ItsOnlyAFone, 12 Sep 2017Actually, a smart man's x3. Just paid $199 unlocked from Microsoft Store. That leaves $400 to ... moreThis is just a cheap phone, it can never be even half as good as HP Elite x3.
This phone doesn't have NFC, QHD screen or a durable body.
Jeff, 08 May 2017Meh.. This phone looks like a poor man's HP Elite x3.Actually, a smart man's x3. Just paid $199 unlocked from Microsoft Store. That leaves $400 to buy a few Canon ink cartridges.
Gogs, 22 Jul 2017Nope, Lumia 950 is still the best Windows phone.Not for $199
JGV, 07 Sep 2017Dude, sometimes people are good with spending 1/3 the price for a phone that basically does th... moreAbsolutely...I've come thru the Lumia 920, 1520, 640 and I can truly says this phone is fantastic. Great physical build quality, screen is awesome (and first phone I've had where fingerprints don't happen -- Asahi DragonTrail glass is a pleasant surprise). Speaking of fingers, the Hello print reader scored 10/10 on my first programmed print, and it was FAST -- secret is to have an Incipio case with raised edge around sensor as a reference point. I've seen some negative reviews but this phone has been flawless to the point that those bad reviews are totally suspect. This phone has the same guts as the x3 but at a fraction of the cost ($199 thru Microsoft Store). Windows Phone may be "dead" but I have every app I need and could ride this thing for years. Apple can continue robbing the faithful ($1199 are they crazy?), and Google will try to keep the hodge-podge of Android variants semi-secure (they haven't so far). This phone is wonderful, and Microsoft should be ashamed they started making uninspired junk and killed Nokia in the process.
I just activated the Idol 4s with Windows on Freedom Mobile in Canada, which uses an LTE not compatible with the phone, so I'm on 3G/4G and the speed is still great, about 10-11mbps according to testmy.net
Rohit, 14 Aug 2017Dude you should've gone for HP Elite x3 instead of this phone. I bought my Elite x3 open box f... moreDude, sometimes people are good with spending 1/3 the price for a phone that basically does the same thing.
Vineet, 14 Aug 2017Bought it in India via eBay GEB, the phone is excellent for just Rs 23K. My only compliant is ... moreDude you should've gone for HP Elite x3 instead of this phone. I bought my Elite x3 open box from Ebay GEB for Rs 50,000 and it works perfectly with Airtel 4G, Idea 4G as well as Vodafone Supernet 4G.
The problem with Alcatel is that among Indian 4G bands it is compatible only with LTE Band 5 (850 Mhz), which is used only by RCom4G.
Alternatively you could've gone for the European variant of this phone called Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, that one has support for all Indian 4G bands.
Bought it in India via eBay GEB, the phone is excellent for just Rs 23K. My only compliant is the choice of network.
This phone works great with RCom4G, I can call, use 4G data, send SMS etc because the 4G, 3G and 2G bandwidths of RCom are perfectly supported by this phone but SIM cards from other service providers like Airtel, Idea, Vodafone just don't work because their bandwidths aren't supported by this phone.
Jeff, 08 May 2017Meh.. This phone looks like a poor man's HP Elite x3.Well at half the price it probably is, but only a fool would buy a phone primarily based on what it looks like. Nobody else cares what your phone looks like anyway.
Aadrian , 18 May 2017Not available in Europe sadly I really like this phone. It'll be released in Europe shortly.
Aadrian , 18 May 2017Not available in Europe sadly I really like this phone.I bought the unlocked version from eBay and got it imported to Canada, it cost me CDN$447.3 including transport and tax, which still makes it cheaper in price than my wife's CDN$499.99 ZTE Axon 7. So far it's working great with my Bell SIM.
Never expected such an excellent device from Alcatel that too at such low price. Seriously Alcatel surely outgunned the Lumia devices with this phone. Hands down the best Windows 10 Mobile device in the market.
Ajob, 19 May 2017Did your service work when you put the Verizon SIM in the phone? I find it hard to believe si... moreOnly 4G LTE works on Verizon. AT&T gsm sim works fine, anyway you can buy the unlocked version of this phone from Amazon at $273.
Conrad, 05 Mar 2017I bought it for $288 from T-Mobile store and I had to pay $20 extra for the SIM, oddly enough ... moreDid your service work when you put the Verizon SIM in the phone? I find it hard to believe since there are no CDMA bands on this phone. I eagerly await your response. I also can't believe that this phone happened to be unlocked as T-Mobile phones are all locked to their network. If you don't answer soon, I'll just try it. I have service on all 4 major US carriers.
Is there any version of this phone with band 3 and 8 Lte enabled? I heard rumour of europe version under the name idol 4s pro, is that true?
Jeff, 08 May 2017Meh.. This phone looks like a poor man's HP Elite x3.Which costs over twice as much. So, you could buy 2 of them for less than the price of 1 HP X3 Elite, and yes, they DO support Continuum mode.
Conrad, 08 May 2017The factory unlocked variant is available at Amazon for just $275.Now I understand why people are buying this phone despite of it running on Windows 10 Mobile.
I mean come on, $275 is a dirt cheap price for a device with such flagship level specs. Not to forget with Windows 10 Mobile the user gets periodic updates even on an OEM device.
So essentially this is a phone which has timely updates like a Google Pixel or Nexus and is cheaper than a ZTE Axon 7. No wonder people are buying it.