Samsung Galaxy Proclaim comes to Straight Talk, priced at $180

Samsung Galaxy Proclaim comes to Straight Talk, priced at $180
Just because you favor pre-paid plans, doesn't mean that you must stick to boring feature phones. Take the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, for example – it is a new budget-friendly Android smartphone that virtual carrier Straight Talk just added to its portfolio of devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Proclaim is but a re-branded Samsung Illusion, which is why both devices share the same hardware specifications. To start, the smartphone sports a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels. Inside it hums a 1GHz single-core processor, and the 3-megapixel camera on the back further cements this smartphone in the entry-level category. Android 2.3 Gingerbread comes out of the box, with no word as to whether the Galaxy Proclaim will ever taste a different flavor.

When it comes to pricing, getting one will cost you $180 outright, which seems like a fair deal considering that a long-term commitment is not required. As Straight Talk clarifies, only two plans work with the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim: the $45/30-day unlimited plan offering unlimited nationwide calling, texting, and mobile internet access, and the $60/30-day unlimited plan, which provides the same goodies along with unlimited international calls to select countries.

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Illusion
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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14 Comments

1. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Presumably, like the other Straight Talk Android phones, this runs on Sprint native, which is a little limited in coverage.

3. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

It runs on Verizon's Network surprisingly, and makes it the best deal for anyone that needs Verizon's coverage for cheap.

4. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The problem with Straight Talk is they will terminate your service if you use too much data. I've read on some websites, it takes as little as 2 GB a month or 100 MB a day and they don't want your business any more. Verizon has a $80 a month plan: unlimited talk, unlimited text, but 1G of 3G data for the Samsung Illusion. For people who want data over voice, Virgin and Tmobile currently has the best plans.

7. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Not the service for you if you intend to stream a lot. However its a great deal for more typical uses. FWIW I think you have to have several days over 100mb to get on the list. I wish they'd just be up front about their limits and give me the option to pay for overage if I need it.

5. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Where does it say that? I still see only one Android coverage map and it is Sprint native.

6. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I saw it on another site, the phone kind of sucks but it has the model name SCH-S720C which indicates Verizon somehow if you email Straight Talk they said it's uses the Verizon Network

8. hadro

Posts: 1; Member since: May 18, 2012

The only way to completely be sure it runs on Verizon or Sprint is by sending an email to the phone number with the verizon email domain (number@vtext.com) and another one with the sprint email domain (number@messaging.sprintpcs.com). You can write on the subject something like "test on verizon" and "test on sprint" respectively. Whichever gets thru is the actual carrier. If you try that on the Proclaim please post the results on this forum.

11. albe1

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2012

Hadro, Thanks for your post. I've had this phone for 2 days now and I just sent a text using the Verizon link you posted and it went through, so this phone is on the Verizon towers. Now for the really crappy news...over the past few days I have run a download speed test at various locations around town and it ranges from 150 - 525 at best. The upload is about twice as fast. It really cranks on a wi-fi connection but the data on 3g is awful.

2. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

At $180 and $45 a month, it's not a bad package. I would rather go with Virgin's new LG phone (with the same 3.5" screen but with 5 MP shooter) and their $45 monthly package.

9. albe1

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2012

Hadro, Thanks for your post. I've had this phone for 2 days now and I just sent a text using the Verizon link you posted and it went through, so this phone is on the Verizon towers. Now for the really crappy news...over the past few days I have run a download speed test at various locations around town and it ranges from 150 - 525 at best. The upload is about twice as fast. It really cranks on a wi-fi connection but the data on 3g is awful.

10. albe1

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2012

moved comment

12. baykcd

Posts: 1; Member since: May 25, 2012

My Mom got this phone the other day for her first smart phone, and I noticed right away the CDMA sticker on the bottom. It is Verizon, though I've read the Precedent on Straight Talk runs on the Sprint network. I have an EVO with Sprint, and I live in a city with less than 90,000 people, that no one's ever heard of, and I have great service each and every day. Also, Sprint is the only TRULY unlimited carrier in the U.S.A. I've had them for over a year, and I am a heavy user of data, and I've never been throttled or cancelled, just so ya know.

13. Whyldchld

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

This phone works great! It is actually faster than my HTC EVO 4G (Sprint). I can barely get a signal here in Omaha with Sprints service and as of late, their network is very unstable. Don't know if its due to them working to bring LTE here or not. Anyway, I decided that after 8 years of being with Sprint it was time to say goodbye and I'm glad I made the decision even though it was tough. As I said at the beginning, this phone is great and you can use one of the Wifi tether apps in the market without needing root, a definite plus! But be warned, you DO NOT get the same coverage as with normal Verizon phones on their network. Visited a friend in a small town in Iowa. She has the Tbolt and she gets full bars. Me on the other hand couldnt even make a phone call, much less text or even use mobile data. So I'm not sure I'm going to stick with this phone for long. Sure don't want to be stranded without being able to make a call. Decisions, decisions.

14. Gwenhwyfar

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I got this phone three weeks ago and not only does the battery suck, but today it won't turn on all day. I just got it to start after hours and screwing with it, no idea what is wrong with it. So i figured out the battery will last about 2 hours, while not using it, and about half an hour while using it. It says display takes up 64%, so I lowered the brightness and it really doesn't make any difference. This is the first smart phone I've ever had and I feel like I got completely ripped off. I'm not into phones, but I'm traveling and wanted something so I could use it for my business and get on-line for very important reasons, and it never works when I need it. And my mother purchased the phone and wasn't smart enough to pay for a warranty, and she can't find the receipt, so we're kinda screwed. I guess we just have to buy a new battery?

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