Firefox is getting into the smartphone business and it’s bringing the power of its all-purpose browser. The non-profit’s new venture involves two small entry level smartphones, Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, with 3.5″ screens for a low price of $90 USD, on sale in Spain starting today. Each phone comes with 30 Euros of prepaid data, but users with a 2 year contract can get a monthly rate of only $3.
Unlike Apple, Firefox’s strategy involves encouraging developers to create web-based apps using html5 so apps could work across all platforms. Some standalone apps, such as Facebok and Twitter, will still come preloaded on the new phones. For now, Firefox does not have a definitive timeline for sales in the US while it expands to countries such as Poland, Columbia, Venezuela, and Brazil.
Brendan Eich, Firefox Chief Technology Officer:
The Web is a rising tide around the world that everyone benefits from. Firefox OS is just an instance of this new category of Web-based device.