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.
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!