Yahoo, owned by Verizon is all set to launch its first branded smartphone, confirmed by the parent company Verizon on Wednesday. The Yahoo Mobile ZTE Blade A3Y is a part of Yahoo Mobile’s unlimited phone service and available on the Verizon network.
The phone (purple) with a price of $50 has pre-installed apps including Yahoo Mail, News, Finance Sports, and Weather. It features an 8-megapixel rear camera with a dual flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a flash. The phone runs on Android 10 and sports a 5.45-inch 720p HD display. It is packed with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, and a rear fingerprint sensor as well to unlock the phone.
Yahoo Mobile offers unlimited text, talk, and 4G LTE data for $40 a month, with fees and taxes, included. Those customers who will buy this phone can take advantage of various perks on the Yahoo Mobile service plan including an unlimited mobile hotspot and ad-free email with Yahoo Mail Pro.
The company may expand its perks on the Yahoo services that its customers want in the coming time, Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan tells CNET. For big Yahoo Finance users, he says, there is the option to get free access to its Yahoo Finance Premium offering, while a Yahoo Sports fan would get free betting credits for the company’s sportsbook, assuming that the sports gambling is legalized.
“A lot of consumers love our products, and they want to go deeper in terms of our relationship with them,” he says, adding that these types of promotions could appear in the next year or two.
The new ZTE phone will be available in the US market starting Thursday. Verizon’s 5G network will be incorporated with all Yahoo Mobile plans and available on compatible devices later this year, the company said.