Official: ZTE Fury Launching on Sprint March 11th for $20

The ZTE Fury was rumored to be headed for Sprint on March 11th last night, and Sprint didn’t wait too long to confirm that news. They’ve issued a press release letting us all know that it’d be sitting on store shelves March 11th. It’ll cost you $20 for the privilege of owning one. It’s an entry level device which has a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Sprint ID support and more.

Oh, and we’re dealing with mostly stock Gingerbread save for a few minor changes here and there (namely to incorporate Sprint ID). It looks to be a viable option for first-time smartphone buyers or for those on a budget. Be sure to check one out in a Sprint store come March 11th if you’re interested. Read on for full press details.

Families Stay Connected with
ZTE FuryTM Smartphone from Sprint

Priced at less than $20, new Android phone
takes the worry out of choosing the ideal phone for kids and parents alike

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. and RICHARDSON, Texas – March 9, 2012 – Recognizing the
importance of providing a wide variety of devices to fit the needs of families with children,
Sprint (NYSE: S), and ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) today announced the upcoming availability
of ZTE FuryTM, a family-friendly Android-powered device that doesn’t skimp on features
and comes matched with the only truly unlimited data pricing plans on all phones from a
national wireless carrier. Beginning March 11, the full-featured Android-based ZTE Fury will
be available for just $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1 and a new two-year
service agreement (excludes taxes and surcharges) in all Sprint retail channels including
www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1.

The value-priced ZTE Fury comes equipped with all the apps and functionality busy parents
and their children want, including a 3.5-inch capacitive display, 5 MP camera with LED flash
and 3G hotspot capabilities. The device is also compatible with Sprint’s family services that
give parents the tools to encourage good habits and responsible phone use. Family-ready
devices like ZTE Fury give parents piece of mind with easy-to-load apps, such as:

Sprint Family Locator: Allows parents to quickly and easily locate their family
members on an interactive map and to set up “safety checks” to ensure their
children make it to school safely and on time. Sprint Family Locator costs $5
per month to locate up to four phones. Additional information can be found at
www.sprint.com/familylocator.
Sprint Mobile Controls: Gives parents the opportunity to clearly understand their
child’s talk, text and app use habits. The app gives parents the ability to lock their
child’s phone on-demand or to schedule locks – like during dinner, during school or
late at night, and to browse their child’s contacts and apps downloaded to the phone.
Sprint Mobile Controls is available on all Sprint CDMA Android-powered smartphones
for $4.99 per month, per line. Parents can sign up and learn more about Sprint
Mobile Controls by visiting www.sprint.com/mobilecontrols.
Sprint Drive First: An app from Sprint that automatically locks the phone when
traveling more than 10 MPH and unlocks when the car has stopped driving. The app
directs incoming calls to voicemail and silences distracting alerts while driving. Sprint
Drive First is available on all Sprint CDMA Android-powered smartphones for $2 per month, per line. Visit www.sprint.com/drivefirst for more information.

“We realize that there are a lot of choices in the market when it comes to choosing the right
cell phone that fits the needs of both a working parent and their family,” said David Owens,
Sprint vice president-Product Development. “Providing affordable, Android-powered devices,
like ZTE Fury, in our lineup helps give families the tools and information to better manage
their wireless usage while still providing the style and functionality they need to keep up
with their busy lives.”

ZTE Fury also comes preloaded with Sprint ID, a unique feature that enables customers
to have a fully personalized experience with a few simple clicks. Customers can download
and switch among five self-selected ID packs filled with ringtones, wallpapers, widgets and
applications that are tailored to an individual’s lifestyle and interests.

Additional features of ZTE Fury include:
• 3G hotspot functionality2 that allows up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share one
network connection, an ideal solution for gatherings and travel
• 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 processor
• 4GB internal memory and an expandable memory slot supporting up to 32GB
• Using Sprint’s nationwide 3G network, customers can stay connected with their
friends, family, business and community through more than 400,000 applications
available in the Android Market™.

“ZTE Fury continues ZTE’s legacy of offering a large customer base an entry point to highly
sought-after mobile data services. In particular, we know the youth market desires the
latest technology but has special requirements for cost and functionality,” said Lixin Cheng,
CEO, ZTE USA, and president, North America Region, ZTE. “We are privileged to partner
with Sprint to offer customers of all ages productivity, entertainment and connectedness on
the go with ZTE Fury.”

ZTE Fury requires activation on a Sprint Everything Data plan for smartphones3 and families
that purchase ZTE Fury can rest assured that their monthly data charges won’t be out of
control as Sprint offers the only truly unlimited data pricing plans on all phones from a
national wireless carrier. Sprint customers who purchase ZTE Fury can take advantage of
Sprint Everything Data Family Plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM starting at $129.99 per
month for two lines, plus the required $10 per month, per line Premium Data add-on charge
for smartphones. Additional lines (lines three to five) are $19.99 per month plus the $10 per
month, per line Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications
services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government
users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2011 and is
widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies,
including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering
industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA,
Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk
capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its
2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of
any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

ZTE USA is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock
code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network
solutions. ZTE USA is dedicated to making quality communications technology accessible
to all. The company draws on more than 25 years of experience and research investment
to deliver smart, affordable, quality choices for infrastructure and mobile data device
customers nationwide. For more information, visit www.zteusa.com.

About ZTE
ZTE is a publicly listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network
solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every sector of the
wireline, wireless, service and terminals markets. The company delivers innovative, custom-
made products and services to more than 500 operators in more than 140 countries,
helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while achieving continued
revenue growth. ZTE’s 2010 revenue led the industry with a 21 percent increase to
USD10.609 billion. ZTE commits 10 percent of its revenue to research and development and
takes a leading role in a wide range of international bodies developing emerging telecoms
standards. A company with sound corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, ZTE is
a member of the UN Global Compact. ZTE is China’s only listed telecom manufacturer,
publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock
code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit
www.zte.com.cn.

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  • Josh W

    enough with the crap already sprint

  • Jonathan Roman

    more low end garbage phones for sprint no wonder almost everyone i know is switching. whoever is running stuff over there are a bunch of idiots. 

  • guirson soto

    im getting real inpatient with sprint 

  • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

    To be fair, people have been asking Sprint to come out with something with a smaller screen. They say right in the press release that this phone isn’t for the nerds, its for parents and their children. And old people. I’m sure some of the people who get an iPhone do so because they don’t want something with a “huge” (to them) screen.

    Sprint will have their top of the line stuff at CTIA in just a couple of months.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RPPRSF3PQMCTJY7XG6HKHEPFBQ D P

    more trash for people to hate android for. no wonder people love apple.

  • Bullzeye20

    Sprint… I loved you when I joined you but this lust is quickly fading.

  • saligator7

    The iphone has basically bankrupted Sprint, so I wouldn’t expect anything groundbreaking from them until they pay off the multi-billion $$ commitment to Apple for having the pleasure of carrying the iPhone 4s (which was the most disappointing iPhone release to date). Sprint had a chance to become the “premier” carrier for non-iPhone mobile devices and blew it. Now, the best they can do is to fight for T-Mobile customers with low-end phones like the ZTE Fury. 

    Great job Sprint!  

    • duong ngo

       You are pretty dumb the iphone did not bankrupted spint, the money that spend is not just for 4 and 4s it was for future iphone as well. If you were smart you would know that sprint was able to gain customer in Q4 because of the iphone. There is nothing wrong with low end phone have a 1 gHz is enough for day to day use not for nerds.  

      • saligator7

        First, you need to learn how to read a financial statement. Sprint is bleeding badly. Secondly, Sprint screwed over all of their loyal (i.e “Premier”) customers last year so they could ink this ridiculous deal with Apple. So, all of the the customers they gained from getting the iPhone they lost due to angry (loyal) customers jumping ship. And, finally, they’re at least 6 months – year behind all of the other wireless companies in technology. Let’s see, they haven’t even launched their LTE network and are touting the Galaxy Nexus, which will be obsolete by the time they launch the phone. 

        Really, c’mon. The only positive thing you can say about Sprint is they offer unlimited data at a reasonable price. 

        By the way, there’s nothing “wrong” with the ZTE Fury. There’s a market for every phone. The amusing thing is that this is the best Sprint could do since the iPhone release. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5SPYK6SJHNQ76UMWGV4XYLC3M John Smith

    For 20 bucks this is a steal. You may call it “entry-level” now but two
    years ago it would have been a top level phone. The spec are very
    similar to my Incredible which is still a ROCK SOLID phone and run the
    stock Sence Gingerbread ROM or custom ICS ROMS extremely well.