ZTE begins selling brand new Firefox OS handsets on eBay

The jury's still out on the color, branded as it may be...

Mozilla's aspirations to release a mobile operating system have been known about for quite some time, and at least two devices have been confirmed. The ZTE Open was first made available in Spain, though today marks the opportunity for UK and US consumers to get the phone following ZTE's announcement.

Rather unusually, the phone's main distribution line is via eBay. There aren't many devices that can say that. Shipping is free, and the phone itself is £60 (or $80). It's not an expensive handset, and the specifications haven't gotten any more lively since it released in Spain, but it's an all-new OS.

Mozilla's downloadable simulator is also available, if you'd like to try the OS on a computer. While not 'feature-complete', it's a decent glimpse at the OS that can be gotten without spending any money.

How Firefox OS is destined to slot into the bigger picture is unclear; it may be aimed solely at budget smartphones, but it may do quite well. In a few years we can ask these questions, much like 'What happened to Windows Phone?'

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Now how long before MS get a hold of this and decide that there's some infringing IP and create a patent protection licensing model for Firefox OS?

Good job and best of luck to Mozilla who managed to go all this way. This is nothing to sneeze at for a community-driven project.

JHBrown said,
Hey, you never know. Millions of Firefox fans out there. ;-)

I'm a firefox fan, but I wouldn't be seen even dead with one of these.

They're not really competing, given the hardware.

Firefox OS may offer a nice basic Smartphone OS on hardware that isn't capable of running Android, WP, Ubuntu, etc, and without the Licensing fees which will reduce the barrier to entry for the OEM.

Whether or not Firefox OS will be successful remains to be seen though.

n_K said,

I'm a firefox fan, but I wouldn't be seen even dead with one of these.

you care about what you're seen with?? Really? I forgot, Phones are fashion statements apparently

n_K said,

I'm a firefox fan, but I wouldn't be seen even dead with one of these.

This is a sad sad comment.

ZipZapRap said,

you care about what you're seen with?? Really? I forgot, Phones are fashion statements apparently


No, I'm saying I wouldn't have it because it's practically garbage, I don't care what it looks like frankly.