My first straight talk phone broke in half (it was 2 years old) so I went looking for a new one. I wanted a NON-smartphone and for it to be CDMA. There's this model and the LG 505C. All of the stores in my area are out of stock on the LG phone so I went with this one. My previous phone was also a Samsung so I figured there wouldn't be much of a learning curve with this one. When transferring my number to this phone, there was a slight hiccup and I had to talk to customer support. Slightly annoying because I only have the one phone so I had to call from my computer. I finally got it working and put in all of my contacts and went to put in my user names and passwords for facebook and gmail, the only two websites I have any desire to access from my phone. Facebook worked flawlessly. Gmail, however, wouldn't work at all. I put in my user name, my password, and clicked "sign in" and nothing happened. I tried from the web menu, and directly entering every possible gmail web address I could find, Gmail.com, mail.google.com/gmail, http and https, so on and so forth. Same results with every address I tried. I tried calling customer support, which we all know is a joke. The first time I called, the lovely gentleman with an accent so thick I could barely understand him, had me clear the cookies, cache, and history but couldn't figure out why it wasn't working so he politely told me to call google to see if they're having an issue with their mobile website. I politely told him to have a nice night and hung up. That's literally the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard from any customer service agent. I talked to two more customer service agents. One told me that since I had activated my phone less than 24 hours ago (it had been like 12 or 13 when I spoke with hiim) that the browser might not be functioning properly yet. The other one told me that if I want to use the internet, I need to get an android phone. I told him that Gmail is a website listed on the Mobile Web Menu and I should therefore be able to use that website. He read another script about my phone functioning properly since I can call/text from it.
Since I can't get the gmail issue resolved, this phone is going back and I'm going to try to get my hands on a Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. It's Straight Talk's only CDMA smartphone thus far.
At any rate, the hotmail and yahoo mail websites both work on this phone so if you have no interest in using gmail, this phone is fantastic and I'd highly recommend it.
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