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Spreadtrum and Mozilla target first-time smartphone users
2/23/2014 10:00 AM EST
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junko.yoshida
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Re: Low Cost Smartphone
junko.yoshida   2/24/2014 8:23:46 AM
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@chanj, I somehow don't think the lack of apps is going to be a problem for  those first time smartphone users who have never had apps on their phones before,

junko.yoshida
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Re: Paradox - $25 phone and 3G connection!
junko.yoshida   2/24/2014 8:25:12 AM
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@GSMD, thanks for chiming in. Yes, these are all good points!

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Re: Paradox - $25 phone and 3G connection!
Caspy7   2/24/2014 10:40:14 AM
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Here is the quote: "FireFox OS has less processing and memory requirements, since the OS and the services live mostly in the cloud."

I have been following the Firefox OS development and this is straight out *wrong*.  

None of the OS is in the cloud.  It is not dependent on an internet connection.  If this guy is a partner with Mozilla, perhaps he should not be giving interviews (as this misinformation hurts them).

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SteveSteg   2/24/2014 11:37:22 AM
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The quote is from an industry analyst, not from a Firefox partner.  So, how much value does an analyst have that gets something this basic wrong?

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zewde yeraswork   2/24/2014 11:58:44 AM
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The smartphone is going to see a consistent drop in prices and Firefox OS seems like an opportunity to take advantage of the demand on the lower end.

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zewde yeraswork   2/24/2014 12:05:14 PM
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Of course, if the OS was run out of the cloud, that would be a pretty significant innovation and would explain how the phone runs at such a price.

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$25 "Smart" phone
y_sasaki   2/24/2014 2:24:12 PM
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I think this is not cheap alternative of iPhone or Android phone, instead it is feature phone with touch screen. You can make phone call, web access, e-mail, messaging, some extra features (caldner/scheduler, camera, etc), that's all. You won't have fancy voice-recognition AI, you won't have millions of online Apps, but do you really need them?

My primary question is if it can achieve "good enough" quality in $25 price tag. If LCD visibility, touch screen precision / sensitivity, battery life is below minimum expectation, it will never take off. In my opinion there will certainly oppotunity for simple low-cost phone, but $25 retail price tag would be going too far.

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baybal   2/24/2014 2:36:45 PM
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Mozilla can always leverage their legions of open source zealots

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Sheetal.Pandey   2/24/2014 2:58:02 PM
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just $25 cant believe. What is ther BOM?? How can they afford to keep the price so low. Will it be one of those smartphone that if falls down never comes up. I mean the parts are so fragile.

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Re: $25 "Smart" phone
junko.yoshida   2/24/2014 3:25:11 PM
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@y_sasaki, exactly. The competition for $25 smartphones are really low-cost feature phones such as Nokia 105. (That phone offers no Internet connection; no touch screen.) 

As Spreadtrum noted, the $25 smartphone does offer touchscreens but it is just a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen. 

But as you say, the battery life and other usability issues need to be taken care of correctly. We shall see how they will pull that off.

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