Get a Taste of Firefox OS: Buy the Unlocked ZTE Open for $80 on eBay

We’ve been hearing quite a lot lately about the Firefox OS, but there are actually only a few Firefox OS phones launched on the market. ZTE Open is one of them and is actually the first Firefox OS phone for consumers. Even if Firefox OS has support from carriers all over the world, it’s pretty hard to sell Firefox OS devices in more locations across the world.

To remedy that, ZTE is going to sell the Firefox OS Open phone on eBay for eighty dollars, which is actually ten dollars less than the launch price. A real great thing is that the handset will be off-contract and unlocked which means you will be able to use it on all mobile networks. ZTE didn’t mention when exactly the device will go on sale on eBay, the company just said “soon”.

ZTE Open to sell on eBay for $80

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The price for the ZTE Open on eBay will be $79.99 for U.S. customers and £59.99 through eBay UK ($92.94 because tax is automatically included). The ZTE Open is already available in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela through Telefónica and through Deutsche Telekom in Poland and Germany with Hungary and Greece to follow. Mr. Dai Wenhong, VP of ZTE Corporation said:

It is great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay. ZTE is devoted to providing more options for customers globally and enabling them to live better lives via advanced technology. The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time.

On a separate blog post, Dr. Li Gong, Mozilla Senior VP of Mobile Devices mentioned:

Mozilla is dedicated to moving the Web forward as a platform for innovation and building products that people love. We are pleased that now we will put the full power of the Web in even more people’s hands. With a great potential user base, we know that even more developers around the world will create their apps with new APIs to stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation.

The ZTE Open is obviously meant at first-time smartphone owners, as its specifications are modest but more than enough if we take into consideration the very low price:

  • 3G connectivity
  • 480 by 320 3.5-inch display
  • expandable memory via a microSD up to 32 GB, 2 GB included
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 3.15-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.0 GHz Cortex-A5 processor

The device is reliable, we can definitely observe that, and it has some nice features that you probably aren’t aware of, such as a good HSDPA speed of 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA of 5.76 Mbps. It has accelerometer and proximity sensors and A-GPS support. But the price is what really sets it apart. Are you ready for your first Firefox OS experience?

Update: just like we were expecting, the ZTE Open has now went on sale in the United States ($79.99) and United Kingdom (£59.99) eBay stores.  When writing the update, there were only 562 available ZTE Open units, but that stock is more likely to get quickly replenished. Here is what you will get in the box:

  • 1 x ZTE Open Firefox OS Mobilephone
  • 1 x Battery
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x UK/US Charger
  • 1 x personal hands-free headset
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  • A Anon

    wow! good price

    • Radu Tyrsina

      Indeed it is!

  • Sam Johnson

    Looks like cheap junk.

    • Radu Tyrsina

      Yes, but for 80 dollars, it might be worth it :)

      • Sam Johnson

        Nope. It’s junk even at $80. Now $20 bucks… Maybe.

        • PendragonUK

          I think you are missing the point, an $80 Android phone is junk because it will be running an out of date Gingerbread, low on RAM and storage. Just updating one of these older phone with the Google software will bring it to it’s knees. Firefox OS is designed to run on low spec hardware. It dose not need lots or RAM or storage space, or even a fast CPU. The user experience is maintained. They are not meant to be uber smart phones they are for the millions of people stuck with crappy old feature phones and the people that can not afford the latest and greatest $500 smart phone. You know poor people, namely most of the worlds population.

          • Radu Tyrsina

            Couldn’t have said it better myself!

          • disqususer2

            PendragonUK & Radu,
            I am a network engineer ( think Nexus, 10G, DWDM ) and this would be ideal for me and many of my friends. We really don’t use most of the crap on an Ipod.
            Pictures, contacts, calls, browser… yeah … thats it.
            And … a terminal / ssh emulator.

          • Joe mont

            It revolves around Javascript, a highly abstracted programming language that is very ineffecient. So how is it going to beat Android in speed?

          • Andrej Hribernik

            this is exactly the problem is trying to solve (amongst others)

  • Spurdo

    Bretty good. clap/5

  • DarkGray Knight

    It won’t work on Verizon, from the limited data I can find. So it is entirely useless.

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