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Virgin Mobile To Sell ZTE Tania Windows Phone Handset

UK's biggest MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), Virgin Mobile has announced that it will be selling the ZTE Tania on Pay as you go and pay monthly contracts from mid May 2012.

The Chinese manufacturer is known for selling its phones through bigger mobile phone networks as relabelled handsets (the Orange San Francisco/ZTE Blade being the prime example) but lately, it has started to market itself as a stand alone brand not unlike what HTC did.

The handset will cost £200 on PAYG (which is only slightly cheaper than on SIM Free) while two year contracts will provide between 200 and 500 minutes, between 500 and 5000 texts and between 250MB and 1GB data allowance to customers. Existing Virgin Media customers will get 3000 minutes to Virgin Mobiles free and will benefit from a subsidised tariff as well.

In addition, Virgin Media home phone customers will be able to phone Virgin Mobile handsets for free using their inclusive talk plan.

The phone comes with Windws Phone 7.5 and a 4.3in 800 x 480 pixels resolution display, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC, 4GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-FI, a microUSB port, a five megapixel camera with flash and a 1400mAh battery.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.