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Firefox smartphones to sell for $25

Firefox smartphones to sell for $25

Mozilla's two new Firefox OS smartphones could sell for as little as £25 (£15) when they launch in India in the next few months, the company has hinted.

The tech firm behind the open source web browser and upstart mobile platform has revealed it has inked deals with the Spice and Intex, two of India’s biggest mobile networks, to sell the forthcoming handsets.

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Prices will be kept low thanks to chipsets provided by China’s Spreadtrum. Samples of these new, ultra low cost phones are currently on show at the Mobile Asia Expo.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal at the event, Mozilla’s Chief Operating Officer, Gong Li, said: “With a $25 price tag, there is no price gap between a smartphone and a feature phone. This attractive price point would help motivate feature-phone users to switch to smartphones.”

Phones using Firefox OS are already available SIM–free here in the UK for just £59.99. However, Mozilla says this price remains too high for first-time smartphone buyers across India and China.

It remains unclear if these phones will launch here in the UK. However, it’s likely Mozilla’s move will draw a response from Android mobile-makers, who have cornered the market in developing countries in recent years.



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