New ultra-cheap, $38 Firefox OS powered smartphone lands in India

Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and two cameras, the Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 delivers a lot for under $40

Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and two cameras, the Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 delivers a lot for under $40

One of Mozilla’s Firefox OS mobile platform partners, Spice, has introduced the Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1, possibly the most affordable smartphone in the world.

It will be available on August 29th, and the phone will cost just ₹2,299 ($38). India is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing smartphone markets in the world. However, the economy does not generate enough purchasing power parity (PPP) to see higher-end smartphone sales as they exist in markets like the United States and Europe.

The Nokia Lumia 520 was a near instant hit in India when it was introduced. A fully functional smartphone that sold by the truckload. It did not have the Fire One's price tag though. Now, Spice has entered the fray with a smartphone that costs as little as a feature phone, and covers all the bases to a user base that will make the upgrade to a smartphone if the price is right.

The Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 may not be a spec beast, but it has the goods that are important to developing markets, most importantly, dual-SIM. Along with that, there is a 2-megapixel main camera, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The main trade-off is no 3G mobile connectivity. That is hardly the end of the world though considering that 2G/EDGE is still the dominant coverage across India.

The display is a 3.5-inch panel with 480x320 (HVGA) resolution. Under the hood is a 1GHz CPU which will power users through pre-installed apps like Facebook and Twitter. Initial availability will be exclusively through Snapdeal.com.

The price appeal of the Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 is just the beginning. Mozilla’s other OEM partner in India, Intex, will be introducing its Firefox OS powered device in the next couple days. It is expected to cost under ₹2,000 ($33), and might cost as little as ₹1,500 ($25). Regardless of any perceived limitations of the Firefox OS, that price range makes it competitive with feature phones like Microsoft’s recently announced Nokia 130.

source: IBN Live

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36 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Under the hood is a 1GHz CPU which will power users through pre-installed apps like Facebook and Twitter." Under the friendly Firefox flag, India surrendered the remainder of her riches of social relation and interaction. And soon Monsanto, Bayer, and others knew exactly who they needed to pay off to finish subverting the Indian food economy. It would be a GMO future for India. Cancer would come soon. And with it, large orders for the drugs and machines of the West. Another piece falls into place.

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

first Xaiomi then oneplusone and now firefox phone... am kinda jealous but I have a doubt, $38 phone will be of any good quality? I think to keep the price tag low, quality will seriously be compromised???

23. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

So you are looking for HTC quality at $40??

31. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

no, you are totally wrong... I am looking for vertu titanium quality with sapphire glass at 40$ :p

34. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

The lumia 520 is on sale in the us at $39

30. NIghtbaron

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

what about the one plus one?

2. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

people who buy 130 and cheap nokia phones they want great battery life and simplicity and its not because there is no alternative. here in africa there are phones with whatsapp as cheap as usd 12.

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

but in smartphone category i prefer pay for an open source, evolutive os than an old closed source, unevolutive, un customizable, un rootable ugly os.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I'd rather pay $50 more to get a more 'usable' Android equivalent.

11. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

This phone is for those who have never had a smartphone.... Its a good idea to start with an inexpensive smartphone like this one....they will buy a better phone after it gets old

24. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

The question is will you be willing to pay for everyone who can't afford a quality smartphone? ? I think it is a good initiative , this will be a good alternative for people who cant afford smartphones.

32. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

no one pay for anyone, plz dont be touchy... his view is with him and yours with you

4. wilsong17 unregistered

People who can't afford a smartphone phone shouldn't own one

6. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Well you sir deserve a "villain of the day" medal.

9. Busyboy unregistered

"was a near nstant hit in India" Proofreading goes a long way PA...

12. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

The high end market is slowly dying....the people that you are talking about will decide the future of the smartphone market.

14. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Thats why they make a smartphone so everyone can afford one and experience like everyone around the world does.

15. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Elitist prick much?

25. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

People without brains should not be allowed to live.

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

what about animals then? they dont have brain and I call them ppl too bcoz I treat them good when I consider them same like human

7. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

In the race for a fifth smart mobile OS, I do think it will be affordability that drives the successful suitor into place. This is why Jolla's Sailfish OS is not succeeding, and why Samsung was smart to abandon the idea of flagship Tizen phones in favor of more affordable mid-range Tizen phones to target for initial release. And, this is why Firefox OS is starting to look like more of a contender among that new-OS crowd. If you can get a smartphone, no matter how low-end and mediocre, for just $39, then why, unless money was truly in short SHORT supply and/or you were in a really REALLY big hurry, would you get a feature phone for just over half of that price? Emerging markets meets feature-phone-killer meets truly affordable smartphone... This is the first time it has gone this way. In the past, Nokia tried to convince the world that Series 40 was a compelling cheap smartphone OS, and failed because Series 40 was already too long in the teeth, relatively expensive compared to existing low-end Android, and far too heavily rooted in Java. Qualcomm tried to label Brew MP as a quick and cheap smartphone OS, but this served only to cannibalize existing Brew marketshare, increase feature-phone costs, and the 'smartphone' moniker didn't stick for Brew MP in the end. Android and Windows Phone have succeeded at each building a low-end, but they are not as inexpensive and competitive there as many people would really like. Now, for the first time, we have a smartphone platform built on HTML5 that is actually prepared to do the job affordably, and this new device is evidence of this. I look forward to seeing Samsung's answer through Tizen, whatever they make it to be when they finally release it, and seeing what might develop with other up and coming OS's over a little longer period of time. It will be interesting to see just how affordable a real smartphone can be made to be.

16. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I agree with you

28. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

I, too wonder how much a "real" smartphone can be made to be. I remember when Google was first introducing the Nexus, they wanted the line to be $99 full price. The carriers were horrified and rejected Google's notion. Had Google pressed ahead with its idea, rumor was that certain carriers were actually going to reject Android flavored handsets. So Google abandoned that pricing scheme. It was rumored that a few OEM's even backed the carriers.

8. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

spice is india worst brand no people interest in spice i think spice pay buck to phonearena

10. hellfire

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

Next time you woke up the whole world is on Fire

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Is this a "smartphone", or just a glorified "featurephone"? Or somewhere in between? This is a serious question, not a troll post. A smartphone with limited functionality sounds like a featurephone to me.

18. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if os allow developers to increase functionality through 3rd party apps then that is smartphone. so yes this is smartphone

37. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

u can install third party native app other than java, so yes it is smartphone OS

19. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I really would like to get one, I hope it will release in other places, it's very cheap and I will get it just for the fun of experimenting with firefox os

27. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

That's what I was thinking. ..

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