An Android handset for £39.99? Well, straight up we know it’s not going to have a quad-core CPU, hi-res screen and an 8 megapixel camera. But, if you want a cheap and cheerful Android then Alcatel have a solution.
It’ll be available today with Virgin Mobile on Pay As You Go and runs ye’old Android 2.3. Virgin and Alcatel are giving me phrases like “feisty” and “fun” in their emails, so let’s admit that this is aimed directly at the budget end of the market.
Its name? Well, it’s the Alcatel One Touch T’Pop.
Now, while I juggle with this mental image..
.. you guys can read these details.
Inside there’s a 2 megapixel camera, 3.5” HVGA 320×480 pixel capacitive screen, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS and a 1GHz CPU. It has a 1400mAh battery, 2GB microSD card, 3.5mm audio port, FM radio and.. err.. 150MB of internal user memory.
It’s available in glossy colours including “Bluish Black, Pure White and Flash Red”.
Now, we’ve checked the Virgin Mobile website and it’s showing as £59.99, then there’s £7 delivery if you order it online.. that makes it £67.98. According to the lovely press people there’s 20% off if you go to a Virgin Media store, making it £39.99 with a minimum £10 initial top up required.
Full details and some pictures below..
Virgin Media offers one-stop T’Pop shop
- Virgin Media is lead network to stock the Alcatel One Touch T’Pop
- Snap up the T’Pop for just £39.99
Virgin Media today added the Alcatel One Touch T’Pop to its line up of Pay As You Go smartphones and is the lead network to stock the feisty new handset.
Available for £39.991 from Virgin Media stores, the Alcatel One Touch T’Pop is brimming with ideas and specs well above its price point, including a large touch screen, quick-snapping two megapixel camera, smart apps and widgets, social networking functions the most accessible 2.3 version of Android, location services and a speedy 1GHz processor
Jamie Heywood, director of mobile at Virgin Media said: “The Alcatel One Touch T’Pop packs a real punch for its money in terms of features, offering everything you need to stay connected to friends and family at a price anyone can afford. This makes it the perfect phone to get with our most popular SIM Only deal, which gives you unlimited data, unlimited text and unlimited minutes for just £15 per month with the freedom of a 30 day rolling contract.”
Alcatel One Touch T’Pop full specification:
115 x 61.3 x 12.2mm
Hard keys: 3 (Power key on the top, 2 side volume keys)
Finishing: 80% glossy
Colours available: Bluish Black, Pure White and Flash Red
|2 megapixel camera
Picture instant share (send by E-mail, upload on social network, send by MMS, set as wallpaper or as contact portrait)
Video codecs: H.264, MPEG4 H.263
Video player: VGA @30fps
Video capture: VGA@ 30fps
|3.5”, HVGA 320 x 480pixels
TN, 16M color display
CPU speed 1GHz
7.2 Mbps downlink
5.76 Mbps uplink
EDGE Class 12
GPRS Class 12
USB modem tethering Plug & Play
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
Micro USB 2.0 high speed
Internal Memory 512MB ROM + 256MB RAM
End user memory150MB
Micro SD (up to 32GB)
|PIM||Messaging and apps|
|Phone directory unlimited
(up to product memory)
Date & Clock
Alarm clock with multiple
|Android GMS standard apps
Multi e-mail POP3, IMAP4, HTML
Formatting, basic attachments
MMS and SMS unified inbox
SMS with predictive input CooTek
SMS/MMS capacity unlimited (up to phone memory)
FOTA on line software upgrade
PC Suite (to be downloaded on internet)
|Battery lithium 1400 mAh
Talk time 13h(2G),7h(3G)
Standby time 500h(2G),300h(3G)
Music player tbc
Charging time tbc
Quick user guide
2GB micro SD card
Flip cover optional accessory
Supported formats: AAC, AAC+, AAC Enhanced, WB AMR, MP3, Midi, eAAC
Stereo FM radio RDS
OMA DRM 1.0