Orange has launched a Firefox OS phone called ‘Orange Klif’.

Made by Alcatel Onetouch, the $40 smartphone comes with a six month voice, text and data service.

It features a 3G connectivity speeds of up to 21 Mbps, dual SIM, 2 megapixel camera and micro-SD slot. It runs on Firefox OS and is powered by a MediaTek processor.

Orange Klif will be available in Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Cameroon, Botswana, Madagascar, Mali, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Niger, Kenya, Mauritius and Vanuatu.

Although the smartphone revolution is well under way across the African continent, there remains a proportion of the population that so far has been underserved, not just because of the cost of handsets, but because of concerns about data costs. By scooping up all the costs into one, incredibly priced digital offer, we hope that critical access to the mobile internet and all the opportunities that that opens up, will be within reach of many more people,” commented Yves Maitre, Executive Vice President of Connected Objects and Partnerships, Orange.

Firefox OS promises to add NFC (Near Field Communication) payments infrastructure soon and this will help power payments and ecommerce in Africa.

Bolade Popoola Author

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