Digitimes Research: China smartphone vendors turning to retail and online channels for better profits

Because telecom carriers in China have sharply reduced subsidies to smartphone purchasing, China-based smartphone vendors, which used to cooperate tightly with telecom carriers and adopted a strategy of flooding the market with multiple smartphone models, are turning to marketing through retail and online channels, significantly reducing the number of smartphone models customized specifically for telecom carriers, according to Digitimes Research’s recent findings.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140902VL200.html

ZTE Expands China’s Wireless Technology Presence To Eastern Europe

China’s ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct a core CS/PS network, and a GSM/LTE mobile communications and value added services network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations to SWAN. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/28/20854-zte-expands-chinas-wireless-technology-presence-to-eastern-europe

ZTE to bring Nubia Z7 Max to India by October

NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker ZTE is expected to launch its premium ‘Nubia Z7 Max’ handset in India ahead of the festive season to compete in the fiercely contested smartphone market.  Nubia Z7 Max, priced at around Rs 26,000, will be the first device from ZTE’s premium phone range to debut in India, the world’s fastest growing smartphone market.  ZTE will launch the device around September-October in the Rs 24,000-26,000 range, sources said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/zte-to-bring-nubia-z7-max-to-india-by-october/articleshow/38730359.cms

ZTE plans to open handset R&D centre in India

SHANGHAI: Betting big on the burgeoning affordable handset market in India, Chinese telecom major ZTE today said it plans to set up a new R&D centre dedicated to mobile phones. The firm will also launch six new smartphones this year to tap the multi-billion dollar opportunity in India.  ZTE will price the smartphones between Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 catering to entry, mid and high-end segments.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/zte-plans-to-open-handset-rd-centre-in-india/articleshow/36306501.cms

Taiwan Mobile unveils own-branded 4G phones & tablet

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Mobile Co. (台灣大哥大), the country’s second-biggest mobile provider, introduced Thursday the new lineup of its own-branded mobile devices catering to price-sensitive subscribers to Taiwan’s upcoming 4G LTE network. The two 4G-enabled smartphones and a tablet in the Amazing series, manufactured by Chinese handset maker ZTE Corp., will be available next month and will start from NT$4,990 (US$166).

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/05/26/408586/Taiwan-Mobile.htm