ZTE Blade III goes live with Virgin Media
(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 08 February 2013
Release date- 07022013 - ZTE Corporation ('ZTE') (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions, and mobile devices, has launched the ZTE Blade III 4-inch smartphone on the Virgin Media network in the UK.
Promising an even sharper multimedia and gaming experience than its predecessors, the Blade III can be purchased in store or online from Virgin Media from today for GBP69.99 PAYG* or from GBP13 a month**.
The latest addition to the successful Blade family, the ZTE Blade III features a larger screen, memory capacity of 2.5GB which can be further expanded with a 32 GB memory card and Android 4.0, providing a smooth user experience at a modest price point.
'We paid close attention to user feedback when designing the Blade III. It is the first smartphone in its price range with a 4-inch touch screen and Android 4.0 and is very well suited for the UK market. We believe that the ZTE Blade III will bring a quality mobile experience to a larger UK audience,' said Kalam Meah, Account Director, ZTE UK.
The expanded storage memory of the Blade III offers extra space for music, apps, pictures and games while the 4-inch WVGA touch screen and upgraded operating system provide a sharp multimedia experience. The 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, and support for video and audio standards including MPEG4 and AAC+ makes it easier and more fun to watch movies, use social networks and listen to music. This, combined with the sleek body and modern design of the phone prove that ZTE is delivering on its promise of better performance for money.
Jamie Heywood, director of mobile at Virgin Media said, 'With expandable storage and the most affordable 4 inch screen on the market, the ZTE Blade III offers customers plenty of smartphone bang for their buck. The Blade III is a great addition to our range and when combined with Virgin Media's 'Premiere' tariff which offers unlimited data and calls from just GBP21 per month, it's proof that you can go big with your smartphone without breaking the bank.'
ZTE previously partnered with Virgin Media to launch the ZTE Tania Windows Phone and two Android phones: the Grand X and the best selling ZTE Kis (in black and white). The ZTE Blade III has also been launched in key European countries including Germany, Spain, the Nordics and Eastern Europe amongst others.
Key specifications of the Blade III
u 4 inch WVGA (800x480) 65K TFT capacitive touch screen
u Weight: 130 gram
u Size: 120.5 x 63.5 x 10.85mm
u 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 A processor
u Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
u Memory: ROM 4 GB, ca 2.5GB accessible to the user, RAM 512 MB
u Supports Micro SD memory card up to 32 GB
u 5.0 MP AF camera with 4 x digital zoom
u Mobile standards: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) /HSPA/HSPA+/UMTS/GSM/GPRS/EDGE
u Audio standards: MP3, AAC, AAC+, midi, AMR-NB
u Video standards: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
u Wireless communications standards: Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP1.2, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
u Battery capacity: Li-ion1600 mAh
u FM radio
ZTE is the 4th biggest handset manufacturer in the world according to IDC, a leading provider of global ICT market research and advisory services.
Notes to Editors
When bought with a GBP10.00 top up
** GBP13 per month for Virgin Media customers only, for non Virgin Media customers, 24 month contracts start at GBP18 per month.
Virgin Media Pay Monthly tariff range
Monthly price from
Data (in the UK)
Calls to UK landlines
Virgin Media customer exclusives
Monthly price from
Calls & texts to Virgin Mobiles
with 24 hour replacement
'Premiere 08' includes 500 mins to 0800, 0845, 0870 & 0808 numbers per month
Key features of Virgin Media's latest tariffs
Unlimited means unlimited
SMS Alerts to let you know when you're reaching applicable allowance limits
Tariff flexibility to move onto higher or lower tariffs anytime without penalty
Better network coverage than ever before on Virgin Media with T-Mobile and Orange networks in the UK
Three months free Spotify on compatible handsets
Exclusive extras included for Virgin Media customers
GBP5 less per month - save GBP60 per year
Calls from Virgin Home Phone to Virgin Mobiles during inclusive calling periods
Unlimited calls and texts to other Virgin Mobiles
Inclusive Insurance worth GBP7.99 per month - save over GBP90 per year with guaranteed next day replacement worth GBP7.99 visit www.virginmedia.com/insurance for more details
Contacts stored safely online and customers can lock and locate their handset remotely - Mobile Rescue
ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every telecommunications sector, including wireless, access & bearer, VAS, terminals and professional services. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while growing revenue. In 2011, ZTE's revenue increased by 29 per cent to USD13.7 billion. Its overseas operating revenue grew 30 per cent to USD 7.4 billion during the period, accounting for 54.2 per cent of overall operating revenue. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in several international bodies devoted to developing telecommunications industry standards. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. The company is China's only listed telecom manufacturer that is publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.
About Virgin Media
Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.
The company's cable network - the result of a multi-billion pound private investment - delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 100Mb, and is being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country.
Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.
Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world's first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.
Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED).
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