U.S. Cellular is now offering the Alcatel One Touch Premiere phone. It has enhanced messaging, and comes pre-loaded with several apps, such as Accuweather, Amazon Audible and Amazon Shopping.
It allows for speedy access to e-mail, maps, navigation, social media, weather and Web browsing.
"Our goal is to provide U.S. customers with quality devices at prices affordable on any budget," said Rayford Higginbotham, the executive director for North America at Alcatel Mobile Phones. "The One Touch Premiere does just that, giving consumers a great messaging phone that's loaded with features and is easy to use."
The phone features an integrated 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, 2 MP camera with LED flash and camcorder, and full QWERTY keyboard. The 1,300 mAh Li-Ion battery provides up to five hours of talk time, the company said.
The phone started being offered by U.S. Cellular on Aug. 7, according to MobilityTechzone.
In addition, the phone sells for $29.99 in conjunction with the purchase of a new two-year carrier agreement, according to a report from Android Authority. A $50 mail-in rebate is figured in that cost, according to the U.S. Cellular website.
The Alcatel One Touch is a brand of TCL Communication.
It also was recently reported that U.S. Cellular provides 4G LTE to about 25 percent of its customers, and that number will increase to 54 percent by December.
Also, U.S. Cellular was recently named a J.D. Power and Associates “Customer Service Champion” for the second consecutive year.
Other company news reports Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with Nimbuzz, a provider of Instant Messaging. Nimbuzz will come preinstalled on the Alcatel One Touch 3G Dongle, which provides Internet connectivity up to 7.2Mbps. Alcatel One Touch X230E and X230S models will feature Nimbuzz too, according to MobilityTechzone.
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Edited by Braden Becker