ZTE Fury

The ZTE Fury will be available March 11 for just $20 on contract, Sprint announced this morning. The Fury is being billed as a "family-friendly" Android device, though options such as Sprint's Family Locator, mobile usage controls (you can lock down text messages, for example) and Sprint Drive First all cost extra. 

As for the phone itself, the Fury's got a 3.5-inch display, 5-megapixel camera with flash and can serve as a 3G mobile hotspot. It looks to be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor. It's got 4GB of storage on board. It's also a Sprint ID device, so you can theme it with any number of Sprint ID packs.

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Sprint officially announces the ZTE Fury, coming March 11 for $19.99


Not everyone can afford the top-tier phones.
The nice thing about this is it can be something for the teens and won't kill the budget.
Oh and it's got the app/service available to keep from using the phone while driving. Definitely aimed at teens.
Sprint needs good low end phones as much as they need good flagship phones.

Yeah, most people don't want to spend $200 on a dual core, 4"+ screen phone, they just want something to check their email and facebook. Only thing is we never hear from them because they don't come on the forums and talk about them. Most of them would just laugh at us if we told them we came on internet forums to talk about our phones.

The other thing is as parents, we don't want to spend 200 bucks or more on a phone that will be regularly sat on in a back pocket, thrown in a purse or cup holder of the car, across the room when they are mad...

I've mentioned to some of my non-techie friends about phone forums (and car forums) and they look at me like I'm a mental patient. The car forums they can almost "get" but to get on the internet to talk about phones??? yeah, we are a different breed.
This phone is a good thing for Sprint.

I'm okay with a slightly better phone, but as a parent, I don't want to be paying an additional $30/month for a data plan for each kid.

But, if you have the funds, the best bet for kids right now is probably the middle of range, 6-12 month old phones - the Incredible 2, Droid X3 are good deals now.

I never understood the mentality of parents who buy 10-12 year olds the latest iPhones and then rip the kid a new one when it is lost or broken. Duh, they're KIDS.

Oh, you must be a Verizon customer...

At Sprint, add on phones are only $19.95 a month, and that includes the data plan if you are on one of the "Everything Data" family plans.
It's the way to go for an affordable family plan.

If Sprint had a decent signal around here, I'd jump at it, but I've been advised away from Sprint from those who have been there.

Trust me....adults do everything you just said as well. Honestly more than teens it seems like. Stupidity with technology isn't age specific.

if you pay for an expensive data plan buy a decent phone.

dont sip vueve cliquot out of a dirty dixie cup.

This is a decent phone. It's not a flagship, but for the intended audience, it's going to fit the bill quite nicely. ESPECIALLY, at this price point.

my point is if you're going to spend big $$$ on a data plan every month - don't scrimp on the phone.

if you can't afford a nice phone you sure can't afford the much larger costs of a 2 year data plan.

Most people do just fine with low to mid range phones. Plus these see some aren't that bad. People still rock the Evo4G with these specs. Imo Sprint is making a good move getting this phone. Soon they will push it to there pre paid market where it will do better like the Transform Ultra.

Got excited when I read Sprint announces the...then I was sad. Glad this phone is coming for the people that want it but I thought it was an announcement for the Galaxy Nexus. I want that phone so bad. The waiting game sucks.

BY the time Galaxy Nexus comes out on Sprint the Galaxy S3 will be coming out. Sprint sucks. My Nexus S 4G is getting long in the tooth....

I think the point a lot of these pro mid range phone people are trying to make is that if they already have a phone for husband and wife on sprint, then they are already paying for the everything family plan. Now though, when their 15 year old wants a smart phone to go on Facebook and to watch YouTube videos, parents can get a phone like this and it only costs another $19.99/month to add their kid to the plan. That $20/month gives them data and the same minutes and texting service that the first 2 phones on the Everything family plan get.

Me personally in that scenario would go with a top tier phone from 6months to a year ago though. I know a couple months ago my Wife's aunt got a 1st Gen Evo for her daughter. Same deal. It was free for her to get the phone with the new additional line and only costs her $20/month extra on her bill.

This phone would be perfect for my Mom to check email versus her aging Samsung flip-phone on T-Mo that I bought her about 3 or 4 years ago. LOL. She's talked/inquired about Android & that other "iDevice", but at 67, she doesn't really get the hype of smartphones, or the need to pay for mobile internet.