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Cricket Wireless to Exclusively Sell Alcatel Idol 4 for Only $199

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The Alcatel Idol 4 is finally making its way to the US. Earlier today, Cricket Wireless announced that the smartphone will be exclusively available for purchase with one of their no contract plans. With this, you have a chance to experience this powerful Android device that comes with bundled virtual reality (VR) goggles at an affordable price.


The Idol 4 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display that makes it clear to see the screen from any angle, even in direct sunlight. From within the surface, the Idol 4 runs on an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC with either 2 or 3 GB of RAM, depending on the selected model. There's an internal storage of 16GB and a microSD card slot for up to 512GB memory expansion. The device is available with a 13MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies and video calls. Powering the phone is a 2,610 mAh battery with fast-charging technology. Upon release, the Idol 4 runs the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. 


As announced, the Idol 4 will be available at Cricket Wireless starting August 5th for only $199.99 plus tax and activation on a smartphone plan. This includes its bundled VR goggles so you can experience the realm of virtual reality. With this bundle, you no longer have to spend a lot of money to experience watching a virtual concert, 360° images, and play games. You can then have access to high-quality VR content from sources like Littlstar or directly from the Alcatel VR Store. 

To enjoy the Idol 4, you may get it along with one of the plans offered by Cricket Wireless:
  • Basic Plan ($40/month): comes with unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB data
  • Smart Plan ($50/month): comes with unlimited talk, text, and 5GB data
  • Pro Plan ($60/month): comes with unlimited talk, text, and 10GB data
  • Unlimited Plan ($70/month): comes with unlimited talk, text, and data
Head over to Cricket Wireless' website to learn more about the plans they offer.   


Source: Cricket Wireless

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  1. If the Idol 4 has the same Snapdragon 617 CPU, same screen resolution and half the storage capacity as the ZTE Zmax Pro, why does the Idol 4 cost twice as much?

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    1. Pokemon goggles.

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    2. It's the "premium" China phone brand. They paid good money to use the Alcatel name, and they just bought Palm too. Not sure why Lenovo never entered the market but paid good money to use the Motorola name. Guess I don't understand western brand co-option.

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  2. " With this bundle, you no longer have to spend a lot of money to experience watching a virtual concert, 360° images, and play games"

    A gentle suggestion for some fact checking, so this article is more informative and less like ad copy pasted in without any regard to content.

    You can easily get Google Cardboard-based VR headsets for under TWENTY DOLLARS. Now do you agree that we haven't had to spend a bundle of money on this before, either?

    "You can then have access to high-quality VR content from sources like Littlstar or directly from the Alcatel VR Store. "

    Again, the same. Alcatel might insist it is "high quality", but do you, personally, CT? Have you evaluated the content yourself? Or checked a highly regarded independent reviewer?

    Or would it have been best to just leave "high quality" out of the description.

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    1. I appreciate the free article

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  3. Why no one releases compact phones these days?. Even if its 5" phones, most are 143mmX70mm form factor. Look at galaxy S4 - even though its 5" phone, size is nice (136mm X 69mm) for one handed operation.

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    1. I don't miss the "too small to use" phone category one bit. Even with the new iPhone 7, the smallest one is still a nice size and not cramped and tiny.

      No phone is too large to use: if you need two hands, use two hands. But it is easy, and used to be common, to have phones that were so tiny they were painful and difficult to use with just ONE hand.

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    2. @Anonymous: Issue with bigger devices is carrying also.. cant keep in jeans pockets.. Also being a runner, I prefer to use small phones.

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  4. $200 is way too much for a carrier subsidized phone with a potentially gimped OS that may not even be rootable.

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  5. So expensive for China branded phone. They will collect our information and send to China!

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    1. Yeah, 'cause half the apps you've installed on your phone don't do the same...

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  6. I got the alcatel idol 4 with the virtual reality goggles. I hate the phone. Phone calls sound muffled and it is hard to hear people. The phone is so so but call quality sucks. The music sound is great but I don't understand why call quality which comes from the same speakers is so terrible. I will never again buy another phone from Cricket. I learned the hard way that when you try to save money you get burned. I first ordered a moto e which couldn't even charge and I sent it back immediately. I though I will spend more money and I end up with an idol 4 with bad phone quality. I am so annoyed with Cricket now. I spent all this money and now end up with a crappy phone.

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