News by Dan Seifert on Saturday August 20, 2011.
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Prepaid carrier TracFone is gearing up to launch its first Android smartphone for its Straight Talk brand that is offered at Walmart. The device is a rebranded version of the Samsung Galaxy Prevail for Boost Mobile called the Galaxy Precedent. The Precedent is an entry-level Android device and is expected to hit shelves in September.
The Galaxy Precedent appears to be the same, hardware-wise, as the Galaxy Prevail, which featured a 3.2-inch display, a 2 megapixel camera, and Android 2.2 Froyo. Boost Mobile sells the Prevail for $180, but Straight Talk is expected to price the Precedent for $150 when it launches. Be sure to check out our review of the Prevail for a more in-depth look at it.
An Android smartphone on Straight Talk would put the operating system in reach of all levels of customers, from the very entry level, all the way up to the high-end. Straight Talk has offered smartphones in the past, but they have been limited to the Symbian-powered Nokia 6970 and E71. Straight Talk offers a plan for $45 a month that provides unlimited talking, texting, and web usage. The
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