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[Microsoft Store] $124.99 - Alcatel Idol 4S GSM Unlocked Phone

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[Microsoft Store] $124.99 - Alcatel Idol 4S GSM Unlocked Phone

CAD $124.99 Alcatel Idol 4S GSM Unlocked

Description
• 5.5" Full HD AMOLED display
• 21MP low light camera
• 64GB storage/expandable to 128GB via microSD
• Windows 10

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/store/d ... chspecstab
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Jr. Member
May 26, 2013
108 posts
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Guelph
Only if you could install android on it. Crying Face
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Jul 22, 2004
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Montreal
Unfortunately it's the Win10 version and can't be converted to Android.
Not worth it anymore, it's 2018, Win10 is dead (app ecosystem).
Newbie
Aug 22, 2015
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Longueuil, qc
It was $199 during the Holidays. For the specs, it's a hot deal if you want a phone and not a mini-PC: you won't find many apps for it.
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manwinder wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 2:18 pm
Only if you could install android on it. Crying Face
+1
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Spinifex wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 2:21 pm
For the specs, it's a hot deal if you want a phone and not a mini-PC: you won't find many apps for it.
I was going to suggest the opposite - this is a hot deal for a mini-PC for corporate or living room use. Not as a phone.
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May 17, 2005
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now how easy/possible would be to glue this phone to a pc monitor and use as cheap "pc" ?
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Dec 10, 2006
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Edmonton, AB
This $125 version doesn't come with VR. The $199 version with VR is still available.
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Sep 1, 2011
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Is it fast enough once connect to monitor though for surfing/netflix??

Tempted to buy for parent but if no support, that probably means no weChat/whatsapp, facebook, youtube app support?
Jr. Member
Oct 4, 2017
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With the mid range phone deals lately, even $125 is pushing. Sure its better than Moto G4, but we've been bombarded with S7 and such at this price range.
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Feb 18, 2014
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azybcxrfd wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 2:32 pm
Is it fast enough once connect to monitor though for surfing/netflix??

Tempted to buy for parent but if no support, that probably means no weChat/whatsapp, facebook, youtube app support?
For what it's worth, both my parents are on Lumia 635 (from the $35 AT&T deal a few years back) and Whatsapp is the app that gets the most support/update. Windows mobile is 'dead' but at this price point this is a great deal for light users like my parents that just want to call, txt, whatsapp and light web surfing. For their use there is nothing comparable specs wise for $125 in the android market. Very tempted to upgrade them.
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Apr 25, 2005
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Not quite sure what you mean by light web surfing (unless all mobile phones fall into that category) but websurfing on this phone shouldn't be any different than a comparable iOS or Android - maybe even faster and smoother.

However, despite the tempting price for the HW, biggest problem as others mentioned is the dead-end ecosystem - this would be a perfect phone for most normal users EVEN IF the current supported apps (Whatsapp, Facebook, Viber, Telegram , 3rd party Youtube apps, etc etc) continued their support on WM10 - but chances are, they will all discontinue their support much sooner than later, which renders the phone useless from apps perspective and only good for phone/SMS/camera/M$ apps/Browsing (and maybe a portable media player which I currently use my wifes L650 for).

I've been a long term supporter of WM10 (Windows CE/Mobile, WP7/8/10) and had all my immediate family on WM till a few months ago and now most except my mom have moved on.

I'd personally jump on this deal (at least for my mom to upgrade her L640) if Whatsapp & Telegram guaranteed support for one more year but given the uncertaintiy, even I would have to pass on this deal :(

shorfd wrote:
Jan 8th, 2018 2:47 pm
For what it's worth, both my parents are on Lumia 635 (from the $35 AT&T deal a few years back) and Whatsapp is the app that gets the most support/update. Windows mobile is 'dead' but at this price point this is a great deal for light users like my parents that just want to call, txt, whatsapp and light web surfing. For their use there is nothing comparable specs wise for $125 in the android market. Very tempted to upgrade them.
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Oct 27, 2003
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Toronto
Dead ecosystem. Obviously app support is dead, but the bigger issue is that Microsoft itself won't be supporting or improving this phone in any meaningful way in the future. It will get only bare bones security updates, MS has made that pretty clear.

Good phone for Grandma who just wants to talk and text. Although there are cheaper options for that.
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Mar 9, 2014
268 posts
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Ottawa
This is not very good as a cheap computer. It won't support legacy .exe applications.

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