Verizon Launches ZTE Salute

Chinese mobile phone maker ZTE is expanding into the US market by laucnhing its Salute handset on Verizon's network.

The deal is the first mobile agreement ZTE has made with a top US wireless carrier.

ZTE is also said to be in talks with other US mobile operators, including Sprint and T-Mobile to sell its devices.

According to company executives, the Salute feature phone will be available for a two year contract of $19.99 per month.

The mobile phone comes with a 1.3 MP camera, 2.4″ 240×320 resolution screen, a 2.5 mm headset jack as well as downloadable games and wallpapers.

The phone features a Social Beat application, which will allow users to access social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace from a single interface.

The Salute also comes with Bing Search and turn-by-turn navigation functions.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Jeff Ji, the ZTE executive heading the US division, said in a statement: “It’s a very good start. We are actively working with all tier-one operators in the U.S.”