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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:41 am 
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The MetroPCS ZTE ZMax Pro is a lot of smartphone especially when it's free compared to the AT&T ZTE ZMax 2 that I posted about on another thread which went as low as $60 but never for free. It has most if not all and then some (it has FM Radio) of the features of comparable flagship phones including a fingerprint scanner but not laden with the usual flagship bloated proprietary UI layer. It's as close to stock Android Marshmallow as you can get outside of Google phones. The original MetroPCS ZMax Pro full price is $179 but available for $99 with an instant rebate program. There was an additional in-store-only promotional rebate (I'm not sure if it's still currently on though) of up to $100 on phones if you port in an existing active number with a caveat that such a number must not already be in the T-Mobile network.

In my particular case, my established number was already in the T-Mobile network with another MVNO. But there's always a way around things. It's really not that difficult to obtain an active phone number nowadays (just need to be a bit creative about it) so I did just that and took that temporary disposable number which was not in the T-Mobile network to MetroPCS and ported it in with one of their prepaid plans. My original goal was just to get an activated ZMax Pro for free which is carrier-locked with MetroPCS and spend around $20 for an unlocking service from feebay and then just switch in the SIM card of my established number with the other MVNO after unlocking. However, I discovered during the process that MetroPCS offered better prepaid plans than the other MVNOs including no additional taxes and regulatory fees which is usually a significant monthly amount and therefore saving more money and will "unlock" the phone after 3 months. So instead, I went back to the store and changed the disposable temporary number by porting in yet again my establish number and...voila!...a free unlocked ZTE ZMax Pro with my established number and even further savings on my monthly bill to boot not to mention not spending additional money for an unlocking service from feebay.

Note that MetroPCS uses the T-Mobile (US) network (i.e. a T-Mobile MVNO). That said, the phone is also offered by T-Mobile at the same $179/$99 price point albeit without the additional in-store-only instant $100 rebate for porting in an existing active number and dirt-cheap prepaid plans which usually connotes cheapened services but that is not usually true. The last time I checked, my downstream/upstream MetroPCS speeds are 35Mbps/28MBps respectively compared to my prior T-Mobile MVNO which only did around 23/21. My even much earlier very expensive flagship carrier only did 2Mbps/0.6Mbps at the most. Go figure.

Even at $99, it's still a lot of smartphone for the price.

https://www.metropcs.com/shop/phones/details/ZTE-ZMAX-PRO/610214647405

More detailed specs: http://www.gsmarena.com/zte_zmax_pro-8096.php

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:39 am 
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My kumpare just got the phone and informed me that the $100 in-store-only rebate for porting in an active number is no longer currently offered; it's $60 instead. So the ZTE Zmax Pro would now cost $39 ($99-$60) instead of getting it for free. That's still a heck of a dirt-cheap deal for a smartphone with flagship features and nice specs.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:36 pm 
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BTW, the picture I posted with my OP above shows almost the actual size of the phone (image is about a quarter-inch shorter on both length and width). So it's indeed a big phone (phablet) with a 6-inch screen.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:15 am 
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"ZTE Zmax Pro Review 6 months Later is it still worth buying?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFcTQVErNdI



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:52 am 
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"ZTE ZMax Pro NO BS Review"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4830LFOhlo



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:58 am 
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"5 Secret & Hidden ZTE Zmax Pro Features"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBTX7yL2Lcc



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:55 pm 
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"ZTE ZMax Pro 2 weeks later"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvTf0pgGkXQ




The following video is actually shot with a ZTE Zmax Pro as mentioned at 0:52 on the above video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYZDPc_Aw04



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:17 pm 
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"Galaxy Note 7 vs ZTE ZMax Pro Comparison"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S76wVu_YDtI



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