First 1000 Firefox phones snapped up in a few hours

It took just a few hours on Tuesday for the first batch of Mozilla's Firefox OS powered smartphone to sell out, mainly to Mozilla employees and select partners.

In a telephone interview to Forbes, Geeksphone, a small Spanish manufacturer that made the Firefox powered devices, founder and CEO Javier Aguera, said that “Today is going to be a long day,” during the interview at around 10.30 p.m. Madrid time on Tuesday, and added that although his online shop was currently down, it would be up again on this morning Madrid time to take more orders.

Right now the site, which is now back up at the time of writing, displays the following message at the order page:

Due to the great demand of our phones at shop.geeksphone.com, the shop is currently out of stock.

The online sale will restart in the following hours. Thanks a lot and sorry for the inconveniences. Geeksphone Team

Geeksphone have made 10,000 of the devices, many of which have already been reserved to Mozilla employees and partners. Aguera told Forbes he was surprised at the way customers stormed his online shop in the first hours that Geeksphone’s two Firefox devices, the $119 Keon and $194 Peak, went on sale.

“What we were not expecting is that speed for selling,” he said. “So immediately after we announced it we had thousands of people visiting the store, checking the prices, trying to make purchases. We were surprised at the quick reaction.”

The devices went on sale at 8am on Tuesday morning Madrid time, and was sold out by around noon.

The first widely available Firefox OS devices will launch this June in Venezuela and Brazil in South America, along with Spain, Portugal and Poland in Europe. 11 more countries would start selling Firefox OS smartphones by the end of 2013.

The U.S. have to wait until sometime in 2014 for Firefox OS products to launch, according to Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs " ... in the short term, we're launching in emerging markets where Firefox is particularly strong. … It didn't make sense for us to launch a version-one device around the world." .

Source: Forbes | Image: Geeksphone

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I actually bought one myself, I got the Peak. When I tried purchasing it, Wells Fargo canceled the transaction and blocked my account until I verified my recent purchases (I'm assuming that's because I was trying to buy an expensive item from out of the country lol). Then all day yesterday they were out of stock, and this morning they came back up again which was when I was able to get it.

The sad thing is they have a bug in their system which if you select dollars and continue the order, it'll rename the unit as dollars and re-convert it to Euros making it much more expensive. So if you do get one of these, be sure to change the unit to Euros, and the payment site will automatically convert it to dollars.

Anyways the real price of the Peak for me was 174,19€ or $236.52 (there was a conversion fee added on to the conversion). There were two shipping options, 1-3 days and 1-5 days both via UPS, and I selected the latter which was $33 (even though it was only $4 cheaper than the other one).

As a side note, I heard from a random source that at least with the Keon (the cheaper one), there will eventually be more colors than just orange. Idk about the Peak.

EDIT: Wow they just went out of Stock again. Now they don't have an error message blocking the whole website though, they just replaced the purchase button with "Out of stock". It also looks like the only currency you can select is Euros now.

Whats sad is Firefox Phone will probably end up with more marketshare than poor Windows Phone, which just can't seem to catch a break.

But you know what I say: "anything but iPhone"

thealexweb said,
Well good to Mozilla for actually giving numbers rather than jumping on the 'sold out' bandwagon.

Actually the manufacturer did Let's see what happens when it goes retail.. (this is more for developers, as pointed out).

Dudebroh said,
Whats sad is Firefox Phone will probably end up with more marketshare than poor Windows Phone, which just can't seem to catch a break.

But you know what I say: "anything but iPhone"

And you base that assumption on what? WP has already crossed the 15% marketshare in Italy and is right behind Android in India, not to mention it's doing well in several other countries. While the US is an important market, we need to start thinking of worldwide sales.

Dudebroh said,
Whats sad is Firefox Phone will probably end up with more marketshare than poor Windows Phone, which just can't seem to catch a break.

But you know what I say: "anything but iPhone"


I doubt that. It's coming into the game way later than everyone else, it won't even be available in the US until next year. Plus it's way more niche than Blackberry, and that hasn't been doing so well.

Dudebroh said,
Whats sad is Firefox Phone will probably end up with more marketshare than poor Windows Phone, which just can't seem to catch a break.

But you know what I say: "anything but iPhone"

Not likely! unless they are planning to give it away!

Since its just a browser phone, it will probably be as successful as the Google Chromebook!