ZTE to bring the budget phones, Australian telcos to bite?

You may not have heard of them, but ZTE has been making phones for quite some time. Much like Huawei – makers of Telstra’s T-Touch Tab – ZTE is looking to bring some power to the budget game, competing with the likes of HTC, LG, and Samsung.

One of these new handsets is the ZTE Skate, a phone featuring a 4.3 inch screen, Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” OS, 5 megapixel camera, graphics processor, WiFi, and a weight of 120 grams.

In the past, both Optus and Telstra have sold rebranded ZTE devices for their own networks. The Telstra EasyTouch handset and recent USB Turbo Prepaid Mobile Broadband modems were made by ZTE, as was the budget My Tab tablet put out by Optus.

Given these past devices, we’re curious which of the telcos will take the new ZTE devices and sell them down here.

Telstra told us earlier today that “there’s certainly a lot of interest in entry-level smartphones amongst our customers and we’re currently looking at ZTE options.”

With new budget devices on the way from most of the big players, this could see Android smartphone devices hitting at under a $100 price point.