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Cricket Wireless is Now Offering the ZTE Grand X Max 2 for Only $199.99

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Earlier today, Cricket Wireless welcomed the arrival of the latest ZTE flagship smartphone-- the ZTE Grand X Max 2. It's the latest smartphone by ZTE that comes with a large screen display bigger than other devices. But true to its history of selling budget smartphones, this is pretty evident in the price tag of the Grand X Max 2.

The Grand X Max 2 comes with a 6-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080. From within, the phone is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm MSM8952 processor with 2GB of RAM and an internal storage of 16GB. The storage can be expanded by up to 64GB using a microSD card. Keeping up with the latest trends in phone cameras, the Grand X Max 2 is equipped with a dual-camera configuration on the back. One of these cameras comes with a 13MP sensor while the other one has 2MP. In front, there is a 5MP wide-angle camera available to shoot selfies from. Video recording from the back camera is available with 1080p HD video quality. Giving the phone its needed battery juice is a 3,400 mAh non-removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge v2.0 technology and a USB-C port. According to Cricket Wireless and ZTE, the battery lasts up to 6.5 hours of talk time.

Interested individuals may pick up the Grand X Max 2 in Cricket stores and online starting today for only $199.99.

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  1. Far too many Cricket phones lack band 29 and 30. No way I'd buy a phone without those 2 bands. I think the S7 is the only phone with all of ATTs bands plus 3x CA.

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    1. What are bands 29 and 30 used for?

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    2. iPhone 6S and 6S+ A1633 and A1634 have the most bands - 23 in all.

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    3. No way you'd buy a phone without 29 or 30? There are practically no modems or handsets that support those yet, probably because they generally haven't been provisioned yet. Chicken/Egg.

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    4. The only time I've ever needed an extra layer of capacity is during late afternoon peak hours.

      Once.

      On an Idol 3, which may or may not lack full Band 12 capabilities.

      When I was deliberately running a speed test at that time to gauge if there was ever any congestion or deprioritization.

      And it turned out I still got a modest 1 to 4mbps, which allowed me to do everything except update apps or download large files using my limited data plan.

      So yeah...

      In real use, I've never noticed getting anything less than the max throttle of 8mbps.

      If that's standard for Cricket, which seems to be the case going by hofo speed tests, I wouldn't pay hundreds more just to see whether or not bands 29 and 30 make a difference (or if they're even deployed in my area) during the one or two hours of congestion when I don't normally use mobile data anyway.

      Anyway, the point is that while extra bands would be nice to have, they aren't useful enough to warrant shelling out the extra dosh.

      They're more for the band collecting completionists than actual consumers, the latter of whom just need a decent enough connection.

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    5. Another Cricket "Settler." Settle for heavy throttling, low network priority, flaky proxy servers and now, for a phone that's not able to connect to all AT&T channels like Band 30, so it will be replaced sooner. False economy all around. Band 12 and 30 (new 2.3GHz deployment) support can help compensate for Cricket's low priority in congested areas. If you 'just have to' use Cricket, it's a good decision. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 are two other phones that support AT&T WCS bands.

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    6. Visual Guide to US Mobile Radio Bands http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=17640&p=6766

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    7. Band 29 and 30 are included with HTC M9, V10; Samsung S6, S6 Edge, S6 Active; ZTE Axon Pro. The list is much longer if you just include Band 29 or Band 12 support.

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    8. I admit, I am "settling" with Cricket. I want a good network and a lot of data... but without the contract or high postpaid price.

      "Heavily throttled" Cricket is still fast enough to stream HD Netflix and other video... what more do I need? What is 8mbps too slow to do??

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  2. Is this an ad?
    Phrases like "Only $199.99" belong is paid advertisements only, not in news articles.

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    1. This looks like more Sponsored Content but $200 just isn't worth it.

      Especially if you already snagged that $50 Idol 3, in which case you're good until BF 2017 when octa-core devices with 3GB of RAM and Android 7 Neapolitan will go for pennies on the dollar.

      It's actually a wonder they're not offering heavy discounts and trying to sell as many of these as possible before then.

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    2. I agree these sort of posts read entirely like advertising. It's just a middle to low end speced phone with a big screen and reasonably low price.

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    3. so what. what ever helps the web site to make revenue to keep it afloat.

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  3. Notaker here. "Only $199.99" os way too much. Size is ridiculous.

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    1. The price will come down. $199.99 includes the early adopter penalty.

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    2. The size is great. There's no excuse for tiny phones.

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    3. 6.46 by 3.3 by 0.35 inches (HWD) and weighing 6.31 ounces, the Grand X Max 2 is fine as a two-handed pocket computer. As a phone, it is ridiculously big. It would look really dumb held next to your ear, or you can look really "cool" with your bluetooth gadget. Holding it up with one hand will give your arm a good workout, if you don't mind looking silly.
      Small phones don't need excuses - like this one does.

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  4. I agree that the Christine Torralba posts could use more of a journalistic viewpoint/style in writing. Dennis's posts tend to do this a lot better, in my view.

    However, posts that are more salesy and less newsy happen elsewhere. This one at Android Authority is no better:

    http://www.androidauthority.com/cricket-zte-grand-x-max-2-694094/

    If you go to Phone Arena for this news, you will find a version of this which is indeed more newsy, and less like it it comes from the carrier's own site:

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/6-inch-ZTE-Grand-X-Max-2-now-available-at-Cricket-for-199.99_id81359

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  5. $50 Idol 3? Where?

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    1. Nowhere currently. The Idol 3 was $50 at Cricket with a port-in a while ago.

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  6. You guys are a bunch of whiners. The post was informative and descriptive. Either you buy it or you don't, but it helped many of us looking to use a decent phone at a decent price, on a service that works for the majority of us. If you need super fast speed and $750 smart phones move on to post-paid Verizon or AT&T. For those of use who are very satisfied with the coverage and 8mb speed we thank Prepaid phone news for the excellent job on Pre Paid services!!

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    1. that's right. a bunch of whiners. just shut up and read the articles .

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  7. Y'all do realize that this phone not only has the dual camera setup (which may be gimmicky to some), but it's screen is Full HD (yes, like the Idol 3), not 720p, and a much more uodated Snapdragon 617, over the Snapdragon 615 found in the Idol 3. Also, what none of these posts even mention, and I found out by actually going to a store and handling one, that the band around the phone is metal and feels great. Back to it's display it that pretty cool "Infinity Edge" panel that ZTE coined with the Grand X3 at CES except it's 5.5" screen was only 720p. Speaking about the Grand X3, remember everyone made a big deal about the USB Type-C, but it only had a Snapdragon 210. It would be an upgrade if this phone had something like a Snaodragon 415 (not a 400 or 410) octacore, but this, again, has the 617. The Honor 5X has a 616. "Early adopter's penalty" or not, $200 is a pretty good deal for this phone. Only thing it's missing is a fingerprint sensor.

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    1. It's a good deal at the moment, but a lot of prepaid afficionados who've seen insane price decreases tend to think in terms of whether or not it will still be a good deal by Black Friday.

      Case in point:

      http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-Volt-with-LTE-and-Android-KitKat-launched-by-Boost-Mobile-and-Virgin-Mobile_id56043

      The Volt went from $180 at launch to $40 at Radio Shack by the end of the year.

      Then it went down to $20, and back up to $40.

      The ZTE Speed and Huawei Union also dropped in price to $10.

      And then there's the bunch of recently expired Cricket deals, where you could get a $1 Spree or $50 Idol 3.

      You can really just wait out deals and still have decent enough specs for everything except maybe hardcore gaming.

      But if you're a hardcore gamer, then you'll probably be using a console or computer instead.

      Anyway, phones devalue so fast that they're still relevant even after the price has dropped as low as it ever will.

      That's why there tends to be a lot of love for slightly aged devices instead of whatever new, overpriced gadgets just came out yesterday.

      Phone nerds may love spending thousands on the best and newest every single year, but prepaid misers don't.

      We love getting the good, adequate and rootable for less than $60, and then blowing the rest on whatever we damn well please.

      It's mostly about having your cake and eating it, too, because then you can afford to never run out of cake.

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  8. I got an Unlocked Motorola Nexus 6 a few days ago from a store and they also were a cricket dealer. I had them help me to activate the phone and get everything ported to Cricket. I did notice that when I made calls that it switched from LTE to H. I got it home from Gloucester, VA to Deltaville, VA and it worked for the first day. The next morning it suddenly stopped making calls and later I could not receive calls but still got LTE data.

    I called cricket about this issue and they said they would review my case. They first told me that there was a problem with the tower in my area as it was downgraded. Then I get another call saying that they didn't have good coverage in Deltaville, VA when AT&T has great coverage in Deltaville, VA and I was told before I bought the phone, SIM and subscribed to the $60/Mo plan that I'd get excellent coverage.

    Being legally Blind now I have to try and get a ride again to the store to try and iron this out. Any reason that when I make a call that the bars go from half way to nothing and that the indicator will switch to H and I lose LTE? Is there a band issue here?

    Maybe this is why we need to be sure we get all the bands for Cricket when we buy these GSM phones.

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    1. It's normal for a Nexus 6 to switch from LTE to HSPA or even Edge when a call is being made or received. That's because the phone, like most made in the last 3 years, only has a single cellular radio and without VoLTE, which Cricket doesn't support, LTE is a data only protocol.

      For some reason your phone has stopped switching to HSPA for calls. The reason could be a phone or network work issue or a phone setting that got changed. I think a phone issue is more likely than a network one although anything is possible.

      If you changed a setting to force LTE only mode change it back to automatic or LTE/UMTS/GSM. If that's not it power cycling or factory resetting the phone might fix it. Or if you have another GSM+LTE prone you could swap the SIM to it confirm whether its a phone or network issue.

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  9. This is a good phone. I just got it at Cricket very soild build. Feels like a 200 phone.

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  10. I'd be very weary of Cricket. Let me tell you about the Nightmare I'm having... It started out when I bought the Motorola Nexus 6 at a reputable store. I got the phone home after activation and it worked really well. I was porting my number from Sprint to Cricket. The first thing that happened the next day was I could not make calls or receive them however I'd get a notification that I got a text message or voice mail. I called Cricket on May 19th and remember I got the phone on the 18th. They said that the tower was bad and I'd get service in 24 hrs. OK so I wait. 24 hrs later no service. Called them again and this time they tried to tell me that I would get poor coverage in my area. Remember I was told that before hand I would get excellent coverage. Now they tell me that since its a prepaid service that I can't get a refund.

    I've been fighting with Cricket because they told me (and AT&T's map for contract phones show coverage). Now I'm out the $70 for the service and SIM card. I'll get the $11 I put down on the phone per the dealer, but not for the service. Again Cricket is pure T FROAD and will LIE about coverage. They don't know about what they are doing.

    MVHO's are risky always go with the ACTUAL PROVIDER not the resell dealer.

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    1. Sounds like it was your fault for diving straight into the deep end without dipping your toe in the water first.

      Never buy the biggest data plan if you don't know what kind of coverage you'll get.

      And if you get poor coverage, switch to a network that's better.

      There's no point paying a fair premium for shit coverage, which is why some would say it's actually Sprint and T-mobile that aren't worth it.

      Anyway, prepaid plans usually have less coverage than postpaid, on-contract offerings due to the lack of roaming agreements, so you may need a postpaid plan if you want to use AT&T in an area with a poor native coverage.

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    2. "it's actually Sprint and T-mobile that aren't worth it."
      Statements like this are worthless. E.G., Sprint has better coverage than AT&T around Deltaville, and you can get plans that roam on Verizon which has much better coverage than AT&T around there.

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  11. I should say Cricket is OK here for a Hotspot. If you plan on using a tethering app to bypass their anti tethering here hey it is a great deal 10 GB of Data for $60. I was able to do Internet Radio just fine. If it was not for the fact I wanted voice coverage on a Motorola Nexus 6 I'd use it as a back up when my cable Internet acts up which is not too often here.

    Verizon prepaid is pretty good. Their coverage seems very close to a postpaid phone. But this was the worst experience I have ever had. True that I should have maybe tried a 1 GB data plan and then went back in a few weeks if it worked and buy more.

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