Today marks the first commercial smartphone launch featuring the Firefox operating system. The spanish Telefónica starts selling the ZTE Open for €69 including €30 of airtime plus a free 4GB microSD card coming with the prepaid Movistar offer. For now the ZTE Open will only be available in Spain but soon further Firefox smartphones should be offered in other countries as well (beginning with Latin America).
The ZTE Open is equipped with a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and only has 512 MB ROM/256 MB RAM available. But additional memory can be added using the MicroSD card slot. It comes with a 3MP camera, a 3.5 inch HVGA TFT touchscreen display, stereo FM radio, Bluetooth, UMTS, GPS and dual band Wi-Fi. Apps can be found on the Firefox Marketplace.
In general mobile phones equipped with Firefox OS will probably be kept simpler and serve more basic needs. The main goal seems to be to make Firefox mobile phones available at a comparably cheap price. This development may mark the end of the more rudimental featurephone and push smartphones into areas where previously they were simply unaffordable and of course it will try to take away some of the dominant Google market share.