ZTE Enters U.S. Mobile Phone Market

ZTE USA, a subsidiary of China's largest telecom equipment manufacturer ZTE Corp., on Thursday began offering its first mobile phone for the U.S. market.

The ZTE C88 isn't a ground-breaking device, but it gives mobile users some freedom and a simpler alternative to expensive computer-like phones. It costs between $129 and $149, with basic features including Bluetooth, a camera, and Internet browsing.

As its core business, ZTE specializes in wireless and networking products such as CDMA platforms and WiMax equipment. Last year, Mexico City's Mayor Mercelo Ebrard signed an agreement with ZTE to build a Wi-Fi network connecting schools and government offices. The free citywide Wi-Fi network is expected to give access to 8 million residents in Mexico City.

(Information Week)

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