T-Mobile drops the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10
by Cosmin Vasile / Apr 14, 2017, 11:31 AM
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.
- 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)
Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 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 Apr 14, 2017, 11:55 AM 1
Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 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 Apr 14, 2017, 12:31 PM 3
Posts: 637; Member since: Jun 28, 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 Apr 14, 2017, 1:55 PM 2
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