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Mozilla Will Sell $25 Smartphones in India and Indonesia

The U.S.-based company is aiming to be competitive in developing countries, by creating a smartphone that can be sold for a low, low price

You’ll soon be able to buy a smartphone for $25—if you live in India or Indonesia, that is.

Mozilla plans to begin selling a low-cost smartphone with its Firefox operating system in emerging markets later this year, challenging Google’s Android and Apple iOS in low-cost regions, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The U.S.-based company’s current phones, produced in Europe and Latin American in collaboration with handset makers ZTE Corp., LG Electronics and several wireless carriers, cost above $60 and are too expensive for consumers in India and Southeast Asia, Mozilla said.

Mozilla is teaming up with the Chinese chip maker Spectrum Communications Inc. to produce a $25 phone in order to capture the next generation of smartphone users in India and Indonesia.

“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,” Mozilla Chief Operation Officer Gong Li told the Journal.

[WSJ]

 

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