Straight Talk – Samsung R355C Cell Phone – Reviewed

First of all I wanted to thank everyone who provided me with information concerning Straight Talk and for their phone recommendations.

I did my homework and took the recommendation about buying a Straight Talk phone directly from Walmart. Some of you recommended using Walmart because of their liberal return policy and in the fact that some were skeptical of the customer service that Straight Talk provides.

Here is what I learned. I went to our local Walmart store and found that if I bought the Straight Talk Samsung R355C cell phone for $128.88, I had to purchase a separate $30 phone card, which brought the total cost to $158.88. The same package directly from Straight Talk was $159.99 with free shipping.

As I was viewing the Samsung phone, I looked down below the product description, and to my surprise they had both the phone and a $30 phone card for $128.88. I have linked the page below and I hope that it works for you, as it did for me. I also opted for home delivery which was free as well. The delivery was quick and took only two days via Fedex.

So here are some of my first thoughts about the phone and Straight Talk as well. This is based on only having the service and phone for four days.

The good points:

Activation was simple and uneventful. I completed everything online at the Straight Talk site. The phone is simple to use and setup, with easy to use menu’s. There is also a tutorial online at the Straight Talk site which walks you through every step you you need to complete any task. The cell screen is clear and easy to read. I also enjoy the voice command software that makes dialing a call easy by just saying the persons name you wish to call, ‘call John’ and confirm with a simple ‘yes’ command. Signal strength where I live is strong and better than the AT&T phone I replaced.

The not so good points:

The keys on the keyboard are small. Camera resolution could be better but is OK.

I’ll be using the phone for the next few weeks and report back my findings in a follow up review.

Comments welcome.

Walmart – Samsung R355C Cell Phone + $30 Phone Card

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Ryan

    “liberal return policy” = Complain to the manager until he overrides the policy written in size 500 font on the board behind the Customer Service desk and gives you a refund on the old fat PS2 that smells like a chain smoking housecat crawled into it and was burned to death, which you stuffed into the Slimline box and are swearing it’s the one you bought even as the box bulges like a Volkswagon Beetle.*

    *Source – I was a Walmart manager for two years and if you tell them no, they’ll go above you and get you written up. *glad he’s no longer with the company*

  • Ryan

    Oh yeah….

    Me: “But sir, the manufactured date was in 2002″

    Redneck: “You callin’ me a liar?”

    Little voice: “Must not kill….”

    *grin*

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  • Raledo

    I just clicked on the link and it’s not $128 anymore; it’s $109 with 1000 FREE minutes! Deal!!! I ordered it; thank you for your great review; you saved me some bucks! :)

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      You are welcome. Enjoy!

  • heather

    Does anyone have a problem not getting calls. Some times my text take 2 hours or longer to get to me. Sometimes I don’t get a text or voicemail till I place a call out!! grrrr Any one have this problem. I didn’t know if it is the phone or the service.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Heather,
      No issues. Where do you live?
      I’m in Springfield, MO. Signal is strong all over the area.

  • care

    Does it do video’s?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi care,
      Nope. Just pictures.

  • Matt

    heather,

    make sure you have the phone location set to home. that should clear up the timing issues and you wil get texts almost instantly.

  • keith

    Ron,

    Do you know which OS the R355C uses? I am looking for a prepaid phone that connect to Outlook Exchange for email.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Keith,
      Unless I am missing it, it looks like Samsung uses open source software, which is not very specific in the users guide.
      Here is a link so that you can look at the user guide for the r355c in .pdf format.
      Hope this helps.
      http://images.deviceanywhere.com/tracfonev1/667/docs/manual.pdf

  • keith

    Thanks for quick response Ron. That answers my question.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Keith,
      You are welcome.

  • Justin

    Had a question on the R355C. I have been working my way up thru the cheaper Straightalk pones in hopes of finding one that allows the font size on text messages to be really enlarged, for my post lasik-eyes. The Straightalk people can’t tell me for sure but they THINK the R355C MIGHT have that option.. Any comments? I have the Samsung LG220C model now and the dialing font is great but the text size is very tough to read.
    Thanks tons!

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Justin,
      Yes you can enlarge the font size. From normal which is about 3/8th of an inch to about 1/4 ??? Just a guess.
      Hope this helps.
      Regards, Ron

  • Emma

    Hi Ron!

    I just purchased the exact plan you described, and was wondering if you knew/have discovered a way to import contacts from an older Samsung model onto the Samsung R355C?

    I was with Sprint, and don’t want to manually insert 462 contacts onto the new StraightTalk Phone…

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Emma,
      Unfortunately their is no import feature on ST phones. :-(

  • Kim

    Hi! I am doing my research on the Straight Talk phone and came across your helpful post, so thank you for that. I have a question that their customer service was unable to answer, though:

    What websites can you specifically access through Straight Talk’s Mobile Web? Virgin Mobile boasts that you can get on any website (unless I misunderstood the wording) with their Beyond Talk plan.

    I know that the major mail carriers and Myspace, Twitter, and Facebook are accessible with Straight Talk’s Mobile Web, according to their customer service. But they could not tell me if I could visit personal blogs on their phone/with their service. Customer service said there were too many sites that I could not access to list, but that it would show a 505 Error or something when I tried to connect. Of course, that would be after I buy the phone and their service.

    Do you know if I’d be able to read personal blogs? Or if I could at least access my Google Reader through their Mobile Web? Also, any tips you have are appreciated, as this is the phone I am most likely replacing my Verizon contract service with.

    Thank you!

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Kim,
      If you need a phone to access blogs, I would not recommend ST.
      The mobile web browser is limited, very limited and is only useful to look at
      sites that are mobile browser friendly. I can not even view my blog using
      ST.

      Regards, Ron

  • Chris

    Is it possible to deactivate the announcement before a call telling you your remaining balance? If so, how do you accomplish this? It is very annoying. I just purchased a R451C for my wife and an R355C for myself. Thanks

  • Al

    Hi Ron!

    I currently have Sprint, and have a Samsung Hi Note. It’s great for music [slide up speakers] but sux on video. Cannot play videos in landscape, and the screen is small anyway. What ST phone would you recommend that would both have a decent sized screen that will play loaded vids in landscape mode and that has a decent speaker for mp3s?

    Thanks!

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Al,
      I would not recommend Straight Talk for what you want. ST is fine for calls and texting
      but that is about it. Surfing the Internet is too painful and slow as molasses. :-)

  • Al

    Thanks Ron! I take it that ST is NOT 3G, and is probably CDMA, correct? Also, do they have, or plan to have an air card available? I have a Sierra Air card with Sprint, but only really need it for my netbook April through October, when we spend weekends on the houseboat. I am tired of having to pay for it all year long. Verizon has a new prepaid plan for air cards where you buy it for about $130, then only pay for the months you want to use it. Sounds good, but does ST have anything like that?

    Thanx!

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Al,
      It is more like 1/2G! LOL Nope ST is very limited. No air cards. It is CDMA.
      But, AT&T is going to offer ST phones. There is very little information currently about what their plan will be.
      I would check on the ST site after the first of the year. Hopefully by then we will have a better idea what AT&T
      will be offering.

  • Al

    Thanks Ron!

    I’ll wait to see what AT&T has!

  • Robert

    I just noticed a ST GSM phone on the walmart website, the Samsung SGH-T401G — this will come with a SIM card that will either be AT&T or T-Mobile (I think it most likely AT&T as Walmart will not want to deal with too many returns secondary to T-Mobile’s poor reception in some areas)

    Overall — Verizon 3rd Tier or AT&T full service? Which would you prefer?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Robert,
      I believe that it depends on where you live. Where I live, Verizon has better reception.
      Where did you get the information about the SIM?

  • Robert

    Ron,

    Yes, regarding reception, you are most certainly correct. I would guess that Verizon is the best in most places. But you are getting a pared-down Verizon service with ST. It is essentially “prepaid Verizon coverage minus prepaid roaming” so two levels down from their contract coverage:

    Tier One: Verizon full contract postpaid and a few mvnos (Blackdog, Lucky /Myway)

    Tier Two: Verizon prepaid with optional roaming. Requires additional payment (Page Plus, Verizon prepaid)

    Tier Three: Verizon prepaid native network with no roaming option (least coverage of the three): Straight Talk

    Regarding the SIM: That phone (SGH-T401G) is a GSM phone, so must have a SIM.

    Verizon coverage (compare red (contract) vs. purple (prepaid) maps:

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLocatorController?requesttype=NEWREQUEST&lid=//global//plans//coverage+maps

    It appears that if you want inexpensive Verizon and are willing to sacrifice service in the roaming areas, ST is the way to go. Although PagePlus offers a 1200min/1200txt/50mb plan for the same $30 pricetag. It appears you can even use your own CDMA phone and PagePlus is Tier 2.

    What do you think about ST vs. PagePlus?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Robert,
      Thank you very much for the useful information. This is what I love about blogging.
      I have knowledgeable people such as your self present information to the readers
      which educates us all. I am not familiar with Page Plus, but I will be investigating the
      subject. If you have any additional information about Page Plus please share it and
      I will write another article.

      Best Regards, Ron

  • Robert

    Sounds good. Let me know what you know/hear about PagePlus too. They seem like the better deal all around, especially considering that you can use your own phone (even phones like the droid). They do have a list of non-compatible phones though, like blackberries. Also, not sure on if they have the coverage in roaming areas, I think not after looking at their coverage map:

    http://www.pagepluscellular.com/Why%20Page%20Plus/Coverage%20Map.aspx

    Should this be posted as a topic on your blog? Might get more input from other users than here at the end of a phone review.

  • Kendo

    can I use my r355c to “tether”????
    ALSO ….my ‘users guide’ mentions nothing about connecting to my computer altho it is obvious that it is possible. …. So, why would I want to connect to my laptop and do I need software to do so??
    thanks for any help

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Kendo,
      You may wish to contact ST support for the answers you seek.

  • Rob

    Just wanted to say thanks to everybody for posting your information! Very helpful!

  • Michelle

    Can the Samsung R355c be used with Ford’s SYNC system?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Michelle,
      I don’t believe so. But I would confirm this with ST.

  • Shannon

    did you port your number from another carrier? We currently have AT&T and for my husband and I on a family plan with a text plan each (unlimited for me, not for him) and 550 shared minutes we pay close to $100 a month, which i find appalling. A friend suggested straight talk after getting it herself. We are looking for good call clarity, texting, and occasional internet surfing. If you ported your number how difficult was it? how long did it take? Thanks so much for all the info!

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Shannon.
      I didn’t port my number. But let me recommend that you do this. ST is now offering phones that use AT&T services.
      I would call ST and see if you can just keep your number since it is already an AT&T number.
      Hope this helps. Regards, Ron

  • Craig

    Hi Ron,
    I’m not sure what a sim card is or where it is located, but would it be technically possible for me to buy a ST phone and remove the sim card and put it in my Samsung SCH-U740 so I could continue using my phone? My phone is currently on Verizon but ST said I still had to purchase a ST phone.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Carig,
      Here is what ST states on their web site:
      What should I do if my phone displays “SIM Card Rejected”?
      This message appears when a SIM card from another phone is used. Please make sure to insert the original Straight Talk SIM card included in the phone package. If the message is still displayed after inserting the original SIM card, please call our Customer Care Center at 1-877-430-CELL (2355) so that a representative can assist you with this.

  • Craig

    Thanks, Ron. Their wording is interesting…it could be read as saying only that a non-ST sim card won’t work in a ST phone. It doesn’t expressly say that a ST sim card won’t work in a non-ST phone. I think I’m going to get one of their free Samsungs (the $30 is for the first month of minutes) and at least try to put the ST sim in my existing Samsung – if it doesn’t work, I won’t have lost anything. I’ll report back on my experiment.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Craig,
      I would like to hear back. It would be an interesting experiment. :-)

  • becky

    Does this phone include threaded messaging?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Becky,
      Sorry. No threaded messaging. ST uses inbox, out-box, and draft.

  • KK

    I was just wondering on the Samsung R355C, on other straight talk phones, you have the option in the messaging settings if you want to set a signature that automatically goes onto your text messages that you send. The phone I have now is AT&T and it has the option and I really like that.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello KK,
      The R355C has the same option and I use it.
      Regards, Ron

  • Karen

    I just bought the R355C from the ST website, free phone for a plan. Well I didnt read it well enough, just jumped in with feet first. The phones are referbished. Has anyone bought a referb phone? Is there problems? I LOVE ST and will not move to another phone service for the money I get everything I need. My whole family is useing ST now too. Just not sure about referb phones.
    Thank you for this site and your help…..

    Karen

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Karen,
      I wouldn’t be concerned with a reconditioned phone. Most of the phones are returned by users who have trouble getting a signal
      from Verizon where they live. If Verizon works for you I believe the phone should work great. Samsung makes very good phones
      and you should get years of worry free service.

      Regards, Ron

  • monee’

    i have the ST R355C and now my phone won’t charge or cut on. everytime it attempts to charge it cuts right off. Any suggestions on what i should do ?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello monee,
      I would contact Samsung.

  • hope

    i already have st and i need a different phone, one that i can download games, and stuff on it, cause right now i have the LG 290C and i cant download games to it or anything else. what st phone lets you download games and stuff right to the pohone and have access to the whole web ( ex: craigslist, )?

    help????

    hope

  • Chele Ing

    @Shannon…I too had AT&T contract plan but was too expensive (3 lines + unlimited txt and data) was costing almost $200/mo and we didn’t even use them that much because we don’t get good service in our area. Verizon is the only carrier that gets good reception in our area. I was able to transfer my AT&T phone number over with no problems and did all online. It may take 24hrs or a bit more but worth keeping the same number.

  • Chele Ing

    I’m trying to set up my ST Samsung R355c to be able to access facebook. It asks me to select a carrier and ST is not an option. I tried selecting verizon cuz it runs off verizon towers and that didn’t work. I know how to email pictures to my FB but would like to sign on to update my status and check posts thru my phone.

    Does anyone know if they will be coming out w/ a ST phone that has video for the ones running off verizon (I believe are the phones ending in C and AT&T end in G).

  • Chris

    Hi there! I just recieved my Samsung R3555c yesterday and wondered if you knew how to get pics or other wallpapers to fit the screen? On my Razor you could stretch tile or center…this appears to have neither of those options. If you can help I would really appreciate it thanks!

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Chris,
      I took the images I wanted to use and resized them in paint to fit.
      Do you have a micro memory card installed? I found this very helpful
      in storing my images and ringtones. I connect the phone to my
      computer to transfer stuff back and forth. Doing this allows you to
      get free ring tones online without having to pay for them. :-)
      I bought a 4G mini at Amazon for $9. USB connectors for the phone are
      about $5.
      Hope this helps. Ron

  • Jeff

    Someone asked earlier about the Page-Plus phone service. My dad used to use Page-Plus and their customer service is terrible. Please warn everyone to stay away from Page-Plus.

    My contract with Verizon is over in Feb. and I’m going to go with S.T., I cant wait ! I going to buy ether the Nokia E71 or the Nokia 6790 Smart Phone. Does anyone have one of these smart phones? If so, can you you give me any info about them? They both have great reviews on c-net. Thanks

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Jeff,
      e71 is on sale at Walmart for $189

  • melA

    Hi Ron,
    First off thank you and your other contributors for the information on Samsung’s R355C.
    Two questions:
    1. What is difference between Samsung’s R355C and the R335C?

    2. I want to keep the tel number I now have.
    My Verizon contract expires on Friday, February 4, 2011 (HURAH!).
    Even though I only have less than a month remaining on my Verizon contract, I’ve been told that they’ll hit you with their early cancellation fee if you end service before your due date.

    What date would you advise to port my number so that my ST service/phone will be activated?
    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

  • melA

    Thank you. Much appreciated

  • Tabitha

    Hey can you tell me what the icons mean on the left hand side of the outbox messaging? I have an envelope and also a piece of paper with a check. I dont now why there is a difference? I originally thought one meant, it wasnt delivered. Then I thought I somehow turned the delivery ack on… ugh. I just want to know b/c of curiosity.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Tabitha,
      Interesting question. My R355C has the same icons in the Outbox messaging as well.
      It gets more interesting because there is nothing in the owners manual nor on the
      ST site that indicates what the icons means. Also in the icon glossary built in the phone,
      neither of these are listed.

      But I am going to take a guess, since I noticed something that may give us a clue. When
      I send a message to a email address I get an envelope icon. Whereas when I send a text to
      another phone, the piece of paper appears.

      Check and see if this is the same for your phone and let me know.

      Regards, Ron

  • Tabitha

    Thanks for your answer. I asked b/c I did look in the manual and online and the icon glossary as well and couldnt find my answer.

    Well, everything I send is to a phone number as far as texts. I was wondering about the email connection as well… but I am pretty sure I havent sent any emails.

    I am not sure I know how to send a text message to an email without using the browser (this is my first “smart” phone ever).

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Tabitha,
      When you add a contact you have the option to add an email address beside the mobile, home, work and pager number.
      You can send an email message via text but the same 160 letter format applies as with any text message. It works very
      well and is a handy feature.

      Thanks for the reply. I wasn’t sure about the icons and your information confirms this. Odd there is no information about this anywhere.
      I even checked on the Samsung site and also on the ST tutorial page. Nothing. :-(

      Regards, Ron

  • Jen

    How well does the calendar function work on this phone? I’d like to use it as a sort of planner. Also, any insight to how well it works with facebook, movie showtimes and/or google maps/maquest directions? That all i really use internet for on a phone. Or maybe email, that would be a nice feature.
    Thanks,
    Jen

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Jen,
      This phone would not be for you. You would want to get one of the
      new smartphones that ST offers. Nokia E71 or Nokia 6790. I don’t
      know where you live, but these phones use the AT&T network and
      also require the $45 plan with unlimited everything.
      Hope this helps, Ron

  • Ross Sanders

    I am a buisness man and need what the R355C has to offer, I think with Straight Talk from Wal Mart. Do you know the lag time for incoming e-mail as to a computer versus the R355C, I am using Verizon and the lag time can be up to 10 min. Please advise as to the least expensive phone to get for my wife as she would want to send and receive pictures, text and talk only with Straight Talk = Wal Mart ( Verizon Towers). Thanks Ross

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Ross,
      For yourself, I would recommend one of the new Nokia smartphones from Straight Talk. They use the AT&T
      network and like yourself, the R355C I use uses Verizon network as well. I am not sure how well AT&T email
      is, and I would venture a guess that it will also depend on where you live.

      For your wife I would recommend the R355C. It is a great phone an easy to text with. Walmart has it on
      sale online for just $78. Check out their home delivery. I ordered the R355C and a $30 phone card and
      the shipping to my house was 97 cents! With gas prices going up, it would of cost me more just to dive
      to and from Walmart. :-)

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Samsung-R355C-Prepaid-Full-QWERTY-Keyboard-Cell-Phone/14099180

      I hope this helps some. Regards, Ron

  • nthomas1235

    Had nothing but good experiences from Straight Talk. I feel sorry for everyone who had to deal with Wal Mart, I simply ordered mine online after a friend told me that he paid unlimited EVERYTHING for 45 bucks a month. I was paying 110 and simply could not maintain that luxurious expense. Straight Talk makes compromising with your budget easy.

  • dreskel4

    Yeah I also have a pretty good experience with straight talk. The internet is a little slow I think but then again I’m not paying the iPhone price (NOT EVEN CLOSE!) so i guess that’s to be expected. Really impressed with the quality of the signal. Have not had any technical issues yet so no report on customer service but so far so good!

  • SKDaddle

    Hi, Ron – Great site!

    I purchased twoR355C’s from the local Walmart with 1000 minute cards. I had service with Verizon and my two phone numbers were transferred to the Staright talk phones in less than and hour. Both phones + minute cards came to $256.00.

    The Walmart rep said that they sold different phones for different service carriers, the R355C was not the cheapest phone for the Verizon servce, but the cheaper phone was sold out. We would have had to purchase a different company phone for the AT&T service program as the Samsung phone was not compatible.

    Biggest problems after less than a month of usage:

    1) The BACK button on the phones has another wraparound button above and below it. The BROWSER Connect Button is the located just above the Back Button and can get pressed accidentally if the phone is in your pocket or purse. I have caught my phone logged onto the internet three times already using mobile airtime without my knowledge. Have not figured out how to disable automatic login yet. The phone has also called the last number called when the SEND button is pressed accidentally. Loss of minutes over this issue on a fixed minute plan is upsetting.
    2) Because of 1) above, have not found an acceptable phone case that covers the buttons on the face of the phone to prevent accidental pressing. I have found hard plastic cases, but they leave the face of the phone exposed as if there were no case at all. A leather full cover belt clip-on case is not rigid enough on the front cover to prevent the phone buttons from being depressed if the cover is mashed (ie. pressing against the seat belt latch in the car while driving).
    A feature I do enjoy is the hands free Blue Tooth technology that works great using my old Blue Tooth.
    I thought I was not going to like the smaller keypad compared to my old LG nVE Touch phones, but once you log in a few text messages on the R355C it starts to fit right at home!
    We are happy with our purchase. Now I have to deal with Verizon as they have an early cancellation fee issue, which I calculated was worth the cost compared to the amount of savings my $30 month plan on two phones would return over the same time period.
    Again, great site, keep up the good work!

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi SkDaddle,
      Thanks for sharing your ST experience with us.
      I have a rigid leather case and a hard plastic case protector.
      I put the phone in with the keys facing my body and haven’t had it dial on me.
      Maybe I’m just lucky. :-)

  • ReelNauti

    Ron,
    In your opinion what is the best St phone out there?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello ReelNauti,
      Thanks for the question.
      It is time for another ST article and I will cover the subject.:-)

  • Susan

    I love my ST Samsung 355, all but it does dial accidentally and folks listen in on my house and conversations! Don’t know how to avoid this?? With a flip phone in the past-THIS NEVER happened! So embarrassing! Any suggestions? I am looking into the new Smart phone and thought of the E-71, but afraid I’d have the same PROBLEM, so am now considering the slider Smart phone instead. Will it still dial accidentally too??

  • Christian

    I have had my ST 355 for about 2 months now. I have no real problems with it, except for the music player. The music player is great when it works, but right now it’s not working and I can’t get it to work this time. I select it and it loads the songs and the phone shuts off. I tried taking the battery out, removing the SD card, nothing works. It shuts down every time I try to use it.

    Regarding ST in general, the service is great. I live about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA and my Verizon phone didn’t work very good at all. The customer service is lacking, I always get some Indian that I can’t understand, and it’s like a guessing game for them to figure out what is going on with the phone. Even though my phone works good, every once in a while when I try to make a call it says that I have a zero balance and I have to call to get it fixed.

    Any help with my music player would be great if you have ever had this happen to you. Thanks for a great blog!

  • Bill

    Does the R355C not have a lock button??? I tried the R451C for a month then returned it to try the R355C but they were out of it. So I am thinking about ordering it online. But at least the R451C had a lock button that would keep you from hitting any active keys when you pick it up. Has anyone ever tried to CALL StraightTalk? OMG! For a company that sells phones they can’t even speak straight English! Terrible. Oh wait I forgot, English is not required in this country anymore.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Bill,
      On the R355C you just press the space bar to lock, same to unlock.

  • Bill

    By the way, is it an attribute of just Samsung phones whereby you have to type in a passcode to access Voicemail? Or is that because of StraightTalk? The R451C drove me nuts every time I accessed voicemail. Do you know if that is a ST thing or is that just because it was a Samsung? My AT&T phone (Motorola) did not require a passcode (stateside) to access voicemail.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Bill,
      It is a ST thing. I haven’t given it much thought but I wonder if you contact ST [I recommend using email] if
      they could remove your password?

  • Tammy

    Hi Ron,

    Glad you got this blog. I am seriously considering getting the samsung R355C ST phone as I am sick and tired of paying outrageous $$ for technology. Am going to cut out cable, and home phone too. Your blog has been great for educating me on issues and concerns. On the ST website, i typed in my zip code and I do not have Nokia options. My only phone options are Samsung. My current cell phone is an A T &T Samsung Slider through the local phone company. My contract with them ended 07/10. According to the Walmart rep last week, I cannot port my telephone numbers from old phone to R355C. I have a SIMM card in the A T & T Samsung slider. Walmart Rep said I couldnt use it in R355C.

    My question to you:

    is there a way to port all saved telephones numbers from old phone to new r355c since they are both Samsung?

    and

    Could i use the SIMM card from Old phone to R355C?

  • Cindy DeFord

    I have owned the Samsung Finesse for 2 years now. I have had straight talk for 3 yrs. I love it. It works even in Wyoming. I travel quite a bit and it is great. I would never go anywhere else for phone service. The only questions I have: Are there any st phones that have preloaded games and are there any that play online videos?

  • Kimberly Babson

    @Tammy – I have this phone and when I switched from my US Cellular phone I just used the blue tooth feature and imported all my contacts from the LG to the ST phone…

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Thanks Kimberly for the information. It is appreciated.