Alcatel Mobile

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Alcatel
Trademark
Founded April 2004; 13 years ago (2004-04) (as Alcatel ONETOUCH)
Key people
Lanz Engel M. Ilagan (CEO)
Products Telecommunications devices
Owner Nokia and TCL
Website www.alcatel-mobile.com/global-en/

Alcatel (previously Alcatel OneTouch) is a French-Finnish-Chinese brand of mobile handsets owned by Nokia and used under license[1] by Chinese electronics company TCL Corporation. 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.

History[edit]

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%).[2] Alcatel originally started making mobile phones in 1998.

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.[3]

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.

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. Since 2016 TCL Communication is also the developer of BlackBerry devices.

Awards[edit]

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

Models[edit]

The first Alcatel phone was the OT Easy HF, released in 1998,[6] and had a battery standby life of up to 140 hours.

In 2014, 'Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7' was released.[7]

In 2016, Alcatel Pop 4, Alcatel Pop 4+, Alcatel Pop 4s and Alcatel Pop 7 lte were released.[8]

In 2015, they released the 'Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit', which could be strap it to a wrist.[9]

During the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, TCL launched the Alcatel A50 LED, purportedly the first Android smartphone with an "interactive LED-covered phone".[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". alcatel-mobile.com. 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. 
  6. ^ "Alcatel OT Easy HF". phonesreview.com. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  7. ^ D., Luis (15 April 2014). "Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 Review". phonearena.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "alcatel phones". gsmarena.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Chacksfield, Marc (25 February 2014). "Pop goes the Alcatel with new tablet and phone offerings". techradar.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Curtis, Sophie (1 March 2017). "Alcatel wants to light up your life with A5 LED 'disco' phone launched at MWC 2017". The Mirror. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 

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