As we closed out 2015, we brought you news that T-Mobile was willing to give Windows 10 Mobile a chance even though Microsoft didn’t extend an olive branch by offering it the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL flagships. Unfortunately for those hoping that T-Mobile would bring a flagship-class Windows 10 Mobile smartphone to the table, the third-place wireless carrier is instead going with a budget device from Alcatel.
As we reported last week, the OneTouch Fierce XL likely won’t win over any T-Mobile customers that had their hearts set on a Lumia 950, but its off-contract pricing is likely to be very compelling (the Android version of the smartphone is available on MetroPCS for $70 after rebate). The specs are as follows:
- Quad-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with 2GB RAM
- 16GB onboard storage
- microSD expansion up to 32GB
- 5.5-inch 720p display
- 8MP rear camera with autofocus
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 2500mAh battery (12hrs talk time / 820hrs standby time)
- 4G LTE connectivity
- VoLTE support
- T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling support
“We strive to provide our customers a wide selection of price points, operating systems and capabilities when it comes to choosing a smartphone, so adding the Fierce XL to our hardware line-up was a no-brainer,” said T-Mobile Marketing VP Roger Brown. “This will be our first Windows 10 device to hit T-Mobile stores nationwide, and since the Fierce XL is coming from Alcatel, our customers know the build quality and feature set will be top notch.”
T-Mobile hasn’t announced pricing yet for the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, but we should know something “in the coming weeks” when the smartphone is released. However, we can’t imagine that the device will be priced that far from its previously mentioned Android counterpart.