A No-Nonsense Phone from China's ZTE

The C79's surprisingly good sound should resonate with the young cell-phone users ZTE hopes to reach

Editor's Rating:

The Good: This sturdy, easy-to-use phone plays music and takes photos

The Bad: Music controls and digital menus could be refined; camera resolution could be higher

The Bottom Line: A good, well-priced, no-frills phone

China's ZTE is stepping up its assault on the U.S. market. In February the maker of wireless gear introduced the C88, its first U.S. cell phone (BusinessWeek.com, 2/15/08). In August, ZTE and its U.S. carrier partner, MetroPCS (PCS), rolled out a second handset, the more capable ZTE C79.

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