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Cricket's First Android Phablet, the ZTE Grand Max Now Available For $199.99

AT&T's Cricket Wireless launched its first Android phablet yesterday, Priced at $199.99, the ZTE Grand X Max, features a 6 inch screen and quad core processor. The other specs (listed below) are mid range except that there's no LTE support. 

  • OS: Android 4.4 (KitKat) 
  • Display: 6" 720 x 1280px Gorilla® Glass 3 
  • Processor CPU 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8212
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage  
  • SD card slot: supports up to 32GB microSDHC
  • Main Camera: 8MP autofocus, 720p video capture
  • Front-Facing Camera: 1MP
  • Battery: 3200 mAh, talk time Up to 6.5 hours, standby time: Up to 860 hours
  • Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz 
  • Maximum data speed: HSPA+ 21Mbps
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: M4 and T3  
  • Dimensions: 6.38 x 3.27 x 0.31 in
  • Weight: 6.06 oz
The Grand X Max is certainly one of the least expensive phablets on the market but the lack of LTE seems inexcusable for $200 phone.

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  1. Don't slam ZTE, my ZTE Z998 has been a pretty good phone, especially for the $100 price, and this coming from a Galaxy S4.

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    1. Since this phone does not have LTE, it's basically a no go.

    2. As a Cricket user... the LTE is so throttled that it doesn't feel vastly faster than HSPA+. With my Moto G LTE I've recently been keeping the LTE turned off to save battery life, and haven't noticed much difference. If you're planning to stick with Cricket then the lack of LTE shouldn't be a deal breaker.

  3. Save your cash. Never buy a phone made by ZTE. I would buy the Nokia Lumia 1320 windows phone instead.

  4. Yeswap a lot of people are reselling their used but new Cricket sim phones. My question to you is how long do those people have to have Cricket service before they can request an unlock code from Cricket? And is it 90 days before Metro Pcs customers can request unlock code also?

  5. My oldest son has a Z998 Mustang. Very solid phone for $120, and i still have an s4

  6. For Cricket, you need to have months of paid service before they will unlock your phone. I have one more month to go.

  7. I think you need 3 or 4 months of service before they unlock but can you use on att gophone at all. I thought you could not use cricket on gophone plans but could go from gophone to cricket

  8. Really not understanding the Cricket hate. I live in Miami, and I am getting FAST LTE speeds on Cricket. I left Net10 for the $60 10GB plan, and have had it for 1 month and have 0 complaints. I love it. GREAT call quality, great data speeds and coverage...its the BEST Service provider I've ever been with

  9. Not a fan of zte phones. Performance so so and you don't get OS updates. Not much user community support.

    Cricket Wireless is great but their CS is not. They really need to make some improvements with CS,

  10. Why do these guys so aggressively push & advertise LTE (Metropcs does same as do others).. yet seem to actively pursue selling people non LTE phones???

    would tend to Agree with Dennis: Two Franklins TOO much for NO LTE !

    ( & with cricket this also cuts your max speed (4) to half of their already throttled max 8mps for lte ) , and just why else do people buy a Phablet but to use the DATA...
    thus wanting a fast experience.. does a Lte radio really cost that much?
    hopefully maybe there'll be some kind of Black Friday or monthly promo soon to drop this price... like they did with the Nokia 1320...one can hope for wannabe buyers....

    If the carrier is making $$$ selling data by the GB... why not let consumer burn it asap... and more likely to buy more or upgrade their plan?

    IS THERE SOME REASON ( avoiding lte OVERLOAD on their towers?) for them to want x number of customers to have slower experiences.... or just maybe acknowledging they're over hyping the value of their LTE ,XLTE, or next gen to come hyper LTExx or whatever for most users and their actual uses?

    Or is this more of an upsale technique to push their LTE users to spend hundreds more for the iphone or flagship Samsungs....and/or keep more on postpaid plan phone choices?

    WHATEVER.... maybe it'll turn out just as well for some as like lots of new technology... after the dust settles... many have overspent and find they really don't use it as much as they thought..
    Like how many buy new quad or more core computers and still just read emails and surf a little web... and maybe a number of phablet users use WIFI quite a bit so cellular data speed isn't as critical...
    Admittedly if paying hundreds a year or more for cell service most want the newer faster smartphones,
    but likely some are starting to actually miss the pretexting days of leaving the landline phone behind... those answering machines used to give hours of peaceful quiet ....:)

    Maybe that's the GRAND MAX really needed.. --- TRY to just Max out a little more free time in your day... the real GRAND Bargain.

  11. ZTE dominates CNET's annual list of worst phones plus ZTE got caught installing key loggers and hidden backdoors in networking equipment then lied to congress about it. ZTE is a front for the Chinese military

    1. Fact Checking:
      CNET's list of the worst phones of 2013 (the most recent available) contains:
      2 ZTE
      2 LG
      2 Alcatel
      1 Samsung
      1 Huawei

      ZTE and other Chinese companies were accused of installing backdoors in networking equipment by a former CIA and NSA director but as far as I know no evidence of these backdoors has ever been found. A backdoor was found in a ZTE phone but it's generally believed to be a coding error and was patched by ZTE after it was discovered.
      Source: TechRepublic.

  12. I don't understand the appeal of "LTE" on Cricket when they limit the speed to 8mbps. I get that same speed on H2O without LTE. Is there any advantage to having LTE if its throttled to the same speed as 4G?

  13. Are there any 6-inch Android phones with LTE for around $200?

  14. The Lumia 1320 isn't Android and it's $280. The ZTE Grand Max+ which is the successor to the Grand Max is a $200 6 inch LTE Android phone.

  15. Too bad ...I would buy it but cant use it cause Im with tmobile and dont want to change providers

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