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T-Mobile drops the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10

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T-Mobile drops the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10

It's been quite a ride for Microsoft and Window Phone. Unfortunately, the sudden rise of the mobile platform was followed by a deep fall due to its inability to compete with the two, already established main OSes: Android and iOS.

Most carriers around the globe have already dropped any Windows Phone handsets they might have had in stock, so it's no surprise that T-Mobile is doing the same. One of the US operators that supported Microsoft and Windows Phone in the past, the Uncarrier has removed the only high-end Windows-based smartphone it had in its portfolio.

The Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 is not available for purchase at T-Mobile any longer. The phone's page on the carrier's website is not accessible anymore, but those who really want to grab one might have some luck at brick and mortar T-Mobile stores.

The smartphone that's been released in the US about six months ago, Alcatel Idol 4S was a great deal at just $470 outright. The device sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED full HD (1080p) display, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage.

Also, the Windows 10-powered handset boasts an impressive 21-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash and 4K video recording, as well as a no less impressive 8-megapixel camera on the front side that features LED flash and wide angle lens.

Although T-Mobile does seem to have removed the smartphone from its portfolio, Alcatel recently confirmed the Idol 4S would make its debut in Europe in June. Customers will be able to purchase the high-end device for no less than €599.

source: T-Mobile via Neowin

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posted on 14 Apr 2017, 11:55 1

1. LovesCameras (Posts: 51; Member since: 02 Dec 2015)

I've purchased the HP x3 over the Alcatel solely because it won't work with LTE 7, 3 bands used here, being most probably part of the deal with T-mo since the hardware clearly supports a long list of UMTS/LTE bands used worldwide. Now hoping the international/european version comes with improvements, say SD835 and larger battery, perhaps.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 12:31 3

2. threed61 (Posts: 247; Member since: 27 May 2011)

It wasn't an inability to compete, it was a lack of desire by Microsoft, to compete. After that exciting first couple years of Windows Phone, they quit advertising, and trying to attract developers. Nadella simply drove a stake through the heart of WP.

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 23:08

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Which Nadella may view as Steven Ballmer last standing legacy.

So good ridden!!

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 12:39 1

3. Johnnokia (Posts: 1146; Member since: 27 May 2012)

It was a great operating system, but Microsoft killed it.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 12:58 1

4. Subie (Posts: 1339; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)

For those who want this phone, It's still available in the Microsoft store with free shipping as well.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 13:08 1

5. libra89 (Posts: 956; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)

Bummer but at least it is available unlocked.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 13:55 2

6. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 543; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Sad to see WP go. Honestly I wish iOS could've taken its place. I'd be much more happy with an Android/ WP dominated market instead of the oppressive fruit company.
Shame of all shames on Steve Balmer, that guy was a real piece.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 14:50

7. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)

I'm hoping Win10 Mobile continues its life as a development specific platform if it cannot remain on store shelves...

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 16:55

8. theot14430 (Posts: 21; Member since: 24 Feb 2017)

I always had high expectations for WP. So sad to see it fade away.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 20:07

9. Lumia_Luigi (Posts: 117; Member since: 22 Mar 2017)

Not surprised. WP had so much potential

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 16:48

10. fastfreddy123 (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Mar 2017)

after the windows 7 phone failure to support I would not purchase another. If you look at microsoft phone platforms they abandon them all and leave there users in the lurch.

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