Alcatel's Idol 4S with Windows 10 Mobile is now available for purchase on Amazon

Alcatel's Idol 4S with Windows 10 Mobile is now available for purchase on Amazon
If you're someone who's still living in camp Windows 10 Mobile, your options for good, quality handsets are much slimmer than someone who resides with iOS or Android. The mobile version of Windows 10 is a curious little OS, and although it may not be in the best position right now, Alcatel appears determined to get the Windows 10 variant of the Idol 4S out to as many people as it possibly can.

When Alcatel originally launched the Idol 4S with Windows back in late 2016, it was only available through T-Mobile and unlocked through the Microsoft Store. Microsoft's online storefront is perfectly serviceable, but if you're an Amazon loyalist and have been holding out on picking up the Idol 4S, you can now finally purchase the Windows 10 Mobile flavor of the phone through the popular online retailer for $450. 


This will secure you with both the phone and the included VR headset, and it can be used on any GSM network (such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, etc). However, if you're looking to use the phone on T-Mobile, you might want to spend your dollars elsewhere. T-Mobile is still selling the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows for just $288, so if you don't plan on making use of AT&T's network, that looks to be the better deal at the moment.

In any case, if and when T-Mobile's discount on the 4S is no more, you can now turn to Amazon to purchase it.

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Idol 4S with Windows
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(13.3h talk time)

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18 Comments

1. dnomadic

Posts: 416; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It's a shame there aren't any new Windows phones.... Luv the OS, but hate the current Windows alternatives. Someone save this sinking ship.... And not like Palm was saved by HP. Really save this awesome OS.

2. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But this is the newest Windows phone available though?

3. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It's really going to be up to Microsoft to push on or close up shop with Windows Mobile. I really like the OS as well but with MS lollygagging the last 3 years as well as not telling us what or if the're up to anything, it's hard for there to be any hype or growth for this brand. Even the fabled Surface Phone thats been rumored the last several years is no where in sight. If it is coming then Microsoft needs to be more vocal about it IMO.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What do you call this? There is no more Lumia, get over it.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The real problem is Microsoft's approach to mobile, and Operating Systems in general. Microsoft has been playing catch up since 2010. Their initial approach was to sell their mobile OS's to OEMs, and those OEMs had to use only pre-approved and supported hardware. This clearly limited the OEMs with trying to use new hardware, until Microsoft supported it. This ultimately means that Microsoft will never be able to compete with using the latest hardware, or OS features and updates related to the latest hardware. Especially when compared to mobile OS's like Android. To top it off Androids ecosystem is not only vast, but it's also agnostic. One of the major reasons why both Apple and Microsoft have made new languages and platforms that can compete with Androids agnostic nature. With Apples Swift, and Microsoft's Universal apps.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Mobile, yes. We can debate their blunders. OSes in general? No. They have a 95% stranglehold in desktop. They can f**k up royally like they did with Windows 8 (I liked it actually) and not miss a beat. Apple had a golden opportunity gift-wrapped for them and they punted on first and goal from the 1-yard line.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Last time I looked Microsoft has less than 50% of the desktop market share, especially when it comes to their latest Windows 10 market share. Yet the total sales of desktops keeps on declining every year. You are forgetting about all the laptops and tablet sales, nevermind mobile sales. Not to mention all of the SBCs and other small boards are all Linux based distros. Plus Chrome OS has grown. Not to mention Mac OS has around 6% market share. Windows market share continues to loose ground every year. You have to remember Windows 10 was released back in July of 2015. Today Windows 10 has around 400 million devices with the latest Windows version installed. So 4 more months from now, and Microsoft still hasn't grown that much. By that time it will be 2 years since Windows 10 was released. Mobile is where it is at, especially when it comes to the latest hardware and software, including VR and AR. Plus the sales of those devices have proven that. The die hard Windows fans will always tell everyone that nothing beats the speed of the latest desktops CPUs. However mobile CPUs (SoCs) continue to see major increases all the time as well. When I see mobile SoCs like Qualcomms latest Snapdragon 835 which can sustain a 4k display at 60 fps, and this is a smartphone processor. Not to mention it can use 8 GB of RAM, plus it can use 2133 MHz LPDDR4X 0.6 volt ram, with multiple channels. This is desktop class ram, and processor, but it's in a mobile smartphone SoC. It is no wonder why mobile is kicking the crap out of desktops, especially when smartphones can do the work of most desktop users. Sure there is things like AutoCAD, Photoshop, development, and a number of other apps that are better on desktops and laptops. However mobiles are better for almost everything else, and they have proven that with their increased sales every year. Any company that is belittling mobile, is going to feel it. I guess that is why Microsoft and Windows is feel it the wrath of mobile.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

47% is just Windows 7. Add up the other versions of Windows desktop and you're well over 90%. Think about that - almost half of every computer in the world runs one version of Windows. That's a stranglehold pal.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You are the that needs to think more. Windows sales continue to fall, period. With new devices being sold around the world every year. Windows has taken a back seat whether you believe it or not. Look 1.48 billion smartphones were sold last year alone. That is not including tablet, laptop, 2 in 1s, desktops. But if you were to include the sale of all of those devices to smartphone sales, then Windows sales doesn't even hold a candle to the number of smartphone sales sold with Android or iOS sold every year. Not to mention new sales of Mac's and Chromebooks continue to grow, but Windows keeps on sliding down. You are probably the type of person that thinks that smartphones can't do anything as good as a desktop or laptop. When in reality smartphones and phablets can already do many things, and do them better and faster than any desktop or laptop. You need to pick up a smartphone and actually use one. Get back to me once you have used one for a while.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Can you even read? I've been talking desktop, not mobile. Windows owns the desktop market and ChromeOS and OSX combined are less than the market share of Windows XP. Grow up.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If you have use Windows 10 Mobile you would have known that its pretty viable as an alternate smartphone OS. We are also right that there are many elements working against it. 1) Perception of average consumer. No apps and no support. Which lead to its eventuality. 2) Hardware restriction to Qualcomm SOC, limit the budget OEM plus the initial license fee which they have done away. 3) Microsoft flip flop strategy. Steven Baller may be bad for many things but he is persistent and this is a requirement. Current MS CEO position are not as solid as his therefore he would have a lower risk tolerant. At its current form there not really much to look forward to in WP10. Just hope MS would continue to support it as a mean to evolve it into their new mobile platform. Their mobile UI interface is a good complement to Windows 10.

10. rocker91

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Well it's already know that they are working on one windows which will run across all the device and scale according to the screen size with Schell. They are essentially rebooting their mobile os and snapdragon 835 is rumored to be needed for that . Let's wait and see for me android and ios is boring I have done enough rooting and custom roms installing and don't find anything exciting with the os anymore.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

As if you have to root Android devices, or put custom Roms on Android devices in order to make them interesting. With Android you can put all kinds of launchers on a Android device which can definitely change the look and feel of your device. You could even put a Windows Phone launcher, or an iOS launcher on any Android device. No need to root your smartphone or tablet. Yet you will get the look and feel of using those devices on Android. There is many other types of launchers as well. You want Windows 3.1, you got it. You want Blackberry, you got it. You want palm, you got it. People talk about Continuum. But any user can easily add a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to any Android device. Plus if you wireless connect to any Chromecast, or any other wireless screen capture device, then you can not only run any app, but now you can now use split screen multitasking as well. Plus with 2.7 million apps, and counting. I don't see how anyone could say they are board with Android. Especially since it's the largest agnostic platform on the planet.

5. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Get the lumia 950 xl worth every penny and the camera with triple LED will make night pictures look better than a nikon

11. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

I'd buy this phone in a heartbeat if it were Android. Unfortunately, it's Windows. So I won't.

12. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

There are two Android variants of this device. One with the same name but slightly lesser specs. TCL also has a higher end variant available - It's called Blackberry Dtek60. The latter has Blackberry taking care of the software and it's security updates as well.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

BlackBerry DTEK60 is identical except for higher res display and half the onboard storage.

17. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

the applications suck on windows

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