Telefonica today has officially announced that it’s partnership with ZTE and Mozilla to release one of first smartphones running the Firefox mobile OS. The ZTE Open will be available from Movistar stores starting July 2 with a price tag of around $90. This include around $39 of airtime for prepaid subscribers. To make it ever lighter on the budget, Telefonica is also offering an option to of zero interest financing for postpaid customers.
For those who are not aware, Firefox OS is based on open web standards. This means that all functionality and apps of the smartphone will be using the web as its platform. Hence, consumers and developers won’t have the constraints of closed mobile ecosystems.
More importantly for consumers, the ZTE Open provides a more affordable option when upgrading to smartphone from a feature phone. To top it all, Firefox OS will have new features and capabilities such as its revolutionary search capability that lets the device adapt to user’s needs.
According to Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer, the launch of the company’s Firefox OS marks an exciting time for the whole of the mobile industry.
“The launch of Firefox OS marks an incredibly exciting time for the mobile industry. Firefox OS powers the first smartphones built entirely on Web technologies and will stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation for the Web,” says Jay Sullivan.
With Mozilla’s entry into the mobile smartphone OS market, will Google and Apple, the current leaders in the mobile OS industry right now have reasons to worry about the “openness” of Firefox OS?