It's been confirmed that for the first time, Verizon Wireless is teaming up on a cell phone with China-based mobile device manufacturer ZTE. The debutant in question is the ZTE Salute, which we, and which is indeed being billed as an entry-level, easy-to-use vertical slider phone. It features a 2.4-inch QVGA (240x320 pixels) screen, a 1.3-megapixel camera, voice commands, and speakerphone. It also handles text, picture, and voice messages, and is Bluetooth-compatible.
The Salute includes a variety of Verizon services, including VZ Navigator with turn-by-turn directions, the Bing search app, social-networking tools through Social Beat, a family locator tool, and a backup assistant. The Salute weighs 3.95 ounces and has a rated battery life of 240 minutes of talk time and nine days of standby time.
The ZTE Salute is already available from online retailer Wirefly.com. It will also available on Verizon's Web site and in select Verizon retail stores for $19.99. If the phone's reception goes over well, we might even see Verizon offer the Salute in more stores.
The Salute isn't just ZTE's first phone with Verizon; it's ZTE's first cell phone with any top-tier U.S. carrier. The device manufacturer, which has offered