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Promoted 07-10-2016 by brisar at 04:02 AM View Original Post
BestBuy.com has 16GB ZTE Zmax 2 5.5" AT&T GoPhone No-Contract Smartphone (black) on sale for $59.99. Shipping is free or you may opt for in-store pickup if stock permits. Thanks SiriusBlk

Specs
  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5.5" 1280x720 Display
  • 8MP Rear & 2MP Front Cameras
  • 4G LTE
  • 3000 mAh Battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

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This price matches our recent 149-TU Front Page Deal from last month. - brisar

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Edited July 10, 2016 at 06:10 AM by TattyBear
AT&T GoPhone - ZTE Zmax 2 4G with 16GB Memory Prepaid Cell Phone - Black for $59.99 + FS (Bestbuy)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t-...ategoryId=

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Updated the wiki from an earlier thread.

Product Features
1.2GHz processor with 2GB of RAM

Delivers outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.
Android 5.1 Lollipop OS

New colors and typography, new ways to control when and how you receive messages, new security features, including Android Smart Lock, which secures your phone by pairing it with a trusted smartwatch or other device.
5.5" touch-screen display

Large screen makes it easy to navigate pages and watch videos.
8.0MP rear-facing camera

Snap photos of memorable moments while you're on the go. Also includes a 2.0MP front-facing camera for video chatting and taking selfies.
16GB internal memory

Offers plenty of storage space for music, photos, contacts and more.
Use your smartphone as a mobile hotspot

Share your 4G data connection with other compatible wireless devices.¹
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Last Edited by famewolf August 7, 2016 at 07:25 PM
For case:
http://slickdeals.net/f/8791267-at-t-gophone-zte-zmax-2-bestbuy-59-99?v=1&p=85689931#post85689931
Tempered glass:
http://r.ebay.com/eiSfaR (Sample photos of this screen protector: http://imgur.com/a/AnlOj )
Low light pictures using Open Camera with Expsoure adjustment:
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=85985455&postcount=472
Recommended apps to get *as close as possible* to LG double knock feature.
-- Nove launcher prime -- Has double knock to turn off the screen
-- Gravity Screen (Plexnor) -- Comes with tons of useful features like keeping the Screen on by motion, turning the screen off by placing it flat on a tablet, pocket sensor etc.. But I am only using the Wave to unlock (proximity sensor to unlock)
Double knock to turn on the screen -- I did tons of research.. Not possible. So don't waste your time..only LG has implemented this without draining the battery (that is, without having to keep a black screen On waiting for user input).
Rooting -- not available at the moment bcos no one has been able to crack the ZTE's locked Bootloader.. so don't fall a prey to fictitious links that claim a root of this phone. On the +ve side, haven't felt the need to root till now. I read a post that on XDA there is some way to disable even system apps without rooting, but haven't felt the need or tried it so far.
For Debloating:
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=86838847&postcount=643
For SD Cards over 32gb:
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=85544847&postcount=173
More Info: Confirmed by Ditch to work with 64gb formatting the microsd as "logical" using minitool free.
Confirmed by Famewolf to work with 128GB cards!
Stress test Smilie:
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=87507927&postcount=651

How to unlock this phone:
1. Do not turn the phone on, don't even open the box.
2. Go to this web site: https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/?#/
3. Check I have read and agree to the eligibility requirements to unlock my device.
4. This is super important, check Non-AT&T Mobility Customer
5. Fill out the form, including the IMEI number which is located on the Box
6. Submit
7. You will be sent an email with a link to confirm
8. Open your email and confirm
9. Anywhere from 1 hour to 48 hours you will be given an unlock code. It took 8 hours for me to receive mine.
10. Open up the box, put in your SIM from your Carrier and turn it on.
11. You will be prompted for the unlock code
12. Put it in and continue.

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Firmware Update (credit: jchu14)
If you're using the Zmax 2 on a non-AT&T network, don't throw away the ATT GO prepaid sim card! You can use the sim card to obtain software update for free.

The most current version is b18. Usually if you have a non-ATT sim card in the phone, when you check for sofware update in 'settings', you won't be able to see updates available. You need to have an active sim card in the phone to activate.

To activate the sim card, go to att's website [att.com] and enter the sim card number printed on the sim card itself. Go through the activation process (need email address and zip code). When it asks you to put in an IMEI: put in all zeros. When it asks you to choose a plan, it doesn't matter what you choose. I picked the 25 cent/min plan even though all other plans should work (you don't have to pay anything regardless of what plan you pick).

Go though the activation process and eventually you'll assigned a phone number and your sim is activated! Stick that sim card in the phone and then check for a software update in 'settings'. You should be notified of an available update. If it tells you to wait 24 hours before you can check again, you can manually change the date and time of your phone in 'settings > date and time'. Set it forward a day, then you can again check for software update. Generally the phone will update to b16 first. After b16 is applied, you may have to check and roll the date forward twice before it'll see and apply the b17 update.

There is no need to actually put any money into the account attached to the sim card. However, this sim card will expire in 60 days if you don't put in any money into the account. So maybe it's not a bad choice if you want to hold on to the sim card inactivated until a major update is available.

Confirmed in AT&T Forums, these conditions MUST be met.
For the Update to proceed automatically, the phone conditions have to be as follows:
1. 100% Battery Capacity
2. Charger Connected
3. Active AT&T SIM

I use Cricket MVNO and followed these steps in the wiki to successfully update. (lowprice)

From the regular firmware updates to this phone, looks like ZTE is serious about the updates. So hopefully Marshmallow follows.

https://www.att.com/esupport/arti...s/KB426950


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T-Mobile Network compatibility:

* 4G LTE Band 4 (primary) AWS 1700/2100 - YES
* 4G LTE Band 2 (secondary) PCS 1900 - YES
* 4G LTE Band 12 (new primary/upcoming) 700-A - YES!

* 4G HSPA+ Band 4 (deprecated) AWS 1700/2100 - NO
* 4G HSPA+ Band 2 (new primary) PCS 1900 - YES

* 2G EDGE Band 2 (primary) PCS 1900 - YES

T-Mobile Features:

* WiFi Calling - NO
* VoLTE - NO
* RCS - NO
* Tethering/HotSpot - NO native, YES use 3rd party app (ES File Explorer) or to avoid possible malware try "Portable Wifi Hotspot"



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this has been the same price for months, paid advertisement I guess Smilie

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this has been the same price for months, paid advertisement I guess http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/smile.gif

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Who gets paid and where?
I would like to know.
Must have been losing tons of money lately Big Grin
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use it now. good basic phone. charge battery every 2 days. but camera sucks
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How do you get T-Mobile visual voicemail when unlocked? Someone said app only has at&t visual voicemail.
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Why start a whole new thread instead of reviving the one from deal talk?
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best phone every existed on earth. everything else is totally unworthy. this phone is a the de facto game changer of the mobile industry that will withstand test of time for years to come.
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Pretty much regular price now
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best phone every existed on earth. everything else is totally unworthy. this phone is a the de facto game changer of the mobile industry that will withstand test of time for years to come.
Glad you can recognize it for what it is.
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t-...Id=4421800

Come back to $59.99 again.
Use the search. This is the third time this has been posted in the past two hours.
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