Mozilla announces 18 carriers supporting Firefox OS
Posted Feb 25, 2013 20:21 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Mozilla announces 18 carriers supporting Firefox OS
Parent article: Mozilla announces 18 carriers supporting Firefox OS
Why do carriers need to be involved at all? Surely the hardware manufacturers and Mozilla developers are all that is needed to make Firefox OS?
Sure. If your goal is to create new generation of Neo FreeRunner then that's all that you need.
Now, if you want to actually sell your devices carriers are vital. Carriers and carriers-affiliated sales control most sales of mobile phones - without them your platform is stillborn. Nokia witnessed it first-hand: it had the best relationship with carriers in the world (except for US) and sold more smartphones then number two and number three combined (number two and number three were Apple and RIM back then). Then Elop pissed them off and now Nokia is barely number ten.
Carriers can not push broken mobile platform (buyers will still spurn it given the alternative) but they absolutely can kill any platform they don't like. This means that now Firefox OS has a fighting chance. Not a large chance (I'm still not sure how they want to attract buyers), but at least a chance.
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