ZTE to sell ZTE Open Firefox OS phone on eBay US and UK


ZTE will start selling the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone which they recently lunched on the ZTE store on eBay US and UK. Recently launched with Telef?nica in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia, the ZTE Open will now be available for the first time in Orange priced at $79.99 (?59.99) and will be unlocked to allow use on all mobile networks.

Mr. Dai Wenhong, VP of ZTE Corporation said,

“It is great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay. ZTE is devoted to providing more options for customers globally and enabling them to live better lives via advanced technology. The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time.”

Dr. Li Gong, Mozilla Senior VP of Mobile Devices continued,

“Mozilla is dedicated to moving the Web forward as a platform for innovation and building products that people love. We are pleased that now we will put the full power of the Web in even more people’s hands. With a great potential user base, we know that even more developers around the world will create their apps with new APIs to stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation.”

The ZTE Open offers all the functions expected from a smartphone – calls, messaging, email, camera – plus additional experiences that people really want, such as built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter, location-based services like Nokia HERE maps which include local transit and traffic information, the Firefox Web browser and the Firefox Marketplace.

Applications already available on the Firefox Marketplace include: eBay; Badoo; Terra; KAYAK; The Weather Channel; TMZ,; AOL; Wikipedia; CNNMoney; Huffington Post; TIME; Facebook; Airbnb; Time Out; Twitter and SoundCloud.

The ZTE Open has a 3.5” HVGA screen and 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor with 256MB RAM. It also has 512MB in the phone and 2GB on a preloaded microSD card. The 3G connectivity is 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA. It also has Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and FM Radio.

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Apple event on September 10 for the iPhone 5S


Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone 5S on an event to be held on September 10. According to sources cited by AllThingsD this event comes at a time when Apple is making a lot of money from its more than a year old Smartphones, but is losing market share to the diverse launch of low-cost Android Smartphones that we see from Samsung, HTC, LG and other less known Chinese manufacturers.

At the rumored event we expect to see the new Apple flagship iPhone 5S said to have a better hardware, camera and likely a fingerprint sensor. Also, at the event we expect to see Apple announce a cheaper iPhone 5C for the emerging markets.

The iPhone 5S and the cheaper model iPhone 5C will come with the new and radically redesigned Apple iOS 7 software which was announced by Apple at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. The new Apple iOS7 is already available to developers who are testing it and will bring new and improved user-interface enhancements.

It is also expected that Apple will announce the new iPad. So far, Apple has not confirmed or denied any of the rumors.

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