Mozilla recently announced the launch of the first devices to run its new mobile operating system, Firefox OS, but South Africans interested in getting their hands on the low cost smartphones may have to go through international channels to do so.
Telkom and Virgin Mobile have said in so many words that they have no plans at this stage to bring either the ZTE Open or Alcatel One Touch Fire into the country, while Vodacom and MTN said they haven’t made a decision yet.
“We’ve not yet made a final decision on whether or not we will stock Firefox OS smartphones,” a Vodacom spokesperson told MyBroadband.
MTN SA’s head of products and solutions, Mike Fairon, said that they are testing the latest devices, but that neither of the Firefox devices have been ranged as yet.
“Ranging” is when an operator has confirmed plans to stock a particular device within a certain period.
“Since the first deployment happened with Telfonica, MTN will monitor the technology as this is the first wave,“ Fairon explained. “MTN will make the necessary announcements to media on availability and pricing once all relevant tests and quality checks have been done.”
Cell C did not respond by the time of publication.