Mozilla reveal their Firefox OS 'Flame' phone, now available for preorder

The highly anticipated Firefox OS could finally become a widespread reality after years of development and discussion. Mozilla, the company behind the mobile operating system, has partnered with T2Mobile to manufacture and design a phone named 'Flame" - aimed at the developer community. 

The pricing for the mobile aims for a cost effective purchase, and can be preordered at everbuying.com. At the time of writing, the handset was set at a $170 price point, which for what comes included, is not a bad deal. The 'Flame' is not aimed at the masses, but the hardware capabilities could be tempting for those looking to a mid-range phone below the $200 mark.

The article quotes a Mozilla explanation of the pricing, saying:

The Flame is representative of the mid-tier phone hardware Mozilla and its partners are targeting over the coming year. It was designed for our developer and contributor community, so we worked with the manufacturer, T2Mobile to keep the price as low as possible. We’re excited that we are able to bring a high quality reference device to our developer community at an affordable price.

The specifications for the phone include: a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon CPU; a 4.5" 480p display; as well as Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities. The device also features a RAM configuration tool that allows for emulation of different memory capacities, enabling the developer to cater from 256 MB models to 1 GB devices, for software compatibility among future devices.

All in all, it's a good start for Mozilla, finally pushing Firefox OS with their own native handset. Previously, the operating system had been limited to a small number of devices which limited the widespread use of the platform. The operating system features a web-based user interface, taking advantage of HTML 5 for user experiences.

We would like to think the 'Flame' will give the platform a nudge in exposure, and who knows, perhaps one day we could see the operating system comparable to iOS, Android, or Windows Phone

Thanks EZRecovery for the heads up!

Source: Mozilla via VentureBeatImage via ComputerHoy

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"The device also features a RAM configuration tool that allows for emulation of different memory capacities, enabling the developer to cater from 256 MB models to 1 GB devices, for software compatibility among future devices."

So the device has 1GB of memory or can pretend to? If its the former, I can see it as been very buggy.

dreamsburnred said,
"The device also features a RAM configuration tool that allows for emulation of different memory capacities, enabling the developer to cater from 256 MB models to 1 GB devices, for software compatibility among future devices."

So the device has 1GB of memory or can pretend to? If its the former, I can see it as been very buggy.

It has 1gb of memory but can pretend to have the other sizes too.

"The highly anticipated Firefox OS "
he he. that made me chuckle.

I'm willing to give it a go however. mozilla is the only thing keeping browser makers honest with google basically going the IE route of custom extensions, active-x-like plugins, and non standard markup in the name of "embrace and extend".

I wouldn't call that a mid-range phone, it's clearly low end. I'm also not sure how tempting it would be for those just looking for a phone below the $200 mark and not specifically interested in the Firefox OS. From the sounds of it the specs don't seem to offer much, if anything, over the $130 off-contract Moto E. If you don't care about Firefox OS I don't know what that extra $40 is buying you.

Asmodai said,
I wouldn't call that a mid-range phone, it's clearly low end. I'm also not sure how tempting it would be for those just looking for a phone below the $200 mark and not specifically interested in the Firefox OS. From the sounds of it the specs don't seem to offer much, if anything, over the $130 off-contract Moto E. If you don't care about Firefox OS I don't know what that extra $40 is buying you.
It buys you the freedom from paying for an Internet plan, which costs how much a month?

Pluto is a Planet said,
It buys you the freedom from paying for an Internet plan, which costs how much a month?

Once again the Moto E is $130 OFF CONTRACT. OFF CONTRACT means you have freedom from paying for an Internet plan with the Moto E as well so the extra $40 does NOT buy you that. How much does an OFF CONTRACT Moto E cost a month... $0.

Asmodai said,

Once again the Moto E is $130 OFF CONTRACT. OFF CONTRACT means you have freedom from paying for an Internet plan with the Moto E as well so the extra $40 does NOT buy you that. How much does an OFF CONTRACT Moto E cost a month... $0.
If your cell provider sells it or recognizes it (it's possible completely over the air, especially since it's a very popular operating system) and it's a smartphone, your cell provider will automatically add an Internet plan to your bill. It's stupid, but that's the way it works across the industry (you can't use a smartphone without a data plan). If you know your cell provider doesn't recognize the phone, then it's okay. But just being off-contract doesn't mean anything.

Pluto is a Planet said,
If your cell provider sells it or recognizes it (it's possible completely over the air, especially since it's a very popular operating system) and it's a smartphone, your cell provider will automatically add an Internet plan to your bill. It's stupid, but that's the way it works across the industry (you can't use a smartphone without a data plan). If you know your cell provider doesn't recognize the phone, then it's okay. But just being off-contract doesn't mean anything.

The Moto E is $130 straight from the Motorola website, which means that it does not have a carrier sim lock (http://www.motorola.com/us/con.../Moto-E/moto-e.html#steps/1). This means that you will not have a to buy a data plan. It is still $40 cheaper than the "Flame".

Edit: Sorry about the duplicate comment. Not sure how to delete a duplicate comment.

PhantomTurtle said,
The Moto E is $130 straight from the Motorola website, which means that it does not have a carrier sim lock (http://www.motorola.com/us/con.../Moto-E/moto-e.html#steps/1). This means that you will not have a to buy a data plan. It is still $40 cheaper than the "Flame".
It doesn't matter:
https://community.verizonwirel...114057?start=0&tstart=0
https://answers.yahoo.com/ques...x?qid=20120226173533AAJzcNf
http://forums.att.com/t5/Data-...LL-smartphones/td-p/3274473

Cell phone carriers enforce this adding an Internet plan by identifying your phone as you use it. My brother borrowed a smartphone from a friend and stuck his SIM card in there for a day, then went back to a Razor. At the end of the month, even though he never used data, there was an Internet plan on his bill.

The Moto E is a Motorola phone; do you honestly think they don't know it exists? As soon as you use it for the first time, whatever carrier you use is going to add an Internet plan to your bill.