ZTE Blade A3 Prime

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1 week 6 days ago #46592 by Chelle
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I thought we already had a thread on the latest Visible swap phone but I can't find it-- so I'm starting this one.

I just wanted to confirm that the phone DOES work with MTK Engineering Mode, by TheMonster, which gives the ability to select and deselect specific LTE Bands.

I helped a friend install it on her new phone and it works as it should.

That's a very good thing!
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1 week 6 days ago #46596 by bingyee
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can the phone be forced into 3G mode to be used on T-Mobile and AT&T?

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1 week 6 days ago #46597 by Chelle
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bingyee wrote: can the phone be forced into 3G mode to be used on T-Mobile and AT&T?


I didn't actually try it, but it looked like it was as configurable as the A7 Prime.
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5 days 16 hours ago #46763 by ThirstyForVerizon
The phone does have LTE band coverage on AT&T, T-Mobile.

Interestingly, if I am not mistaken, it lacks B66 which was surprising.

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4 days 19 hours ago #46797 by ThirstyForVerizon

Chelle wrote:

bingyee wrote: can the phone be forced into 3G mode to be used on T-Mobile and AT&T?


I didn't actually try it, but it looked like it was as configurable as the A7 Prime.


Chelle, I know you personally don't have the A3 but assume you have the A7 Prime.

1. Does the A7 Prime's built in hotspot activate on a non-VZ SIM card or it complains about an auth issue?

2. What about USB tether/RNDIS? Depending on the build you have, this might check if you're already connected to a USB data port so you might need to plug it into a laptop or something that has USB host enumeration on the other side of the cable.

Not a blocker for me but the provisioning override could be a hurdle to my less savvy neighbors as they would very much like a seamless experience.

Appreciate your input.

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4 days 19 hours ago - 4 days 18 hours ago #46799 by Chelle
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ThirstyForVerizon wrote:

Chelle wrote:

bingyee wrote: can the phone be forced into 3G mode to be used on T-Mobile and AT&T?


I didn't actually try it, but it looked like it was as configurable as the A7 Prime.


Chelle, I know you personally don't have the A3 but assume you have the A7 Prime.

1. Does the A7 Prime's built in hotspot activate on a non-VZ SIM card or it complains about an auth issue?

2. What about USB tether/RNDIS? Depending on the build you have, this might check if you're already connected to a USB data port so you might need to plug it into a laptop or something that has USB host enumeration on the other side of the cable.

Not a blocker for me but the provisioning override could be a hurdle to my less savvy neighbors as they would very much like a seamless experience.

Appreciate your input.


I do have the A7 Prime and use it daily, but have not tried other SIMs in it, yet.

I've got a FreedomPop SIM in my 10 Prime, though.

And I haven't used USB tether in either device, yet. I use a Mango router that wirelessly bridges to the phone's hotspot.

I do a lot of tinkering. I'll have to try some of your suggestions out. :)

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4 days 12 hours ago #46806 by tech-stitch
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Chelle wrote: I use a Mango router that wirelessly bridges to the phone's hotspot


This Mango router, is it this one ?

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4 days 11 hours ago #46807 by Isamorph
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"is this the one"----Yes. Scroll down to the bottom of the Amazon page and it says Mango there.

"Mango mini travel router
Mango by GL.iNet is your best choice for a travel router."
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4 days 11 hours ago #46808 by Chelle
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tech-stitch wrote:

Chelle wrote: I use a Mango router that wirelessly bridges to the phone's hotspot


This Mango router, is it this one ?


Yep!

I use one at the house and keep another in my travel kit. Excellent for a lot of reasons.
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4 days 11 hours ago - 4 days 10 hours ago #46809 by tech-stitch
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Edit (Poorly written): From what I read, looks great. Certainly I want to get one for my kit (presently have several AC powered ones with custom firmware (e.g. tomato, dd-wrt) for traveling) and bridging LTE to my home router when my ISP goes down.

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