Mozilla Sheds New Details On Firefox Phone
Outlines Launch Carriers, Including Sprint
According to a Mozilla blog post
, the company's new phones will be available at seventeen carriers at launch when the new devices arrive later this year: América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom. The first devices, to be constructed by Alcatel, Huawei, LG and ZTE -- will have a focus on less expensive handsets taking aim at more developing markets (Africa is being targeted by moth mobile operators).
Sprint listed but phone not in USA soon
Even though Sprint was listed as one of the carriers, don't expect the FF phone in the US soon. Most news items are quoting 2014 as the time the FF smartphone will come to Sprint.
The first wave of Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. Additional markets will be announced soon.
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Stick with making a browser ... Seriously, what's this need for every app maker out there to have their own phone? This is no different than Facebook wanting to have their own phone. Firefox should spend more time trying to fix their memory leaks first. Furthermore, who's going to make the phone, a bunch of volunteer contributors? Just a bad move seriously. If they're looking to toss some money away I'll take it.
This is one of those situations where too many cooks will spoil the soup and the soup is phone market place. Android and Apple have it pretty much locked up. I don't even think MS will make too much of an impact past a few sheep who think Windows 8 was a great idea. *barf* And RIM wants to join the party again? The issue I think is in the app stores.. There's plenty of activity going on in the app store and the play store.. how many developers are going to be biting and the bit to invest and develop their apps for yet another player in the market place? ... I doubt we're going to see people rushing to make the windows, blackberry, facebook, and now firefox versions of their next app.
The fact that facebook even wanted to get into the phone business only exposed one thing, plain and simple.. greed. What puts apple and Google apart from the rest is that they spent years putting together an ecosystem that was ready for something like this. Microsoft, while they have a LOT of real estate, never seems to pull anything large off for any period of time.. and I for one would never make a move to them because they always seem to "dabble" in things and ultimately wind up ditching it. (It's only time before they ditch Windows phone and 8, in my opinion)... so who's next? Foursquare going to make a phone because they have a popular check in app?
I don't care where they launch this phone of theirs, I bet it will ultimately be a flop.. plain and simple.