Firefox Enters the Mobile OS Market, Defying Current Conventions

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-07-03

Telefonica on July 2 became the first carrier in the world to offer a smartphone running the Web-based, open-source Firefox mobile operating system. In Spain, it's selling the ZTE Open for approximately $90, with $39 included for prepaid customers. Deutsche Telekom will soon after begin selling the similarly low-priced Alcatel One Touch Fire. In an industry where BlackBerry and Windows Phone are said to be battling to be the coveted third platform, behind Android and iOS, Mozilla's plan is to upset the low-end smartphone market with a great user experience and an operating system that's usable by all Open Web developers. "We don't want anything to be unique to us," Firefox CTO Brendan Eich said during a July 1 Webcast. "We say let's take the apps you have and make them work on our devices. We're not starting from zero, and that's a big boost."


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