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Promoted 09-09-2016 by SubZero5 at 12:53 PM View Original Post
Update: now only available for free store pickup

Best Buy has 16GB ZTE Zmax 2 5.5" AT&T GoPhone No-Contract Smartphone (black) on sale for $49.99. Select free store pickup. Thanks mortaza77

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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Edited September 9, 2016 at 12:34 PM by annie930ny
Best Buy [bestbuy.com] has 16GB ZTE Zmax 2 5.5" AT&T GoPhone No-Contract Smartphone (Black) on sale for $49.99. Shipping is free or select free store pickup where available.

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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Last Edited by alanky October 6, 2016 at 04:30 AM
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 unlock request status check:
https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/...t/#/status
For case:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-ZTE-Z...1840759854
https://slickdeals.net/f/8791267-at-t-gophone-zte-zmax-2-bestbuy-59-99?v=1&p=85689931#post85689931
Tempered glass:
https://slickdeals.net/f/9098799-xtremeguard-site-wide-sale-on-2-items-screen-full-body-protectors-92-off-free-shipping
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.
For Debloating:
https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=86838847&postcount=643
For SD Cards over 32gb:
https://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!
Here's a video just to get an idea how well it records Sound. Video is good since this was well lit situation. Make sure to watch in 720/1080p.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTZHqyYF3nY

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. Do this by selecting "No" where it asks "Are you an AT&T wireless 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.
=========================== (From randomtamdem post 483)
Unlock Instructions for this phone - Use the second option of it didnt ask you for the unlock code :
Using a Non-AT&T SIM Card

1. Insert a non-AT&T SIM card.
2. Power on the device.
3. The device displays Phone locked. Please insert a valid SIM card.
4. Select Unlock (left soft key).
5. The device displays Please enter network unlock code (16 digits). Remaining: X.
6. Enter the 16-digit unlock code.
7. Select OK (left soft key).
8. Select OK to reset the device.

Using an AT&T SIM Card

1. Insert an AT&T SIM card.
2. Power on the device.
3. Enter *983*865625# in idle mode.
4. Select Unlock (left soft key).
5. The device displays Please enter network unlock code (16 digits). Remaining: X.
6. Enter the 16-digit unlock code.
7. Select OK (left soft key).
8. Select OK to reset the device.
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Firmware Update (credit: jchu14)
Version history [att.com]. Release dates for B16: November 5, 2015 and for B18: July 6, 2016
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. 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] [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.

Note: Most current version actually appears to be B18 now (released July 6, 2016. See version history [att.com] on ATT website).

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)

Ultra-Mobile: Use their APN or phone may keep disconnecting from cellular network every 5 or 10 seconds.

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Word of caution, if you have a screen lock on this phone and keep it in your pocket, it WILL call 911. I once got a call from a 911 operator in my county, who said that I had called 911 about 13 times in a span of 2 months and also mentioned that it was a common problem with android phones. I worked around the problem by removing the screen lock, but that may be a deal breaker for many (also there are other solutions such as apps)

Other than that, the phone is very good. This FP deal for $60 from June has additional links for unlocking, case, camera adjustments etc.
Stop bringing up that $20 at Walmart - it's almost as annoying as "no hdmi - pass" who cares?
they said not to open the box in case you need to return the it. simple as that. the imei is listed on the outside of the packaging so why bother opening it until you have an unlock code

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Awesome phone for the price
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Not entirely clear if Amazon's Blu R1 for $59.99 is a better phone or this at $49.99... Anyone having any insight into it? Thank you.
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Is it true that all ATT phones can be used with Cricket but it doesn't work other way around unless you unlock?
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guess PPL missed $25 in Walmart ...

Quote from WhoIsThat View Post :
Not entirely clear if Amazon's Blu R1 for $59.99 is a better phone or this at $49.99... Anyone having any insight into it? Thank you.
BLU R1 has dual SIM, and no tax fro many , this does not
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Last edited by cgigate September 9, 2016 at 12:35 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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Word of caution, if you have a screen lock on this phone and keep it in your pocket, it WILL call 911. I once got a call from a 911 operator in my county, who said that I had called 911 about 13 times in a span of 2 months and also mentioned that it was a common problem with android phones. I worked around the problem by removing the screen lock, but that may be a deal breaker for many (also there are other solutions such as apps)

Other than that, the phone is very good. This FP deal for $60 from June has additional links for unlocking, case, camera adjustments etc.
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Quote from kalekanchha View Post :
Is it true that all ATT phones can be used with Cricket but it doesn't work other way around unless you unlock?
Yes this is true
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Quote from cgigate View Post :
guess PPL missed $25 in Walmart ...
Not only was that very ymmv, but so was finding it at $20.
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Quote from WhoIsThat View Post :
Not entirely clear if Amazon's Blu R1 for $59.99 is a better phone or this at $49.99... Anyone having any insight into it? Thank you.
I have had both
The Zmax all day every day. It has a bigger screen and a better battery, the Zmax actually has an amazing battery. Both have little bloat and most can be disabled. The R1 has a metal frame, I do not care about this but some might
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finally been waiting for this deal again. thanks op
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Quote from kalekanchha View Post :
Is it true that all ATT phones can be used with Cricket but it doesn't work other way around unless you unlock?
I know these phones do work on Cricket. My mom and dad both have them on Cricket and have no issues. I'm going to order 2 more for my in-laws at this price.
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Quote from chunlibarbie View Post :
Not only was that very ymmv, but so was finding it at $20.
yup... some reported getting it for $9 too...
I feel like I have better odds of winning the powerball than getting any of the Target, WM b&m ymmv deals...
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Quote from cgigate View Post :
guess PPL missed $25 in Walmart ...


BLU R1 has dual SIM, and no tax fro many , this does not
Quote from chunlibarbie View Post :
Not only was that very ymmv, but so was finding it at $20.
Some got it for $9.99 as well Smilie
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