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Firefox OS handsets sell out on first day of availability

24 Apr 2013
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A rush on the first batch of Firefox OS handsets has left the smartphone platform sold out just hours after going on sale.

Retail site Geeksphones said that supplies of its first two Firefox OS handset models, the Keon and Peak, have been, for the time being, exhausted.

"Due to the great demand of our phones at shop.geeksphone.com, the shop is currently out of stock," the site read as of 1430 US Pacific time. "The online sale will restart in the following hours."

The two handsets had been slated to go on sale Tuesday as developer preview models for use with software development and testing. The Keon sports a 3.5in screen and costs $119, while the peak offers a 4.3in screen and carries a $194 price tag.

Based on HTML5 applications, the Firefox OS is Mozilla's bid to join Apple's iOS and Google's Android platform in the smartphone space. The company has touted the platform as an agile system and an option for low-cost devices aimed at developing regions.

In addition to the Keon and Peak developer handsets, Firefox OS has received commitments from LG, Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel. Those devices are said to be slated for release later this Summer.

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Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for V3.co.uk. He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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