The $33 Mozilla Firefox smartphone in India made its way onto the market recently, and thus far, sales have been quite strong.
Intex Technologies India Ltd. said they quickly sold out of their first batch of phones running on the Firefox operating system, and have already ordered another large shipment of devices. The company expects to sell 100,000 handsets this month and a total of 500,000 devices by the end of the year.
India’s Spice Retail Ltd. started selling the Spice Fire One Mi FX1 phone for $37 this past week, but the company has not yet released any sales data. All of the Firefox smartphones that have come out are a minimum of 30% cheaper than the least expensive Android smartphones currently available. India’s Karbonn Mobiles plans to launch a $41 Firefox smartphone by the end of September, which will be less than half the price of Karbonn’s latest Android phone.
Reviews for the new Firefox phones have been positive thus far. The phones lack some of the functionality and speed found in their longstanding big brothers, but most buyers say these phones still offer a significant value for the price.
Google is planning to launch its low-cost Android One smartphone in the next few weeks, which could put a slight damper on Firefox phone sales around the world.