Firefox Smartphone ZTE Open to roll out in US and UK

ZTE Open coming to the US and UK

ZTE Open coming to the US and UK

After shipping its Firefox OS-powered smartphone to select countries, ZTE has announced it will begin selling the ZTE Open to customers in the United States and United Kingdom through eBay.

The ZTE Open is currently available in Spain, Colombia, and Venezuela through Spanish mobile carrier Telefonica. ZTE assures that its phones being sold to eBay will not be locked to a specific operator.

In a statement, ZTE’s vice president Wenhong Dai said his company is steadfast in providing convenience and options to mobile consumers around the world. He expects the ZTE Open will attract more developers to Mozilla’s Firefox OS and its Web apps.

ZTE Open with Firefox OS coming to US and UK

The ZTE Open features a 3.5-inch screen with 480 x 320 resolution, a 1GHz Cortex A5 processor, and 258MB of RAM. It also sports 3G coonnectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, and a microSD card slot for expanded storage. Its 3.15-megapixel rear-facing camera comes with an accelerator, ambient light, and GPS sensors.

Mozilla also adds that Mozilla’s open-source Firefox operating system will include “all the things people expect from a smartphone” despite the affordability of its handset. These features include telephony, instant messaging, email, and integrated support for Facebook and Twitter. It also has Nokia Here maps, Firefox as its default web browser, and more apps available in the Firefox Marketplace.

The ZTE Open will be available in just one color — orange. The smartphone will cost $80 in the US and £60 in the UK. ZTE stopped short in announcing when the actual retail date will happen, but the company claims it will begin accepting orders as early as Friday.

Source: Information Week

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