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ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone to sell exclusively through eBay for £59.99

Chinese telecoms firm ZTE has announced the company will be selling its Firefox OS smartphone, the ZTE Open in the UK and US through eBay.

The phone will cost just £59.99 and will come unlocked to allow any SIM card from any network to be plugged in and used with the device.

The device will be available for purchase through the traditionally consumer-to-consumer retail and auction site by the end of 2013 ZTE has said.

The ZTE Open will be the first Firefox OS ran smartphone to be available in the UK, and was first released in Spain last month through Telefonica. It is now also available in Venezuela and Columbia.

For those who are looking for a budget smartphone, the ZTE Open has a 3.5 inch touchscreen, 256MB of RAM, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. A 4GB micro SD card is also included.

Firefox have said the firm's new 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.

Mr. Dai Wenhong, VP of ZTE Corporation said, "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."

"Mozilla is dedicated to moving the Web forward as a platform for innovation and building products that people love. We are pleased that now we will put the full power of the Web in even more people's hands.

"With a great potential user base, we know that even more developers around the world will create their apps with new APIs to stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation."