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ZTE Unleashes Its Fury, a Low-End Android Phone for Sprint

Sprint on Friday announced plans to start selling the Fury, a low-cost Android phone from fast-growing Chinese manufacturer ZTE.

The phone, which will go on sale Sunday, features a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, a 3.5-inch screen and the ability to act as a wireless hotspot, and will sell for $19.99 with a new contract. Sprint is aiming the phone in particular at families, touting its family-locator service as one option to pair with the phone.

“We realize that there are a lot of choices in the market when it comes to choosing the right cell phone that fits the needs of both a working parent and their family,” Sprint VP David Owens said in a statement.

It is the second tie-up this year for Sprint and ZTE, which earlier announced plans for the Optik, an Android tablet that will sell for $99 with a new two-year contract.

ZTE is among the top five phone makers in the world, but has been relatively unknown in the U.S., something it is working quickly to change.


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