Free ZTE Salute for Verizon on its way?

An online retailer shows a phone that could be ZTE's first collaboration with Verizon Wireless.

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ZTE Salute
The ZTE Salute is a vertical slider phone headed to Verizon.

Well, this is interesting. A new Verizon phone is on sale, and it's made by a company we haven't seen associated with Verizon before.

According to the specs we see on Wirefly.com, the ZTE Salute is a vertical slider phone with a 2.4-inch touch-screen display (240x320 pixels; 65,000 colors), and an alphanumeric keypad. Featurewise, it's a pretty entry-level phone; however, it has some of Verizon's familiar services preloaded, such as the subscription-based VZ Navigator for turn-by-turn directions, Bing search, mobile e-mail, and Internet access.

The phone also has Bluetooth, speakerphone, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. It supports SMS and MMS, and it will have standard organization tools like a calendar, calculator, alarms, clocks, notes, and so on. According to Wirefly's online specs, the ZTE Salute's battery can handle up to four hours of talk time and up to 9.2 days of standby time.

Although we couldn't immediately reach a Verizon Wireless representative for comment, PhoneScoop reports it received confirmation from Verizon representatives, along with information that Verizon will sell the Salute directly in the coming weeks.

The ZTE Salute is available for free from Wirefly.com with a new two-year contract with Verizon Wireless.