Sprint has confirmed that the Android devices sold by TracFone through its Straight Talk service will run on the Sprint network, rather than the networks of AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. TracFone already has wholesale relationships with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, but Sprint appears to have scored an exclusive with respect to Android-based smartphones. The first such device is the recently announced Samsung Precedent, which sells for $149.99. TracFone's Straight Talk brand is sold through Wal-Mart stores, though it is owned by America Movil.
I was thinking when I seen Straight Talk offer the Galaxy Precedent that this would be the best deal in the cell market. I mean a CDMA Android phone with a decent processor and screen size on Verizon's network with unlimited everything for $45! What a deal! WRONG. Then I read that Sprint just signed a deal with Straight Talk and the Samsung Android would use their network. Bummer as Sprint's native network is so much worse than Verizon's. My next thought is, WHY would anyone do this with ST? They charge $45 and Boost if you are with them for 18 months lowers there charge to just $35. Plus you can get Boost cards at a discount to face value where that is very difficult to do with ST. Same exact phone, same network, same calling plan ... (continues)