy Nexus ($250-$300 on ebay)
older iPhone (price varies depending on how old the model is – about 9 months ago I got a 3GS for $60 on craigslist)
– note that if you get an iPhone 4 or 4S, you’ll need to either get a new SIM from Straight Talk, or use a SIM card cutter to get your current SIM down to the right size to fit in one of these phones.

There are a few advantages of going this route vs. the Proclaim:
1. the hardware will be better
2. especially if you go with the one of the “nexus” models, you can get the latest version of Android, which is widely regarded as superior to previous versions (I have not used it yet personally)
3. you have more options in terms of screen size, operating system, etc.
4. if you want to switch phones a few months from now, you can sell the phone much more easily than selling a phone that is “locked” to Straight Talk
5. you can keep the ZTE as a back up in case something happens to whichever phone you buy next

As with any purchase on Craigslist or eBay, exercise extreme diligence to make sure you trust the seller. Ebay makes it more transparent with their ratings system – make sure to take note of the seller’s rating before placing a bid. There are also some sites out there that specialize in reselling used or refurbished phone – Best Buy subsidiary “cowboom” comes to mind as one you might want to check out first. Also, I’ve recently had success posting on Facebook that I was looking for a good used phone. That really helps to mitigate the trust issue. Just make sure it’s a phone that’s compatible with AT&T.

Which brings me to my final point – make sure that you know which network your phone is on. It’s most likely AT&T, but could be T-Mobile. The easiest way I know to do this is to check the SIM card for the SIM serial number. For more info on this, use google to search “pbushx2 tracfone-and-net10-sim-card-info.” The top two results should explain what you need to know. When you figure out what network you’re on, that will dictate which type of phone you should buy. If it’s T-Mobile, the iPhone will not be a great option.

Hope this helps moreso than it clouds the decision for you!

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Dano November 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

I want to do hands-free for the car. Got a BlueAnt S4 bluetooth speakerphone, paired it easily with the Proclaim, S4 downloaded the contacts. When I attempt to use the voice dialing, the S4 turns on the voice commands on the Proclaim, but no matter if I give a command to dial, or stay quiet, the Proclaim toggles back and forth between “Listening” and “Try Again” like it is not getting any command. Voice dialing without bluetooth works fine. BlueAnt cust service says “you are doing everything right”, but cannot figure it out. Any clues?

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pbushx2 November 13, 2012 at 12:28 am

Hey Dano
Have you made or received any calls any calls using the S4 yet? If not I would suggest trying that, to make sure that the s4 mic is picking up your audio for calls. In other words, one possibility that I’m seeing is that the mic is defective. Voice dialing on a bluetooth headset worked for me with the Proclaim.

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Dano November 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

The S4 mic seems to be working, since I can give it voice commands to start up and go into voice command mode. It responds and makes a connection with the Proclaim, but then it seems the connection between the S4 and the Proclaim breaks down. I have made calls to the Proclaim through the S4; the S4 tells the number calling, asks to answer or ignore. If I say answer, it connects, however the voice does not come out of the S4 speaker.

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jojo November 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hi i am getting the phone but i want to know if any are better or cheaper. Thanks.

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pbushx2 November 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm

This is a very good phone if you need to have access to the Verizon network. Out of all the Straight Talk or Net10 prepaid phones I’ve tried, this would be my first choice in terms of value for the money and for how well it works.

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piersonjr November 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

Does anyone know if you can import your contact information through outlook?

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separationanxiety November 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Is anyone else with a Galaxy Proclaim on Straight Talk having trouble separating joined contacts? I can manually join them just fine, but there is no option to separate. I checked the Gingerbread users guide online, but the menu options they describe just don’t exist on my phone.

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Ally November 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I am looking at the Galaxy Proclaim’s on Ebay and i am nervous to buy one off eBay , what should I do.. I also have some question about the phone, does it have video recording and sending? And is the phone app capable like instagram ,flowfree, Fb, & so on.. ? Also could you give me a example of an object that relates to the size of the phone? Can you get this phone with a slider keyboard and if not is it easy to type with touch, do you make a lot of mistake’s? Can you get book’s, Movies, & full length songs on this phone? Thats a lot of questions but I’m hopping you can help. please and thank you!!

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Jessica Stillman November 30, 2012 at 1:23 am

Ok ive had my straight talk galaxy proclaim 4 close 2 five months now & it has stopped rotating it no longer will show the screen n a upright position…it is at all times on a side view! Any suggestions or preferably solutions? Lol thanks 4 takn time 2 answer this! :-)

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pbushx2 December 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I’d suggest contacting Straight Talk or Net10 for a replacement

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Jen December 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Hi. Am I supposed to be able to use the provided USB cable to transfer pictures and other files from my computer to my Proclaim? So far the computer will not recognize my phone and no drivers are being installed. I am however able to use Bluetooth. Any help would be appreciated! Also, is there a way to give each contact their own ringtone or not?

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pbushx2 December 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Hi Jen
When you plug in your phone to your computer, does a message pop up on your screen? It should ask how you want the phone to treat the connection – whether it is just for charging, or if you want to transfer files.

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Ally December 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Answer my question !!?

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Ally December 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I am looking at the Galaxy Proclaim’s on Ebay and i am nervous to buy one off eBay , what should I do.. I also have some question about the phone, does it have video recording and sending? And is the phone app capable like instagram ,flowfree, Fb, & so on.. ? Also could you give me a example of an object that relates to the size of the phone? Can you get this phone with a slider keyboard and if not is it easy to type with touch, do you make a lot of mistake’s? Can you get book’s, Movies, & full length songs on this phone? Thats a lot of questions but I’m hopping you can help. please and thank you!!

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Susie December 6, 2012 at 1:51 am

Walmart had the Galaxy Proclaim for $149 and I think they may have a promotion going where you get a gift card with it but you would have to call and ask about it.
My husband and I just got this phone about a month ago. Yes, it has video and nice too. I “THINK” it can send but not sure as I haven’t done it yet.
Yes it comes with some of the apps you mention plus you can get the rest at the Google Play Store. Most are free OR you can try finding them on the particular website you want to follow.
No this phone doesn’t have a slider keyboard BUT you just click on the microphone and speak and it will type everything for you. LOVE this feature.
Yes you can get books, movies and songs.
Love the phone BUT the battery has to be charged every night but the phone is worth having for sure even with the battery like that,
Susie

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john grzelak December 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Not having read all your blogs I probably missed this answer. Got the
Samsung Glaxay Proclaim. I know how to get voice mails and erase them when I’m done.How do I remove old, saved voice mails? Also, in the phone section, under favorites, the all look like old calls which are
of no use. How do I make the go away also.

Thanks,
John Grzelak, NH

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pbushx2 December 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hi John
To get your voicemails, dial “1.” If I’m not mistaken, the “7″ key within the voicemail system deletes a message when you are done listening to it. I think this info is correct, but I can be 100% as my proclaim is no longer active – I had it active just for the reviewing and testing, but don’t have need of it at this time.

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Carmen December 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

First of all- thanks so much for this review site! I’m planning on purhasing this phone as my very first, but I was wondering if it is only activated to work in the zip code you live in? Also, about how long does it take to fully charge the battery and where can you get larger memory cards?

Thanks!!

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pbushx2 December 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Hi Carmen
HOpefully this isn’t to late to be helpful. This phone will work wherever there is coverage from Verizon. Your own number will be based on the zip code from which you activate the phone. The battery charges in an hour or maybe two, with the standard charger that comes with the phone. Larger memory cards are inexpensive and available at any electronics store. I’d suggest amazon – just search for “MicroSD 16GB” or 8GB if you prefer to save a little. Then make your choice based on the reviews and price.

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Sam December 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Hi, I’m thinking about getting the Proclaim as a Christmas gift to myself (lol, greedy I know) but I just want to make sure that the keyboard is easy to use.
So basically I’m just wondering these things; is the swype system easy to use, is the keyboard an ok size to type with, and is there possibly a way to make the keyboard so that you can just tap the letters instead of swyping?

Thanks!
Sam

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pbushx2 December 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hi Sam
I LOVE the ‘swype’ function on this keyboard. I also have an ipod touch, and I definitely miss swype when I go back to my ipod. You can turn off swype if you want to, however.

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Donna December 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I bought a T-Mobile ZTE Concord phone for $99, and although it’s not a bad entry level smartphone, I’m not happy with the camera, which is only 2 MP. I’ve been looking at the Proclaim, because the price is around where I need to be, and the camera is 3 MP which isn’t that much better, but my last phone had a 3.2 MP and I was very happy with it. So, my question: how are pictures with the proclaim? Thanks for any help.

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Donna December 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Also, is there a flash?

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Carmen December 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Even with Straight Talk?

(Thanks for all the help!!)

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pbushx2 December 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hi Carmen – Yes, all of my answers above apply to the Straight Talk version of this phone. Straight Talk doesn’t own any network or towers; instead, they basically act as a middle man between us consumers and Verizon. They get big chunks of bandwidth and minutes at a wholesale price, then sell them to us at a mark-up – but still cheaper than if we bought from Verizon as a Verizon customer. Best of both worlds, if you ask me.

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Carmen December 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Wow, that’s great! Thank you so much! Happy holidays~

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Sam December 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Ok, awesome. Thanks so much!

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Cindy December 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I got my Proclaim as a gift, and it is used!!!
The charger does not seem to fit correctly and having a really hard time charging the phone. I worked with it yesterday and finally got it charged. Then I just left it on my desk all night and this morning the battery was already gone!! :(

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Charles January 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Question about the ST Proclaim Android: Does this phone work well in large buildings? I have an LG Optimus Q by ST and it won’t get a signal in bldgs in downtown Dallas unless I’m standing by a large window. Other folks on Verizon or AT&T seem to be okay. I’m guessing this is because my ST phone uses Sprint networks. It works well for the most part until I get off major highways / interstates or suburban areas on the outskirts of big towns.
Also….if the Proclaim / ST is on Verizon, does that mean it should work okay in major metros out of my main zip code?
Any experiences would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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pbushx2 January 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Hi Charles
I haven’t tried inside many large buildings, but I think your guess about the coverage of Verizon vs. Sprint is a good theory.

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Coleman February 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I have been interested in this phone for a while since my little bro locked me out of my samsung galaxy s showcase is this a ideal phone to purchase because i have had issues with st phones before and have you found any limitations on it so far????????

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pbushx2 February 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I have not found any limitations on it. It definitely seems to be very capable for a prepaid phone. It is now coming up on a year since it came out, so obviously there are going to be newer, faster phones out there. But if you want Verizon network on Straight Talk, I think you still can’t go wrong with this one. Otherwise, you could try their “bring your own phone” program and just buy a SIM from them, then get the unlocked AT&T or T-Mobile android phone of your choice.

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pbushx2 February 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

One other thing – this isn’t the largest screen – about the size of the original iPhone. So if you want a huge screen, definitely look elsewhere.

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dwilliams February 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

I have a question, Ive ordered one and its on its way, my question is can you watch movies on this phone and does it skip or jump or run slow. I love your page thankyou.

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pbushx2 February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I ran netflix on it today and it worked fine, although it did get a little hot as I got close to an hour of video streaming (on wifi). Youtube is good as well. I haven’t run much video from the SD card, but that works fine as well as far as I can remember.

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dwilliams February 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

sorry to bother you with such non important questions but I have searched and could not find an answer, how do I delete downloads on my phone? I thankyou for your answer your page is very helpful and have yet to see another one like it

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pbushx2 February 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

What kind of downloads are you trying to delete?

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dwilliams February 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I was trying to figure it out and did thankyou, nowIm trying to figure out how to watch movies on the phone I will reread some of the other questions thanks.

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S Cooper February 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I just purchased my Samsung Proclaim coming from a flip phone and not knowing a lot of tech stuff. When I get a call sometimes I press or brush across the green answer button but 75% of the time I can’t get the phone to answer and miss the call. Is this an indication that I should return the phone and get a replacement or am I doing something wrong?

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pbushx2 February 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hmm, sounds to me like you got a “lemon,” unless one of the apps you’ve installed is causing the phone to run slowly. I haven’t heard of any other Proclaim owners having this problem, nor have I experienced it myself. In general, the proclaim seems to get good reviews all around. If you can possibly trace this problem back to starting when you installed a particular app, you might be able to uninstall the app that is causing the problem.

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Indyandy474 February 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Love my galaxy Proclaim. Been waiting on this from Strait Talk. I live in rural Indiana and service where I live is only provided by Verison. So far, Its been about 2 weeks and not one problem to report. I do wonder what apps I need to have running. I havent added anything yet until I know more about what I’m doing. This android type phone is new to me.

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l morgan March 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I have a Samsung Proclaim and I cannot receive pictures in email. Please help

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pbushx2 March 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Hi I Morgan
This sounds like a problem better left to the forums at howardforums.com. Search google for “howardforums.com 551 Straight Talk” and it will take you to the Straight Talk phone forum there. Most likely someone there will be able to help you. I can not help with this one, since I have not had problems with pictures I don’t believe.

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A.Sylvester April 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

My Proclaim from straight talk won’t receive text messages all else is good. Why am I having such
a problem. any solutions???

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pbushx2 April 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Have you had this problem from day 1 with the Proclaim, or did it start after you had been using it for some time? It could be that an app you added is interfering with text message delivery.

Have you tried Straight Talk’s customer support, either through their facebook page (preferably) or their 800 number?

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Jane April 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I thought I was knowledgable about computers etc.. Well I am finding something I can’t figure out, I have had phones with SIM cards, thought the memory card was the same, well, not, I don’t know how other than pictures, to put any info on memory card. Help
Thanks in advance, I have read my users Manuel, doesn’t tell me anything other than I have a memory card and I did format the card. Jane

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C McGarvey May 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

Why can’t get my speed dial to work beyond the number 9?

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Camille Conzola May 24, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I purchased the Galaxy Proclaim about 2 months ago. It was my second choice as the phones with the slide out keyboard were out of stock and I really needed a phone for work. I have had nothing but trouble with this phone. It is the most frustrating thing I’ve ever had to work with. It autocorrects everything and there is no way to keep the autocorrect off. So when you text and you try to type “u” (for you) it autocorrects it to I. That is the smallest of the annoyances with this phone. The reception is horrible. Sometimes when I talk to people they tell me that I “sound like a monster.” It squawks and squeals and gives lots of feedback. Now the touch screen is not working correctly. Sometimes I am unable to answer a call because the button won’t slide. Sometimes when I am using the keypad, the number won’t register and the screen goes blank. I have set the timeout on the phone to be 10 minutes, but it goes to black after 30 seconds.

I have called Straighttalk to get a replacement and they make me do resets and refuse to replace the phone. I tried calling Samsung but they won’t stand behind this product because it was sold as a Straighttalk phone. Today I had the most frustrating conversation of all when he told me to wipe my data clean. He said that my data was on my SD card (he was wrong) and I lost all of my pics and address book contacts. They still refuse to replace the phone because the keypad worked after the data wiping. AND as if that weren’t enough, I said to him the feedback on the phone is awful and he said “Well that is an inconvenience that you will have to live with. No connection is perfect.” So very annoyed and very frustrated.

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ShaRon Kelly December 3, 2013 at 12:56 am

I got a reconditioned Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Proclaim phone direct from Straight talk website for free about 2 weeks ago. The only major complaint is that it is not reconized as a modem in Windows 7 Ultimate. It would be nice if the phone companies and manufactures of phones would not shut off the tethering for the phone to be a modem for my laptop. I live in an area where internet access is quite remote for a laptop.I wish I knew how to resolve this issue. It does connect to the PC for charging and for USB Mass Storage; but no wifi or 3G access. Straight Connect works well here in northern Maine where I live and most parts of the country I have been too. I would like to hook to it thru the PC when it is needed.
Any Apps out there that will do this for me?

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pbushx2 December 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Try to find the app FoxFi – it allows you to use your phone to set up a local wifi hotspot. Your laptop can then connect to the hotspot to get internet access.

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Sue Ann June 27, 2014 at 8:30 am

Due to poor battery life on my Galaxy Proclaim, need to get a different phone. Is there anyway to save my phonebook contacts to my computer or any other device?

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pbushx2 July 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm

When in the contact list, tap the menu key and look for the option to import/export. Then you can save to your sd card, and use that same card on your next phone to import

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