Firefox Begins Selling Entry Level Smartphones in Spain at $90 with $3 Monthly Fee

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By Phi Tran

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.