Virgin Mobile has signed a deal to be the launch retailer for ZTE's Tania smartphone, which runs on the Windows Phone OS.
The device will be available on both pay monthly and prepay contracts, with the latter priced at £199. Virgin Media contract customers will be offered a range of exclusive offers including a £5 reduction on their monthly tariff, double the texts and data, and 3,000 free minutes to other Virgin Mobiles. The cheapest tariff for Virgin Media customers is £17.99 per month for 24 months, which includes 200 minutes, 1,000 texts, 500MB of data and 3,000 free minutes to other Virgin customers.
The device offers Windows Phone features such as Live Tiles, access to Xbox LIVE accounts, Zune music streaming and a sync to Microsoft Office Mobile.
ZTE director of mobile device operations Wu Sa said: '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. Virgin Media is a globally recognised brand that consumers and businesses trust to stay connected. This partnership supports ZTE’s continued expansion and increased recognition in the mobile device market.'
Virgin Media mobile director Jamie Heywood said: 'We’re delighted to be the first network operator to make the ZTE Tania available in the UK. This stylish new handset is a fantastic addition to our ever growing pay monthly and prepay handset range and offers Virgin Media customers even more choice when it comes to choosing the handset that’s right for them.'
Editor: Graeme Neill