10 Reasons Why the ZTE Maven is a Great Phone for Students
My oldest child is eight and I really thought that I still had a few years before I had to deal with getting them cell phones but as she prepares to enter third grade this fall, I am starting to reconsider this thought. More and more kids are getting their first cell phones at an earlier age. I am hoping we can wait till they are heading to middle school before exploring cell phones for the kids, however if you’re in the market for a phone for your student, here are 10 reasons why the ZTE Maven is a great phone for students.
Very Affordably Priced
The ZTE Maven is available on the AT&T Network for the very affordable price of $59.99. The device can be activated on both AT&T postpaid and GoPhone prepaid service. At that price you can get phones for all the students in your family. The price is very attractive for me because you get a durable, high quality phone for a low price. You don’t have to worry about payment plans one the phone or high insurance deductibles if you phone needs to be replaced.
Perfect Size for Students
The Maven has a 4.5 inch touch screen. It’s the perfect size for students. They can easily text, make calls, and play their favorite apps on the phone. It small enough to fit in their backpack pockets and easy for them to keep track the phone.
Available on the AT&T Network
Compact in size, with voice-directed navigation and a pre-installed navigation app, the ZTE Maven is the perfect phone for anyone, especially students on-the-go this summer and during the school year. With 4G LTE***, a powerful 1.2 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, you get fast speeds streaming, downloading, and surfing.
Latest Edition Android Operating System
The latest Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System comes pre-installed on the phone, all you need to get started is an email address from GMAIL. If you already have an account it syncs with the new phone or you can create an account to get the phone working. You will need an active account to use to Android app market for downloading apps. Older students can use the phone to receive and reply to emails from their GMAIL account right from the phone.
Works In Case of an emergency
You never know when tragedy may strike, whether it’s big or small, you can rest assured that you child could use the ZTE Maven to call emergency services without using their minutes. Most cell phones allow calls to 911 even if the phone is out of minutes. This gives me added a piece of mind in case my kids ever need to use it.
Increase Productivity in Students
The ZTE Maven comes loaded with apps to help improve productivity. Some are perfect for students, especially older students. The calender app can help students on track all year-long. No more missing project due dates or important events. The Maven streams video, allows internet browsing and plays music. Everything your student needs to help them be the best student is right at their fingertips. When you add in the hundreds of thousands of app in the Google Play Store, that makes it even better.
Long Battery Life and Expandable Storage
The Maven boasts 10 hours of talk time in battery life and up to 15 hours of stand by time. Perfect for students who are on the go for long period of times. Keep in mind though when you are running apps and streaming music or video the battery life will be shorter. I usually have to charge ours about every other day. Charging is faster when plugged into a wall outlet. It takes longer on the computer. This phone is an 8 GB phone, 3.1 GB usable internal storage once you open it from the box. However you can expand the storage up to 32GB by purchasing a microSD card for the phone.
Rear and Front Facing Cameras
My photo above is a little blurry due to the flash from the phone however the Maven has a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera. So students can talk all the photos they want with this phone. Older kids may prefer a phone with a better camera but honestly with filters and editing this phone can be ideal for a quick photo update.
Help Student Drivers Stay Focused
The AT&T DriveMode app is a lifesaver and if you have students that are driving this will definitely give you added piece of mind. This feature encourages drivers to stay focused on the road and not on their phone. When enabled it automatically activates once you accelerate past 15 MPH. It blocks incoming calls and texts, keeping drivers focused on the task of driving instead of talking on the phone or texting while driving.
Control over Costs
The ZTE Maven can be activated on the AT&T GoPhone Prepaid network, that gives parents complete control over their student’s phone bills and usage. No more worrying about them using up your family data plans or incurring excessive charges. Parents choose the refill cards for the phone or you can have it automatically refilled monthly. You have total control over the phone.
Right now AT&T is offering a special GoPhone offer, see below for offer details:
GoPhone Offer: Offer ends September 24, 2015. While supplies last. Buy a $25 or higher GoPhone refill card and get $20 instantly off an eligible AT&T GoPhone 4G LTE Smartphone device. Available in stores, online (att.com/gophone) & direct fulfillment.
If you’re looking for other affordable cell phone options for your student the ZTE Sonata 2 is available with Cricket Wireless online at www.cricketwireless.com and in select Cricket Wireless retail stores nationwide for $29.99 with new line activation or with an eligible upgrade. T-Mobile also offers the ZTE Obsidian on their network for $99.99 or $4.13 per month. It’s available online http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/zte-obsidian.html or in T-Mobile retail stores.
- T-Mobile announces the ZTE Obsidian, an affordable smartphone priced at just $99.99 (phonearena.com)
- AT&T GoPhone – ZTE Maven 4G No-Contract Phone Review (legitreviews.com)
- The $99 ZTE Obsidian sports 4G LTE and Android 5.1, will hit T-Mobile airwaves on August 13 (digitaltrends.com)
- T-Mobile To Launch ZTE Obsidian 4G LTE-Enabled Android 5.1 Smartphone (techfresh.net)