ZTE has just announced a new protection plan that will cover two of its most recent smartphones headed for the US, the ZTE Grand S and the ZTE nubia 5. This plan covers a period of 18 months from the date of purchase in addition to the standard 12-month limited warranties.

This extended protection applies to out-of-warranty damages that the smartphone might incur during the covered period, including broken LCD screens or damage from liquids. Unlike other such protection plans, owners do not need to pay for anything up-front or even a monthly charge. Instead, they only need to pay no more than $79.99, which is still deductible per occurrence depending on the problem, allowing consumers to make multiple claims. The regular 12-month warranty for manufacturer defects will still apply.

Early this month, ZTE announced the US availability of the two unlocked smartphones. We got a chance to get our hands on the ZTE Grand S, which you can read about here, last January at CES, and ended up quite impressed by the thin yet durable feel of this 5-inch Full HD smartphone that ran on a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. We also clocked in some time with the ZTE nubia 5, particularly the especially-branded model made in partnership with the House Rockets, which you can read about here. The nubia 5 sports rather similar hardware with the Grand S, except for the presence of an LED flash for its 13 megapixel camera and Dolby Digital audio technology.

Both smartphones are already available for order from Amazon and a few retailers. The ZTE Grand S has a price tag of $399.99 while the fancier ZTE nubia 5 sells higher for $449.99.