Samsung Galaxy Proclaim – Prepaid Smart Phone on VERIZON Network!

by pbushx2 on

Wow, this is huge news for many, many loyal TracFone/Net10/Straight Talk customers. One of the most frequent complaints I hear from customers of these companies is that they have quite a poor selection of phones that run on the Verizon Network. It’s only one, but now those people finally have the option of a true prepaid smart phone to use and still get Verizon coverage.

The Samsung Galaxy Proclaim is an Android device now available (for pre-order, shipping in 1-2 weeks) from both Net10 and Straight Talk for $179.99. To see for yourself, go to StraightTalk.com or Net10.com, and enter ZIP code 54747, which is an area with only Verizon coverage.

While this looks to be an entry-level device as far as Android phones go, I expect it to be a very popular phone since so many people have waited for so long to get something like this that uses the Verizon network.

Here’s a look at some of the specs:

  • 3.2″ HVGA capacitive touch screen
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Swype text input
  • speech to text
  • 3MP camera with video recording
  • Gravity Sensor / Tilt & Shake
  • TouchWiz 3.0 UI
  • Includes 2GB microSD card

Coincidentally, Verizon themselves recently unveiled a no-contract smartphone plan, and the first phone there looks like a twin of the Samsung Galaxy Illusion.┬áThe big difference is that if you go directly from Verizon, you’ll pay $80 a month, while with Straight Talk or Net10 you’ll pay $45 or $50, respectively.

The Proclaim, then, seems like a great deal on its face, but it’s worth pointing out that other users of Straight Talk’s “unlimited” plan (on the AT&T network) have run up against some pretty hard limits. It seems that Striaght Talk has developed a habit of shutting down user accounts if they exceed that 2 GB monthly limit, or a limit of approximately 100 mb per day. If you’re not aware of the data your phone is using, it could be easy for a first-time smartphone user to blow through these limits.

Still, if you are in one of the many areas in the U.S. where Verizon is your only viable carrier, and you want a prepaid smart phone, this seems like a very appealing choice. I’d just caution you to use an app like “3G Watchdog” to keep tabs on how much data you are using. Make use of WiFi when it’s available to you, and use the Androd “settings” menu to turn off 3G data when you don’t need it, just to be on the safe side and keep your data usage down.

I lately haven’t been reviewing every new phone as it comes out, but I’ll definitely be taking a look at this one and running some tests to see how it works for me. I’ll be posting a video as soon as I get the phone in my hands, hopefully toward the end of next week. If you want to follow along with my review, I’ll be posting the occasional update here on prepaidphoneguy.com, but I’ll be posting the bulk of my info at SamsungGalaxyProclaim.net (this is a brand new domain, so nothing is posted there just yet).

In the mean time, you might want to take a look at these links to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim:

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracfancier May 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Sara, the ST representative on HOFO, has mentioned a second Verizon Android will be released. No date disclosed.

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teresa May 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I heard the 2.3 is NOT upgradeable like the more recent versions. does anyone know for sure? thanks.

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The Sweeper May 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

The proclaim has been spotted in my local Wal Mart this afternoon.

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Don May 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

Is there anyway to remove voice prompt on incoming calls on the Proclaim??? Thanks

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pbushx2 May 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Hi Don,
What voice prompt do you mean? The message the caller hears when you don’t answer an incoming call?

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Jay McAllister May 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I just got the Straight Talk prepaid set-up.(Unlimited,30 days) with my Galaxy Proclaim. I am new to using Android, and I know the Proclaim is new to Straight Talk.
The plan says “unlimited” but I believe excessive data usage could kill the unlimited status and terminate the plan I paid $45 for.
I also have a mobile MiFi hot spot. (Prepaid thru Virgin) that I use for my laptop internet connection.
Will using my phone’s WiFi thru the hot spot mess me up with my plan, or should I just keep WiFi turned off altogether and stick with Straight Talk’s mobile web?
Please feel free to email with any advice.

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pbushx2 May 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hi Jay, I replied by email to your question, but I think I will also post that reply on SamsungGalaxyProclaim.net so everyone can read it. In short, yes, you should be careful about how much data you use.

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Robin May 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I know this is not entirely related to the Galaxy Proclaim, but it has brought a question to mind; why does Verizon (or any of the other 3 biggies) allow Tracfone to offer these unlimited plans on their networks if they are offered at almost half the price, virtually ensuring that the public goes for the prepaid option and not theirs? Even if they make money off the spectrum, surely they’d make more if there wasn’t a choice for people to go to a cheaper (and contract-free) option? The other question is something I’ve wondered for sometime now; when they give quarterly figures for the various providers, are the MVNO’s subscribers counted into the network owner’s subscriber numbers? Hope you can clarify something that has me confused. Thanks for all the thorough info you always provide.

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pbushx2 May 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Hi Robin
I’m not positive on the answer to either of your questions, but I’ll take a shot. First, I think that they are kind of painted into a corner by customer demand. Basically, TracFone (along with their Straight Talk, Net10, and Safelink brands) have a pretty strong subscriber base, and the big three would be missing out on all that action if they didn’t play ball. Another thing, and I’m definitely not sure on this one, but I think that maybe there are some synergistic savings built in for the big three. For example, say that an AT&T subscriber calls a TracFone user. If that TracFone user is on an AT&T-based phone number, then I think the call is cheaper to AT&T than if that contract subscriber were being connected to another network. I think this is another reason that the network providers have an incentive to build their customer base as much as possible.
And on the second questions, I really don’t know. I think it depends on where you are getting the numbers from.

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John May 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I am very interested in the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim on Verizon, but when I enter the zip code 54747 on Net 10 I get the response that the offer is not available in that zip code and request a different zip. Are there other zip codes that would have Verizon only service. I do not want to get Sprint, because the service is really spotty on our area.
Thanks.

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Gary June 21, 2012 at 1:20 am

John,

My area is Long Beach, CA (90806) and the Proclaim is only offered by Straight Talk at $180, but not Net10 or TracFone.
I don’t know if Net10 offers the Proclaim anywhere.

The S T “market” code I get in the browser address from my zip is “GSM4SPRCO” (AT&T, Sprint, or CDMA-Verizon).

So try Straight Talk and see if it is available officially in your area.
If so, buy it from S T. You’re going to be buying the Unlimited card either way and the price for that is $45 from S T and $50 from Net10, or $45 from Net10 if you sign up for automatic renewal.

I assume (and most comments on the net say) the CDMA service would be from Verizon, not Sprint.
You could buy the phone with my or another zip.
BUT you have to make sure you can actually get Straight Talk/Verizon service in your area to work.
Maybe pbushx2 can tell us how to do that.

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Gary June 21, 2012 at 1:22 am

Link/URL in review above doesn’t work
(http://prepaidphoneguy.com/SamsungGalaxyProclaim.net).

New link seems to be:
http://www.samsunggalaxyproclaim.net

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dilbert June 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Is there an app to use the voice feature ie where is ? etc

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Sheilla July 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I just bought a Samsung Proclaim through straight talk at Walmart. it worked great for a few days and them the 3 G stopped working. I spent close to 6 hours total on phone with straight talk. No one seemed to know how to fix the problem.
my husband and i have both gone through settings menu over & over and we do not see a place to turn 3G off or on. if this is possible how do we go about doing it.

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pbushx2 July 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Gary, thanks for pointing that out. I’ve fixed it now.

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pbushx2 July 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Dilbert, I guess I’m not sure exactly what you are asking. There is some voice recognition built in. Some commands I use are “call 987-555-1234″ or “navigate to Walmart in Kalamazoo, MI.” There’s also voice-to text available on any text-entry field, just tap on the microphone next to the space bar.

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pbushx2 July 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Sheila, are you able to get any data at all? If it’s no data, you might want to try the “mobile data” button in the status tray that slides down when you swipe down from the top of the screen.

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M February 15, 2013 at 10:27 am

Our local Walmart has the Galaxy proclaim Net10 version currently for $180, net10 site sells it for $150, I was able to buy one through a Amazon seller for $110 and got a case and screen protector also. So far my husband had used a feature phone Samsung R451c and then R355c with net10 and the $25 monthly plan and it was plenty for him. He works in remote areas at times and I wanted him to have good coverage and reception.
He is starting a new job and needs to be able to get email on his phone so we decided to try the Net10 Galaxy Proclaim with the unlimited plan. Autopay is $45 and tax. I’m hoping that he will have coverage where he works with it since it is supposed to be only Verizon native coverage (prepaid?) and not have the roaming agreements in place with other cdma carriers he had with the other feature phones.

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shelby September 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm

My 4 year old got ahold of my phone and enabled some voice command thing. it has the voice the tells me litterally everything i type or do. how do i stop this? my media volumn is always set to mute now because this voice command thing is so daen annoying… can anyone please help?

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