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Best Buy has 16GB ZTE Zmax 2 5.5" AT&T GoPhone No-Contract Smartphone (Black) on sale for $59.99. Store pickup is free if stock permits. Thanks SiriusBlk

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  • 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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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-...Id=4421800

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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 jchu14 December 23, 2016 at 02:57 PM
For unlocking, see the Wiki board in thread:
https://slickdeals.net/f/8851267-16gb-zte-zmax-2-5-5-at-t-gophone-no-contract-smartphone-60-free-shipping?src=SiteSearch
For case:
https://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
Low light pictures using Open Camera with Expsoure adjustment:
https://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.


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 b17. [MARSHMALLOW just got released on 12.21.16 HERE] - 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.com/GoPhoneWeb/goPhoneLanding.do?method=activatePayGo 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)


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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)

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damn they brought the deal back!! I should have waited a few days... argh
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excellent phone -
2gb ram, fast processor, unbelievable battery life.. except camera which is just okay
if u r looking for a performance phone which last really long , no one can beat this esp at this price point
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Fyi this is only for pickup. Change your title OP. It's misleading
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Fyi this is only for pickup. Change your title OP. It's misleading
It was showing available for shipping when OP first posted the link, but it then changed to Store pickup only. I guess it sold out for shipping really quickly....
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Are you being sarcastic? I want to switch over to AT&T and is this seriously a good phone?
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I would jump on this deal. if I didn't already ordered the Moto x, I'd be all over this
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None for p/u near me. Bummer. Maybe next time???

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How much was the Moto X...$249????
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How much was the Moto X...$249????
I got it for 239 and it came with a free sdcard. also, no tax!!
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It's a good phone for basic smartphone user. It has a lowend SOC but pairs with plenty of RAM and 720p screen make it plenty sufficient for most tasks. A huge 3000 mAh battery makes it last a long time.
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It's not a flagship but a very good value for the price.
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