ZTE Open Firefox OS Phone Sold Out on eBay

August 21, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Are you someone into procrastination? You better leave that feature in you behind at least for now. For, ZTE’s first Firefox OS phone – Open – has fast gone out of stock.

The Chinese smartphone maker made only a limited number of this phone put for sale to customers worldwide last Friday, exclusively via eBay shops in the US  and the UK. And in just 2-3 days, the devices ran out of stock.

The Firefox devices were grabbed during the initial hours of launch. There is still hope, if we are to trust a few reports that have come in.

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The first Firefox OS mobe from ZTE is, however, available in Poland through Deutsche Telecom, while in Colombia, Spain and Venezuela, the device will be made available by Telefonica.

The smartphone is expected to arrive in other markets in coming months. However, the truth remains that no carrier in the US or the UK has opted to pick up the ZTE Open – or any Firefox OS device for that matter. We wonder why!

In case you aren’t aware, the Mozilla Foundation is positioning its OS as a platform for entry-level smartphones for the developing world. ZTE Open comes with rather weak specifications.

It is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, sports a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, 512MB of onboard storage and mere 256 MB of RAM.

Only the price comes as breather. ZTE was selling the devices through its eBay stores for $79.99 in the US and £59.99 in the UK. That in fact is equivalent to €69 that Telefónica’s Movistar subsidiary sells it for in Spain, although Movistar bundles €30 of prepaid minutes along with the sale.

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