Mozilla Firefox OS Smartphones Make Their Way Into the World

Telefonica will tomorrow begin selling the Firefox OS-running ZTE Open, kicking off the entry of a new OS into the mobile market.

Mozilla has been promising smartphones running on its Web-based Firefox OS, and on July 1 it showed off the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open.

Telefonica will begin selling the ZTE Open July 2, for about $90, with approximately $39 of data included—a “very, very cheap price point,” said Telefonica’s director of open Web devices, Yotam Ben-Ami—and Deutsche Telekom will offer the One Touch Fire soon afterward.

The devices are designed for first-time smartphone owners. The Alcatel is a bright, Firefox orange and the ZTE is a highlighter blue.

“I was in Brazil the other week, and it’s different there,” said Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich, leading a press event in San Francisco and clearly giddy to have reached this milestone.

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