ZTE Open C (2014) Unlocked - Firefox OS / Android KitKat for £38.99 - Sold by ZTE UK - HotUKDeals
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The NEW ZTE open C - sim-free unlocked to all networks

Update 31/07 The price from ZTE UK has now dropped to £38.99

This is a brand new device from ZTE with the latest qualcomm processor running the latest version of either Firefox OS or Android KitKat.
Android flash tool and firmware for Open C are here: http://ul.to/2o7e10vm

For less than 40 quid you are not going to find a better unlocked smartphone. Moto E/G fanbois please look away.

Specs for those who care:
Fiefox1.3 OS with 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210, Dual core processor
Firefox OS is the free and open source operating system from Mozilla. Its mission is to promote openness, innovation, and opportunity by keeping the power of the Web in your hands.
Size: 126×64.7×10.7mm
Display: 4.0”WVGA (480x800Pixel)
Camera: 3 megapixel camera
Network: GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz | WCDMA 900/2100 MHz
Battery: 1400 mAh
Memory: 512MB LPDDR2/3 + 4GB eMMC | MicroSD (Up to 32GB)
Other: GPS with AGPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Can update to Android 4.4 OS. If you are not accustomed to using Firefox OS.

Also available from eBay / Amazon sellers for the same price:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Unlocked-ZTE-OPEN-C-Dual-Core-CellPhone-Latest-Firefox-OS-1-3-3G-Smartphone-/351077440090?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones&hash=item51bdd89a5a

If you don't like 3rd party sellers you can now get the device from ZTE UK directly for £38.99
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171301269724
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3 Likes #1
Links posted here as they are not clickable in the OP

Android flash tool and firmware:
http://ul.to/2o7e10vm

Buy from ZTE UK for £38.99 (free shipping)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171301269724

From WMicroUK on amazon at £39.99 (free shipping)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00KIKDNWO

From egrow on eBay at £39.99 (free shipping)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351077440090





Edited By: tbon3 on Aug 19, 2014 20:06: ZTE price
#2
1 Like #3
Also a great idea for those who can't be @rsed with the 'hype' of brands, other apps etc. I just want to call people, text and access the tinternet.... Cheers OP!
2 Likes #4
Henvig
Also a great idea for those who can't be @rsed with the 'hype' of brands, other apps etc. I just want to call people, text and access the tinternet.... Cheers OP!

If it had 1GB of RAM, Android would run pretty decent on it. But I've used many phones with 512MB and they all run like rubbish unless it's 2.3, not 4+
#5
rev6
Henvig
Also a great idea for those who can't be @rsed with the 'hype' of brands, other apps etc. I just want to call people, text and access the tinternet.... Cheers OP!

If it had 1GB of RAM, Android would run pretty decent on it. But I've used many phones with 512MB and they all run like rubbish unless it's 2.3, not 4+

Cheers, I'm a nexus 4 owner, my Internet usage is minimal, book the odd cinema ticket...still on my old IPad 1. I am always grateful for the tech savvy amongst us. Need to purchase new laptop this summer. I will be on here looking for advice then too!
banned 1 Like #6
KitKat is supposed to run light for exactly this kind of reason... though I have not seen it in practice
#7
Would have been tempted for a kid's phone but no front-facing camera is a deal-buster. Shame.
3 Likes #8
3 Likes #9


it's £40.....
#10
firefox os - tempted!
#11
A great backup phone for those needs to sync to google contacts. Heat.
2 Likes #12
fatzz

it's £40.....

I would save the money to buy a proper feature phone with good battery and lag free experience.

The open C is no doubt very cheap but it is a toy rather than a proper phone.

It might end up in the dusty drawer after a few months.

Edited By: ro888 on Jul 24, 2014 09:53
#13
Im super excited about Firefox OS but this phone is not a good deal, considering you can get a select few Lumia at slightly higher price. I want Firefox OS but not at such a heavy compromise...

Comeon Mozilla!
1 Like #14
ro888
buy a proper feature phone with good battery and lag free experience.

Any suggestions for similar price?
2 Likes #15
Wow - so much technology for £40!! I love living in the future. ;)

At this price you can connect it to your car and leave it in the glove box. You have a media player and GPS tracker.

Edited By: joedredd on Jul 24, 2014 10:06
#16
rev6
Perfect match to the users, when you let PC Advisor review the users with £40 budget the way that these users put a phone to use is pretty basic. These users wouldn't use the performance of a sledgehammer to crack a nut of just sending a tweet.
#17
"The reviews tell the truth, poor battery, lack of apps and awful camera."

No they don't, That translates to a few other phones do better for battery and camera. And as we know, there are relatively few essential apps worth having.
This is a unique phone designed for the web.

Edited By: LadyEleanor on Jul 24, 2014 10:40
#18
Review of phone running android
http://www.androidauthority.com/zte-open-c-android-4-4-review-402186/
You pay your money,,,,,,
#19
"The GPS performance on the device was phenomenal. It managed to get a lock while I was indoors, and outdoors it saw at least 20 satellites and was able to get a fix in under 2 second"

That is the norm with todays cheap plastic phones though maybe it simply was using AGPS.

That review sounds over optimistic but shows how unbalanced reviews most usually are.
#20
Shame about the lack of storage space for apps, but can't really complain for this price.
#21
£45 Vodafone Smart Mini 4.... 512mb ram. Jellybean. 4 inch screen. Delivered from Amazon....
#22
Vodafone smart mini 4 also unlocked for 99p .... £45 much better spent. Micro SD card slot also. Only 1.5-2gb usable internal memory but.... £45
#23
rev6
Henvig
Also a great idea for those who can't be @rsed with the 'hype' of brands, other apps etc. I just want to call people, text and access the tinternet.... Cheers OP!

If it had 1GB of RAM, Android would run pretty decent on it. But I've used many phones with 512MB and they all run like rubbish unless it's 2.3, not 4+

You would be suprised, the newer version of android is optimised to run on devices with 512MB of RAM. I think it was the gingerbread/jellybean era where the OS got really power hungry, and devices started to get aggressively powerful and more expensive. Now google have really tamed android down, and are further trimming its requirements, once they fully replace dalvik with the ART engine. The quad cores being released now are way overpowered for vanilla android kitkat (but even then manufacturers bloat manages to slow the phones down, sigh... samsung).
1 Like #24
Google has announced its plan to get the 'next billion' smartphone users with its Android: One program, phones with the same spec as the ZTE are going to play a huge part in that.
Also LG's new L40 III runs KitKat Android 4.4 on 512MB ram and that seems to work just fine.
#25
I really suggest you try Firefox OS before you buy this just to try it.
You can install this on your firefox desktop pc, and give it a spin.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/firefox-os-simulator/

I really can't wait for the OS to present a real alternative to Android, but it has the feeling of a previous generation, under developed Nokia phone.

You might love it, and this may be fine with Android as a failsafe.

Heat for the price!
#26
happyharry
ro888
buy a proper feature phone with good battery and lag free experience.

Any suggestions for similar price?

Moto G (or Moto E even). Yes, they cost more but they are still at budget end and are genuinely great phones. Can't be beaten under £250.
1 Like #27
hello i have this phone as a back up as my s5 has been sent for repair just a few things you should know before buying this phone

limited space - you get about 900mb from that 4gb to use for apps it does has a sd card slot tho
firefox is poor - i have installed 4.4.2 kit kat update which was easy
if you do instal 4.4.2 kitkat you can not use google apps (gmail, gmaps drive apps) (i have tried the gaps from xda without any look)
you cannot instal google play app store so you will be downloading the apks to instal
it does has a micro sd slot but you will need an app if you want to instal apps to the card

the phone itself is well made tho and for £40 its decent kit kat runs nice

this phone also works on EE 3g

anybody got any questions and ill try and answer it

Edited By: smithy1983uk1 on Jul 24, 2014 12:33
2 Likes #28
All these people saying this is rubbish because you can spend a little more to get a better phone need to stop for a minute. Not everybody can afford to spend more than this.

It'd make a reasonable phone for most people that barely use their phone for anything other than texting and playing Candy Crush. Too many of these "Samsung Sheep" get lulled by the marketing hype and end up paying £20+ per month on a contract for a fancy device when this is more than good enough for their needs.
#29
Am I right in saying this wont run most android apps, if any?
#30
steslatt
Am I right in saying this wont run most android apps, if any?

out of the box no it wont run android apps

kit kat 4.4.2 needs to be installed even then you cant download from the google play store you will have to download apks
#31
paully
All these people saying this is rubbish because you can spend a little more to get a better phone need to stop for a minute. Not everybody can afford to spend more than this.

It'd make a reasonable phone for most people that barely use their phone for anything other than texting and playing Candy Crush. Too many of these "Samsung Sheep" get lulled by the marketing hype and end up paying £20+ per month on a contract for a fancy device when this is more than good enough for their needs.

I looked through the thread twice and I can't see any mention of Samsung. Sure it's a cheap phone but it also performs like crap, and if all you're buying a phone for is to text and play Candy Crush there are more issues than not having another few quid for a better phone.
1 Like #32
rev6
If all you're buying a phone for is to text and play Candy Crush
I think the point is that nobody buys a phone to text and play candy crush, they get up-sold on all the great and useful features that are going to make them lives so much better and make them irresistibly cool.
What happens is they end up using their One Galaxy Mega X5 to play candy crush, send text messages and take blurry photos through grease covered lenses,
#33
tbon3
rev6
If all you're buying a phone for is to text and play Candy Crush
I think the point is that nobody buys a phone to text and play candy crush, they get up-sold on all the great and useful features that are going to make them lives so much better and make them irresistibly cool.
What happens is they end up using their One Galaxy Mega X5 to play candy crush, send text messages and take blurry photos through grease covered lenses,
Well, you may do but in my household we use our phones (a couple of Samsungs, an iPhone, and an Xperia) for all sorts all the time and we barely touch the laptop anymore. You get what you pay for and, although of course some people can't afford much, I agree with the general sentiment in this thread that people should probably look to pay a bit more for better features so the phone will be useful instead of frustrating. IMHO obviously.
#34
Bought one to play with firefox OS, can always reflash to android if I find I don't like Firefox OS.
1 Like #35
Better off with a Blade V off eBay for a similar price.
#36
nigelbutler
Vodafone smart mini 4 also unlocked for 99p .... £45 much better spent. Micro SD card slot also. Only 1.5-2gb usable internal memory but.... £45

please show kernel source for the Vodafone Smart Mini 4
1 Like #37
Besford
happyharry
ro888
buy a proper feature phone with good battery and lag free experience.

Any suggestions for similar price?

Moto G (or Moto E even). Yes, they cost more but they are still at budget end and are genuinely great phones. Can't be beaten under £250.

You mean that if I spend more than double the money I can get a better phone? Thank you for your invaluable contribution, the internet is lucky to have you.
#38
fatzz


it's £40.....


Its crap for £40 though.
#39
dankuvermach
Better off with a Blade V off eBay for a similar price.

Or new from Virgin - £50? £60?
2 Likes #40
Besford
happyharry
ro888
buy a proper feature phone with good battery and lag free experience.

Any suggestions for similar price?

Moto G (or Moto E even). Yes, they cost more but they are still at budget end and are genuinely great phones. Can't be beaten under £250.

Last time I checked double or triple the price is not "a similar price".

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