ZTE's Open Firefox OS phone sells out over the weekend

Although at less than 2,000 sold, not quite a smash hit yet.

As reported just before the weekend, Chinese manufacturer ZTE took the unusual step of making Mozilla's first "Firefox OS" phone available exclusively via eBay for purchase in the U.S. and U.K. for $80 and £60, respectively.

The exclusivity didn't seem to deter prospective buyers, as the phones flew off the shelves and by Monday were sold out. All in all just 990 were sold in the U.K., and 985 in the U.S.; Neowin was one of those buyers, and we'll be reviewing the phone and then giving it away in due course, so watch out for that.

To recap, the carrierless unlocked phone measures 114 x 62 x 12.5mm, features a 3.5-inch HVGA (480x320px) display, along with 256MB of RAM, 512MB of storage, 1200mAh battery and 3.2MP rear camera. Additionally, you'll find A-GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 support, along with 802.11b/g/n wi-fi - and, of course, Firefox OS preloaded. 

While the phone is currently sold out, shifting around 2,000 of them through the limited channels that was on offer over one weekend is no poor feat, but it's hardly going to make a dent in the market anytime soon.

Update: The official ZTE US eBay seller is selling a unpackaged one, currently at $21 USD (after 38 bids) that you could bid on if you really want one of these.. There are also other eBayers selling these at more than the official retail pricing too.

Source: ZDNet | Image via eBay 

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I think this phone will sell really well when its finally available more widely. People are looking for a good third system away from iOS and Android.

derekaw said,
I think this phone will sell really well when its finally available more widely. People are looking for a good third system away from iOS and Android.

I would call WP a good 3rd party. It has some issues to work thru, but still better than Firefox phone or the other alternatives besides iOS and Android.

techbeck said,

I would call WP a good 3rd party. It has some issues to work thru, but still better than Firefox phone or the other alternatives besides iOS and Android.

Why would someone want to move away from Android and iOS? It severely limits your app choices.

warwagon said,

Why would someone want to move away from Android and iOS? It severely limits your app choices.

Not what I said...meant If someone is looking to get away from iOS or Android, WP is a better 3rd choice that this Firefox phone. Hell, even BB is a better choice that FF at this point.

Xenomorph said,
How well can this thing work with just 256MB RAM?

256MB made sense on an iOS device back in 2009.


Depends on how light it is. I'm assuming its not trying to be as full featured as iOS or Android. There are 256m WP7.5 devices out there as well.

As long as its "good enough," and functional, that's fine. Its not supposed to be high end.

A German Review.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY5QB9Rpa-k

All I got out of that video was

"Home button, twitter, tweet, facebook, apps, client, firefox, electronic arts, game, accuweather, photos, the camera app to get started, no photos or videos, usage, maps, gps, soft keys, online, email client., test, had to, problem, gmail account, imap, pop3 server, test, ssl, settings, wallpaper, notifications, lock screen, keyboard, english, phone lock, app permissions, location, device storage, firefox Os, device information, software", update, more information, firmware version, pre-release, wikipedia, calculator, music player, cover art, it's loud, presets, market , headset, video player, test video, load video, memory card, ram, internet, web apps, game pack, gigahertz , beta, hardware, browser, iOS, button here, Android, Palm pre.

Edited by warwagon, Aug 20 2013, 10:42pm :

as much as I love firefox I don't think google will let this newborn baby to breath unless they want to stick with lowend market forever.

S3P€hR said,
as much as I love firefox I don't think google will let this newborn baby to breath unless they want to stick with lowend market forever.

I think that's the purpose of the Firefox phone, no? To be a good solution for emerging markets and entry-level devices? There's room, globally, for all the mobile OS's out there if they're smart about it. Nokia has expanding to lower priced handsets with some success!

The high end market is much smaller, so can't say the same there.

If the interface is friendly, this is definitely something that would be good for my mom who needs a basic phone, but some smartphone features would be nice to have ... at $80 it's competing with regular (non-smart) phones really. Are there any Android alternatives at that price range?

I forgot to mention that you'll find some crafty buggers reselling this on eBay now too, but for more than the original price ofc If you visit the official ZTE US eBay link (in the article) they're selling an unpackaged one for $21 atm (after 30+ bids) so it might go cheaper than retail when bidding ends.

Edit: Added it in.