Have you been itching to become one of the first adopters of a Firefox OS smartphone? Then go grab your credit card, because the first Firefox OS smartphones go on sale today. Starting at $119 SIM-free, the Geeksphone duo are really aimed at Firefox OS developers who want to start building apps for the platform.
But you don’t have to be a developer to bag one, and Geeksphone is willing to ship all over the world.
And one of those options is supposed to be Firefox OS.
Yesterday we showed you the ZTE Open, the first entry-level smartphone running Mozilla’s new Firefox OS. Other companies, like Sony, are planning to release Firefox OS phones as well. Mozilla has been trying to get the word out at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
During a recent talk at MWC, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs touted Firefox OS as a new platform to disrupt Android and Apple’s hold on the industry.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — Here at MWC, ZTE has announced that it will be launching the world’s first commercially available Firefox OS smartphone this summer. Called the ZTE Open, the entry-level device is the first of a series of Open smartphones coming from the Chinese company, and it’s aimed at consumers who want to “ experience the latest technology on a limited budget.”
Although Mozilla has stated that it won’t produce hardware for its upcoming Firefox OS, the company has teamed up with Spanish startup Geeksphone to offer a pair of developer devices. Called Keon and Peak, the devices are designed to provide developers with the opportunity to “tap the future of mobile” and get to grips with the platform that will soon be trying to steal marketshare from Android and iOS.
The Firefox team has been hard at work trying to improve upon their mobile browser and release a version with an optimized tablet experience. They teased us back in August — showing off some Firefox magic on a Honeycomb tablet — and now, thanks to this latest update, they’ve given us the chance to experience it for ourselves.