ZTE Open goes on sale tomorrow in Telefonica’s home market in Spain
Telefonica is set to launch its first handset running on the new Firefox operating system in its home market of Spain.
The new budge ZTE Open smartphone will go on sales tomorrow through Telefonica’s Movistar retail stores for â‚¬69
Telefonica said more markets will be announced in the coming weeks including Colombia and Venezuela. More Firefox run handsets are expected in the UK by the end of the year.
Features on the ZTE Open include a 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 256MB of RAM and 512MB of built in storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot, a 3.2 megapixel camera.
Customers purchasing the device in Spain are currently receiving an additional â‚¬30 of credit and a 4GB microSD card
Telefonica said the launch marks a significant moment for the mobile phone industry with consumers able for the first time to buy a smartphone based entirely on open web standards.
Listed services on the OS from Telefonica include the ability to search for artist and get results to buy songs, watch music videos, buy concert tickets and even listen to them instantly without having to download and install any apps.
Telefonica Espana CEO Luis Miguel GilpÃ©rez said “We believe that smartphones need to be more open and that the web is the platform for making this possible. Consumers should not be locked to any one system but have the choice to consume the content they want and the flexibility to be able to take it with them when they change devices. This first open web device marks a significant milestone in making this possible. This is just the beginning as we plan to bring a wide range of Firefox OS devices to our customers.”