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Deutsche Telekom announces European launch of new Firefox OS Alcatel smartphones

Deutsche Telekom has announced that the Firefox OS powered Alcatel One Touch Fire will be available in Poland from 12 July through their T-Mobile network.

The telecommunications company also revealed that the smartphone will be available on its smaller Congstar brand in Germany later this year, when it will also be launched in Hungary and Greece.

"We are excited to see T-Mobile launching a Firefox OS device in Poland," said Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairperson, Mozilla Foundation. "Thanks to our active community, Poland has always been a stronghold for Firefox and Mozilla. It has been great to work with a local partner that shares our enthusiasm for the idea of an open Web device."

Claudia Nemat, Board member for Europe and Technology at Deutsche Telekom said: "The launch of the first Firefox smartphones in Europe is an important step on the way to more innovation and to more competition between the different ecosystems."

The first Firefox OS powered phone, the ZTE Open was launched on 2 July (opens in new tab) in Spain through Telefonica, the company which owns O2 in the UK.

Firefox OS smartphones are "the first devices powered completely by Web technologies" and will all come with the new Firefox Marketplace built into the OS.

This integrated system allows the user to search for applications and media without launching an app store. The user can then choose between using an app just once or installing it.

"Making it possible for you to create these one-time use or downloadable apps on demand gives you a completely customized experience and helps you get the exact content you want, when you want it," reads a post on Mozilla's blog (opens in new tab).

Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer said, "The launch of Firefox OS marks an incredibly exciting time for the Web. Firefox OS powers the first smartphones built entirely on Web technologies and will stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation for the Web."

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