ZTE to supply low-cost phones to Vodafone

Vodafone has signed a handset procurement agreement with ZTE for the supply of ultra-low cost 2G phones for emerging markets.


The Vodafone-branded handsets are expected to ship in Q2.


Jens Schulte-Bockum, Vodafone's global director of terminals said the low-cost phone was the first of a number of products that ZTE would supply.


ZTE senior vice president He Shiyou described it as a "breakthrough" agreement and proved the company's ability to meet "the needs of a world-class operator".


The firms would not reveal the value of the transaction or the volumes to be supplied.