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Ever hear of ZTE? I never knew they were a phone company until I saw this press release.The phone is called the ZTE Salute, and it seems like a basic slider phone but it offers up to 240 minutes of talk time and 220 hours of standby. It’s got Bluetooth, a 1.3mp camera and speakerphone as well along with several messaging options. The price is $19.99 after $50 mail-in rebate with new two year contact of course.

Key features:
  --  Stylish slider design
  --  Large 2.4-inch screen
  --  1.3-megapixel camera
  --  Mobile Web capable
  --  Messaging options include: text, picture and voice messaging; Mobile
      Email; Mobile Web Email; and Chat capable
  --  Bilingual interface: English/Espanol
  --  Micro USB 2.0 compatible
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  Lifestyle features:
  --  Bluetooth® technology with support for the following Bluetooth
      profiles: headset, hands-free, phonebook access, and object push for
      vCard and vCalendar
  --  Media Center provides access to downloadable games, ringtones,
      wallpapers, location-based services and more
  --  Social Beat application - offers a single point for accessing social
      networking sites, allowing customers to stay connected to Facebook®,
      Twitter(TM) and MySpace®, plus more than 50 news, sports and
      entertainment feeds
  --  Backup Assistant(SM) application - saves and updates a copy of the
      phone's address book to a secure website
  --  VZ Navigator® capabilities for customers to receive audible
      turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share
      the directions with others
  --  Preloaded with Bing Search

  Price and availability:
  --  The Salute is available today at www.verizonwireless.com and in
      Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in
      rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive
      the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may
      use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  --  For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services,
      visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or
      go to www.verizonwireless.com