ZTE to sell the ZTE Open on eBay

Firefox phone launches on auction site this week

ZTE has turned to eBay to sell its first Firefox OS smartphone, the ZTE One. It'll hit the auction site on Friday

Way back in February of this year, Chinese phone company ZTE announced it was crafting the world's first smartphone running Mozilla's Firefox OS.

Fast-forward a few months and the resulting ZTE was launched in partnership with Telefonica in countries like Spain, Venezuela and Colombia.

Now the company has revealed it will be releasing the handset in the UK and the US, and will be using global auction site eBay to do it. The company will be selling the phone through it's own eBay store for the princely sum of £60.

You'll understand the low price-tag when you hear the specs. There's a 3.5-inch HFGA screen, 256MB of RAM, a 3.2MP rear-facing camera and a 1GHz Qualcomm processor.

It'll arrive unlocked and capable of running on any network and will be clad in a fetching orange hue.

"It is great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay," said Dai Wenhong, VP of the ZTE Corporation.

"The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time.”

For its part, the Firefox OS is an open source operating system built using a Linux kernel. The entire user interface is a web app capable of displaying and launching other web apps written with HTML, JavaScript or other web application APIs.

It won't be displacing Android, iOS or Windows Phone for market share any time soon, but if you're interested in a (very) low-cost alternative handset, it could be worth checking out.