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ZTE's Open Firefox Phone to Sell Through eBay in U.S., UK

Back in July, Mozilla announced that it was finally ready to launch some Firefox OS handsets. The company revealed that two European carriers would be launching the first Firefox OS smartphones 'soon.' Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica signed up to carry the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open and Telefonica confirmed plans to sell the ZTE Open in Spain from July 2 and the phone has so far launched in Spain, Venezuela and Columbia. But what about elsewhere?

 

If you're in the United States or the United Kingdom, it's time to dust off your eBay handle. ZTE today announced that it would be selling the ZTE Open in orange exclusively through eBay. The phone is priced at $79.99 in the U.S. and £59.99 in the UK and will be unlocked for use on any network you like.

"It is great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay. ZTE is devoted to providing more options for customers globally and enabling them to live better lives via advanced technology," said Dai Wenhong, VP of ZTE Corporation. "The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time."

The ZTE Open boasts a 3.5‐inch, HVGA TFT touchscreen display and has 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM combined with a 3.2MP camera and a 4GB microSD card. Of course, the most notable feature is the fact that it runs on Mozilla's Firefox OS. Firefox OS is built on a Linux kernel and utilizes B2G (Boot to Gecko), meaning apps developed on the phone can be entirely built on HTML5, JavaScript and any other open source web application APIs. Phones running Firefox OS will also ship with Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla's own app market, as well as built-in social features via Facebook and Twitter, and HERE Maps complete with offline capabilities and smart walking, driving and public transit directions.