Straight Talk, NET10 and Tracfone phone called the ZTE Rapido (Z932L) have appeared in the tracfone, straighttalk and net10 subdirectories at deviceanywhere.com. That's where TracFone and sister companies host interactive tutorials for all their phones.
New phones show up on deviceanywhere all the time, but most are unremarkable and some never get released. The ZTE Rapido is different because, based on one of its FCC certification documents, it's an CDMA/LTE phone that supports only one LTE band, band 13, and that band is only used by Verizon.
In addition, a Prepaid Phone News reader left a comment saying they had spotted the Straight Talk Rapido for sale in a Walmart store. The packaging was labeled with LTE and also carried the red coverage map that Straight Talk only uses on Verizon network phones. Unfortunately the reader didn't mention the price.
Update, another reader found the Straight Talk ZTE Z932L on the Walmart site, priced at $179.88 but out of stock. There are now a photos on HowardForums showing the phone for sale at Walmart. The network code on the package is LTE-V for LTE on Verizon.
Up to now the only MVNO that has has been given access to Verizon's LTE network is Page Plus. An LTE phone for Straight Talk is significant because it could mean that LTE is on the verge of coming to more MVNOs.
Here are some specs for the ZTE Rapido that I've gathered from various sources:
- OS: Android 4.1 Jellybean
- Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8GB internal, SD card slot supports up to 32GB cards
- CPU: 1.2 Ghz dual-core
- Display: 4.5 inches, 720x1280px, Gorilla Glass
- Rear Camera: 8 MP with smile detection, blink detection, red eye reduction and 1080p video capture.
- Front Facing Camera: 1 MP
- WiFi: b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Hearing Aid Compatibility: M4/T4
- Battery: removable, 2070 mAh, up to 7.5 hours talk time and 9 days standby
- Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.5 x 0.38 in
- Weight: 4.94 oz