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ZTE Open Firefox Phone to Launch in US and UK on eBay

by Jacob Kleinman | August 12, 2013August 12, 2013 8:30 pm PST

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The ZTE Open, one of the first smartphones released running the open-source Firefox OS, launched in Spain last month. Now, an orange version of the handset will finally be available in the U.S. and U.K. through eBay where it will retail for $79.99. Mozilla and ZTE both announced the news today on each company’s respective website, though neither could say exactly when the device will be available, only promising it would go on sale “soon.”

The ZTE open is largely aimed at emerging markets, but the company hopes to attract app developers as well as early adopters around the world in an effort to expand the Firefox OS ecosystem. In official statements, Mozilla Senior VP of Mobile Devices Dr. Li Gong said he expects “even more developers around the world will create their apps with new APIs to stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation,” while Wenhong Dai, a VP at ZTE, echoed the belief that the handset can “attract even more developers.”

The ZTE Open comes equipped with a 3.5-inch TFT 320 x 480-pixel display, 2GB of storage upgradable via microSD, 265MB of RAM, a Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon processor, a 1,200mAh battery, and a 3.15-megapixel rear camera with no front shooter.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...