I originally intended to buy a 45.00 straight talk wireless phone card to activate a BYOP phone but I saw this ""deal"" of a phone and the 45.00 card together for only 49.95 WOW get a card and a back up phone for like 5.00 extra, what a deal.
I was so stupid
anyway, I discovered that even though straight talk's web site claimed my own phone (Samsung galaxy indulge sch-r910) was approved for use in the BYOP promotion, it wouldn't work
so I was disappointed but I had the backup Samsung precedent I’d have to be happy with that.
after much hair pulling I finally managed to get my newly activated service transferred to the Samsung precedent and though I was all good.
what followed was one disappointment after another
using wifi I installed the facebook app and eBay app (storage space is low) WHAT, I only installed 2 small apps. then ping, ping, ping several incoming text messages were rejected. it said because low storage space but the settings said the 2gb SD card was empty. turns out the phone comes with so little memory (much of which is taken up by preinstalled apps that can't be removed) that you can't install any apps of your own. if you do it will max out your tiny memory and sms/mms won't work. I even tried the app app2sd but most apps can't be moved to SD and even the ones that can have to install on the phone first. now I ask you, what good is an android smart phone if you can't install apps and you can't hold more then a few text messages? but wait it gets better, when I tried to talk to a friend by phone the signal was so weak and static filled that I couldn't understand them and finally lost the signal completely (this in the area code the phone was activated to work in)
and when I turned off wifi and tried to use the WAP data internet it was so slow it took 2 minutes for Google’s mobile formatted home page to load TWO MINUTES! this isn't 3G it's not even 2G the internet on this thing is PARCEL POST! so:
PRO: it only cost me $5.00 for the phone CON the phone (talk) doesn't work, text doesn't work, internet doesn't work, you can't install apps, you can't import contacts, you can't save your text messages, you can't ANYTHING!!!
basically anything you might want an android phone for, forget doing it with this phone.
this is the absolute worst phone I’ve ever used (and I’d been a cricket customer since 2005) oh, and if you want customer service from straight talk? don't bother, they don't want to help you, they don't know how to help you and they just give you the runaround until you give up and go away. I would not suggest this phone to my worst enemy, let alone anyone I liked. if it was free, I’d still want my money back. as soon as this 30 day plan card runs out I’m switching back to cricket, straight talk is Trash. p.s. the attached picture was taken less then an hour after activation of the Samsung precedent and only 2 apps installed and just under 300 contacts (name and number only no pix or other data) imported via Bluetooth from a Motorola hint
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