Firefox OS-based ZTE Open going on sale in U.S. via eBay
ZTE will begin selling its Firefox-based Open smartphone to U.S. and U.K. consumers via eBay.
Priced at $79.99 and unlocked to enable use across all mobile networks, the ZTE Open will be offered in an exclusive orange color from the manufacturer's branded eBay storefront. The phone supports 3G connectivity and touts a 480x320 3.5-inch display, a 3.15-megapixel rear camera and a 1.0 GHz Cortex-A5 processor. TechCrunch reports that eBay "bidding" will kick off Aug. 16.
The ZTE Open and Alcatel's One Touch, which began regional rollouts last month, are the first commercially released smartphones running Firefox OS, developed by open-source software development initiative Mozilla. Firefox OS relies entirely on the Web to enable HTML5 applications with complete access to core device APIs: According to Mozilla, developers can create Firefox OS apps from existing websites by adding an app manifest--a JSON file that describes the app, including its name, its icons and a human-readable description.
In addition to core services like voice calling, text messaging, email and Web browsing, Firefox OS includes built-in social features like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter integration, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Here maps and Firefox Marketplace, which offers HTML5-based apps across a range of categories including games, entertainment, news, business and productivity. Last week, Mozilla partnered with mobile payments and analytics firm Bango to offer operator billing options to Firefox Marketplace consumers.
Carriers including Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Sprint (NYSE:S), Etisalat, Telecom Italia and Telenor have announced their support for Firefox OS. Firefox Marketplace app partners include AccuWeather, Box, Airbnb, Wikipedia and SoundCloud.
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