The ZTE Open went on sale via eBay in August, but only in limited quantities, and the phone sold out quickly.
While it’s nice to see ZTE offering its cheap, unlocked Firefox OS phone to the public again, the primary audience for this type of device are customers in developing nations where high-priced smartphones are out of reach for many people.
The ZTE Open features a 3.5 inch, 320 x 480 pixel TFT capacitive touchscreen display, a 1 GHz Qualcomm ARM Cortex-A5 single-core processor 512MB of storage and 256MB of RAM. It has a 3MP camera on the back, a microSD card slot, and a 1200mAh battery.
The phone has 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and it’s a GSM phone that should work on the AT&T ‘s 3G network in the US. You can also use it with T-Mobile, but you’ll only be able to get 2GB speeds.
If you’re looking for a high-end smartphone, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to play around with Mozilla’s new operating system, a phone to help you develop and test web apps for Firefox OS, or just a spare handset, it’s hard to go wrong with an $80 smartphone.