Verizon and Mozilla Announce Partnership to Bring Firefox OS Phones to the US

by Istvan Fekete on March 2, 2015

Traditionally designed for first-time smartphone buyers, Firefox OS phones have been targeted at emerging markets. The original plan was to reach developed markets in 2014, but Firefox OS phones ultimately failed to reach, for example, the US. That’s about to change.

Mozilla and Verizon Wireless announced a partnership on March 1 that will bring the first Firefox OS phones to the US in 2016. Verizon is apparently the only US carrier that is part of the Mozilla announcement, but it isn’t the only carrier from developed markets: The deal includes major operators from across the globe, such as Japan’s KDI, South Korea’s LG U+, and Spain’s Telefónica.

Developed markets mean different phones: Devices running Firefox OS hitting markets such as the US will come in a variety of form factors and price points, from flip phones and sliders to more sophisticated smart devices with applications, Web browsing capability, and other features.

That’s a huge change compared to Mozilla’s previous announcement, which highlighted its efforts to develop a smartphone running Firefox OS that would cost as little as $25. You may recall that the Firefox OS phone revealed in India, the Cloud FX, had a price tag of $33.

Rosemary McNally, Vice President, Device Technology at Verizon said “Verizon aims to deliver innovative new products to its customers, and this initiative is about creating a modern, simple and smart platform for basic phones. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with Mozilla and other service providers to leverage the power of Firefox OS and the Web community.”

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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