Kyle Torpey 02/09/2014 News,
Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser and Firefox OS, recently launched its first smartphones in India for the affordable price of $33. The phone is known as the Intex Cloud FX, and it could do more for Bitcoin adoption in the developing world than any of the high-profile startups in Silicon Valley.
After all, how are these people who are in desperate need of access to banking, online commerce, and hedges against inflation supposed to use Bitcoin if they aren’t connected at all times? Although Bitcoin is already available to feature phone users through text messaging, these new phones from Mozilla allow individuals to have more control over their bitcoins.
Mozilla’s Plan for Developing Nations
Mozilla featured the Bitcoin logo in a 2013 video advertisement.
Although the Intex Cloud FX is the first smartphone running Firefox OS in Asia, Mozilla has already launched similar phones in various countries around South America, Latin America, and Europe. The company plans to stick to the low-end smartphone model, and it could be a serious challenger to Google’s AndroidOne program. In addition to offering their affordable smartphones in India, Mozilla also hopes to launch products in Russia and Africa before the end of the year. It will be interesting to see how Mozilla’s first foray into India’s smartphone market could affect the decisions of mobile providers in other nations. After seeing the launch of their first devices running Firefox OS in 2013, the wireless phone companies in South Africa did not seem impressed