Tracfone ZTE Valet Model Z665C Review

About the ZTE Valet

The ZTE Valet is an exciting new phone for Tracfone because it finally brings a true smartphone to the Tracfone customer at a low price! That’s right folks, this is one the first Androids to be available for Tracfone ever!  What’s cool about this phone is the fact that it comes with the newer Android operating system (Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean) out of the box. If you aren’t familiar with Android, then rest assured that this is an excellent starter Operating system because phones like the ZTE Valet perform much faster than with previous versions of Android. Please note that you cannot use the Straight Talk Valet with the Tracfone service or vice versa. You must buy the Tracfone version to use the service.

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ZTE Valet Specifications

If you are concerned about specs, this phone is an excellent fit for the Tracfone line up because it low cost (retails for $99.99). First item of note is the CDMA technology, all you really need to know about this is the fact that Tracfone will activate you with either Verizon or Sprint coverage. If you are not sure what this means, then simply go to the Tracfone site, enter your zip code and if the ZTE Valet shows up, then you are good to go!

Next important item on the specs list is the 800 mhz processor. Again, if you are new to Android, then be aware that this is not the fastest phone out there but the newer Android operating system makes this phone perform much faster than would be possible with older Android phones. Other notable features are WiFi , a 3 megapixel camera and approximately 2gb of built in memory.

One thing to note is that this phone is quite compact, the screen measures 3 1/2″ diagonally which boils down to about 2″ wide and 3″ tall. The phone body measures 4 1/2″ tall, 2 1/2″ wide and about 1/2″ thick. Weight wise, this one comes in at 4 1/2 ounces or so. These are all pretty typical for an entry level phone such as this.

ZTE Valet Features

If you’ve been stuck in feature phone land, then you will be amazed by the features the ZTE Valet will bring you. The first item here is the Google Play store. This will allow you to download a myriad of apps, both free and paid. Now these are full fledged apps not the Mickey Mouse Java apps some of the current Tracfone feature phones have. Apps include Facebook, Netflix, Angry Birds just to name a few. Apps like Netflix can be used using wifi as your data will be somewhat limited on the Tracfone plan.

Next on the feature list, is Google Maps and Navigation. This again is full fledged gps navigation which is nothing like you’ve ever had before on a Tracfone!

Should You Buy the ZTE Valet?

The answer is YES! If you are tired of your featureless “feature phone”, then the ZTE Valet will be the perfect upgrade. The phone performance and features are great. The price is $99.99 which is very good for this type of phone and cheaper than some of the Tracfone feature phones of yesteryear. If you’ve been itching to upgrade and come into the smartphone world, then the ZTE Valet is the perfect starter Android!

Android phones soon to be available for Tracfone Customers

Traditionally, Tracfone has catered to the cost conscious customer with what are basically low end feature phones and flip phones. However, this is all changing with the introduction of a set of new Tracfone Android phones. Now these aren’t new phones per say, rather they are bringing in phones that Tracfone has offered under the Straight Talk and Net10 banners.  Another item of note is the fact that all of the phones will be of the CDMA variety so no GSM models yet. The CDMA models will be activated with either Verizon or Sprint. Tracfone Androids in Your Area

While they are not offering anything like a Samsung S4 or anything, this first batch of Tracfone Androids will be a huge upgrade over the now obsolete feature phones of yesteryear. It remains to be seen if Tracfone customers will be able to continue to use the regular Tracfone cards for 30, 60, 120, 200, 450 minutes or if Tracfone will roll out new cards that will work with these Androids.

At any rate, the first set of Tracfone’s will be:

Tracfone ZTE Z665C – ZTE Valet
The ZTE Valet is another entry level device which retails for around $99.99. This one is very similar to the Tracfone LG Dynamic above but comes with the 4.1 Android OS.

Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Centura
The Tracfone Samsung Galaxy Centura is an entry level type device with good specs. This one retails for $129.99 namely because it’s a Samsung and comes with the newer Android 4.0. In reality, this is essentially the same phone as the ZTE Valet above.

Tracfone LG L38c – Dynamic
This is a compact CDMA Android that will undoubtedly cost under $100. This is an excellent starter Android for not a whole lot of money. Note that this one will come with an older Android OS, namely Android 2.3 Gingerbread….Pending Release

Tracfone Huawei Glory H868C
This one will probably be considered more of a higher end for Tracfone. Specs are not much better than the entry level LG L38c but it does come with Android 4.0…. Pending Release