Why the Cheap Firefox Smartphone Isn't So Cheap

A ZTE smartphone running Firefox OS Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

U.S. customers can now buy smartphones running Mozilla’s Firefox operating system, but not in stores. Instead, Chinese manufacturer ZTE is selling the phones on eBay. This doesn’t bode well for Firefox’s new mobile platform, which always faced pretty long odds. And for now the online auction website has erased the phone’s biggest selling point—its low cost.

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