Firefox OS Launches In Poland TomorrowBy: Zach Walton - July 11, 2013
Firefox OS is already out in Spain thanks to Mozilla’s partnership with Telefonica. Now the new mobile OS will be coming to more of Europe with the help of Deutsche Telekom.
Deutsche Telekom and Mozilla announced today that Firefox OS will launch in Poland on July 12 through T-Mobile. The mobile OS will also be made available in Hungary, Greece and Germany this Autumn.
“Our cooperation with Mozilla once again demonstrates how we at Deutsche Telekom offer our customers innovative products and services ahead of anyone else,” explained Claudia Nemat, Board member for Europe and Technology at Deutsche Telekom. “With Firefox OS we are expanding our existing portfolio with a new operating system that is open, developer-friendly and reasonably priced.”
Through Deutsche Telekom, potential Firefox OS customers will be able to get their hands on the Alcatel One Touch Fire. The device comes equipped with a 1.0GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch 320×480 display, 256 MB of RAM and expandable memory up to 32GB. It’s not a powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but the phone isn’t meant to be.
The relatively low power of the device allows T-Mobile Poland to sell the One Touch Fire for 1 zloty, or .30 cents USD. Combined with what it calls a “very attractive tariff” and the One Touch Fire may be the cheapest phone available to Polish cell phone users looking to upgrade to a smartphone.
“The mobile Internet is now becoming a reality for everyone”, says Christian Stangier, Senior Vice President of Terminal Management at Deutsche Telekom. “With this offer, we’re making smartphones affordable for all our customers. We’re selling the Firefox phone across all customer segments in Poland.”
With these announcements, it looks like Firefox OS will be in a lot of Europe before the end of the year. Unfortunately, we still have no idea when to expect Mozilla’s new mobile OS in South America, or North America for that matter. Both markets could use a cheap competitor to shake things up, but Mozilla might want to beef up its hardware a little more before launching in more power-conscious markets like the U.S.