ZTE on Monday announced that sales of the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone will start soon on the ZTE store on eBay US and UK. Recently launched with Telefónica in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia, the ZTE Open will now be available for the first time in Orange priced at $79.99 (£59.99) and will be unlocked to allow use on all mobile networks.
“It is great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay. ZTE is devoted to providing more options for customers globally and enabling them to live better lives via advanced technology. The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time,” said Dai Wenhong, vice president of ZTE.
The global availability of the ZTE Open through eBay means that more consumers worldwide are now able, for the first time, to buy an affordable smartphone based entirely on open web standards. The ZTE Open is powered by Firefox OS, which frees developers, operators and consumers from the constraints of existing closed ecosystems by using the web as the platform for all functionality and applications. Firefox OS also delivers the security, privacy, customization and user control that people have come to expect from the Firefox web browser.
Firefox OS smartphones are the first built entirely to open Web standards, enabling every feature to be developed as an HTML5 application. Web apps access every underlying capability of the device, bypassing the typical hindrances of HTML5 on mobile to deliver substantial performance. The platform’s flexibility allows carriers to easily tailor the interface and develop localized services that match the unique needs of their customer base.
The first round of Firefox OS-based devices will be based on Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chips and will available from Alcatel, LG and ZTE, whereas Huawei will release its Firefox OS-based handset in the second half of the year.
The ZTE Open offers all the functions expected from a smartphone – calls, messaging, email, camera – plus additional experiences that people want, such as built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter, location-based services like Nokia Here maps which include local transit and traffic information and much-loved features like the Firefox Web browser and the Firefox Marketplace. Applications already available on the Firefox Marketplace include: eBay; Badoo; Terra; KAYAK; The Weather Channel; TMZ,; AOL; Wikipedia; CNNMoney; Huffington Post; TIME; Facebook; Airbnb; Time Out; Twitter and SoundCloud.
“Mozilla is dedicated to moving the Web forward as a platform for innovation and building products that people love. We are pleased that now we will put the full power of the Web in even more people’s hands. With a great potential user base, we know that even more developers around the world will create their apps with new APIs to stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation,” said Li Gong, Mozilla senior vice president of mobile devices.