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MWC 2013: Europe to get first Mozilla smartphone via Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom has announced that it will sell the first smartphone based on Firefox OS in Europe and this first handset, the Alcatel One Touch Fire, will go on sale in Poland in "summer".

The German telco has also confirmed that other Eastern European countries will follow before the end of the year. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz. Pricing will be disclosed closer to launch date.

The announcement was made earlier today as Mozilla brought together all the strategic partners – mobile phone operators, mobile handset makers and even Qualcomm - that helped it make Firefox OS a reality.

Firefox OS is a mobile platform built using HTML5 technology and with open web standards woven in its DNA. Its key feature, Firefox Marketplace, will be launch later this year.

Other than the Alcatel One Touch Fire, the ZTE Open was also unveiled with Mozilla CEO, Gary Kovacs, confirming that other vendors will produce smartphones that run Firefox OS. Already Huawei and LG have been confirmed as Mozilla partners.

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