Telstra undecided on Firefox OS

Telstra undecided on Firefox OS

Summary: Despite a glowing endorsement of Firefox OS in Mozilla's announcement on Monday, Telstra hasn't yet committed to stocking mobile devices that come equipped with the new operating system.


Telstra was mentioned as one of the key telecommunications companies looking to sell devices with the Mozilla Firefox OS announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) overnight, but the company isn't completely on board yet.

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Devices using Firefox OS are not due out until the middle of the year, but 17 operators have already signed on to the "open web device initiative".

In Mozilla's announcement, it said that "Telstra is welcoming the Mozilla initiative as an opportunity to deliver an innovative mobile web experience to their customers".

But the company couldn't confirm to ZDNet whether it would stock Firefox OS devices.

"At this stage, we're yet to decide whether we will offer Firefox OS mobiles. We'll be evaluating phones running the OS in the coming months," Telstra said in a statement. "One of the potential advantages of Firefox OS is that it could help bring smartphone features to lower-cost devices."

Optus' parent company SingTel is on board with Firefox OS with former Optus CEO and now SingTel consumer group CEO Paul O'Sullivan saying that the company is "excited about the capabilities that can arise from an open mobile ecosystem using HTML5". Optus did not have any information about local releases for Firefox OS devices when asked by ZDNet.

Part owner of Vodafone Australia, Hutchison, has indicated that it is keen for Firefox OS, but local Vodafone representatives had not confirmed whether the company would stock Firefox OS mobile devices.

Topics: Telcos, Mobility, Australia


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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  • Welcome Firefox OS

    Anything that helps break Google monopoly and it is open source should be welcome.
    • Welcome Firefox OS

      Another open source phone OS to watch is Ubuntu. Works like Firefox OS on the phone but when plugged into a LCD screen you get the full Ubuntu Unity desktop.
  • I am curious about upgrades and updates of the OS

    How will and updates of the OS be done - like iOS (where updates are immediately available to everyone with a compatible device) or like Android and WP8 (where the roll-out is staged, if it comes at all)? Will the OS be upgradable?
    • it will be upgradeable alright..

      chinese military will be upgrading your phone with their latest software!