We're pleased to see that the selection of Android phones on budget and pre-paid carriers like Straight Talk is expanding. Their latest offering is the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim, set to begin selling within the next few weeks. The $179.99 phone fits squarely into the mid range, and unlike some of Straight Talk's phones will rely on Verizon's CDMA network for coverage and data.
The Proclaim comes with a 1Ghz single-core processor, 3.5-inch 480x320 screen (panel technology isn't mentioned), a 3-megapixel rear camera and, of course, Gingerbread with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. On-board storage isn't currently known, though the phone will come with a 2GB MicroSD card. The styling of the phone is interesting: in shape and layout it looks remarkably similar to the Nexus S, though the very slight curve of the screen probably has more to do with the bezel than the glass.
Straight Talk's plans and services are a little confusing, thanks to their TracFone legacy. Most of the phones that they sell, and any of the devices using their unlocked SIM cards, use AT&T's 3G network. A few of the older phones, and now the Galaxy Proclaim, rely on the Verizon network instead. Plans on Straight Talk are $45 a month for 1000 minutes and texts and a paltry 30MB of data, and $60 a month for unlimited everything.