AT&T GoPhone – ZTE Maven 4G No-Contract Phone Review

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ZTE Maven Prepaid GoPhone at AT&T


Last month, ZTE launched the ZTE Maven and available to AT&T customers.  The Maven is being marketed as an affordable, but high tech, handheld device that offers a ton of features for those looking for a great deal on a new mobile device.  ZTE is the fourth largest phone manufacturer in the U.S. but the second largest in the “no-contract” market.  For folks that are looking for the ability to outright pay for their new cell phone, this handset might be ideal if you don’t want to finance or make monthly payments.

Priced at $59.99 with no annual contract, the ZTE Maven is available at AT&T’s retail stores or online.  The phone can be activated on AT&T’s postpaid or GoPhone prepaid services.ZTE_Maven-20-2

The 4G LTE compatible ZTE Maven is equipped with a 4.5-inch screen which has a resolution of 854×480 pixels and 5MP rear shooting camera that can record 720p video as well as a VGA front facing camera.  All of this is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 8GB of internal storage (that you can expand to 32GB via the microSD card), 1GB of RAM running on Android 5.1 Lollipop.  The handset even has a battery that is rated at 2,100mAh which should give you a talk time of up to 10 hours.

ZTE_Maven-20The Maven is designed for casual users who don’t want to spend a fortune, but yet want many of the features of top-of-the-line mobile devices.  The ZTE Maven measures in at 5.3 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches which makes it approximately the same size as the older-generation iPhone.  For $59.99, we really can’t complain about how think the phone is.  In reality, the phone feels solid in your hands and we expect to see tons of functionality in the Android 5.1 operating system.  The Maven also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and Wireless-802.11 b/g/n.

The ZTE Maven comes in basic Black with dark Grey backing.  No fancy color schemes for this model!  AT&T packages the Maven in an AT&T “GoPhone” branded box with a USB wall charger, a charging cable, User Guide, Phone & Feature guide.  Even though, cell phones are almost self-explanatory and very easy to setup, AT&T still encourages new Maven owners to head over to for a multimedia introduction to the Maven or for any sort of general help.

ZTE Maven
On the front of the phone, besides the 4.5-inch screen, the Maven has a multi-color LED indicator light that will alert the user to a variety of phone behaviors such as charging status, missed calls, Bluetooth connectivity, etc.  Next to the LED, the ZTE Maven’s speaker can be found.  When the phone uses the speakerphone option, the speaker on the back takes over as per usual on many mobile devices.  Next to the mail speaker, there is a ‘rear-facing’ camera. As far as we can tell, the ZTE Maven only comes in this basic black color version.  Because the Maven is an AT&T exclusive, the ZTE website doesn’t even have a landing page for the Maven, so from what we can tell at this time, the Maven only comes in black.ZTE Maven

On the bottom of the phone, there are three ‘soft buttons’: “Back”, “Home”, and “Task Manager”.  The Maven’s microphone is actually on the bottom of the unit.  On top, you will find the stereo headphone jack as well as the power button.  Over on the back you will find the main camera and flash.

ZTE Maven

There is nothing really fancy holding the back cover on to the Maven.  The device is water resistant, but not waterproof and you can gain access to the battery and SIM with a fingernail.  With the cover removed, you can see where the SIM and memory card reside for the ZTE Maven. The 2,100mAh battery accounts for more than half of the Maven’s cargo under the cover.


ZTE Maven


As this is an Android-OS device, setup of the ZTE Maven was very simple.  The phone asks you for your Google account and with it starts syncing your e-mail, calendar, and apps just like every other Android-based mobile device.

Let’s move along to the next page and look at the ZTE Maven benchmarks!

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  • DayTripper1

    I added a sd card and now the phone is not working at all, the red charging light is the only thing that will work, any idea what to do?

  • victoria ardoin

    I have a ZTE maven I am having trouble texting and take a pic and im anyone on Facebook and att was no help.

  • Betsy

    I have had my ZTE Maven since March 2016 and still can’t do anything on it but make and receive phone calls and text msgs. I didn’t get any help from the boys at the local ATT store, they were busy with customers who wanted more expensive phones. I know the phone will become unlocked in Sept. so I plan to go with another plan, probably straight talk from Walmart. The phone itself is okay but I’ll be darned if I can figure out how to do anything on it.

  • Screwed

    I TRIED TO RETURN THE LOUSY PHONE($40) TO AT&T STORE.THREE DAYS AFTER PURCHASE. They wanted to charge me apprx.$40 restocking fee. They did not tell me about the 14 day return policy.The manager of The Enfield,CT. STORE LIED TO ME.Then they wanted to charge me $40 for another phone..

  • inyourmindseye

    YEAH…..At&t should never have android written anywhere on it…WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER STEVE JOBS. HE DESTROYED THE FUTURE!
    Here is the image of Iphone: Our phones were rushed and made badly…so they catch fire in standby mode…
    Label On Iphone should read: Never store in or around anything you hold will cause a fire and destroy everything you had there.

  • Robert Padgett

    Bought one at AT&T (which has a 14-day return for exchange policy) and the microphone stopped working on day 20. No help from AT&T technical service, and they recommended I take it to a device service center. They don’t repair GoPhones, so only option was to send back to manufacturer. Would seem that a $40 phone is non-repairable and AT&T should have replaced it at the store where purchased. I spent an entire day trying to determine if I had done something wrong, and accidentally shut off the mic by mistake. No one in AT&T had an answer and I talked to three different idiots in three call centers. Too much hassle for a fucking $40 piece of shit, made by slave labor in China. I would steer clear of this. And, BTW my 30 day prepaid service doesn’t give you credit when you don’t have a phone to use the minutes. Screwed both ways.

  • Sherry

    New to this phone and purchased formy daughter. Where do you get the phone number for the phone? You need this to activate minutes. Tganjs

  • E.C. from D.C.

    Just bought it (online)….not expecting much for $40 but if it lasts me about 1 yr i’ll be a happy girl.

  • Donna Gerard

    I purchased this phone so I would have the ability to text and still stay on the same plan I had with my other go phone. I have never been so frustrated to learn how to make a simple phone call and text message or to receive them. I went back to to ATT store 3 times and left thinking I had the knowledge to operate it. But as soon as I got home and tried, a list of aps would appear and just to make a simple phone call became a reason for another lesson at the ATT store. Even friends that were familiar with other phones that text had trouble with the Maven. Today I will try to take the phone back but they have already informed me it would be a $35 restocking charge. The phone cost me $40 but i need to get my old phone back and working. If I ever decide to try a texting phone again it won’t be with ATT.

  • Stan Current

    Thanks for the heads up. But this is typical of every cell phone/service provider. They all have been subject of class action lawsuits for deceptive practices and overcharges. Please copy/paste your comment to an email and send to your state attorney general consumer division office.

  • Chris

    The phone is great. I bought it in conjunction with the prepaid “10 cent plan” from AT&T. Although it’s called a “10 cent plan”, I’ve never had a charge less than 20 cents, not even for a 10 second phone call so it’s false advertising. I also purchased 1,000 texts for $9.99 to be applied over the course of a year. I have had the phone for 1 month and today I started getting charged 20 cents per text. When I called AT&T they said that my $9.99 only covers the first month. Really? Then why did they sell me 1,000 texts for $9.99? I tried to straighten it out over the phone with the representative and asked to speak to their supervisor and then their supervisor and they said the manager would call me back. So far, no call back. I’m tired of AT&T’s deceptive practices and client service.

    • inyourmindseye

      Do yourselves a favor.
      Run the halfwits who are selling this crap out of business..
      YOu think its hard to put at&t out of business…IT ISN’T..
      Walgreens does the same thing. THey say your privacy is kept safe..but The Unites States Gov.t has now dropped any fight it had against keeping your info. private. SO NO OTHER REASONS FOR THESE CRAP COMPANIES TO CARE ABOUT YOU ANYMORE..
      Your own gov.t quite on you.