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Posted: 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014

$25 smartphone is coming

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By Clark Howard

Forget about the latest iPhone or the newest Samsung Galaxy. The hottest smartphone of 2014 could be one that costs as little as $25!

Mozilla has teamed up with Chinese manufacturer Spreadtrum to announce a $25 smartphone.

The technological breakthrough that will allow such a cheap yet fully featured phone is the SC6821 chipset.

According to a press release, the SC6821 promises "a unique low memory configuration and high level of integration that dramatically reduces the total bill of materials required to develop low-end smartphones."

The as-yet-unnamed phone will run Firefox OS, so it may take some getting used to!

As we move to a no-contract world, you'll have to buy your own phone at a real unsubsidized price. $200 is the high point of what most people will pay. But most people are more comfortable under $100.

This coming Christmas, you'll see how entire market changes with super-cheap no-contract smartphones!

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