I recently looked around for a very ruggedized phone that i could use on the Verizon Network. I've been using a Samsung S7 for years and was very happy with it. The carriers just didn't have current ruggedized phones that i liked.
I spend alot of time outdoors and on the lake, specifically and i enjoy camping (so when camping, i wanted to know if there were any sasquatches out there when out in the woods watching me). So i wanted a FLIR Camera and when i found the BV9900, it had both and the price point was GREAT!!
I looked at Caterpillar and Ulefone as well. Caterpillar was quickly eliminated however Ulefone was a very strong contender. As I understand it, Ulefone is made in Mainland China and that bothered me a bit. Blackview is also made in China but it is actually listed as Tiawan. So that made me feel better. I also read a little on Blackview and learned that the founder of the company recognized the profits the carriers were making on their device and wanted to offer the consumers a higher end device for t a middle tier price point.
So i chose the Blackview BV9900 Pro. It comes with a very nice FLIR Camera built in (which works quite nicely) AND it can be dropped in water. And yes - i've dropped it in a hot tub twice and it was just fine.
it did not show as a compatible device on Verizon's IMEI compatibility website, Well, that site isn't the complete story! I took the sim out of my old phone, put it in my new one, and the service works just fine. it did take about 5 minutes and a power off cycle. But for any of you asking - the answer is YES - it works just fine.
I do have a few trouble spots when traveling. When placing voice calls, sometimes I will dial and then my phone will just hang up before it gets connected so i have to try a couple of times. But when it goes thru, it works just fine- clear as ever and consistent with what you would expect from Verizon service. I do experience some issues in other cities where Verizon has a strong presence. In my home area, my speeds are consistently average. When traveling, it seems as if the data speeds will get really slow when surfing the internet. i think this is more the phone than the network. While it doesn't seem to be the consistent experience i had with my S7, I have not had any situations where i couldn't get service or a call thru when needed and all in all, I've been very happy with the BV9900 Pro running on the Verizon network. I will share with you that i did purchase the CDMA oriented phone and it only goes to 4g, (no 5g) but with the low cost of this device (just over 400 bucks) with the ruggedization and the built-in FLIR Camera - i couldn't be more happier with the purchase and so far, fairly happy with the Verizon network service.
While there is a slowdown sometimes while surfing, it is not to the point of frustration. There still seems to be something that doesn't quite seem as if it is working correctly though, but hopefully i will figure it out soon. I plan to ask for a new SIM card - as mine was fairly old coming from my S7 unit. That may or may not make a difference. However, i can see from the phone that it accesses the 4G LTE bands often and it works good.
I would be interested to hear from others on their experience with this device.
The problem is when Verizon finally shuts down it’s 3G network you will be without voice calls. If your phone currently drops to 3g, as indicated by an H or an H plus in your notification bar, that is 3G service. And it’s why phones like Ulefone and Blackview are not whitelisted.