ZTE Aiming High-End Smartphones at U.S. Market
ZTE said it intends to tackle the high-end smartphone market in the U.S. with new, flagship phones as soon as next year. "By 2015, we expect the U.S. to be the largest market for handsets for ZTE," said Lixin Cheng, president of the Chinese company's North American operations, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. "Next year, we're going to launch LTE and high-tier phones in the U.S. With a similar feature set [as the iPhone], ZTE can offer an alternative" to handsets from other smartphone makers, said Cheng. ZTE has made a number of entry-level devices for U.S. network operators, as well as a few Android-based smartphones. ZTE believes it can provide smartphones as good as the competitions' at a lower price. ZTE didn't elaborate on specifics about new handsets, nor did it specify which LTE network (AT&T or Verizon) it will support.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Republican Senators Want It to Be Illegal for US Gov to Use Huawei or ZTE Equipment
Republican Senators today introduced a new bill that would prevent the U.S. government from using telecommunications equipment from either Huawei or ZTE.
U.S. Intel Directors Warn Against Using Huawei, ZTE Phones
Intelligence agency leaders have suggested that U.S. consumers not buy phones from Huawei or ZTE, according to a report from CNBC.
ZTE Says Intel Chiefs' Fears Unfounded, Its Phones No Threat
ZTE says American consumers have no reason to fear its cell phones. The company issued a statement after the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA and other intelligence groups suggested that Americans should not purchase phones made by ZTE and Huawei.