The Nokia 105, a voice-and-text feature phone, is priced at $20. It runs on Nokia's Symbian Series 30 OS and offers support for text message, an alarm clock, an FM radio, reminders, and a few simple games, like Sudoku. But it can't surf the web.
It seems Game Over! for the feature phones now. With the smart phones becoming available for such a dirt cheap price who need to stick to those simple phones?
With internet availability on mobiles at affordable rates and with reasonably good bandwidths, and a hoard of cloud based apps , these phones are surely goind to create a storm in the mobile marketplace.
The introduction of low cost smartphones is inevitable. It is time. The challenge of another OS is the limited variety of apps. Windows phone is experiencing the lack of apps and the popularity is limited. How does Mozilla tackle the challenge?
Yes, I also explored the matter little bit, it is all the way a new architecture, and requires a separate binary to be places in Firefox Market Place. So what one can expect is the firmness on the price point, if the FireFox OS bases phone is to be sold at higher than 25$ then it will be a very tough time for them to sell. As that is the only attracting feature for a new buyer.
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