ZTE Open to go on sale in the UK through eBay

We mentioned that mainland Europe has been offered the handset last month, but now we have details for the UK for the sale of the ZTE Open Firefox phone. It's a little unusual.

No networks here - or indeed, recognised phone outlets in general. This handset will be selling exclusively on eBay for £59.99 on a 'Buy It Now' deal. First come, first served obviously. The only thing we don't have is a start date. The Chinese maker just says 'soon'. So perhaps keep checking those listings if you really must have one.

For that money, you'll get one of the first Firefox handsets on the market, so think of yourself as something of a pioneer. as well as the OS, there's also a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a 480x320-pixel resolution. It's powered by a Qualcomm processor with 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel camera and 512MB of storage just about the covering the rest of the notable features. So not exactly cutting edge.

The interest in the new OS will sell the phone, which is perhaps just as well. When we got hands-on with the phone at the MWC event earlier this year, we were less than impressed. It was described as 'underwhelming', with the software compared to Android Gingerbread.

But if you are a budding developer or just want to stand out from the crowd, you still might want one. At £59.99, it isn't breaking the bank to experiment either.

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