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Mozilla announces Firefox smartphone launch partners

  • Mozilla, the creators of the Firefox web browser, have announced handsets based on its operating system for cellphones.

    In a press conference ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, Mozilla said that 18 operators including Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, had signed up.

    The cellphones are to compete with established software from Apple and Google's Android division.

    The first countries to get the Firefox handsets would be Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela.

    The handsets will sit at the cheaper end of the smartphone market, according to Jay Sullivan, vice president of products at Mozilla.

    The full list of operators signing up to the Firefox OS is: America Movil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom.