Samsung and Apple had a not-so-terrible quarter in the US smartphone market

Unlike OnePlus or Motorola, which experienced huge year-on-year declines in US smartphone sales during Q2, Samsung and Apple almost had a good quarter.

Jul 21, 2020, 9:41 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments
Best unlocked and carrier flip phones and basic phones you can buy right now

Looking for a compact side-kick for your daily driver, something with tactile buttons and battery that lasts weeks? Feature phones can give you all that and more! Check the best dumb phones you can get now!

May 22, 2020, 9:10 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  4 comments
Alcatel reveals two new affordable smartphones for European markets

TCL has just announced two new Android smartphones that will be available in various markets across Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa: Alcatel 3X and Alcatel 1SE.

May 19, 2020, 4:15 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  1 comment
Google and OnePlus sold fewer smartphones in the US in Q4 2019 than Alcatel

Apple, Samsung, LG, and Motorola were the unsurprising top four smartphone vendors stateside during Q4 2019, while Alcatel managed to beat Google and OnePlus for the fifth spot.

Feb 28, 2020, 2:41 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  5 comments
TCL cancels MWC 2020 press conference; still plans to attend

TCL, the company behind Alcatel and BlackBerry smartphones, has canceled its MWC 2020 press conference. The company, however, will still be attending MWC and plans to announce new devices.

Feb 10, 2020, 10:49 AM,  by Joshua Swingle,  1 comment
Learn how to win one of 65 Alcatel Joy Kids tablets being given away by T-Mobile next week

This coming Tuesday, T-Mobile is giving away 65 Alcatel Joy Kids tablets as part of a sweepstakes connected to the T-Mobile Tuesdays reward program. And a free Auntie Anne's pretzel is included with the weekly freebies and discounts.

Jan 26, 2020, 12:26 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
TCL unveils four crazy cheap Alcatel phones and a kid-friendly tablet at CES 2020

TCL has no new BlackBerry-branded products to showcase at CES 2020, but its fresh Alcatel lineup includes a very affordable smartphone quartet and an even cheaper children-oriented tablet.

Jan 06, 2020, 2:00 PM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments
DEAL T-Mobile customers can get a new Alcatel tablet with Android 9.0 free with a new line

The recently released Alcatel Joy Tab can be yours free of charge after monthly bill credits if you don't mind adding a new line of T-Mobile service with a 2GB or higher rate plan.

Dec 16, 2019, 7:42 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments

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DEAL T-Mobile's flagship prepaid brand can hook you up with two free phones and a tablet for the holidays

Switching to Metro by T-Mobile right now can get you two free Samsung Galaxy A20 or LG Stylo 5 smartphones, as well as a complimentary Alcatel tablet with unlimited data all around costing just $100 a month in total.

Nov 19, 2019, 3:56 PM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments
Alcatel kids tablet for T-Mobile arrives with a rugged design, lots of content

The Alcatel Joy Tab Kids is official with an 8-inch display, a rugged design, and lots of books, games, and videos. The tablet will be available to purchase on T-Mobile later this month.

Nov 05, 2019, 7:30 AM,  by Joshua Swingle,  1 comment
A BlackBerry KEY3 could happen at some point, but don't expect 5G connectivity

When is the BlackBerry Key 3 release date? TCL doesn't think BlackBerry-branded smartphones need 5G speeds, but at least a KEY3 does still seem to be in the pipeline.

Oct 04, 2019, 4:35 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  2 comments
Alcatel Insight with Android 9.0 Go Edition arrives at Cricket for less than $100

Cricket and TCL have just released yet another budget-friendly Android smartphone, the Alcatel Insight.

Sep 27, 2019, 1:50 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  3 comments
Alcatel is bringing a 4G flip phone with Google Assistant to the US

Alcatel said the GO FLIP 3 will be available at T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile sometime in October.

Sep 19, 2019, 2:55 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  3 comments
TCL presents two new budget smartphones: the Alcatel 3X and the Alcatel 1V

The Chinese tech giant TCL is releasing a new set of budget-oriented Android smartphones. Their specs won't wow you, but their price tags won't give you the hiccups either!

Sep 05, 2019, 8:06 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  0 comments
OnePlus and Google's value pricing lead to strong Q2 growth in the U.S.

OnePlus and Google had the biggest year-over-year increases in U.S. sell-through thanks to value pricing for the OnePlus 7 Pro and the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

Aug 20, 2019, 12:30 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  6 comments
Verizon's most affordable postpaid phone right now comes from Alcatel

The Alcatel Avalon V is the brand's first-ever Verizon phone, as well as the carrier's cheapest mobile device available right now with postpaid plans.

Apr 18, 2019, 8:26 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments
featured How did Google convince phone makers to add a Google Assistant button?

Recently, Google announced partnerships with some of the biggest phone manufacturers that will result in millions of devices with a dedicated Google Assistant button. How did the search giant get them on board? We explore some of the possibilities.

Mar 22, 2019, 9:41 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  19 comments
Alcatel 3/3L/3T 10 & Alcatel 1S: low prices, big displays, AI-enhanced cameras

Alcatel has announced a new lineup of devices that consists of three smartphones and one tablet. These are the Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3L, Alcatel 1S, and Alcatel 3T 10, all of which are budged offerings.

Feb 24, 2019, 10:00 AM,  by Joshua Swingle,  0 comments
DragonHinge: the key to future BlackBerry & Alcatel-branded foldable devices

TCL Communication has announced its DragonHinge technology which will be used in future foldable smartphones and tablets. The tech could also pave the way for BlackBerry and Alcatel-branded foldable devices.

Feb 24, 2019, 10:00 AM,  by Joshua Swingle,  0 comments
Samsung and Huawei aren't the only companies betting on foldable smartphones

Samsung and Huawei aren't the only companies that are betting on foldable smartphones. Chinese companies like ZTE and TCL plan to showcase some of their foldable smartphone concepts at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019.

Feb 23, 2019, 6:31 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  4 comments
Cricket-exclusive Alcatel ONYX is an entry-level trooper that costs just $120

The Alcatel Onyx has just been announced as a Cricket Wireless-exclusive device available starting today and priced at the extremely-affordable price of $119.99. What are you getting for that price and is it worth getting it? Let's try answering these right below.

Jan 25, 2019, 7:36 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  1 comment
Some Alcatel phones were pre-installed with an app that carried malware

A weather app developed by TCL that was pre-installed on some of their handsets, and offered for Android users on the Google Play Store, was found to contain malware that sent personal data to a server in China, and tried to subscribe to premium phone numbers.

Jan 10, 2019, 6:39 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  4 comments
There’s a reason why the Alcatel 1C is priced at around $80 [hands-on]

Saving money is always something that just about anyone can appreciate. The Alcatel 1C $80 may turn heads with its $80 price point, but it's price that way primarily because of the demographic it's targeting.

Jan 09, 2019, 6:45 PM,  by John Velasco,  8 comments
Alcatel 1X isn’t your ordinary cheap phone [hands-on]

Inexpensive phones are common, including those under the $200 range. We’ve all dealt with super affordable phones in the past, but there’s something a little bit different with the Alcatel 1X, which was announced during CES 2019.

Jan 08, 2019, 5:11 PM,  by John Velasco,  3 comments
The Alcatel 1X and 1C join the ranks of budget smartphones offered by TCL Communication

At CES 2019, TCL Communnication is releasing a couple more cheap Android smartphones under the Alcatel brand. The Alcatel 1X and the Android GO edition powered Alcatel 1C will offer the basic smartphone necessities to those with a tight budget.

Jan 08, 2019, 10:16 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  0 comments
A new Alcatel phone and BlackBerry KEY2 US carrier availability will be announced at CES 2019

The BlackBerry KEY2 might finally be released on one or several US carriers after CES 2019, with an all-new Alcatel smartphone sporting a "Full View" display also scheduled for a Las Vegas announcement next week.

Jan 05, 2019, 7:01 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  1 comment
Alcatel 1X Evolve coming to Metro by T-Mobile next monday

Metro by T-Mobile is adding another budget device to its lineup, the Alcatel 1x Evolve starting next week.

Dec 04, 2018, 8:03 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  0 comments
Alcatel 3T 8 tablet comes to T-Mobile with 600 MHz LTE support and a crazy low price

The ultra-low-cost Alcatel 3T 8 is, believe it or not, T-Mobile's first 600 MHz-capable tablet, supporting Extended Range LTE technology at a starting price of $150.

Oct 08, 2018, 9:51 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments
Budget-friendly Alcatel 7 could arrive at T-Mobile as REVVL 2 Plus

New evidence suggests MetroPCS's Alcatel 7 will soon make its debut at T-Mobile as REVVL 2 Plus.

Oct 05, 2018, 2:04 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  3 comments
Best Android Go smartphones available in the US today (and more to come)

Android Go smartphones are the most affordable way to get "the best of Android", but if you're having trouble picking just one such device available in the US right now, allow us to lend you a helping hand...

Sep 14, 2018, 6:01 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments
Party like it's 2011 with AT&T's ultra-affordable Alcatel Tetra

At $39.99, the AT&T-exclusive Alcatel Tetra offers some terribly outdated specifications, but also pre-installed Android 8.1 Oreo software and a not-so-bad 2GB RAM...

Sep 11, 2018, 5:07 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  4 comments
Alcatel 1 is a cheap Android Go phone for T-Mobile and AT&T

Priced at just $79, the Alcatel 1 packs modest specs, but, thanks to Android Go, it should offer a smooth user experience...

Aug 28, 2018, 3:55 PM,  by Florin Troaca,  4 comments
Best Buy purchases Verizon MVNO Great Call for $800 million

If your father, mother, grandfather or grandmother are not of the smartphone generation, chances are that they are rockin' a Jitterbug phone. The flip phones with big buttons, loud speakers and brightly colored displays have been sold by Verizon MVNO Great Call for over ten years. Today, Best Buy said that it is buying Great Call for $800 million. The MVNO says that it currently has 900,000 subscribers...

Aug 15, 2018, 6:22 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Alcatel 7 goes official with dual camera, big battery, and affordable price tag

There's always space to fit in yet another affordable humbly-specc'd device on the smartphone scene. Such is the case with the spanking-new Alcatel 7, a rather affordable Android device that just got announced as a MetroPCS-exclusive phone. It will cost $179.99 outright, $129 with a new line of service or a qualified upgrade, and finally, you could even snatch it for free should you port0in credit on an unlimited data plan...

Aug 13, 2018, 7:36 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  4 comments
Sales of an Alcatel phone stopped in Canada after it failed radiation emission test

Alcatel's budget model U50 failed one of Canada's regulatory tests for radio emissions and will be temporarily removed from the market.

Jul 31, 2018, 3:30 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  1 comment
Alcatel 5V goes official with 6.2-inch display & three cameras, costs $199.99

Alcatel has just unveiled its latest mid-range offering, the Alcatel 5V. It ships with a large 6.2-inch display complete with a notch, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, as well a dual-camera setup on the rear...

Jul 16, 2018, 10:23 AM,  by Joshua Swingle,  6 comments
Alcatel 1 goes official as one of the cheapest Android Go phones on the market

The new Alcatel 1 is losing the 'x' letter to become the cheapest Android Go smartphone launched by the Chinese company. The phone recently popped up in Russia, but we have yet to learn more details about its availability and price...

Jun 22, 2018, 6:11 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  3 comments
Alcatel 1X with Android Go is now available in the US

The Alcatel 1X comes unlocked, but it will only work on GSM carriers in the US such as AT&T and T-Mobile, so there's that...

May 31, 2018, 10:27 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  3 comments
The Alcatel 3v launches in the US: dual camera, 18:9 display, $150

The Alcatel 3V was introduced earlier this year in Europe and we got some hands-on time with it, but had no idea when it would be launching in the States. Well, we've got official word that it's coming to the US next week, for the super-competitive price of $149.99! What does that get you? Here's a quick reminder:

May 22, 2018, 9:46 AM,  by Preslav Kateliev,  7 comments
A new low: Alcatel begs for 5-star reviews by locking down essential calculator app features

Alcatel, the Android manufacturer that you're only reminded about during the yearly instance of the MWC trade show, seems to be on a steady course to hit rock-bottom as far as respect for customers go...

Apr 26, 2018, 4:13 AM,  by Peter Kostadinov,  9 comments
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