Compare ZTE mobile phones
ZTE sells a variety of affordable feature and smartphone devices, although typically not under its own branding.
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Key facts about ZTE mobile phones
- ZTE was originally founded as Zhongxing Semiconductor Co in 1985.
- Most ZTE phones sold in Australia are rebranded as carrier phones, particularly as Telstra or Optus models.
ZTE phone models
ZTE is quite a big brand internationally, and especially in its home Chinese market, but it's a brand you may never have heard of before – despite the fact that many ZTE phones have been sold in Australia over many years. ZTE itself has operated in Australia since 2004, so it's not a "new" brand in Australia to speak of. So why haven't you heard of it?
It's because the vast majority of ZTE handsets sold in Australia over the years have been rebadged and resold as carrier devices, typically as either Telstra- or Optus-branded phones. ZTE does sell some of its handsets with its own branding in the open market these days as well, but if you've owned a lower cost prepaid Telstra or Optus smartphone in the past, the odds are pretty decent that it was actually a ZTE handset.
Here's what you need to consider when choosing a ZTE phone:
Looking for a ZTE phone on a plan?
For the most part, ZTE's phones are sold outright, although many of the models sold with carrier branding may be locked to that carrier. The current exception to this is the more mid-range priced Telstra Tough Max 3, which is available on contract terms through Telstra:
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