Not only is Alcatel One Touch on a roll in Europe and Asia, it's starting to make more strides in the US. Sure, this isn't the company's first rodeo in this neck of the woods -- the Shockwave came to US Cellular last fall, while the Idol has been available online as an unlocked handset for a few months -- but it's refreshing to see it get its foot in the door with one of the big four networks. This morning, Alcatel announced that it has two budget-friendly devices coming to T-Mobile next month: the Evolve (pictured above) and the Fierce (pictured below).
The Fierce is the nicest of the pair, featuring a 4.5-inch qHD display with a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1,800mAh battery, 5MP rear camera and Android 4.2. The Evolve, on the other hand, has a 4-inch WVGA screen, Android 4.1, 1GHz MT6575 SoC, 4GB total storage, microSD support up to 32GB, a 5MP rear camera and 1,400mAh battery. Certainly prime material for the budget category; the Fierce will come in silver and slate and will retail for $170 off-contract (that's $20 down with monthly payments of $6), while the Evolve will start at $100 off-contract ($28 down with $3 monthly payments). Alcatel tells us that both phones will be offered for a slightly lower cost during the holiday season, in case you're looking for a more basic smartphone for the kiddos.
ALCATEL ONE TOUCH's New, Affordable Smartphones Coming to T-Mobile
ONE TOUCH Fierce™ and ONE TOUCH Evolve™ Arrive in October
IRVINE, Calif. – September 25, 2013 – ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, a brand of TCL Communication and one of the world's top ten fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers , announced today that two new, affordable smartphones – the ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve – will launch at T-Mobile in October. ALCATEL ONE TOUCH's high-end industrial design and premium features will be accessible to customers along with T-Mobile's no annual service contracts, unlimited data on a nationwide 4G network and the freedom to upgrade affordably.
"The ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve are compelling smartphone options that fit several types of consumer lifestyles, while eliminating the need to make a choice between looks, performance and price," said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President of North America for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH. "We are excited to join T-Mobile as it makes bold moves to change the wireless industry by delivering more choice and affordability to customers."
The ONE TOUCH Fierce delivers premium design and features at a reasonable price. The device performs beyond expectation on the Android 4.2 platform and includes a bright 4.5-inch qHD display and a powerful 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The ONE TOUCH Fierce delivers 4G data speeds and the power to multitask across apps, enjoy multimedia and browse the web.
The ONE TOUCH Evolve is an ideal entry-level smartphone that's easy-to-use from the moment a customer takes it out of the box. The Evolve runs on a 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 chipset and operates on Android 4.1, which offers user-friendly features such as an adaptive keyboard for typing accuracy and voice typing capabilities.
Both devices offer an easy, out-of-box experience with pre-loaded apps such as Nuance's Swype™ keyboard, as well as pre-configured home screens with the most essential apps and widgets pre-loaded.
Pricing & Availability
The ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve are expected to be available nationwide at select national retail stores beginning October 5. Starting October 14, the ONE TOUCH Evolve will be available for pre-sale at www.T-Mobile.com and through participating T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers on October 16. The ONE TOUCH Fierce will be available through participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and online at www.T-Mobile.com beginning October 23. With T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan, the ONE TOUCH Evolve will be $27.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $31 and the ONE TOUCH Fierce will be $19.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $6 (plus taxes and fees). For more information, please visit http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/usa.