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.
Conrad, 08 May 2017The factory unlocked variant is available at Amazon for just $275.Yep, buy that one if you are on T-Mo then flash the T-Mo ffu....
nate0, 11 Feb 2017T-Mobile dropped the price on their US site to 288.The factory unlocked variant is available at Amazon for just $275.
nick , 07 May 2017I have been doing a comparison of the idol 4s and the Windows idol 4s,I had no clue that their... moreWell in real world too there's a heck lot of difference.
The Windows version has better processor (Snapdragon 820), larger storage (64 GB), larger RAM (4 GB), better rear camera (21 megapixel) with a larger sensor size. The Windows version is substantially faster than the Android version.
The Windows version also has newer and faster USB-Type C connector while the Android version has older and slower micro-USB connector.
The Windows version also has a fingerprint scanner.
You can use Continuum on the Windows version.
The only thing good about the Android version is its higher resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels display otherwise the Windows version is leagues ahead of it in all other segments.
And the most important thing is that the factory unlocked variant of Alcatel Idol 4S Windows costs $275 on Amazon, which makes it cheaper to buy than the Android version.