Been waiting for a Firefox OS phone to land in the UK or US? ZTE have announced that they will be eBaying the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone in both territories through their existing UK and US eBay stores. They have even been running auctions for pre-order collectible versions of the phone – you still have 3 days to bid on the UK pre-order auction but it’s already up to £73 (the list price in the UK will be £59.99).
So, what’s the ZTE Open got? Well, the product page shows a 3.4″ HVGA display with one and two point touch, 2G, 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, GPS/AGPS and a MSM7225A Qualcomm chipset – Wikipedia lists that as a up to 800 Mhz Cortex A5 core with Adreno 200 GPU. This is the kind of low end level device that Firefox OS was initially targeted at and if you are a developer, its probably the cheapest way to get yourself a Firefox OS phone especially now the Geeksphone devices are either pre-order for a €149 Peak+ or the discontinued (and €91) Keon.
And when it comes to the crunch, there is nothing like running your app on an actual device, no matter how good the emulators.