The Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Proclaim Prepaid Cell Phone features fast, intuitive navigation with the Android 2.3 operating system and a 1GHz processor. With access to over 450,000 apps on Google Play, the Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy gives you endless ways to customize your phone — and you can see it all on the 3.5" touchscreen. If you like to multi-task, the Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Phone, Proclaim Prepaid has instant messaging and "speech to text" capability, so you can say what you need to say quickly. Plus, the "tilt and shake" function allows you to change options on your phone, with just a flick of your wrists. The camera and video recorder lets you capture all of your memories and store it on the 1GZ processor.
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Customer Recommendation87%1,011 out of 1,165reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
I have had my Proclaim for 2 months now and I have ZERO complaints about it!! LOVE IT!! It is my first Android phone and has been VERY easy to figure out. I love StraightTalk also!! Buying this phone in order to switch to StraightTalk was a BIG DECISION for me...I was out of contract with my previous carrier, so I dropped them & I also removed my landline phone which I had had for 34 years! (I ported my landline number to this phone--took 2 days to do that-worth it to keep a number I've had 34 years!) I am saving a TON of $$ each month!! Also--Everyone please note: If you go to the StraightTalk FACEBOOK page and post a question (like all of the questions I see posted here)--within minutes you will have replies from alot of very knowledgeable people!! I haven't seen a question posted yet that didn't get answered in a speedy manner! GREAT PHONE! All I can say is BUY IT!--You won't regret it!
I never had a smart phone,I have wanted one but wasnt sure I could ever figure one out with all the things they can do.My son told us about Stright talk,so the search for a phone began,I looked and researched phones for this plan for several days,and my search always brought me back to the Galaxy Proclaim.When we got our phones, I got one for my husband also it was so easy to set up,and playing around with it was fun and simple, It is fast reliable and were so happy with this phone.There are so many added apps on it the brightness is so good and clear, I have a hard time seeing little letters and numbers but this phone has it all big test buttons beautiful slim desigh,The ringers it comes with are really nice and loud oh just got a call gota go, Only had it a few weeks but I have high hopes it will keep doing a good job, I have my own small dog grooming business so a good cell phone is a must.Try it youll like it and if for some reason you dont you can return it.Love this plan and phone Thank you Stright Talk.Satisfied !!
So far, I have only one slight complaint. I wish the screen was just a bit larger. I am coming from a Samsung Mesmerize which is about 1/2 inch bigger, but really it's not a big deal.
I am really excited about reducing my phone bill by $40.00 a month, currently I pay $85.00 a month for 450 minutes, unlimited text, and 2 gigs of data/internet. I have tested this phone and service over the last two weeks to make sure it works in my area and it has been great and in some places better reception that my US Cellular paid account.
I plan on porting my number from my US Cellular account to Straight Talk this week. If you are planning on getting Straight Talk, I highly recommend this phone. Please read the terms and conditions of your account at Straight Talk's website before buying however. If you stream YouTube videos, or Pandora, or things of the such, they can throttle your speeds or drop your service as it is a violation of their Terms and Conditions. This is really used for going to websites such as Facebook, Walmart etc.
I will be exchanging this phone for a new one in hopes that I just got a bad one. My problems are that my phone conversations lose connection and not in the "dropped call" sense. I can hear the other person just fine, but they can only hear me cutting in and out. This gets very annoying as it seems to be happening with more frequency. I've also noticed the battery getting very hot, sometimes during charging and sometimes with mobile data. It's a little glichy with the screen during phone calls...usually it is intuitive and goes into sleep mode while in a conversation and the screen pops back up when you take it away from your ear....occasionally it doesn't do this and I am left pushing buttons and tapping the screen to no avail and unable to end the call.
Other than thaaaaaaaat... I really want to LOVE this phone. The talk to text feature is great! It's super fast, I've downloaded plenty of apps and have yet to buy a bigger sd card for it. It's been difficult to find covers and accessories for, but it seems like they only make them for iPhones now :( I am really hoping that the new phone solves my problem with the call cutting out and battery issue, because I specifically chose this phone as it uses Verizon's towers. I will update you when I get the new one!
To turn the display off or on immediately, just push the power button on the right side of the phone for an instant, and it will turn the display on or off right away. This is how to save the battery by turning off the screen immediately, or back on if you want to check for missed calls, etc., or if it does not come on when you take it from your ear, or pick it up.
I bought this and quickly learned why it was obsolete in 2013. Android version 4.0 is the current version and this is only 2.3! I do not know all the changes but some weak points are: Small print is blurry when compared to other brands. Even older androids. Voice recognition works fair but could be better. Main function button sticks out on the RH side and is way too easy to push thus cutting off calls. Touch buttons across bottom are not visible until you hit them! You have to learn where they are somehow. Will not allow my bank's app to be installed...Could be a StraightTalk problem. Other phones allow this. Therefore I cannot deposit checks. The bank says all android phones should work so again I think it is ST causing this. No rear camera. No camera flash. Takes a lot of light for good pictures, otherwise fuzzy. I will say that communication range is excellent, both wi-fi and wireless. Audio is good. Mine is using Verison. It's the only way to go. Other ST phones use Sprint. Stay away from those.
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Agree on some points, disagree on others.....
Although there are many phones currently on the market that are more advanced than the Proclaim it is far from obsolete. One can make calls, text, play games, pay bills, etc on the Proclaim. It is intended for moderate users who don't want or need the latest and greatest. Memorizing where 4 touch buttons are is not a difficult task. If someone can't do that then they probably shouldn't own anything other than a flip phone. It does have a rear camera. It's definitely no Galaxy S3, but it's not obsolete.
When I first got this phone , I loved it, but after having it for a little over 2 months I couldn't send or receive picture messages. I called the Straight Talk customer service & technical dept. & they had me reboot my cell n then told me to wait for up to 72 hrs for it to work properly.....it didn't work & everytime I would call in they would say the same thing & tell me that everything was working fine on their end. After arguing with them for almost a month they finally sent me the exact phone to replace it & it still did the same thing so I just got sick & tired of it & called n talked to the manager. Even tho it was after the 2 week return policy for cell phones, the manager refunded my miney. I definitely WOULD NOT recommend this phone to anyone at all.
These reviews should really be written about 2 different things: 1. the PHONE, a Samsung Proclaim smart phone 2. the SERVICE PROVIDER: in this case, Straight Talk, via Verizon’s network. So, 1. The phone is fantastic. Speedy, holds a charge fine (hint: download an app for monitoring/regulating your battery use, it will help a lot). 2. I was able to activate my phone after 3 scary failures to do so within a few minutes, through the S.T. web site. No issues at all since activation. If you have wifi, consider playing with the phone on wifi only, downloading apps, etc. for a couple days before activating your $45. “phone” card. If you don’t like the phone as a mini-computer, or if it is not working correctly, you could then return it and save $45. Otherwise, good luck getting that $45. back from S.T. Once I did activate and get a new number from S.T., I’ve had no problems, all seems to work. WHAT CONCERNS ME MOST are the hundreds of reviews about how terrible Straight Talk customer service is, if you do have a problem at some point. I believe one issue is that people burn through their “unlimited” data plan (which really is limited to 2gb according to reviews) and then their phone stops working when S.T. shuts it down. Then the customer has the nightmare of trying to reactivate their phone by calling S.T. in India or some other foreign land. Look at their forums or search for Straight Talk service problems and see what you find. I have downloaded another app which controls data use and will tell you when you are reaching the limit of “unlimited” to I hope avoid this issue.
Proclaim is a joke! I bought this phone thinking all of the reviews were great info... For the first month it was great, but then I started having trouble calling out. After calling straight talk everyday for a week I gave up. I was told on a daily basis that the problem was fixed and wouldnt happen again. So I hung in for a while, but enough is enough. If that problem could be solved, it would be a perfect phone to me. But if you can't call out what good is it. My wife,my son, and a really good friend also have this phone and they are all having the same problem. I am a faithful straighttalk customer, so I will try another phone. Thinking about trying the Optimus Zip, lots of good reviews... Hope this helps anyone thinking about purchasing the Proclaim!!!!
We got this phone for our daughter as she dropped her old Verizon prepaid in the loo. She loved her qwerty, but as this smart phone was so reasonable she decided to give it a try. Short story, she loves it. She loves that she can talk her texts (BTW it bleeps her inappropriate words - she thought that was extraordinarily funny) and it only took her minutes to manually switch over her contact info. She figured out how to get her music on there now and is very adept with the phone - it is very intuitive and easy to navigate. We did get the $12 protection plan - and hope not to use it. We are using Straight Talk with unlimited everything for just under $50/mo and highly recommend that plan. It was easy to purchase, delivered over the Internet and though I had trouble initiating the plan online, I got a message that the phone didn't work in our area (when I ordered the phone it said it did). Anyway, a quick phone call to ST and a super freindly and helpful fellow, John w/ a middle eastern accent, took care of everything. From there, less than a minute later I heard a shout from upstairs as DD's phone stopped working. I told her to turn off her new phone and turn it back on, as instructed by John, and walah, phone worked - with her old #. Awesome. Note, also that DD is convinced that her Galaxy is far superior to my iPhone 4, which is also on the ST plan - and I've had zero trouble a year in.
I bought one of these phones for my girlfriend about eight months ago and liked it so much that I bought one for myself later. At that time they were $180, and I was very happy with the quality for the price.
Its 1GB of internal memory means it doesn't suffer lag time like most cheap smart phones. Its battery life is better than most smart phones. I charge it every night and occasionally during my lunch break, and it rarely goes below 50%.
If you buy one I'd suggest looking for CDMA-V on the packaging, this means it runs of Verizon's prepaid network. I've had excellent service except in some very remote locations. For $45 a month its probably the best cell phone deal you can ask for.
If you buy this phone here are a few tips: -Opera is a much better web browser than the one the phone comes with. -The phones GPS will work better if you get the GPS Status App. -If you have trouble receiving picture or multimedia text messages, turn off the Auto-Retreive option. -Create a new google account for with your phone or it will try to add all the old email addresses you haven't used in years to your phone's address book. -Buy a screen protector. If it gets scratched up, no big deal.
Note that this is my first "smart" phone and I have only previously used flip phones, mainly for their durability.
I have been using this phone for 3 weeks now and am very pleased with it, it does all I need it to do and is pretty user friendly. I haven't yet looked at the manual but I feel pretty good about using most of the options that this phone provides. I really like the speech to text feature and most of the time it understands my deep southern accent LOL. I have dropped it twice so far with no protective case on it and it's still working so I'd say it's probably a durable phone but only time will tell.
If you're like me and upgrading from an older style phone I'm certain you'll love it. If you've had more advanced phones than this model then I don't know what you'll think of it.
My only complain is the battery life. It lasts me all day when charging every night so no huge deal but I was used to charging my flip phone once every 4th or 5th night. I didn't de-rate this phone because of this as I'm sure it's typical to all the new "smart" devices as they're doing so much more than the older "dumb" phones are doing.
I’ve not played games on it or watched videos so I can’t elaborate on those uses on this phone but I’ve so far used it to check e-mail, look up things on the web, check the weather and play Pandora radio which I’m loving that internet radio LOL. My Ipod has taken a back burner now with this new phone and Pandora radio.
Ihave had my phone since June 2012. It has great reception and has plenty of available space though I use a lot of apps and take lots of pictures and videos. Like most processors there are times I must turn the phone off and then back on but only occasionally and I don't find it an inconvenience just a reminder that androids need a reboot occasionally. I bought my husband a Samsung Centura. He don't like it and I don't like it either. It was touted as the Proclaim upgrade but not any where near the Proclaim. It takes great pictures and easy navigation through contacts, apps, photos, messages and has an app manager widget so that I know if anything didn't shut off and I can touch it and then it allows me to exit it. Two thumbs up.
My first smart phone was a BlackBerry 8230 flip phone. I got it because it was supposed to have access to email, internet, etc. Well, I could never get the email set up. I tried everything, followed every instruction and it would never work. Also, the phone reception was not that great and definitely not what I expected from a BlackBerry. Finally got tired of fooling with it and decided to get another phone. I can't afford an I phone and did some research and found the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim. Seems to have gotten good reviews by most people and I found mine at WalMart and it was on sale (Yeah!) Well, I must say, I am very pleased with this phone. Reception is very good, phone quality is 10 x's better than the BlackBerry and everything works! I can get email - all my emails and it was super easy to set up!!! It also takes good pictures and is faster than my laptop when searching the internet. I must say, I am very happy with my Galaxy Proclaim.
I've been with trac fone and straight talk for years. Moved to the Galaxy Proclaim from a great Nokia E71 (move faster Nokia, you're being left behind!!# and am pleased with the phone and Android 2.3. Ported number over in one hour with ST's web site. Better coverage with the VZW network for my area than ATT also. Have to watch the battery drain by using minimal apps #email only) while mobile. Keep a car charger handy or plug in to computer to keep battery topped up. WiFi is a lot faster than the "3G" connection and will keep you from getting spanked by ST for hogging bandwidth. Would highly recommend a skin for the screen (Zagg is the best) to minimize scratching. No problems with Android 2.3, just have to patiently learn and note limitations (very few) and various quirks. Overall no major problems and very pleased with phone & ST service.
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The Proclaim will allow you to group all your email accounts together and sync with the main servers.
Hello. I also have a E71, and i love it. But, its ruined and i need a new phone. I was looking at this one and thinking about it. Does it have a way to get all your emails in one place? I have emails from yahoo, gmail, etc. Also is it hard to get used to? My husbands touch screen drives me nuts. Its touchy and opens things I didnt even touch. Just curious since you are upgrading from the same phone as me. Thanks!
I have had this phone for about a month now and can make a decent review now based on my usage. I use the phone in Mid-Michigan north of Lansing and in the areas just north of Muskegon. The voice service is on par with everything else I have used in the area. It is actually NOT as good as I would have thought considering it is on the Verizon network. I have had verizon in the past and have most recently had the gsm based Samsung Precedent prior to purchasing this one. I do not see any major difference in voice service between the gsm and cdma. The hardware is better but you can see that from the specs. The phone still has the same issues that you see and hear reported everywhere when it comes to these android phones. It does freeze up now and again. Twice now the alarm has started to go off when the phone is reaching critical battery levels. And it doesnt stop right away. Not sure why, but even taking the battery out of it didnt stop it and it was still going off when I put it back in. The 3g is handcuffed compared to other 3g speeds on my friends phones. But it is what it is when you are talking no contract walmart phone here. I stream pandora, check email, watch youtube, normal everyday phone stuff. I have also been able to teather it to my ipad and laptop without rooting or jail breaking it. Simply download the ap from the marketplace.
My opinion on the phone is this... The hardware is better than the Precedent but it is also 50.00 more expensive. If you have the Precedent and are dying for a new phone I do like it, but if you can wait, I would hope ST is going to be coming out with another VZW phone, perhaps for back to school if they were smart. One thing I can say is that I am not a huge fan of the Samsung handsets. I had always been partial to LGs when I had vzw but my last two phones, (I have had three now) ST phones have both been Samsung, the Precedent and Proclaim. Its good not great, but for the price and what you get, both the phone and the service essentially meet your expectations knowing it is not an iphone, high end android, or anything special. I like the phone, but I did have slightly higher expectations for the call quality and 3g knowing it is on the Vzw network. Not significantly better than the gsm Precedent I had been using for the prior year. It is what it is, and as long as you have reasonable expectations I think the phone is just fine for the average consumer like myself who uses their phone for everyday utilities, email, social networking, etc. Hope this helps.
I stepped up from a "dumb phone" (Samsung SGH-T401G) and wanted an Android phone but what pushed it over the top was the Verizon coverage. My previous phone ran off AT&T towers and usually got 1 bar in my house. Not sure if it was the phone and the network or a combination of the two, but call quality wasn't great with the T401G. The other issue with the T401G was sometimes my texts would be delayed for hours -- or even days -- before people got them. I never knew when -- or if -- people were getting my messages. But it's another story with the Samsung Proclaim. I've had it for about 3 weeks now and would heartily endorse this phone. Calls are _much_ clearer and overall coverage is better with more bars pretty much everywhere. I carried on a conversation inside a store one day without a hiccup; that blew me away because I could _never_ do that with my old phone. Text messages seem to arrive and get delivered promptly. My old phone could only handle 200 sent/received messages before I had to delete them. Not sure what the limit is with this phone but I haven't had to remove anything. (I also got an app SMS Backup+ that backs up SMS, MMS, call logs and contacts to your Gmail account, so you can archive them should you delete them.) The speech-to-text function works well. If you need to send a text but can't type, it'll give three choices of what it thinks you've said and generally gets it right with one of them when you speak clearly. I'm trying out the Skyvi app for that Siri-like experience; so far, so good but haven't done anything too crazy with it. The speed is another bonus. I can get my home/work e-mail pulled in fairly quickly, especially when connected to wifi. Watching videos on YouTube works fine. Other perks, using the GPS and the various mapping apps that are available for directions in car and on foot. I don't use my car GPS anymore. Right now I'm favoring the Waze app to help me avoid traffic. Loving it. Then there are all the tons of paid/free apps that are available on the Google Play site. You can select apps then install them to your phone the website. Mind blowing. Google Play also lists the applications you've installed. I like to take pictures -- the quality of the camera images is excellent in my opinion -- and share them on Facebook/Instagram. Another cool app is DMD Pano for panoramic shots. I use DropBox to transfer files between my PC and phone. I have a couple ebook readers (Moon Reader and Aldiko) that are handy for reading while on the train. I use the My Tracks app to keep a log of my runs. For podcasts, I just found the Podkicker app which lets you subscribe to podcasts and download/stream them. So far, it's been the best iTunes alternative I've found. There are plenty of good free games as well. The downside to the phone is the battery does run down much quicker than my old phone, but that's par for the course with most Android phones. I do have a "battery saver" app installed that shuts down certain services to save juice. I can probably go an entire day of moderate use without recharging but just barely. I usually bring my charger with me to plug in while at work. The big energy sucker is the GPS, so I leave it off when I don't need it. I bought a car charger (Rally 7413) to plug the phone in, which I would recommend for other folks. I would have liked is a forward facing camera for Skype but there are some products like the Vainworks Stand that can fill that void. (I may buy one in the future. Since I got my phone, Skype and games are the only thing I basically use my iTouch for.) This is the same phone as the Samsung Illusion so if you need a case, that should help. I bought a Body Glove one off Amazon and it's perfect. I also bought a screen protector 3 pack off Amazon as well.
These phones have major problems. It will cut out to where people you are talking to cant here you. Or the people you are talking to sound like they are talking from a CB radio or under water. I thought it was just my phone but my wife's phone does the same thing and several people I work with phones do too.A couple of them have sent them to straight talk to get fixed and come back the same as it left. So they went a week with no phone for nothing. If it wasn't for this problem the phones would be great. I would recommend you buy a different phone.
I purchased 3 of these Galaxy Pro. for Christmas presents for myself and my family, had our current carrier for ten yrs and it was getting over priced with a contract and all kinds of limits or more money. So Black Friday I ordered a cheap LG phone to try from Walmart after our daughter told us that her co-worker loved it and Straight Talk,so I thought that I would try to see how good that the coverage would be.It was almost as good as our old USC,I was telling friends about it and they said did you go onto Straight talks web site because they have more phones to choose from,so I went to there site and the first thing that it does when you choose phones is your zip.I entered my zip and proceeded to pick from the phones that they said that would work for our zip,so to make a long story short we got them,kept old #'s transfered them,10 calls to 1800# over 3 hrs on phone with the call center in India and still swear that it should have service,know we do not have any service at all,checked on the Walmart site and says that this phone wont work for my work or home.So I hope that this helps someone DO YOUR HOMEWORK/Straight Talk site incorrect, so if you travel to work you also need to enter that zip also on Walmart site.
I've been using this phone about 2 weeks, and so far, I REALLY LIKE it. It's the 1st smart phone I've had, but everyone else in my family got I-phones, and to me, this one seems more user-friendly (can take out the battery if needed; can add bigger micro memory card (it comes with 2G); connecting it to my computer was a snap to add music and ringtones to the phone; etc.) My greatest frustration so far, and maybe because Idk how to do it right is sending and receiving attachments. They don't seem to want to open up and then will open HOURS later or received by others HOURS later. I don't get that at all. When I have time I'll call StraightTalk and see if they need to update my phone. Also, I have international calling, but cannot send international texts. That's kind of weird, but ST says they have only 2 phones that can send international texts. It's hard for me to believe that a smart phone can't do that. Btw, this is the ONLY ST smartphone that uses Verizon...which was critical for me...and I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY, after many, many years with ATT, I finally HAVE RECEPTION and can use my phone ANYWHERE...even at HOME!!! We're going to finally be able to cancel our home phone service!