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Samsung SGH-T528G is a TouchWiz 2.0 feature phone for Tracfone

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Samsung SGH-T528G is a TouchWiz 2.0 feature phone for Tracfone
Naturally, feature phones aren’t getting the same amount of love they received a few years ago before the boom seen with smartphones – and that’s probably why announcements for them are relatively low key nowadays.

Case in point, the Samsung SGH-T528G, which is essentially a lot like most of the touchscreen candybar feature phones we’ve seen Samsung put out year after year. Some of its features include a 3” display, 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 850/1900MHz GSM/EDGE/WCDMA connectivity, and is powered by Sammy’s very own TouchWiz 2.0 UI. Although it might be perceived as mundane in our saturated smartphone world, it should come to be a decent offering since it’s going to be sold by Tracfone.

Quietly published on Samsung’s web site, there is still no word yet regarding pricing or availability, but we’d gather it to be affordable since it’s a prepaid phone.

source: FCC & Samsung via Phonescoop

Samsung SGH-T528G is a TouchWiz 2.0 feature phone for Tracfone
Samsung SGH-T528G is a TouchWiz 2.0 feature phone for Tracfone
Samsung SGH-T528G is a TouchWiz 2.0 feature phone for Tracfone

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posted on 20 Jun 2011, 04:59

6. Chloe (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)

This cool SGH T538G is bound to take the budget phone market by the throat. This phone will no doubt be affordable as the rest of the Tracfone phones and this type of sensitive touch phone is also what the top players are offering.
I like the fact that you get up to 6 hours of access and talk time and the standby durability reaches up to 10.5 days.
This is the 3rd great new phone Tracfone has released on to the market in the last 3 months.
I also have just found out that Tracfone is offering triple minutes for life plans, wow!
I think Tracfone is going to grab a whole lotta more market share pie in the next quarter, I can't wait to see the figures.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 15:28

7. Benny Hannah (unregistered)

I've seen alot of speculation about new phones for Tracfone and most don't pan out or go there other brands like Net10 or SraighTalk.

But this would be a good phone for Tracfone with doubling minutes and etc its a very good value expecially for ppl who don't talk or text to much but still need a phone!

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 22:04

8. LIBBY (unregistered)


posted on 09 Jul 2011, 09:02

11. STORMYLEE (unregistered)

this isnt the first touch screen phone they have had, they previously had another samsung touch model.. my best friend had it.. it was just as good as my iphone.. this samsung is the updated version of the one she had...

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 09:06

12. STORMYLEE (unregistered)


i dont know exactly why the phone was discontinued, but my best friend and myself were really impressed with it..

posted on 14 Jul 2011, 02:23

17. batman (unregistered)

probably the pricetag at 400$ helped to kill it, these new ones are only 100$

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 12:05

9. Whitbrooket (unregistered)

I just purchase this phone yesterday and it is amazing! I have had both the iphone and the droid...this phone definitely gives them a run for their money. Of course, it does not compare by any means, but for the price I am willing to sacrifice. It runs off of at & t towers, I have not had any problems with service as of yet. The only thing I do not like is that the letters on the keyboard are very small. I will get used to it eventually I am sure. Other than that I am in love!

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 15:52

10. HammerWGM (unregistered)

Does it have threaded/conversation mode texting and Block Call features?

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 20:33

13. princedusable (unregistered)

I was waiting for a long time to get the samsung sgh-t528 and was so exited about it. Now ST has it on their site for $99.99; however, it seems that this phone is not as good as I thought. One of those cheapy phones, exept it is a touch screen, that's all it is. I prefer the Nokia E71. Correct me pls if I am wrong. Thanks
Can u open multiple e mails on this phone, and does it have a GPS?

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 00:17

14. tds20 (unregistered)

Well the Touch screen phones that is sold in walmart is now selling them for about 100.00 ok yes its a tracephone but the service you want is straight talk for unlimited talk text and or web it's 45.00 a month no annual contract period...

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 00:22

15. Jody Weissler (unregistered)

Does it have a standard mini usb connection or a proprietary one?

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 06:14

16. SusieO (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jul 2011)

I just bought mine and have been using it a few days. I do like the phone's look and many of the features, and it's simple to use. BUT!! TEXTING IS TORTURE!! I almost never get the letter right on the first try- maybe not till the second or third- and I try different angles and tapping harder or softer. Holding the phone is akward because of this... and to increase my chances of getting the letters right I'll type with one finger. The T-9 autofinish is completely annoying- I ignore the suggestion and it changes the word I'm typing on its own, as if it's certain I am wrong! Send, backspace, and enter are too small or too close- and I'm constantly hitting them instead of what I want. I generally can get used to a new keyboard quickly, but so far this one has been very difficult; I have yet to send a text without typos no matter how short, and that's after it takes forever to type it. I think this phone may have to go back. :(

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 15:26

18. Jen Hawkins (unregistered)

I want to get this phone, but i dont know how it will feel. Does it feel cheap? Can you get apps? And how is the texting? Plz reply back so I can know about these things!

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 19:17

41. mat (unregistered)

I feel your pain.. terrible txting wise, if you find a way to perminantly turn off t9 let me know >

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 10:24

42. jimi (unregistered)

what i found with the phone is u actually have to hit above what your aiming for to actually get it right and then only sometimes as it might be off to one side or the other very annoying

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 19:01

19. guyinsb (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

I have been using this phone for a day. It has easy to use WiFi, which makes the $30/mo plan plausible; I am giving that plan a try. It takes a bit of work to figure out the best way to enter text. The landscape-mode QWERTY keyboard has keys which are darn small; they require excruciating care to avoid mistakes. But the regular text entry screen lets you quickly switch between all caps, lower case, numeric, and symbols; those keys are large enough to hit without a bunch of mistakes.

Another annoyance occurs when making a voice call and reaching an auto attendant (e.g. voice mail); it is a little tricky pulling up a keypad to enter responses.

I got Gmail configured very easily; the Facebook app works OK, but seems to miss the latest post on occasion. The browser works, but the screen makes it mostly a last ditch usage.

The camera is OK, and it is easy to transfer photos to/from your pc (or Mac) with bluetooth. The documentation says very little about a usb cable.

My biggest complaint is with contacts; I have not found a way to download contacts to the phone. It is easy to upload contacts to a PC using bluetooth, but the other direction is critical; I need to keep an address list synched between phone, iPad, Mac, etc.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 22:06

46. SHARP1 (unregistered)

I was transferring service fromT-Mobile to Straight Talk, and T-Mobile has a little machine they can complete a transfer with. They have all the different cables to fit virtually all phones inside most stores. It only took a couple minutes.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 13:27

52. fuzzyduck (unregistered)

you can transfer contacts using bluetooth!

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 02:04

20. Guesswho! (unregistered)

I have straight talk phone already, I see it's at Straight Talk already for $99.99 The Samsung T 528g. When will it be at Wal-Mart cause it will probley be a little cheaper ( I hope) I really do want to get it.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 17:14

21. Poughkeepsie Joe (unregistered)

You can get the T528g at some Walmart's now for 99.99. Just picked mine up today, in Fishkill, N.Y. Call your store first,it's not listed on the web site yet.Good Luck!

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 23:41

22. LARK21 (unregistered)

Hey Y'all!
I am canceling my contract with Verizon (GASP!) It will cost me $170 to do so. However, I will quickly earn that money back and then some!
I just purchased the Straight Talk Samsung SGH-t528g. It's flying off the shelves at WalMarts in WI & MN. Was I ever thrilled to finally get my hands on one for $99----YES UNDER 100 BUCKS!
No contract to sign. No credit check. No payment date. No late fees.
I simpy purchase a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month Refill Card online or at my local WalMart. The Refill Cards run from $30 - $45.
With this phone I am required to purchase the $45 Refills (UNLIMITED NATIONWIDE CALLS, UNLIMITED TEXTS, UNLIMITED DATA) After 8 years of the contract games with Verizon Wireless I finally made the leap to PrePaid Cell Service...and I've never been happier :) ....or wealthier for that matter ;)
Great service, Great Phone.. Comparable to my past BlackBerrys and iPhone.
MAKE THE CHANGE TODAY---Your wallet will thank you.

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 08:42

26. Winston (unregistered)

I got my T528G yesterday and you DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THE $45 UNILIMITED PLAN. I got the $30 plan when I bought mine.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 18:37

39. Greg_3e3 (unregistered)

Winston is correct. You *can use this phone with the $30 plan.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:19

23. leenie (unregistered)

have been doing some research on this phone, i am please with the great things that have been said. I once had a blackberry curve from AT&t, when driving i had the speaker on, it was clear and loud, t same for the music it allowed me to use for ring tones. I'd like to know please if anyone can and will answer this question...Does the SGH-T528G have ringtones and calltone that you can hear loud enough...just want to know if the volume is good on this phone.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 15:58

24. tkkt (unregistered)

The volume is great for ringtones, The one's they give you aren't so great as with anyphone, but you can some for free at myxer.com. But i have had mine for 3 days and its great it also has the mp3 player and if you get the usb cord you can download songs off your computer onto it its great

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 04:06

56. nythawk (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

Very good

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 18:23

25. thisphonesucks (unregistered)

i was using att and thought this phone would be the phone to have if i switched to straight talk....well the phone sucks...i ran to 3 stores to get the phone...and the software is way buggy...it has no physical keyboard....the virtual keyboard you have to hit 3-4 times to get it to take a command....and the phone just resets all the time @ random....oh and it has wi-fi...and why is that...cause if you go to youtube...it forces you to use wi-fi...it won't display youtube content.....so no wifi/no youtube...my phone is not the issue..i bought 2 of these phones...and they both have all the same issues....i'll hit the call button...multiple times...and it just hangs to the point..u gotta reboot the [phone....if you really wanna get this phone...go ahead...but you'll be sorryafter 3 days

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 11:58

27. wondering (unregistered)

So I bought this phone a few days ago. Well its says that it can play any downloaded video with a microsd card (which I have). It is not doind that at all, every time I hit play it says incorrect data. Does anyone know what's wrong?

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 10:46

28. straighttalk user (unregistered)

@ Susie O, my husband and i just bought ours yesterday and i totally agree about the texting.But so far that seems to be the only thing i don't like about it. But of course we haven't had it that long so time will tell ! But I like the fact that it is touchscreen and features aren't to hard to find on there. I like that it also tells you how many days you have before you have to add more airtime ! I love this phone so far :)

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 04:08

57. nythawk (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

You have 30 days to use your airtime.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 12:02

29. fgvzdvas (unregistered)

I bought the phone last week and loved it. That is...until it it started shutting off by itself. It does that at least a couple times a day. Yesterday I woke up to the phone being completely frozen.

Also, it ate my memory chip and I still haven't been able to get it back.

Returning the phone ASAP!

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 14:20

30. mrhite (unregistered)

Has anyone seen any accessories for these phones, like a hard case?

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 04:09

58. nythawk (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

Just Google Samsung t528g accessories

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 13:35

64. lesliea827 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

I purchased hard rubberized cases for my phone on ebay.com cost was 4,99 and 5,86 for 2 different cases. You have to enter your phone model and look. there are a lot of choices.
I have had my phone for a little over a month, I switched from Verizon, which I loved, but this is much much cheaper, a touch phone, and I am getting more for my money, esp. no contract. I have had no trouble with my phone at all, knock on wood!!! I love it. It is my first touch phone, and I think I will always have one, I think it is a very good value for the money, and would reccomend it,

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 18:48

31. newbie (unregistered)

I've had this phone for a week now and for the most part I am pleased with it. Reception is good, camera is great ( lots of editing features ), I can send now send pics with audio (which is cool), web works fine. This is my first touch screen phone so texting is definitely something i need to get use to.. Not as fast as my other keyboards, but getting better. It's annoying that the 'OK' button and 'Backspace' button are too close and small to each other and many of times, I've sent incompleted texts out, but it's all a getting use to. Other than that, I'm happy with my new phone!

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 19:01

32. Halix2000 (unregistered)

To anyone having the random shutting off issue, I also had this issue. I figured out it has something to do with my autosyncing the Mail Exchange. I disabled this and it stopped. enabled it again and it started again. tested over the course of a week this has fixed my resetting issue. If my knowledge helped you send me a thanks via message on facebook. I like to know I'm helping others. facebook email is leeburgessfun@gmail.com I have another account also, but I can't give out that email for fear of spam.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 03:17

33. tim krause (unregistered)

how do u download songs off strighttalk

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 11:38

34. AshleyDream (unregistered)

This phone is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 01:30

35. Jeannie (unregistered)

I bought a different straight talk phone and didn't pay attention to the sd card so I want to buy this phone. My husband was looking to buy a tracphone. Since they are the same phones will a trac phone card work with this phone instead of the straight talk refill cards.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 21:35

36. Haley (unregistered)

I have had this phone for about a month and cannot find a hard case anywhere. I've looked at several places and still no luck. I talked to one sales rep. and they said they don't makes covers other than the leather ones. Nothing fashionable, and deffinately not something a teenaged girl wants.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 15:13

49. Melanie (unregistered)

i googled straight talk samsung and the model of phone accesories and it gave me some sites I ordered my phone cover from a ebay site!

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 04:12

59. nythawk (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

Just Google Samsung T528G accessories or check on Amazon

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 13:45

65. lesliea827 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

you can get the cases on ebay. hard rubberized ones, ones with bling, skins, any kind of case you want for this phone. I got 2 and they are perfect. lots of choices almost hard to decide! good prices, and most have free shipping, Hope this helps you.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 10:20 1

37. marieH (unregistered)

Hay, I got the Samsung T528g phone 8/8/2011 I Like it but it does have a few problems.
1. texting is hell try to get better at it, not big on texting if i was
would try it back.
2. there is a side button that also unlocks the display if you
have it in your pocket and the button gets push it will unlock
3. when you on the phone and you get another call the display
will unlock and your face will hit the display causing you to
put the onother person on hold, mute, on cut them off.

As far as the other features you would need alot of patience
Still trying to make up my mine if I should take it back.


posted on 16 Aug 2011, 10:41

38. mrlazyparks (unregistered)

does it have threaded text?

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 19:58

40. onishi (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

i've had this phone for about a month now. almost got the nokia e71 till i saw this and decided to take a chance. glad I did, I love the touchscreen functionality. in landscape mode, i have way more viewing space for the web browser than i could possibly get with the nokia smartphones at st. the wifi feature is great. thought i'd have issues with call quality as my last phone was on verizon towers wheras this one is on att. friends say the call quality is not quite as good as with my last phone but nothing major.

now for the not so good. texting took a while to get used to but that bottom row of letters is just absolutely horrible. i miss the spacebar just about every bleeping time and have to redo. come on samsung, you can do better than this. I know it's only $100 but sheesh, that keyboard really needs some work. then there's those system messages that tell me how many kbs i've used after web browsing, I may get charged (kbs) if I proceed, etc. I really don't need the warnings. Really, I don't. So annoying. This needs to be turned permanently. I don't care what the reasoning was for having these messages, they really aren't needed.

Worst feature: if people reply to a text thread, this thing counts the messages in a thread and deducts it from my text message allowance. Really? How cheap. like this would make me move up to the $45 a month plan? if anything it makes me more determined to stay at the $35 plan out of spite. getting charged 3 or 4 text messages for one reply doesn't seem like much but it adds up. I guess it's better than being at verizon but come on straight talk, stop spoiling such a good thing.

overall i'm pleased with the phone. hopefully this will hold me over until straight talk gets smartphones that aren't blackberry look alike relics. how about android/iphone type phones st? we're waiting.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:18 1

43. Dee (unregistered)

I just bought the T528G...I got sick of paying for two Blackberrys a month with a bill of 155.00 per month....now my oldest daughter has a Iphone so I thought this phone would be just about the same as her...and they keyboard would be the same...I need the key board like my blackberry...it took me 20 mins to send ONE TEXT....I really wish they would have added this on the list of info that was listed on the box before I bought it...I would have just flashed my Blackberry over to another carrier! If you dont like old school text...dont buy it...if there is a way to change and get rid of the old school text please post and let me know!!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 14:13

44. Mike (unregistered)

Yall are dumb

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 07:35

45. Michael Cooper (unregistered)


The only thing I find fault with this phone is it is difficult to post to a website especially when it has SSL involved on the website. It has a problem redirecting the url properly. Other than that it is a great phone. Does anyone know of a solution for this problem or am I missing a setting that needs to be activated/turned on?


posted on 15 Sep 2011, 23:54 1

47. andione (unregistered)

I purchaced this phone about 5 days ago. For the price of $99.95 it's a steal! I checked into most other wireless companies and found to start service you are looking at $180-$200.00 and you have to either sign a contract ( 2 yr usually) and get free phone and get stuck with a $50-$60.00/month bill or dish out the $200.00 for a phone, and if you need web acess you will pay from $5-$15.00 extra a month! So ST through Wally world is a great deal. I purchaced the $30.00 plan with activation and have plenty of web time and msg/talk time left. All in all I spent $145.00 to start phone service with NO RESTRICTIONS. The phone is great! Fast WiFi and plays video, music as an MP3 player with a HPhone jack to use in car or whatever also has great sound/video quality and camera has more features than my new poloriod! lol It's a gread phone and a great deal to boot!

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 21:29

48. am86 (unregistered)

i just bought the samsung sgh-t528g and it is garbage!!! i have not been able to text or receive texts for over 2 days now. ive reset the phone, shut it off for a while and even taken the battery out for a while and nothing helps! whenever i go to try and get into my messages a screen pops up that says initializing.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 09:37

50. Anita (unregistered)

If you calibrate the phone to your touch it works better when you text. This feature should be an options in settings somewhere.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 19:53

66. smoot (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

I have not found any menu or setting on the SGH-T528G which gives me the option to calibrate the screen. I have to touch beneath the button I want to click, and that's kind of hard with the space bar, since it's at the bottom of the screen. It's really a cheaply-made phone, with little thought given to useability or customization.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 20:53

51. gabby (unregistered)

this is a horrible phone. it shuts itself off in the middle of texting or browsing - that is if you're able to get online. dials contacts on own like its possessed. cannot enlarge a written article for easier reading without being blocked by bogus error messages. it's a mess of a phone!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:08

53. bradford (unregistered)

well.......... it helps to shut the phone off regularly...... it shuts off because you aren't doing it for it.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:09

54. Marc (unregistered)

worst phone I've ever had !! Total piece of crap ! I highly recommend NOT getting it - multiple software problems. Cant imagine the developers actually released this model. Def. a stain on Samsung's reputation !!!!!

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 07:06

55. haileyluvszyou (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

ok so im thinking on buying this phone on ebay but im not sure and then you guys say it sucks then the keyboard is meesed up then u say its not so im confused rather to buy it or not i dont wanna buy it at walmart because ebay is cheaper so yeah heres the website where im going to buy this if i do.
the first onehttp://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=samsung+SGH+T528G+phone&_sacat=0&_odkw=samsung+SGH+T528G&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 14:20

63. albertharless (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

might want to read my post first

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 04:17

60. nythawk (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

If you are expecting an Android phone or are expecting it to work like an ipod then don't buy this phone. This phone is exactly as it is described. I think this is why some people don't like it or says it's crap.

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 14:11 1

61. albertharless (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

This phone is a peice crap cant download anything from my computerr

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