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ZTE Brings Grand-Series Phone To Another U.S. Carrier

Richardson, Texas — ZTE USA is bringing another smartphone from its flagship Grand series to a major U.S. carrier.

Starting Aug. 8, the ZTE Grand X will be available for $99 after $50 mail-in rebate through Cricket Wireless, the no-contract prepaid brand of AT&T. The phone will be available in Cricket stores and the brand’s website.

In June, ZTE announced the sale of one of its flagship Grand-series smartphones through a U.S. carrier for the first time with the launch of the LTE-equipped Grand S Pro through Chicago-based U.S. Cellular.

The first ZTE Grand-series phone available in the U.S. market was launched last October but as an unlocked phone available through Amazon and

The Grand X and Grand S feature 4G LTE.

ZTE positions itself as the fourth largest cellphone vendor in the U.S. when combining sales of ZTE-brand phones and ZTE-made carrier-brand phones.

The Grand X features 5-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.3 OS, and 2,300 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0 technology to charge up to 40 percent faster than conventional technology, ZTE said.

The phone also features a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash and HD video capture, 1-megapixel front camera, and SRS TruMedia surround-sound technology.

The Grand S, initially priced by U.S. Cellular at $99 with two-year contract and $249 without contract, features Android 4.3, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU, 2GB RAM, 5-inch HD 1280 by 720 IPS display and 13-megapixel main camera with 1080p video capture.