CHINESE PHONE MAKER ZTE has announced that it will partner with Virgin Media for the launch of its debut Windows Phone handset, which will be coming to the UK in May.
The ZTE Tania handset runs the latest version of Microsoft's mobile software, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on its sizeable 4.3in 480x800 resolution touchscreen. There's also a 5MP camera, 4GB of internal storage, HSDPA internet connectivity and WiFi hotspot functionality.
The phone has been priced at £199 on pay as you go with Virgin, or customers can pick it up for £17.99 a month on a 24 month contract. This comes with 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data per month.
The network is also promising to offer existing Virgin Media customers the option of a £5 reduction on their monthly tariff, double the texts, double the data and 3,000 minutes of talk time compared to other Virgin mobiles.
"Partnering with Virgin Media will enable our customers to purchase a quality device from a mobile provider that offers competitive tariffs on mobile phone use and data plans," said Wu Sa, director of mobile device operations at ZTE UK, despite the fact that Virgin Media is yet to match its rivals with unlimited data. µ