India and Indonesia get super cheap smartphone
India and Indonesia are set to be the recipients of a super cheap smartphone, according to new reports.
Mozilla Corp will offer devices for $25 (£14.85) later this year using the Firefox mobile operating system, a senior company executive at the company told the Wall Street Journal.
This is hoped to be seen as an alternative to more expensive operating systems, such as Android and Apple, in emerging markets.
It is believed that Mozilla has collaborated with handset makers such as ZTE Corp and LG Electronics to produce the smartphone.
Gong Li, Mozilla chief operating officer, explained at the Mobile Asia Expo: "One U.S. dollar means a lot of things to consumers in emerging countries. It's difficult to sell smartphones that cost more than US$50 in those markets.
"With a $25 price tag, there is no price gap between a smartphone and a feature phone. This attractive price point would help motivate feature-phone users to switch to smartphones."
By lowering the cost of smartphones, Mozilla has demonstrated that technology doesn't necessarily have to have a top price tag.
The company has partnered with Intex and Spice in India to help bring low-cost smartphones to the market.
Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, business head of mobile, Intex Technologies (India) Ltd, explained that the company is excited to be working with Mozilla to deliver "unparalleled smart devices".
He explained that the new platform will give the company an edge when upgrading buyers from feature phones to smartphones.
"This will propel our devices to be much more than a way to use the Web, but take the engagement further and develop the Web as a mobile platform," he said.
Two Firefox OS devices showcased at Mozilla's Mobile Asia Expo booth will go on sale this summer. This means consumers won't have to wait long to get their hands on the ZTE Open II and the Alcatel Onetouch Fire E.