The ZTE Open, the first commercial phone that’s powered by Firefox OS, will soon be available on a global scale. Officially released in Spain last month, this entry-level smartphone is heading to eBay stores in the US and UK for just $80.

Both Mozilla and ZTE haven’t exactly given an exact release date as to when the ZTE Open will hit the online shopping site, although the handset is confirmed to be sold in orange color and without network/SIM lock, allowing customers to choose the mobile carrier they prefer.

ZTE Open Specs

  • Firefox OS
  • 3.5-inch TFT capacitive touch display (320×480), ~165ppi
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Adreno 200 GPU
  • 256MB RAM
  • 512MB internal storage
  • microSD up to 32GB, 2GB card included
  • 3.15-megapixel main camerax
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G, HSDPA
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • GPS, A-GPSx
  • Dimensions: 114 x 62 x 12.5mm
  • Li-Ion 1200mAh battery


For the uninformed, the Firefox OS is a relatively new mobile operating system that’s being developed by Mozilla and designed as a low-end alternative to Android and iOS. Unlike the proprietary nature of the latter systems, the Firefox OS relies on a community-backed structure and makes use of open standards—HTML5, JavaScript, etc.—to power smartphones and tablet computers, as well as its software functionalities like apps, messaging, and e-mail.

Given the design of its OS, the ZTE Open is aimed towards newbie smartphone owners, early adopters, and developers. The underpowered processor, measly amount of RAM, and lack of a front-facing camera are proof enough that this handset is not for power users. On the other hand, it does have all basic features one can expect from a smartphone. And because of Firefox OS, the ZTE Open is one solution for users to relieve themselves from existing closed ecosystems. Security, privacy, and customizations—features which the Firefox browser is known for—are also present.

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