The ZTE Blade III has been available outside of the UK since September of last year, but it's only just making its official appearance on British shores now, as a Virgin Media exclusive, for now at least.

The budget smartphone, which comes with a 4-inch capacitive display, 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 2.5GB of internal storage, is available for just £79.99 through Virgin Media on pay-as-you-go. If you'd prefer to be on a monthly contract, prices start at £18 for non-Virgin customers, whilst those who have an existing Virgin Media package can get it for £13 a month.

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On the lowest monthly tariff, you'll receive 500MB of data, 200 minutes and 500 texts. If you want unlimited data, you can go for the Premiere plan which will cost £21 per month for existing customers, and £26 for everyone else.

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, but don't want to spend a fortune, the Blade III looks like a pretty good option on the surface, especially considering the low price point. If you want more information, you can find everything on the Virgin Mobile website.

Source: Virgin Mobile

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • gargamel

    Careful buying phones with ROM by ZTE or Huawei. These companies act as a front to the Chinese gov, and most prob run some kind of military grade spyware. With recent hacks to US and European corporates, and worries about ZTE and Huawei telco equipment sold in the West, I would e very careful with these phones.

    • silaslenz

      Yea, sure, so the US isn't know for spying on everything? Also, these statements (without evidence) where about the 3G networks.

      If this would be true, someone would most likely already have tracked that down. It's not like its hard to check what is sent through your router, or what is on your phone, and i'm pretty sure the Chinese military isn't paying for satellite connection ;)

    • DaveNull

      It already has CM10 (unofficial). ;)

  • me


    thanks for the post, I've got some info missing though, that I could not find elsewhere neither, maybe you guys would know..

    I got a friend who's gonna visit London soon, and I was considering asking him to get this phone for me [for it's bang-for-buck worthyness, we're not from the UK ourselves].

    Now the big question is- how much would it cost me & is it possible for me to get this good deal at this price:

    -Phone would be 79.

    -Unlocking fee seems like around 15 from what I've managed to 'randomly' find over virgin's website.

    but would I have to commit to a minimal term of use with 1 of their plans? even for the pay-as-you-go plans?

    because even 3 months commitment of 10/month would sum up to an extra 30 for the total price...

    what's your opinion on this.

    I'd simply ask virgin over online chat- but that option doesn't exsist. Calling them internationally and waiting on the line might just cost and be too complicated :) & I preffer not to email... Though I might eventually if I don't find my answer in another way lol.

    Thanks guys.