5/21/2007 4:23:00 PM
Voda's ZTE handsets
Vodafone is launching the first handsets manufactured for the operator by China's ZTE Corporation under its handset agreement signed last year.
The partnership kicks off with two branded ultra-low cost consumer handsets, the Vodafone 125 and Vodafone 225, for the emerging markets.
The handsets are likely to retail at around £13 to £24.
The handsets are almost identical in functionality however the Vodafone 125 has a black and white screen and the Vodafone 225 has a colour screen. Features, design and functionality were specified by Vodafone.
Jens Schulte-Bockum, Vodafone's global director of terminals, said: 'We are delighted that they represent everything that customers have come to expect from Vodafone - high quality and exceptional value for money. We believe that the Vodafone 125 and Vodafone 225 will help enfranchise millions more people across the world, giving them good quality, attractive handsets, with popular features and functionality, at a reasonable price.'
Vodafone Egypt, Vodafone Romania and Vodacom (South Africa) will be the first countries to launch the Vodafone 125 and 225 handsets in the next few weeks.