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February 24, 2014

Mozilla Planning on $25 Smartphones

Not Expected to Be Available in United States

Twenty-five bucks may be enough to secure a new Smartphone thanks to Mozilla.

Image courtesy of (Stuart Miles)/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of (Stuart Miles)/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The company behind the Firefox operating system has announced a partnership with Spreadtrum that should see a $25 Smartphone launching sometime this year. The announcement was made in Spain Sunday during the Mobile World Congress.

Reports indicate Mozilla already has six carriers interested in selling the phone though none are in the United States.

“What we are all about is bringing people online,” stated Mozilla CEO Jay Sullivan. “Tonight’s exciting for Mozilla with a $25 smartphone based on Spreadtrum chips. With turnkey designs, you’ll see a flood of $25 Smartphones. It’s not enough to have two OS’s [Android and iOS] in the world dominating.”

It’s a risky move to introduce a new operating system in the market but, with a low cost and Mozilla already getting its feet wet with Smartphones from a trio of manufacturers in the past year, it could pay off. As of now, there are 15 countries in Europe and Latin America serviced through the company. There’s a dozen more countries expected to get on board this year.

Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker said the move means customers will have choice.

“We are committed to an open platform [that] works across a variety of devices. It is called the Web,” he said.

Alcatel OneTouch, Huawei, LG, and ZTE are all building handsets using Firefox OS.


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W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.

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