Alcatel Makes Inroads In US Market With T-Mobile Sparq
Alcatel One Touch has landed its first phone with a Tier 1 US wireless carrier in the form of the Sparq messaging phone for T-Mobile's prepaid lineup. Originally introduced by Alcatel as the One Touch 606a, the phone sports a slide-out text keyboard, FM radio, memory card slot, music player, Bluetooth, and a VGA camera. Alcatel One Touch is the mobile brand for TCT Mobile, a division of TCL Corporation, based in Hong Kong. The Alcatel brand is used under license from Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel One Touch launched in North America in 2007, and already does business with 30 regional carriers in the US and Canada, but the Sparq is the company's first phone with a Tier 1 national carrier. The phone is available now for $79.99.
TCL Teases Its Next BlackBerry Phone
TCL today offered a sneak peak of a new BlackBerry smartphone in a short video. TCL is the parent company behind Alcatel and recently struck an agreement to design and manufacture smartphone hardware for BlackBerry.
Hands On with the Alcatel A5
Here's a neat one. Alcatel showed off the A5 LED this week, an entry-level smartphone that packs some visual pow thanks to light-up LEDs that cover the back surface.
Review: Alcatel Idol 4S - Unlocked
Alcatel's flagship Android handset strives to break through barriers with its high-end design and mid-range specs. The middle of the market is a tough space in which to play, and, rather than allowing the Idol 4S to stand on its own merits, Alcatel hopes a set of VR goggles, a case, and a pair of headphones will help sweeten the deal.
Review: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
Alcatel is pitching its Idol 3 smartphone as the ideal device for people who like to live free of commitments. It's a near-premium handset that costs less than many mid-range handsets.
Alcatel One Touch Rebrands as Alcatel
Alcatel has dropped "One Touch" from its company brand. The company also updated its logo.