T-Mobile USA recently began selling the ZTE Aspect, an entry-level monoblock QWERTY device for messaging, on its web site. The Aspect features a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and support for microSD memory cards. The Aspect, which is sold by AT&T as the Z431, runs a proprietary operating system and offers basic messaging and calling functions. The ZTE Aspect costs $69.99 and does not require a contract. It is compatible with T-Mobile's prepaid monthly service.
Documents seen on the Federal Communication Commission's web site reveal details about an unannounced handset from ZTE. The ZTE F555, or Wombat, as it is referred to in the draft user manual, supports WCDMA in the 1700MHz band, earmarking it for T-Mobile USA. The FCC also confirms that the Wombat includes Bluetooth and support for GSM/EDGE in the 850/1900MHz bands. Images of the Wombat show it to be a bar-style device with a portrait QWERTY keyboard for messaging. Pictures also reveal that it has a 2-megapixel camera. The draft user manual suggests that the Wombat uses a non-smartphone operating system and includes only the most basic calling, messaging, and media features. The ZTE F555 Wombat has not been announced by ZTE nor T-Mobile USA. Pricing and availability details are not known.