Alcatel Mobile

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FoundedApril 2004; 16 years ago (2004-04) (as Alcatel OneTouch)
HeadquartersNanterre, France
Shenzhen, China
Area served
Key people
Kristeleen Rala (CEO)
ProductsTelecommunications devices
OwnerNokia, TCL Technology (licensed)

Alcatel (formerly Alcatel Mobile Phones and Alcatel OneTouch) is a French brand of mobile handsets owned by Finnish consumer electronics company Nokia and used under license[1] by Chinese electronics company TCL Technology. The Alcatel brand was licensed in 2005 by former French electronics and telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent to TCL for mobile phones and devices, and the current license expires at the end of 2024. Nokia acquired the assets of Alcatel-Lucent in 2016 and thus also inherited the licensing agreements for the Alcatel brand.[2]


Former Alcatel One Touch logo

Alcatel Mobile Phones was established in April 2004 as a joint venture between Alcatel-Lucent (45%) and TCL Corporation (55%).[3][failed verification][better source needed] Alcatel originally started making mobile phones in late 1996.

In 2005, the joint venture was dissolved and TCL acquired Alcatel-Lucent's 45 percent share, and Alcatel Mobile Phones became a wholly owned subsidiary group of TCL. The brand name was licensed to TCL.[4]

In 2010, Alcatel One Touch became the corporate brand. In February 2016, it was changed back to simply Alcatel and a new logo was introduced.[5]

Company structure[edit]

TCL Mobile Limited (former name: T&A Mobile Phones Limited) is a member of TCL Communication listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE: 2618) which was established in August 2004 by TCL Communication and Alcatel.[6] TCL Mobile Limited manages three business units: Alcatel, TCL Mobile Phones and Brand Design Lab. TCL Communication was also the developer of BlackBerry devices from 2016 to 2020 when its contract with BlackBerry expires.[7][8][9]


In 2012, Alcatel won an International Forum Design iF design award for its One Touch 818 and the Onetouch 355 Play models.[10]


The first Alcatel phone was Alcatel OT Easy HF, released in 1998.[11] Its battery standby time was up to 140 hours.

2014: Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 was released.[12]

2015: Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit was released. The Pop Fit could be strapped to a wrist.[13]

2016 saw several releases: Alcatel Idol 4s,[14] Pop 4, Pop 4+, Pop 4s, and Pop 7 lte.[15]

2017: During that year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, TCL launched Alcatel A5 LED, purportedly the first Android smartphone with an "interactive LED-covered phone".[16] On 10 November, the company launched the Alcatel A5 LED and Alcatel A7 in India.[17]


Early devices[edit]



  1. ^ "About Us". TCL Communication. Retrieved 13 October 2016. TCL Communication designs, develops and markets a diversified range of mobile devices in more than 170 countries under the Alcatel brand [..] Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.
  2. ^ "#Nokia owns the #Alcatel brand. #TCL license expires in 2024". Nokiamob. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  3. ^ Withers, Paul. "Alcatel eyes mid-tier move". Mobile News Online. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  4. ^ "The Disillusion of TCL and Alcatel". Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Alcatel drops the 'OneTouch' in major rebranding". Android Central. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  6. ^ "TCL Company Profile".
  7. ^ "BlackBerry Gives China's TCL Rights to Use Its Brand on Phones". 15 December 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  8. ^ Mobile, BlackBerry (3 February 2020). "". @BBMobile. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  9. ^ "TCL won't make BlackBerry phones anymore, sending the brand back into limbo". Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  10. ^ "ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Wins 2 iF Design Awards". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Alcatel OT Easy HF". 3 February 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  12. ^ D., Luis (15 April 2014). "Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 Review". Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  13. ^ Chacksfield, Marc (25 February 2014). "Pop goes the Alcatel with new tablet and phone offerings". TechRadar. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Alcatel Idol 4s". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  15. ^ "alcatel phones". Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  16. ^ Curtis, Sophie (1 March 2017). "Alcatel wants to light up your life with A5 LED 'disco' phone launched at MWC 2017". The Mirror. United Kingdom. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Alcatel A5 LED and A7 launched in India starting at Rs. 12999". Retrieved 11 November 2017.

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