Alcatel (mobile device brand)

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Trademark owned by Nokia (earlier Alcatel-Lucent)
Founded April 2004; 13 years ago (2004-04) (as Alcatel ONETOUCH)
Products Telecommunications devices
Owner TCL (Manufacturer and Company)
Alcatel-Lucent (Licensee)
Parent TCL (Manufacturer and Company)
Nokia (Licensee)
Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3

Alcatel (previously Alcatel OneTouch) is a brand of mobile handsets used under license[1] by Chinese electronics company TCL Corporation. The Alcatel brand was licensed by Alcatel-Lucent to TCL for mobile phones and devices and this license expires at the end of 2024. When Nokia acquired the assets of Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, this also included licensing agreements for the Alcatel brand.


Alcatel was established in 2004 as a joint venture between Alcatel-Lucent (45%) and TCL (55%).[2]

In 2005 the joint venture was dissolved and TCL acquired Alcatel-Lucent's 45 percent share. Since then, Alcatel became a wholly owned subsidiary group of TCL. Alcatel-Lucent later sold its shares in TCL and is no longer related to the Alcatel mobile phone brand.[3]

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.[4]

TCL Mobile Limited manages three business units: Alcatel, TCL Mobile Phones and Brand Design Lab.


In 2012, Alcatel won an International Forum Design iF design award for its One Touch 818 and the Onetouch 355 Play models.[5]


The first Alcatel phone was the OT Easy HF. It was released in 1998[citation needed], and had a battery standby life of up to 140 hours.

During the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Alcatel launched the Alcatel A5 LED, purportedly the first Android smartphone with an "interactive LED-covered phone."


  1. ^ "About Us". TCL Communication. Retrieved October 13, 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. ^ Withers, Paul. "Alcatel eyes mid-tier move". Mobile News Online. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  3. ^ "The Disillusion of TCL and Alcatel". 
  4. ^ "TCL Company Profile". 
  5. ^ "ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Wins 2 iF Design Awards". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 

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