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Straight Talk Launches Alcatel onetouch POP MEGA LTE Phablet

TracFone's Straight Talk brand has launched its first near tablet sized phone or "phablet". It's the Alcatel onetouch POP MEGA LTE which was announced Sept 29 but just now appeared on the Straight Talk site priced at $249.99. The POP MEGA runs on the AT&T network and features a massive 6 inch screen. 

I got some hands on time with Straight Talk's new phablet at a press event and was pleasantly surprised with the look and feel of the phone. There's a nice grippy rubber like covering on the back. The phone had a solid feel to it with no creaking or flex when I pressed on the screen, back or sides. I doubt that this phone will be the subject af a bendgate.

The POP MEGA is obviously a big phone, but the screen bezels are fairly narrow making the overall about the same size as the new 6 inch Nexus 6 and only slightly larger than the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus and 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

If you are concerned with using such a big phone for calls, the POP MEGA comes with a cute little gadget called the Buddy which looks like an old school candy bar phone. The Buddy connects to the POP MEGA using Bluetooth and lets you make and answer calls and read, write and reply to text messages.

The POP MEGA's specs. listed below, are mostly decent, although more RAM and internal memory would be nice. The qHD display resolution is the biggest disappointment. The screen is reasonably sharp and bright but those big pixels are clearly visible. qHD is better suited to 4.5 inch screens not 6 inchers.

  • Display: 6” qHD (540 x 960 pixels)
  • OS: Android 4.3
  • CPU: Quad Core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Memory: Internal memory: 4GB (1.8GB available to user), 1GB RAM, MicroSD (up to 32GB)
  • Cameras: 8MP with Autofocus, LED Flash and 1080p video capture, 2MP Front Facing Camera
  • Network: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900, UMTS: 850, 1900, LTE: cat 4, band 17 (700), band 4 (1700)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b,g,n, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB
  • SIM size: Micro
  • Features: Swype keyboard, FM Radio
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: T3/M4
  • Battery: non-removable, 3400mAh, Talk Time: Up to 14h, Stand-By Time: Up to 22 Days
  • Dimensions: 6.39 x 3.32 x .34 inches
  • Weight:  6.42 ounces
An  interactive tutorial and user guide for the Alcatel onetouch POP MEGA LTE are available online.

If you aren't familiar with the Alcatel name, Alcatel Mobile Phones is a joint venture between France's Alcatel-Lucent and China based TCL Communication.


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    1. can you get pic text???? Have been on phone with straight talk for 2 weeks about to take this phone back to Walmart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Beware of the design blunder of not having a removable battery. But at least you don't to pay $500 more for this deficiency like you do with the Apple "pay more for less" iPhones.

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    1. Seriously, how is not having a removable battery a design flaw? It allows the phone to be stronger and / or thinner by using the battery as a structural component. If you really need more juice on the go, do you really want to remove your phone case / cover, disassemble the battery compartment door / torture device, and swap batteries? Then how do you recharge the spare without repeating the process?

      Or wouldn't you rather just hook up a portable juice pack via usb and be done? I know that's what I prefer (but I don't need either, I just keep a charger in my car).

      http://www.amazon.com/13000mAh-External-Portable-Compatibility-Charging/dp/B00BQ5KHJW

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    2. I see the simple thinking of IPhone is engraved in this one.

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  3. It's a phone that comes with a phone, so you can use it as a phone! This was on the Bluff the Listener segment on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

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  4. A phablet to only have 4 gigs and not aleast 8 gigs, is bloody murder (preferred space is 32 gigs with 16 gigs the least exception). Everyone should be warned not to take up this phone.

    The phablet Android phablet phone from Cricket I think, is a better buy.

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    1. But is has a MicroSD slot. Seems like internal memory is really best suited for O/S and temporary user/app data. I'd prefer to keep persistent user data on a removable medium for device swapping.

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    2. I'd prefer SD cards too but you can't put app's on them.

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    3. Some apps can be moved to a SD card. It depends on the app.

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  5. 1GB of RAM? really?

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    1. I'd rather have a Snapdragon 800 + 1 gig of ram than Snapdragon 400 + 2 gigs.

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  6. Most people hear the stories about Huawei and Zte of the Chinese maybe trying to spy on the American government so people won't give them a try. Then you see Blu brand phones becoming more available as unlocked options here in America but for the most part those aren't good phones. I've tried an Alcatel and there ok. Now is Alcatel in the same class as android leader Samsung or its popular little Korean brother LG? Hell no! However, for the price Alcatels are good decent phones.

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  7. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 has far better specs for just $50 more, AND it's unlocked.

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    1. What carrier is it available through?

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    2. None. You can buy it from Huawei.

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    3. Consumer Cellular. It can be used on AT&T and T-Mobile. But you only be able to 3G data from what I understand.

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    4. Can Consumer Cellular phones be unlocked?

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    5. "Most"?

      Will LTE work after unlocking?

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    6. LTE will work on non-AT&T networks if and only if the phone supports the LTE bands used by the target operator.

      For example, T-Mobile USA uses LTE band 4 which some Consumer Cellular phones support. Check the specs for the phones you are considering to see what bands they support.

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    7. Why non-AT&T networks?
      Will LTE work on the AT&T network?

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    8. Consumer Cellular is an AT&T MVNO so a Consumer Cellular LTE phone will get LTE on AT&T and the other AT&T MVNOs that offer LTE.

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    9. Are consumer cellular phones locked to AT&T or consumer cellular?

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    10. My last reply didn't show up.

      Are their phones locked to Consumer Cellular or to AT&T?

      Will Consumer Cellular phones work on AT&T MVNOs without unlocking?

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    11. I don't know but to be on the safe side I would assume Consumer Cellular phones are locked to Consumer Cellular, especially the subsidized phones they recently started selling through big box stores.

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  8. The internal memory and non-removable battery are the only things that turn me off from buying a phablet like this.

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  9. Can this phone be unlocked?

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    1. After a year's by Straight Talk. Otherwise probably not. Straight Talk phones are usually super locked down

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    2. How are Straight Talk phones locked down any different than phones from other operators?

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    3. Unlock codes aren't available from 3rd party unlocking vendors.

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  10. Does anyone know the resolution of the ZTE ZMax?

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    1. I can only find this phone from Walmart Family Mobile. Does any other operator have it?

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    2. Is this the same phone as Cricket's ZTE Grand Max?

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    3. No, the ZMax for T-Mobile, etc. has a 5.7 inch screen and the Grand Max is 6 inches.

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    4. Do the ZMax and Grand Max have the same res and are there any other differences?

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    5. Same resolution but there are other differences, here's a side by side comparison

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  11. Good work Straight Talk. Especially if AT&T starts to only throttle to 512K instead of 128K or lower makes this type of phablet a no brain er. Only thing would be the low res but at least you got something that is the size of the Note 2. Hopefully I won't have to replace my Note 2 for a while but this would be something I'd think about if suddenly my note 2 were inoperable and I needed a new smartphone.

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    1. Even if AT&T only throttles to 512Kbps Straight Talk on the AT&T network will still throttle down to 128Kbps or slower.

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  12. I just don't understand why these lower end devices have 1GB vs 2GB ram . I would the adding more ram would only minimally impact the cost (and final price). Most people would gladly pay a few $ more for 2GB ram,

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  13. I HaVE THIS PHONE AND THE ONLY ISSUE I HAVE IS FINDING A PHONE CASE!

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    1. im having the same issue...no cases....i enjoy this phone very much

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    2. Amazon and ebay have plenty phone cases to fit the alcatel pop mega for very reasonable prices . They have a variety of styles as well.

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  14. I cant find the phone on straight talk website, maybe its not in my zip code, what zip code did you put in to get the phone to show up on their site? Or where did you buy the phone can you post a link?

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    1. StraightTalk seems to have sold out but the Alcatel is still available from Walmart.

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  15. No longer available at Wal Mart OR the straight talk website. It's a goner.

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  16. i am dissapointedin ZTE ZMAX
    When I bought it this week2 walmart it was texting just fine utill I got inside my home nd couldnt recieve anytxts

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  17. Yes Amazon has tons and tons of cases for the Alcatel one touch mega pop late! And any other type of phone you can think of! I just ordered 2 cases for my Alcatel.

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  18. I just recently got the Alcatel one touch mega pop late and got a San disk 32 mb SD card for it. I made sure it could support a 32 mb SD card (which it should!) I can not get my phone to acknowledge my SD card! Iv tried every step I can think of and it just keeps the SD card icon at the top and when I pull it down and click on it it just asks me to format SD card. Which I did. But IRS an empty brad new SD card. Also when I go to my settings and storage it isn't acknowledge ing an SD card is even in my phone. What is wrong? I need help!

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    1. Either the phone does not like your Sandisk card, or the slot is not working. Try a different card, then return the phone.

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  19. I first had a 4 mb SD card from my old phone in it and that one seemed fine . But I wanted the 32 mb SD. So I try the other SD card again and see what happens. Many ( hopefully its just the SD card and not the phone.) If my old sd card still works I'll return the 32 mb SD and get another one . I really want a 32 mb SD in this phone!

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    1. Yes, phones can be particular. Try a different brand if you return the card. You could also try reformating your Sandisk card in a different phone.

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    2. I tree my 4gb SD card and it works fine ,so I retried the 32gb (I ment GB before!sorry! Anyway the 32 SD card still isn't working! So frustrating! So I guess I need to exchange it for a new one! I'm determined to have a 32 GB SD card in this phone! Alcatel one touch mega pop lte. .

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  20. i think it depends on the class class 4 sandisk 8gb microsd sdhc works on my alcatel a995l but the class 10 ultra ultra sandisk 16gb microsd sdhc does not so I believe its the class thats the problem class 10 and up is for high speed phones I believe and such
    I can't paste the full link but heres the site for it
    Sdcard.org

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