TELUS and ZTE launch award winning wireless phone featuring Fastap keypad

    ZTE D90 boasts sleek new design, full multimedia experience, and first
    mobile eZiType application in North America

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - TELUS and ZTE today announced the exclusive
availability of the ZTE D90, featuring Digit Wireless' Fastap(TM) keypad. The
ZTE D90 is the first mobile handset in the world to feature both Zi
Corporation's eZiType(TM) software for increased data input speed and
accuracy, and the Digit Wireless Fastap keyboard, which dramatically
simplifies the text input experience. With today's announcement, ZTE became
the first wireless phone manufacturer from mainland China to directly offer a
device for sale in Canada.
    "Canadians are now sending more than 21 million person-to-person text
messages each day. The ZTE D90 from TELUS merges the hottest mobile messaging
and entertainment services with the award winning design of the Fastap keypad,
and Zi Corporation's eZiType engine to deliver a highly functional and stylish
device that is easy to use and helps our clients save time," said Stephen
Ospalak, TELUS vice-president of Subscriber Devices.
    Earlier this year, the ZTE D90 was recognized for its innovative design,
winning the German design association's (Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen)
prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award.
    "TELUS is not only the first, but one of the most strategic partners for
ZTE's entry into the North American handset market," said He Shiyou, senior
vice-president and general manager of ZTE's Mobile Phone Division. "ZTE is
pleased with the continued growth of our strategic relationship with TELUS and
the successful positioning of ZTE's 3G handsets within such a high-end
competitive market."
    The ZTE D90 incorporates a unique Fastap keypad that combines innovative
use of backlighting with semi-transparent key graphics. At first glance, the
Fastap keypad looks like a standard 12 button phone creating a sleek
appearance. When in use, the Fastap keypad lights up, instantly revealing the
letter keys for a true one-touch text entry experience simplifying the use of
all messaging and TELUS SPARK services.
    Additionally the ZTE D90 features 'hot keys', enabling one-click access
to many services, applications or contacts right from the idle screen. The
user is able to easily personalize 'hot keys' to many applications and
contacts. For example, pressing and holding M to access Messaging or pressing
the first letter of a contact's name is much easier to remember than an
obscure speed dial number.
    The ZTE D90 is also a multimedia powerhouse which gives clients full
access to our most popular SPARK services. These include TELUS Mobile Music
full track download service, TELUS Mobile Radio (powered by XM Radio), Windows
Live Messenger, TELUS My Email for accessing select POP3 e-mail solutions
including Hotmail and Yahoo and location-based services such as TELUS
Navigator and TELUS Kid Find to help users find destinations and family.
    The ZTE D90 operates on TELUS' wireless high speed (EVDO) network and
features a built-in 1.3 megapixel digital camera with zoom and nightmode,
Bluetooth support for compatible accessories such as a stereo headset,
expandable MicroSD port, and a stylish black flip phone design with soft-touch

    Fastap for simple and intuitive typing

    In 2004, TELUS became the first wireless provider in the world to offer
Fastap technology. Within months of the launch, TELUS found that clients with
the Fastap phone typically sent more than twice as many text messages as users
of other handsets. Clients on newer model Fastap devices now send almost four
times as many text messages as users of other handsets.
    Developed by Digit Wireless, the Fastap keypad is the first that
integrates letter and punctuation keys around the standard numeric keypad on a
mobile phone. The intuitive interface allows clients to compose messages
significantly faster than with a standard keypad, eliminating the "triple
tapping" often required to input a single letter.

    Even easier with eZiType

    The ZTE D90 is the first mobile phone in North America to support the Zi
eZiType engine. This text input product features word completion, next word
and phrase prediction, and auto-correction of common misspellings and keyboard
errors, all in English and French. The phrase prediction engine progressively
learns commonly used phrases and presents them for auto-completion by the
user, making an already fast messaging experience even faster.
    By offering accurate and efficient message composition, eZiType becomes
the productivity multiplier that professional users need to get more from
their business devices. eZiType promotes more service use, such as IM, SMS,
MMS, e-mail, and Web browsing through more compelling text input.
    The ZTE D90 is now available at TELUS retail locations nationally for as
low as $79.99 on a three-year contract, or $229.99 without a contract.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.9 billion of annual revenue and 10.9 million
customer connections including 5.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please

    About ZTE

    ZTE is a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and
network solutions. The ZTE product range is the most complete in the world -
covering virtually every sector of the wireline, wireless and handset markets.
The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to
customers in more than 100 countries, helping them to achieve continued
revenue growth and to shape the future of the world's communications. ZTE
commits around 10% of annual turnover to research and development and takes a
leading role in a wide range of international bodies developing emerging
telecoms standards. It is the fastest growing telecoms equipment company in
the world, and is China's only listed telecoms manufacturer, with shares
publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. ZTE was
the only Chinese IT and telecoms manufacturer listed in BusinessWeek 2005's
Information Technology 100 and was included in its 2006 ranking of China's Top
20 brands. For more information, please visit

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