Update: ZTE Solar is available now at Straight Talk’s website for $179.99. The Solar uses AT&T network.
Straight Talk has added a new mid-range Android handset to its prepaid lineup, ZTE Solar. The Solar
is not listed on the carrier’s website yet and can be purchased at Walmart. Currently, Straight Talk ZTE Solar is out of stock online and is available in select Walmart stores only for $179.88.
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The ZTE Solar (Z795G) comes with a spacious 4.5-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform, a 5-megapixel camera, microSD card slot for additional memory expansion and a 4GB memory card included. Its Lithium-Ion battery provides not so much power, up to 5 hours of talk time and up to 9 days of standby time. The Solar is a 3G phone, WiFi and GPS-enabled that uses AT&T or T-Mobile network.
Straight Talk ZTE Solar can be paired with a $45 unlimited or $60 unlimited international plans. The $45 unlimited monthly plan comes with unlimited talk, domestic/ international text and data with first 2.5GB at high speeds. After high-speed data allotment, data are throttled to 2G. The $60 unlimited international plan has everything that $45 plan includes plus 400 minutes of calling mobiles in Mexico; unlimited calls to 15 unique international landline numbers per month in 37 countries and international calling to landlines and mobiles in Canada, China and India.
The Solar is ZTE Majesty-like specs and price-wise. However, Majesty is a CDMA phone that uses Verizon network. It also has a front-facing camera, which Solar doesn’t have, and a longer battery life. Not that this matters if you are not in the wrong coverage but if your coverage allows you to choose between these two devices, the Majesty has a few things going for it.
Before discovering that Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S4 uses T-Mobile network, making it a first Android to do so, it would be clear that ZTE Solar runs on AT&T. This way, it could be T-Mobile compatible.