Firefox OS phones go on sale, sell out immediately

Written by Edward Chester

April 23, 2013 | 19:08

Tags: #firefox-os

Companies: #mozilla

The first phones to run the open-source mobile phone operating system, Firefox OS, have gone on sale, promptly sold out and crashed the company's website.

Geeksphone - a Spanish startup - is the company producing and selling the first Firefox phones but its online shop,, struggled under the weight of interest so has been taken down while the company sets about improving its performance - we'll update you when we know of it being back online.

The phones themselves - called the Keon and Peak - are of the budget persuasion, costing €91 (£78) and €149 (£130) respectively. The Keon features a 3.5-inch screen, single core Qualcomm Cortex-A 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and Firefox orange case. Meanwhile the Peak packs in a 4.3-inch screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8225 processor and an 8-megapixel camera, and it comes in a white finish.

Geeksphone Keon specs
  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 3.5″ HVGA (320x480) Multitouch
  • 3 MP Camera
  • 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
  • 1580 mAh battery
  • Over the air updates
  • Unlocked, add your own SIM card

Geeksphone Peak specs
  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz x2
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 4.3″ qHD (540x960) IPS Multitouch
  • Camera 8 MP (back) + 2 MP (front)
  • 4 GB (ROM) and 512 (RAM)
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera)
  • Battery 1800mAh

Firefox OS is an open source operating system that is inherently designed to be tinkered with by manufacturers, networks and users. Although only currently available on Geeksphone products, larger manufacturers such as Alcatel, Huawei, LG, Sony and ZTE have all shown interest in producing Firefox OS products.

As BlackBerry and Microsoft have both found out, though, the key to a successful mobile phone eco-system is good app support and Firefox is going to face this very same challenge if it's to succeed in making in roads into iOS and Android's market share. To this end, the Geeksphone products are actually being aimed at developers, with Firefox hoping they will be used to accelerate app support for the platform in advance of other Firefox phones being released.

If you want to learn more about Firefox OS, head over to the Mozilla Developer Network Firefox OS page. You can also install the OS or use the online simulator to preview it.
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