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ZTE to Start Selling Mobile Phones in the US

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Dec 19, 2007, 2:43 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

ZTE USA, a Chinese maker of handsets and networking equipment, is making good on its promises earlier this year by entering the US market in a partnership with MetroPCS. It will provide MetroPCS with co-branded PCS and AWS handsets compatible with MetroPCS's CDMA network beginning in January. ZTE also has committed to supplying Sprint with WiMax-based devices that will work on Sprint's forthcoming WiMax network. ZTE did not provide any specific details about the handsets and devices themselves.

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Dec 20, 2007, 12:27 PM


MetroPCS is looking at the ZTE C88. It is a 1st gen RAZR clone, unimpressive camera, bluetooth 1.1 w/headset and OBEX/FTP confirmed. Not confirmed whether you can use your own files as ringtones.

Does have fully USB 2.0 compliant mini-usb charging port/data port so it can even use RAZR chargers.

The main thing that stuck out in the specs was that it has a total message capacity of 1000 messages because of its massive 64mb internal memory. No word on how their disbursed (inbox/mms/outbox/sent/archive?) but it sounds alot better than some of the cheaper phones out there.

Should be priced close to the V3A, hopefully a bit cheaper eventually.

A good midrange choice, though I don't like the angle it opens too, its still a long ways fr...
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