Back in February, the star of MWC 2013 – Firefox OS was introduced worldwide as an alternative operating system in the market of smartphones. This new OS was destined especially for the low-end smartphone segment with its availability limited to select markets in the mid of this year. According to the fresh reports, today the telecom operator Telefonica announced that the first commercial Firefox OS phone – ZTE Open will go on sale from tomorrow in Spain via its Movistar network.
Luis Miguel Gilperez, CEO of Telefonica in Spain, stated:
We believe that smartphones need to be more open and that the web is the platform for making this possible. Consumers should not be locked to any one system but have the choice to consume the content they want and the flexibility to be able to take it with them when they change devices. This first open web device marks a significant milestone in making this possible. This is just the beginning as we plan to bring a wide range of Firefox OS devices to our customers.
You can grab this cheap handset from Telefonica for €69 (around $90) which also includes a pre-pay balance of €30 for its prepaid customers along with a 4GB MicroSD card. You can even get ZTE Open on contract that costs just €2.38/month.
This budget-friendly ZTE Open smartphone sports a 3.5-inch HVGS TFT touchscreen display, a 1.0 GHz Cortex-A5 processor, 256MB of on-board RAM, 512MB of internal storage, a 3.2-megapixel camera, 1200mAh battery and runs Mozilla Firefox OS. It measures 114 x 62 x 12.5mm and has support for Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS and accelerometer.
On the software front, it can run HTML5 apps like Facebook, Twitter, Pulse, Airbnb and Soundcloud. Further, the location-based services will be provided to consumers by the Nokia’s HERE maps.
ZTE Open is not the first phone running Firefox OS to hit the market, rather it is third in this lineup preceeded by Geekphone’s Keon and Peak. However, it is the first commercial device to debut in Spain. The telecom operator has also affirmed that it will release the smartphone in Venezuela and Colombia in the upcoming weeks. Though, the price of the device may vary according to the region.
If you are looking for an economical smartphone that stays connected to the internet on the go and delivers you an exhaustive experience of the Firefox OS, then ZTE Open can be the right choice. Get one now and share your experience with us via comments.