Bic Phone

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Bic Phone
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ManufacturerAlcatel subcontractor
Compatible networksGSM bands 900 and 1800
Availability by Regionsince 2008 (France),
since July 2009 (Spain),
since 2010 (Belgium)
RelatedAlcatel OT-S210
Form factorBar
Dimensions98×44×12.3 mm
Mass70 g
MemoryNone
Battery4 h call time, 240 h standby
Display1.5", 128×128 pixels, 65,000 colours
Rear cameraNone
ConnectivityMicro USB connector for charging

The Bic Phone is a variant of the Alcatel OT-S210 GSM mobile phone. An inexpensive phone with only the most basic of features, it is marketed in France and Spain by Orange as a "disposable" phone to casual customers. Société Bic, a French maker of disposable items, receives royalties for the use of its brand, but is not otherwise involved with the manufacture or distribution of the phone.

In Belgium, it was announced on June 21, 2010 that the Bic Phone will be marketed by Proximus, a subsidiary of Belgacom. However, it is purposely not marketed as a "disposable" phone but rather a low-entry phone seeing battery recharges are unlimited and the contract can be topped up just like any other prepaid card.

The phone is sold ready for immediate use, with a pre-charged battery and a certain number of free minutes. It can then be recharged with prepaid cards. The package also includes a hands-free kit and a micro USB charger. The phone features an alarm clock, a watch, a calculator and a FM radio receiver. It can send and receive SMS messages, but has no multimedia functionality.

References[edit]

  • Zahumenszky, Carlos. "Orange Bic Phone – A fondo". tuexperto.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  • "Press release" (in Spanish).
  • "Press release Belgacom" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2013-01-15.
  • "Press release Belgacom" (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-01-15.
  • "Belgacom corporate website". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09.
  • "Officiel Bic Phone website in Belgium".