Mozilla launches Firefox OS phones in Africa

Africa has begun the shipping of smartphones running the open source Firefox OS. The Orange Klif, a 3G phone that runs on Orange’s network, is now available in Senegal and Madagascar. Mozilla, who started shipping phones in South Africa earlier this spring have said it would be making Africa a “major focus” back at Mobile World Congress.

Mozilla is trying to get devices in the hands of people who’ve never owned a smartphone whatsoever. This is a potential market that massive and could bring significant growth. The Africa launch shows that Mozilla is serious about reaching that goal. Perhaps, other retailers and manufacturers will be following shortly, but at this point we can only speculate.

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