Firefox web browser maker Mozilla has plans to introduce what could be world’s cheapest smart phones, in India. Mozilla has announced plans to introduce smartphones in India costing around $25 (Rs 1,500) after partnering with Spice and Intex. The actual market price could be anywhere between Rs 1800 and Rs 2000 making it affordable almost everyone in the country to own a smartphone in pocket.
The current Firefox smartphones are priced above US$60 and are too expensive for most consumers in India and other Southeast Asian countries and hence Mozilla is partnering Chinese chip maker Spreadtrum Communications to launch a low-cost chipset that will allow OEMs to offer smartphones priced at $25.
Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head, Mobile of Intex Technologies has expressed that this partnership will give an edge to the company in upgrading buyers from feature phones to smartphones by making it affordable to mass market. Dilip Modi, Co-Founder & CEO of Spice, said that this partnership with Mozilla will give them a platform to provide the best technological innovations first-hand to the customers. The company has expressed high expectations from this partnership since they will try to constantly push the boundaries, and bring unique and exciting products to the customers.
Even as the price seems to be pocket friendly to the mass market, skeptics are worried about the quality of these low cost Firefox OS phones as compared to the other leading smartphones currently available in the market.