Mobile operator Orange, which has networks in 21 African countries, has teamed up with Mozilla and Alcatel OneTouch to launch a new Firefox phone. Targetted at low income customers in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, the Orange Klif is being unveiled at Mobile World Congress this week.
It’s tailored for the masses with dual SIM slots, a 3.5inch 320×480 display and a 3G modem built in. The processor is a lowly 1GHz dual core affair from MediaTek, and it’s matched with a mere 256MB RAM.
That, according to Alcatel, helps to bring the price down to around $40, depending on the territory. Which for a 3G phone with around 7.1 hours talk time isn’t bad. It also has an FM radio built-in.
Firefox OS has its own app store, and runs HTML5 natively. It’s based on the same Linux spin as Android and version 2.0 – which is on the Klif – is pretty snappy. We’ll be keeping an eye out for this and its big Ubuntu-based rival as we wander the show floor tomorrow.
Orange doesn’t have a network in South Africa, but you might want to keep an eye on its online store if you’re interested. Rival MTN has long been in talks with Mozilla to launch a Firefox phone too, although its never admitted such publicly.