Following up on a previous report detailing the initial information on the first Samsung Android smartphone for Straight Talk, the virtual operator has officially taken the wraps off of the offering and has confirmed that the phone will be relying on Verizon’s 3G Non Roaming Prepaid coverage area for service via the $45 and $60 unlimited monthly service plans.
This latest launch follows Verizon’s own prepaid Android smartphone released last week with an $80 prepaid service plan including 1GB of data with the Samsung Illusion as the first smartphone available to retailers for $169,99, while the Galaxy Proclaim will cost $179.99 and be launched within the next two weeks according to the recently updated website and Facebook page.
The Proclaim is a midrange offering featuring the following specifications:
- 1GHz Processor
- 5 Home Screens
- Android Gingerbread
- microSD slot with pre-installed 2GB card
- 3.5 inch HVGA resolution touch display
- 3.0 megapixel camera with video capture
The phone represents something of a shift for StraightTalk, as Verizon has historically been apprehensive and some would say hostile to the idea of allowing smartphones on any sort of prepaid service in an official capacity, until recent changes in strategy have seen the carrier push for the migration to its less occupied 4G network at the expense of its longstanding CDMA network, which has been under pressure as a result of the growth of smartphone usage in general.
While the carrier’s recent activity may signal wider changes in its attitude towards prepaid, one major question that has yet to be answered is the data allotment for this phone on each unlimited plan compared to the Verizon version, as StraightTalk reps have been quoted as stating that the Proclaim will feature a 4GB monthly data allotment compared to Verizon’s own 1GB plan.
Verizon’s plan will feature an expensive $0.05/MB overage rate while the StraightTalk variant will not feature any such overage rate, and typical monthly data limits on StraightTalk are assumed to be on the level of 2GB for a given month with a 100MB daily limit, while Sprint Android phones are considered to be free from such limitations owing to the service agreement signed by the virtual operator.
With these developments in mind, one also has to wonder about the timing of the launch for the phone, as Sprint is preparing to launch 4G WiMax service through its Prepaid Group and StraightTalk customers have historically demanded a smartphone on Verizon’s more expansive network. Only time will tell whether the Proclaim will satisfy those users looking for such an offering.