Yesterday, our pals at TmoNews revealed that T-Mobile has suspended sales of the ZTE ZMAX seven months after the device launched. At the time, it wasn’t clear why T-Mobile would pull the ZMAX so suddenly, but now we know why the decision was made.
A new report from PCMag explains that T-Mobile has suspended sales of the ZTE ZMAX because owners are trying to remove the non-removable battery from the ZMAX’s backside. While the battery is sealed inside the phone, the case is clipped onto the body but not glued on, making folks think that it’ll be easy to remove the rear cover.
It’s said that T-Mobile complained to ZTE about the issue, and so now ZTE is working on a way to prevent consumers from prying the ZMAX open.
It’s unclear exactly why people are trying to pry open the ZTE ZMAX and get to its battery, but doing so is definitely a bad idea. Not only can you potentially damage the phone and the battery, but you could end up hurting yourself as well. And besides, what would you do with a ZMAX’s battery once you’ve taken it out?
Anyway, there’s no word yet on when or if the ZTE ZMAX will return to T-Mobile shelves. The phone’s large size, beefy battery, and $252 off-contract price made it an interesting option for folks looking for an affordable new Android phone, so here’s to hoping that it does make it back soon.