Mozilla and their Firefox OS is playing a key part in this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Both ZTE, Alcatel One Touch, and Huawei have unveiled smartphones running the HTML 5 heavy OS, as well as companies such as Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom have announced plans to launch Firefox OS phones in various different countries. Though the biggest and most impressive news comes from Mozilla themselves.
Mozilla have announced plans to release a smartphone that runs Firefox OS that’ll cost as little as $25, that’s around £15. Mozilla will work with Spreadtrum to release the cut-price smartphone which the company expect to ‘redefine the entry level for smartphones’. Currently low-end or entry level smartphones still cost around £60-£100, but with this new budget handset, could we see more?
Mozilla unveiled the $25 “reference prototype” at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which is the result of a partnership with Chinese chip designer Spreadtrum Communications. This partnership means that Mozilla could in fact release more smartphones below the $50 bracket.
The phones themselves aren’t much to write home about compared to our iOS and Android counterparts, but Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation, said we need to think differently and as an entirely new low-end bracket.
“Imagine the phone in your pocket is a feature phone. Imagine, when you go buy one of these devices, that every euro is precious to you,” Baker said at the press conference in Barcelona. Looking at “the richness and power we’re able to offer to this market, you’ll be astonished. Then imagine where we can go from there.”