Alcatel's Pop Mega phablet comes with an extra phone

Alcatel's Pop Mega phablet comes with an extra phone
This is either a terrible logical conclusion to the recent trend of larger and larger phones, or Alcatel has an obsession with the old Xzibit meme. (Yo dawg, we heard you like phones, so we're giving your phone it's own phone.) The Pop Mega is a 6-inch Android phablet from Alcatel coming to Tracfone's prepaid Straight Talk next month, but the most interesting may be what else comes in the box.

Included with the Pop Mega is a device called the Buddy, which looks like a feature phone from about 10 years ago, but it connects to the Pop Mega via Bluetooth. The Buddy can serve double duty by allowing you to have a much smaller device pressed to your head for phone calls, and also to offload a bit of battery usage here and there. The Buddy will be in the box with the Pop Mega, which will cost users $249 total. That's a much better deal than the old HTC Mini+, which was a similar device that cost $100 on its own (though the Mini+ was much prettier). 

In addition to the 6-inch Pop Mega, Alcatel will also have 4-inch and 5-inch Pop phones for Tracfone available next month. These are all starter phones for those who just want a smartphone regardless of the features. The Pop Mega's 6-inch screen is just 960 x 540, and the 4-inch Pop Star ($149) is a sad 800×480. They do include LTE though, so that's nice. No word on the name or price of the 5-inch model, but we'd assume it would be $200 to slide in between the Mega and the Star. 

But, the real question of all this is whether we should expect more phablets or cell-enabled tablets to come with companion phones. It might not be too bad to have a 7-inch tablet with a companion phone. 

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7 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Nice idea. I think HTC did this before too, or was going to do it.

4. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Read fail

7. onyx143

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

you did not read the full article, did you?

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I could see myself using this at home where I do take longer calls. On the go though, not so much. I just simply don't want to carry two devices around especially if you have a phablet in your pocket. On the go, I'm using the phone for a much shorter period of time.

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

At $249 the Pop Mega is a HORRIBLE deal when you factor in the $299 Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G.

5. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Add a few more bucks and get an "original" Mega, not a pop mega whatever that is.

6. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

6" and not even 720p? no thanks... and why a buddy? couldn't they just include a bluetooth headset instead, this seems terribly inefficient. Even if it was a tablet that took calls, I wouldn't want a buddy, I would want the ability to swap between the tablet and REAL smartphone whenever I wanted. What is crazy is that this is coming to a walmart prepaid carrier, which I am sure will not sell very many units. The sales reps are never there, and I am sure they will barely be able to tell anyone why there are 2 phones in the box... plus you have to have your tablet within 10m (at max) to be able to use the buddy, so there is no benefit to a normal bluetooth. I know they are trying to give people that are on the fence about such a large phone something of value, but I'm not convinced it will work. If your looking at cheap walmart plans, your probably not going to want a $250 junk phone. Only time will tell, maybe this will be the 'next big thing' lol.

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