Mozilla signs a deal to make the world’s cheapest smartphone: $25 Firefox OS device with 3.5” screen and HTML5 apps

Mozilla signs a deal to make the world’s cheapest smartphone: $25 Firefox OS device with 3.5” screen and HTML5 apps
Smartphones have gotten cheaper and faster, but it’s still hard to find many smartphones under $100, and there are almost none under $50. Mozilla, the company behind the popular browser and the Firefox OS, wants to right that wrong and has signed a partnership to make the world’s cheapest smartphone, a $25 Firefox OS smartphone.

The $25 smartphone is expected to feature up to a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels (by the way, this is the exact size and resolution that the iPhone 3GS had), integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and a camera function. It will also support a traditional phone and browser apps that come with Firefox OS, and will have access to an ecosystem of web and HTML5 apps. The reference design also includes a basic, 2-megapixel rear camera. The plan is for this to be a much more feature-packed offering than dirt-cheap feature phones that are traditionally sold at similar prices.

In order to make all this possible, Mozilla signed a deal with Chinese fabless chip maker Spreadtrum to use its just-unveiled SC8621 silicon. The chip is well integrated to optimize for cost as much as possible, and this kind of $25 smartphones are what it aims for.

Mozilla and Spreadtrum have also done the work on integrating Firefox OS with SC6821 and SC7710 WCDMA smartphone chipsets, and will soon complete a turnkey reference design for the SC7715, a chip with integrated connectivity.

Right now, Firefox OS is on three devices offered on four carriers and covering 15 markets. In 2014, Mozilla hopes to further expand into Latin America and Deutsche Telekom will offer its Firefox OS phones in new European markets.

Mozilla signs a deal to make the world’s cheapest smartphone: $25 Firefox OS device with 3.5” screen and HTML5 apps

source: Sacbee, Re/code

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9 Comments

1. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Unbelievable! If this will be launched in my county then I'll definitely buy it!

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wow that's just amazing! Great new for people in developing countries!

3. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Better buy a Nokia feature phone at this price

4. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

A 25$ Nokia feature phone? It'll have a music player and Bluetooth and maybe a uSD card slot max.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6849; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This will be able to install and run html5 web apps, something that the Nokia feature phone cannot. Plus it has the Firefox browser. Not to mention be able view YouTube videos and run a number of other smartphone apps and features. So for $25 I would buy a Firefox phone over a plan feature phone any day of the week. It doesn't matter who makes its the feature phone.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Cheap, yes, but, if you cannot afford a great phone, then get this...probably still better than an iphone 3GS - I hope they include MMS and cut and paste option....LMAO

6. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

man i have a secondary phone with this same spreadtrum chip maker, and it is some china made company, selling in my country as well, it is 3.2" running android 2.3 and as just 256 ram/rom, and believe me its really slow on android, i just have kept it for easiness of storing my old sms in android platform so that i can skip to keep this mobile in my lab works, when my premium phone can be damaged with the lab work solutions, that include acid as well so if this is relatively smooth running device with firefox i wud look to get it as replacement of current phone, but only if their is way to read sms back on an android device and pc

7. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

this device costs $35 to 45

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Mozilla... lowering the limbo bar to the ground... Wow. Let's just see how this thing works first.

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