Mobile manufacturer ZTE are to become the first company to sell a smartphone running the Firefox OS in the UK and US.

ZTE Open - Firefox Phone

The handset will be priced at £59.99 and will be available exclusively on e-commerce site eBay. The phone is already on sale in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela through the telecommunications company Telefonica.

The ZTE Open only runs applications written in the web-based HTML5 language instead of its own bespoke company-owned platform. Mozilla, the creators to the Firefox operating system says, "the phone will inspired a new wave of innovation".

Firefox OS

The phone is 'unlocked' in the sense that it is not specific to a single mobile network operator and users can freely choose their provider.

Whilst the phone specifications aren't anything special in respect to the likes of Samsung and Apple, it's a cheap alternative to a powerful platform. The phone is a single-core Snapdragon S1 system-on-a-chip (part #MSM7225A), a 3.5" 480x320 touchscreen display (it can handle two touch point gestures, though typically only uses a single touch), 256MB of RAM, 512MB of microSD-expandable storage, 2.4GHz 802.11n, a 3.2MP rear camera and Bluetooth 2.1.

Overall the phone brings the smartphone experience to a more affordable price for a lot of users that currently don't use smartphones. The Firefox OS has also been made with low-end phones in mind.

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