Virgin to be first to launch the ZTE Tania


MVNO chosen as the first launch partner for manufacturer’s first Windows Phone handset when it goes on sale in the UK from the middle of next month

ZTE has chosen Virgin Media as the first launch partner for its ZTE Tania smartphone when it goes on sale in the UK from mid May. It will be ZTE’s first handset to be based on the Windows Phone operating system.

The Tania is available on contract via two options. Virgin Media customers can receive the phone free from £17.99 a month. This tariff comes with 200 cross-network minutes, 3,000 minutes to Virgin mobiles, 1,000 texts and 500MB of data.

Non-Virgin Media customers will receive the phone for free from £22.99 a month. This tariff includes 200 cross-network minutes, 500 texts and 250MB of data.

The Tania runs off the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system and is powered by a 1GHz processor. It has a 4.3 inch touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera and 4GB of flash memory.

ZTE UK 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. This partnership supports ZTE’s continued expansion and increased recognition in the mobile device market.”

Virgin Media director of mobile Jamie Heywood said: “We’re delighted to be the first network operator to make the ZTE Tania available in the UK. This is a fantastic addition to our ever growing pay monthly and prepay handset range.”