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Alcatel Opens Preorders for Smartwatch

Today, 10:11 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel OneTouch today made its smartwatch available for preorder through its web site. The watch, announced earlier this year, runs a proprietary operating system and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The wearable can track workouts and heartrate, notify users to incoming calls/messages, and control music playback. Users can take advantage of a wrist-shaking gesture to launch their smartphone's camera, if they wish. The watch will initially ship with a black band, but other colors will become available later this year. The Alcatel OneTouch Watch costs $149.99. Alcatel didn't specify when the watch will ship.

Total Wireless MVNO Launching Through Walmart

Mar 17, 2015, 12:09 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Total Wireless, an MVNO, recently launched exclusively in Walmart stores. The prepaid service provider offers a handful of low-cost, no-contract plans in addition to a limited lineup of smartphones. The entry-level plan, for example, costs $25 per month and offers unlimited calling and messaging, but no data. Adding $10 buys access to 2.5GB of data. The company also offers shared data plans for two, three, or four lines for $60, $85, and $110, respectively. These plans include 5GB, 9GB, and 12GB of shared data, respectively. The company also offers a data rollover add-on for an extra $10 per month. Total Wireless' handsets include entry-level devices from Alcatel OneTouch, Motorola, Samsung, and ZTE. Total Wireless has not named its carrier partner, but based on the coverage map it is likely Verizon Wireless.

Sprint Marketing the Alcatel Retro to Seniors

Mar 13, 2015, 2:26 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today announced the availability of the Alcatel OneTouch Retro, a simple flip phone with accessibility features on board. The device, which is also sold as the Speakeasy and Fling, is being marketed to senior users as well as those who are hard of hearing or visually impaired. The phone can verbally describe the user interface so visually impaired users can navigate through the menus. The text-to-speech engine offers variable speeds and can read notifications and messages, too. The Retro features large buttons, multiple font sizes, hearing aid support, and has a high-contrast black-and-white screen. The phone also includes a music player, 2-megapixel camera, and Bluetooth. The Alcatel OneTouch Retro is available at Sprint stores today for $4 per month with Sprint Easy Pay or for the full retail price of $96. Retro is also available through Sprint Prepaid for $19.99.

Alcatel to Sell Hero 2+ with Cyanogen In US

Mar 2, 2015, 11:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel OneTouch today announced the Hero 2+, a phablet running Cyanogen, which is a modified version of Android. The Hero 2+ is a refreshed version of last year's Hero 2. The The Cyanogen 11 operating system is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It includes Cyanogen's Privacy Guard software, which lets users protect their information, as well as encrypt and remotely lock/wipe their device. Cyanogen has supplied its own set of themes and wallpapers to the user interface in addition to camera software and other tools. The phone has a 6-inch full HD display with a built-in stylus. It is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Cortex A7 processor from MediaTek paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The main camera captures 13 megapixels and the user-facing camera captures 5 megapixels. Both can film full HD video. Alcatel plans to sell the phone directly to consumers across North America through its e-commerce web site. The phone will be sold unlocked for $299. Alcatel expects it to go on sale during the second quarter.

Hands-On: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

Mar 1, 2015, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel's new flagship Android smartphones impress with their features, build quality, and cost. Here are Phone Scoop's first impressions of these mid-market killers.

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Alcatel OneTouch Aims High with Idol 3 Flagship

Mar 1, 2015, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel OneTouch today announced the Idol 3, its global flagship series for 2015. The Idol 3 series encompasses two handsets, one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch display. The phones share many features, such as the design, which features a thin-and-light look with a polycarbonate edge polished to a chrome-like finish and a back cover that mimics brushed metal. The Idol 3 packs stereo JBL speakers with Clarify processing, and each has its own dedicated 1.2W amplifier for full sound. The phones are reversible, meaning they can be held in any orientation and the user interface will rotate accordingly. The main camera uses a Sony sensor that rates 13 megapixels. It includes a variety of modes and video-capture options. Connectivity options include LTE and HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio, GPS, and WiFi. The Idol 3 devices support microSD cards up to 128GB.

  • Idol 3 (5.5): The larger of the two has a full HD screen and octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The processor includes four cores at 1.5GHz and four cores at 1.0GHz. This phone has an 8-megapixel user-facing camera with wide-angle lens, and a 2,910mAh battery. The retail price is $249.
  • Idol 3 (4.7): This model is more compact and includes a 720p HD screen. It features a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone has a 5-megapixel user-facing camera and a 2,000mAh battery. The retail price is $199.
Alcatel said the Idol 3 handsets will go on sale globally during the second quarter of the year. Both will be made available unlocked (compatible with GSM networks) through Alcatel's e-commerce web site in the U.S. The company said it is talking to U.S. carriers about distribution deals, but doesn't have any plans in place just yet.

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T-Mobile's 'Score!' Program Offers Discounted Upgrades

Jan 25, 2015, 6:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile today unveiled a new program for consumers interested in cheaper handset upgrades called Score. With Score, users will qualify for a free entry-level smartphone after six months or significant discounts on all T-Mobile devices after 12 months. Score costs $5 per month and is open to all T-Mobile customers, whether prepaid or postpaid. After paying $5 per month for six months, for example, customers may choose to get the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 at no additional cost; or, after paying $5 per month for 12 months, take $150 off the price of the Motorola Nexus 6 or $100 off the Samsung Galaxy S5. (Actual handset discounts will vary based on when the customer chooses to upgrade.) Customers who enroll in Score today will be able to upgrade to a new, free phone as soon as July 25 or enjoy a heavily discounted flagship as soon as Jan. 25, 2016.

Alcatel Launches Direct Online Sales In U.S.

Jan 8, 2015, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel OneTouch today announced the inaugural offering of its e-commerce web site, through which U.S. consumers can purchase Alcatel OneTouch smartphones and tablets. The initial selection of smartphones includes the Idol X+ ($275) and the Idol S 2 ($198), while the initial selection of tablets includes the Pop 7 ($149) and Pop 8 ($199). All four are being sold unlocked with support for select GSM networks. The site is being powered by Amazon. Alcatel said more handsets will be made available via the site over time. Alcatel also indicated that its Watch Series smart wearable will be available from the site beginning in March.

TCL to Revive Palm with Help from the Tech Community

Jan 6, 2015, 6:01 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jan 6, 2015, 6:05 PM

TCL Communications, the parent company of Alcatel OneTouch, today confirmed to Phone Scoop that it has acquired the Palm brand and plans to revive the failed tech company. "We are interested in the brand because we believe the brand has value," said TCL CEO George Guo. "It was once a very strong brand and there are many fans of this brand around the world, including people at TCL." TCL intends to resurrect Palm with new hardware, software, and services -- but not on its own. It will ask the community to contribute ideas for potential new devices, operating systems, and apps. It will commit engineers and its manufacturing resources to the project, but hopes much of the R&D will come from the tech community at large. TCL said it hasn't worked out the details of how this community-driven revival will function, but it is confident it can restore luster to the brand. "Palm was an original pioneer and we want to keep it that way. We want to attract the people who have ideas on how to revive the brand in a meaningful way." Guo shot down the idea of using webOS, which is owned by LG, and ran on the Palm Pre, Pixi, and other phones. "We are open to all ideas, but probably not webOS," said Guo. "Palm built by Palm fans is the intent." TCL expects to eventually offer both Alcatel- and Palm-branded products in the US. TCL said it couldn't comment on the terms of the acquisition. It will provide more details as they are developed.

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Hands-On: Alcatel Watch Series

Jan 5, 2015, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel believes its Android- and iOS-compatible smartwatch will outgun the competition with a low price point. Here are our initial thoughts.

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Alcatel's Smartwatch to Work with Android and iOS

Jan 5, 2015, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel today provided more information about its forthcoming Watch Series and said the wearable is compatible with both Android and iOS. The Watch Series does not run Android Wear, but instead uses a proprietary operating system that Alcatel claims is simpler to use than Android Wear. Users of Android 4.3 devices or iOS 7 devices and newer will be able to download an accompanying app from the Play Store or iTunes App Store, respectively, to interact with the wearable. The device has a built in accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor, altimeter, and e-compass. Alcatel says owners will be able to track fitness (steps taken, distance traveled, etc.) and sleep cycles, as well as manage incoming notifications and even remotely control media. The Watch Series, which comes in several different styles, has a 1.22-inch circle display, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 210mAh battery. The USB charge port is built directly into the end of the strap. Alcatel claims it takes only an hour to charge the watch, which can then run for one to two days per charge. The Alcatel Watch Series goes on sale later this year for $149.

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Alcatel to Bring Innovation Center to San Francisco

Jan 3, 2015, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel OneTouch today announced the expansion of its innovation accelerator program to North America. The company believes the new San Francisco-based center will encourage developers and startups to use its resources to create apps and services. Developers who take advantage of the innovation accelerator program will have access to Alcatel's partners, suppliers, and customers. Alcatel hopes to foster collaboration and sustainable relationships with the developer community, which could lead to better apps and services on its handsets down the road. Alcatel didn't say exactly how soon the innovation accelerator will open its doors.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 Can Run Android, Firefox, or Windows

Jan 2, 2015, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jan 2, 2015, 11:41 AM

Alcatel OneTouch today announced the Pixi 3 series, an affordable selection of smartphones that is among the first to run one of three different operating systems. The Pixi 3 series can be loaded with the Android, Firefox, or Windows Phone platforms. Consumers won't be able to switch/load the operating system themselves; rather, the devices will be programmed by carriers. Further, the series comes with four different screen sizes (3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 inches). With the variety of operating systems and screen sizes available, consumers can find the perfect device for their needs. The Pixi 3 series also supports 3G and LTE 4G for many regions around the world. Alcatel did not provide more details about the Pixi 3 series, such as specs, pricing, or availability. Alcatel OneTouch also launched its foray into wearables today with a new smartwatch. The Alcatel Watch Series promises to offer elegant and affordable wearables that undercut the competition. According to Alcatel, the Watch Series is packed with sensors and apps that can monitor daily activities. It connects to Android devices and can be used to control music, take photos, and receive notifications. Alcatel did not say what platform the Watch Series runs, nor did it provide any specs or other details. Alcatel OneTouch has more news planned for the days ahead during the Consumer Electronics Show.

MetroPCS Selling Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2

Oct 15, 2014, 6:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

MetroPCS has added the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 to its roster of Android smartphones. The device, which is already being sold by Metro parent T-Mobile, costs $50 after a $100 discount. MetroPCS doesn't require contracts.

AT&T Bringing Affordable Alcatel OneTouch C1 to GoPhone

Oct 2, 2014, 8:28 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service today added the Alcatel OneTouch C1 to its roster of inexpensive smartphones. The C1 is an entry-level device with a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, 2-megapixel camera, dual-core 1.0GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, and 1,400mAh battery. It includes 4GB of internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 32GB. The C1 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Alcatel OneTouch C1 costs $60 and will be available at select national retailers beginning this month.

Apple Releases Tool to Check if Used iPhones Are Stolen

Oct 2, 2014, 7:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple recently published a web site that allows prospective buyers of used iPhones to check the phone's status before making a purchase. As long as the IMEI or serial number is available, users can enter the data into Apple's Activation Lock site to determine if the device was reported stolen by its rightful owner. Apple's Find My iPhone tool lets people not only locate lost or stolen iPhones, but wipe them and render them useless through the Activation Lock. Devices that cannot be activated are essentially worthless. The tool works with the iPad and iPod Touch, as well.

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 for Varied Devices

Sep 30, 2014, 1:02 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft today announced the next version of Windows will be called Windows 10. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 will encompass "one product family, one platform, one store." Windows 10 will run on desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. Microsoft says the operating system will offer users a seamless experience across multiple different form factors with varied input types (mouse, pen, touch). One of the key components will be the shared code so developers can create apps that run on any of the supported form factors with little customization. Microsoft shied away from sharing too many specifics as far as features go, but noted that preview builds of the desktop platform will reach consumers in early 2015. The company didn't make any commitments as to when then next version of Windows Phone will be available.

Hands-On: Alcatel OneTouch Pop Mega and Pop Star

Sep 29, 2014, 7:10 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel revealed two new Android smartphones headed to Tracfone later this year, the Pop Mega and the Pop Star. Here are a few thoughts on these low-cost cell phones.

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Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 to Resolve iPhone Issues

Sep 25, 2014, 7:38 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple today made available iOS 8.0.2, an update that Apple says fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In addition to resolving the cellular connectivity issue, the update also repairs a number of other issues. For example, it fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available in the App Store. It also: addresses an issue where third party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode; fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library; improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages; fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups; and fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari. iOS 8.0.2 is free to download and install over the air, or via iTunes.

BlackBerry Passport Goes On Sale Weds. for $599

Sep 22, 2014, 9:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

BlackBerry CEO John S. Chen today said it will begin to sell the Passport smartphone on Wednesday. BlackBerry has provided few details about the device so far. It features a square shape that includes both a 4.5-inch touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It also features a large antenna to aid reception and boasts 36 hours of continuous use. The phone, the first BlackBerry has released in a year, will run BlackBerry OS 10.3. It will be available in Toronto, London, and Dubai on Wednesday, and "a lot of places will have it" within two weeks. Chen didn't specify when it will go on sale in the U.S., but it will be sold directly to consumers, unsubsidized for $599.

Hands-On: Alcatel Fierce 2 and Evolve 2

Sep 9, 2014, 5:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Sep 9, 2014, 7:46 PM

Alcatel scored a win with T-Mobile, which has agreed to sell the OneTouch Fierce 2 and OneTouch Evolve 2. These low-cost handsets redefine value with their solid build quality and eye-popping price points.

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Hands-On: Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2

Sep 4, 2014, 2:17 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel is back with another "hero" device. This monster of a phablet banks on an ecosystem of accessories to set it apart from the competition.

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Alcatel Debuts Hero 2 with 6-Inch FHD Display

Sep 4, 2014, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel today announced the Hero 2, an Android phablet for the masses. The phone features a 6-inch full HD display that Alcatel claims covers 90% of the phone's front face. It is protected by Dragontail glass to prevent against breakage. It is powered by an octa-core processor with two banks of four cores running at 2.0GHz each. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and supports microSD cards up to 32GB. The Hero 2 has a 3,100mAh battery, which Alcatel says gives it a full day of intense usage. The main camera captures 13.1 megapixels and includes HDR, face detection, optical image stabilization, and 1080p HD video capture. The user-facing camera captures 5 megapixels. The Hero 2 boasts the usual spate of wireless radios, including various LTE bands, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It also supports DLNA for sharing, includes an FM radio, and is stuffed with a wide range of sensors. The phone is compatible with Alcatel's MagicFlip covers, which can display current track information, as well as alerts for incoming/missed calls. Alcatel didn't say when the Hero 2 will be available, nor what it will cost.

T-Mobile to Sell Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Evolve 2

Aug 27, 2014, 8:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Aug 27, 2014, 9:10 AM

T-Mobile and Alcatel today announced the addition of the Fierce 2 and Evolve 2 to T-Mobile's value handset roster. Both devices run Android 4.4 KitKat. Shared hardware features include 5-megapixel main cameras, VGA user-facing cameras, 4GB of built-in storage, support for microSD cards up to 32GB, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

  • Fierce 2: The Fierce 2 (pictured) is the larger of the two phones, boasting a 5-inch qHD display. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and includes 1GB of RAM. The camera includes HDR, panorama, and burst modes. The Fierce 2 has a 2,000mAh battery.
  • Evolve 2: This compact phone has a 4-inch WVGA display and it is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM. It has a 1,4000mAh battery. Alcatel is pitching the Fierce 2 as an entry-level smartphone.
T-Mobile's web site lists the phones as "coming soon." Pricing was not provided.

GIV Mobile Offering Free Phone to Customers

Jun 26, 2014, 12:17 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

GIV Mobile today said it is offering potential customers a free Android smartphone when they prepay for two months of service. GIV is an MVNO that operates on T-Mobile's network. Its plans cost $40 and $50, and include unlimited talk and text and up to either 250MB or 2.5GB of 3G/4G data per month, respectively. GIV is giving away the Alcatel OneTouch for free, but also sells older flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG G2 at reduced prices. GIV is unique in that it earmarks 8% of customers' bills for donation to various charities. Customers are able to select up to three charities to which their donations can be sent. GIV launched in May 2013.

FCC Outs Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 for T-Mobile

Jun 11, 2014, 9:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Documents seen on the Federal Communications Commission web site reveal details about an unannounced handset from Alcatel. The Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 is an Android smartphone with support for T-Mobile's network, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, according to the FCC. Images posted to the FCC's web site show a slab-style device with a touch screen, capacitive buttons, a main camera, a user-facing camera, and speakerphone. The draft user manual, which doesn't confirm final features, suggests the device supports microSD cards and lists a number of T-Mobile-branded services, such as Wi-Fi calling. Neither Alcatel nor T-Mobile have announced the OneTouch Evolve 2. Pricing and availability details are unknown.

Hands On with Alcatel's Pop S Phones

Feb 27, 2014, 12:59 PM   by Rich Brome

Alcatel this week announced a new range of phones in its Pop series of affordable, colorful Android phones. The new Pop S range has LTE 4G, unlike previous Pop phones. The range includes a small phone, a 5-incher, and a full-on phablet. We checked them out. Read on for our impressions.

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Hands On with Alcatel's Idol 2 S & Idol 2 mini S

Feb 23, 2014, 4:14 PM   by Rich Brome

Alcatel's new Idol phones are slim and light, something the company is known for, but now have LTE. We check out these nice-looking, affordable Android phones.

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Alcatel Updates Idol Lineup

Feb 23, 2014, 2:14 PM   by Rich Brome

Alcatel today announced the Idol 2 S and Idol 2 Mini S, two thin and light Android phones. Both phones include 4G LTE, an 8-megapixel main camera, front camera, quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, NFC, and Android 4.3, ugrade-able to 4.4. The Idol 2 S sports a 5-inch 720p display and is 7.4 mm thick, while the Idol 2 Mini S has a 4.5-inch qHD display and is 8.5 mm thick. They both launch globally in the 2nd quarter of this year.

Mozilla Sets Up Firefox OS for Growth

Feb 23, 2014, 11:36 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Mozilla today made a handful of announcements about the progress of Firefox OS, which is garnering more support from phone makers and carriers around the world. To start, the Firefox OS family has grown with the ZTE Open C and Open II, and Alcatel OneTouch Fire C (pictured), Fire E, Fire S handsets all making their debut in Barcelona. The devices are all running the latest version of Firefox, which has been sped up and performs better across the board thanks to new support from Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Notably, these devices offer a mid-range experience, unlike the first device, which was marketed as an entry-level handset. In addition to the hardware partners, Mozilla has won agreements from Telkomsel and Indosat, which join the list of 21 operators supporting Firefox OS around the world. Mozilla also said it worked with Spreadtrum to create a WCDMA and EDGE turnkey reference design for Firefox OS, and a $25 chipset for low-cost Firefox OS smartphones. Last, Firefox outlined changes headed to the operating system. It will add a new universal search function available from any screen on the phone. New navigation features in the user interface will make multitasking easier, such as swiping between full-screen apps. The OS will also make it easier to share content thanks to support for NFC, as well as LTE for markets with 4G deployments. Mozilla also talked up new support it has from developers, who've begun to write more apps for the operating system.

Alcatel Reveals the OneTouch Idol X+

Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jan 6, 2014, 11:53 AM

Alcatel today revealed the OneTouch Idol X+, a new hero smartphone that will compete with today's top flagship devices. It features a brushed aluminum frame and measures 7.9mm thick. The Idol X+ boasts a 5-inch 1080p HD Black Crystal display with Dragontrail Glass and slim bezels. It is powered by a 2.0-GHz octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It offers a 13-megapixel main camera with autofocus, flash, panorama, and 1080p HD video capture. The user-facing camera rates 2-megapixels. Connectivity options include GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, and HSPA+. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and comes with a 2,500mAh battery. Pricing and availability were not shared.

Alcatel Shows Off the Colorful Pop C9

Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel today unveiled the Pop C9, an Android smartphone that comes in various different colors to suit consumers' varying tastes. The C9 offers a large, 5.5-inch qHD display and it is powered by a 1.3-GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. It includes an 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, and a 2-megapixel user-facing camera. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi, and HSPA. The C9 fills in the top spot among the C series phones from Alcatel. Pricing and availability details were not shared.

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T-Mobile Pushes Alcatel Phones to MetroPCS

Nov 25, 2013, 9:46 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile today announced that the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve and OneTouch Fierce will also be available under the MetroPCS brand. Both phones are already available for sale at T-Mobile stores. MetroPCS is selling the Evolve for $59.99 and the Fierce for $99.99. Both can be paired with no-contract monthly plans that start at $40.

Alcatel to Slice 10,000 Employees

Oct 8, 2013, 7:02 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel today announced that it plans to reduce its headcount by about 10,000 employees in a global restructuring of its business. The company will cut 4,100 employees across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 3,800 in Asia Pacific, and 2,100 in North and South America. Alcatel hopes the to complete the cuts by 2015 and eventually realize cost savings of $1.36 billion. Alcatel's ranks number about 72,000 today. The company, which makes telecommunications equipment, has posted five straight quarters of losses as it struggles to compete with Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia.

T-Mobile Intros the Alcatel Fierce and Evolve

Sep 25, 2013, 5:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Sep 25, 2013, 7:15 AM

T-Mobile today announced two new Android smartphones from Alcatel, the OneTouch Fierce and the OneTouch Evolve. Both are slab-style devices that can access T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, but not its LTE network. Shared features include 5-megapixel cameras with 720p HD video capture; Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and FM radios; and support for microSD cards up to 32GB.

  • Fierce: The Fierce (pictured) runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and features a 4.5-inch qHD display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and an 1800mAh battery. The Fierce will be available in select stores beginning October 5, and all T-Mobile sales channels on October 23. It costs $169.99 unsubsidized. With T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan, it can be purchased for a down payment of $19.99 and 24 payments of $6.50.
  • Evolve: The Evolve (gallery) runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has a 4.0-inch WVGA display, 1GHz processor, and 1,400mAh battery. The OneTouch Evolve will be available in select stores beginning October 5 and all T-Mobile sales channels by October 16. The Evolve costs $99.99.

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Hands-On: Alcatel Hero, OneTouch Alpha, and Idol Mini

Sep 6, 2013, 10:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Sep 6, 2013, 1:12 PM

Alcatel introduced two very interesting smartphones at IFA this week. The Hero makes use of a novel e-ink cover, while the Alpha has translucent body panels that light up, and the mini is a cute, little smartphone.

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Idol X from Alcatel Is Less Than 7mm Thick

Sep 5, 2013, 3:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel showed off the Idol X this week in Berlin, an Android smartphone that measures just 6.9mm thick. The X may be thin, but it still features a 5-inch full HD display with Dragontail glass and a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The X also includes a 13-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel user-facing camera that can each shoot 1080p HD video. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0LE, FM radio, DLNA, and HD Voice. The Idol X supports UMTS 900/2100 and is unlikely to be sold in the U.S.

Alcatel Updates Idol Series with the Alpha

Sep 5, 2013, 3:03 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel revealed the Idol Alpha at the IFA trade show this week, a new Android smartphone that has unique, translucent edges that will light up and flash when there are incoming alerts or notifications. The edge lights also indicate when the device is charging or being used in several other modes. The Idol Alpha includes a 4.7-inch 720p HD display with Dragontail glass, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel main camera. It has a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera and both image sensors can record HD video. The Alpha also includes Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0LE, FM radio, support for HD Voice, 16GB of storage, and a 2,000mAh battery. Alcatel did not announce plans to sell the device in the U.S.

Alcatel Reveals OneTouch Hero with 6-Inch Screen

Sep 5, 2013, 2:46 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel recently announced the OneTouch Hero, the company's flagship smartphone for the rest of the year. The Hero, which runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, boasts a 6-inch full HD display and a 13-megapixel camera. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and a 3,400mAh battery. It also includes a 2-megapixel user-facing camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0LE, and either 8 or 16GB of storage. In addition to the device, Alcatel revealed several novel accessories for the OneTouch Hero, including an e-ink cover and an LED cover. The e-ink cover adds a second display that can be used instead of the phone itself for reading and saving battery life. The MagicFlip LED cover has lights embedded in the surface that act as notifications for incoming messages, calls, as well as status updates. The Alcatel OneTouch Hero is sold with a stylus and supports wireless charging. Alcatel did not say if the OneTouch Hero will be sold in the U.S.

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Alcatel "Viper" Approved For AT&T

Sep 3, 2013, 10:44 AM   by Rich Brome

The FCC has approved an Alcatel phone supporting AT&T's unique combination of frequency bands for LTE and WCDMA. The One Touch 7030Y, or Viper (possibly a code name,) is a mid-range Android phone with a 4.6-inch display, 5-megapixel camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, memory card slot, and removable battery, according to documents submitted to the FCC. Neither Alcatel nor AT&T has announced any such phone.

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