Kansas City, Mo. - Sprint continues to push aggressive smartphone pricing with the launch of a low-price Android phone, the ZTE Fury, at $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
For ZTE, the Fury's launch marks the company's first phone available through Sprint, joining a mobile hot spot and tablet.
Sprint already sells some Android phones at $49 and for free and last year launched a model at $19. The free models include the 4G Nexus S, launched last May at $199 and now offered for free.
The low-price Android phone trend went into high gear in late 2010 when T-Mobile launched several Android phones at prices of $9.99 to $49.99. Last November, T-Mobile launched the Samsung Exhibit II 4G at $29.
At $19, ZTE's 3G Fury, promoted as "family-friendly," will be available March 11 through all Sprint channels. The Fury "fits the needs of both a working parent and their family," said David Owens, Sprint's product development VP.
Sprint's ZTE Fury features Android 3.2 OS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch 480 by 320 capacitive touchscreen with IPS technology, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 4GB of included memory, memory slot supporting up to 32GB MicroSD cards, and Wi-Fi hot spot capability that enables five Wi-Fi devices to access Sprint's 3G network. The phone also features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 512MB of RAM, 1,500 mAh battery delivering up to 8 hours talk time, and a 4.94-ounce weight.
ZTE Fury also comes preloaded with Sprint ID, a feature that lets consumers download packs of ringtones, wallpapers, widgets and applications tailored to specific interests.
Like other phones offered by Sprint, the ZTE Fury can be used with several family-oriented apps, including Sprint Family Locator, which lets parents locate kids at a cost of $5 per month to locate up to four phones. Sprint Mobile Controls lets parents control the phone's use at $4.99 per month per line. Sprint Drive First automatically locks a phone when traveling more than 10 mph, directing incoming calls to voicemail and silences distracting alerts while driving. The service costs $2 per month, per line.