Sprint Likes the Sound of the ZTE Fury, Lands March 11
Sprint today announced the ZTE Fury, a new Android smartphone that hits Sprint stores March 11 for $19.99. Sprint is pitching the device as an ideal phone for parents to give to children. The Fury runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with Sprint ID on board for custom theme and app packs. Other features include a 3.5-inch display; 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and video capture; a 1GHz Snapdragon processor; 4GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 32GB; and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Wi-Fi, and 3G hotspot. The device includes GPS, which Sprint points out will work with services such as Sprint's Family Locator, Sprint Drive Fast, and others. The $19.99 price reflects the final cost after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year commitment.
Sprint Intros iD Pack for Seniors
Sprint today announced the availability of a new Sprint iD pack that is aimed at making smartphones easier to use for seniors. The Active Senior ID pack includes 20 applications and services that Sprint believes can help to improve the smartphone experience for older users.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
ZTE Max XL Packs 6-Inch Full HD Screen for $130
ZTE today announced the Max XL, a big-screened Android smartphone headed to Boost Mobile. The Max XL's defining features are the 6-inch full HD display and massive 3,990mAh battery.
Inexpensive ZTE Prestige 2 Hits Boost and Virgin Mobile
Sprint's prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile today launched the ZTE Prestige 2, an entry-level Android handset. The Prestige 2 has a 5-inch FWVGA display and it is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Sprint to Sell ZTE's Hotspot Projector
Sprint today announced it is bringing ZTE's smart projector to its network as the Sprint LivePro. ZTE announced the LivePro at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, which combines a digital projector and LTE mobile hotspot into one device.