Alcatel is not dead, Alcatel just went to form an alliance with TCL. The phones are still largely designed in France and developed by the French but its being built and marketed by the Chinese. To combine good features (in the future) with a very good price.
Alcatel mobiles are dead.
The Alcatel brand is now used by TCL, a chinese company.
the story is this:Alcatel's mobile phones had being losing money for years, so they sold of this arm of their business to TCL to form T&A Mobiles. Alcatel themselves bought over Lucent, and are now concentrating on their core businesses like selling communication equipment and cabling etc etc. Alcatel-Lucent is a huge company, but T&A needs years to consolidate..only now we are seeing the fruits of their union.
Alcatel builds gsm network all over the world, so they really have the technology even 3G! but there's big question : they're late in releasing new models, why? Alcatel have everything in their hand. I can't understand it
im still not convinced that people know Alcatel. And they dont lead in anything. maybe in originality they do!
Don't forget the CeBit is on its way too... maybe, just maybe ;) Alcatel will show some nice and flashy S-line model there ;)!
anyway, until the phones with 3 or 5 Mpx and touchscreen, 3 more years to wait, I think.
TCL/Alcatel's alive and kickin! now hopefully they would not wait a year to bring the new models to the market. would love to see them expand the S series!