Virgin Media has announced it is to sell the ZTE Tania from mid-May, bringing Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to a lower price point.

Pay-as-you-go customers will be able to get hold of the phone for £199.99 while the handset is available free on a number of pay-monthly contracts starting from £17.99 a month.

The Tania was officially unveiled by ZTE in September 2011 and was even confirmed for a UK release back in January.

However, Virgin Media is the first UK operator to agree to stock the phone, with devices in store and online from mid-May. 

The handset will arrive running on the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system, which will save you having to plug the phone into your computer and updating. 

Microsoft recently announced that in order to continue to purchase apps from its Marketplace, all Windows Phone devices will need to be updated to Mango 7.5.

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