Deutsche Telekom’s claim to have Europe’s only Firefox OS smartphone will be short lived, with Telefonica also planning to launch a unit powered by the software – ZTE’s Open – in the coming months.
Firefox OS lands in Europe
Deutsche Telekom claims to be Europe’s first carrier to launch a smartphone powered by the mobile variant of Mozilla’s Firefox operating system (OS), with the launch today of Alcatel’s One Touch Fire.
The German incumbent began taking pre-orders for the device on Friday, and will today start retailing it through 850 T-Mobile Poland stores. The operator plans to expand sales to a German sub-brand, and its operations in Hungary and Greece, in the autumn.
Deutsche Telekom is one of several partners developing the Firefox OS, in a bid to develop a smartphone platform that can compete with established software from Google, Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry.
"With Firefox OS we are expanding our existing portfolio with a new operating system that is open, developer-friendly and reasonably priced,” says Claudia Nemat, board member for Europe and Technology at Deutsche Telekom.