Alcatel (formerly Alcatel OneTouch) is a French brand of mobile handsets owned by Finnish consumer electronics company Nokia and used under license by Chinese electronics company TCL Corporation. The Alcatel brand was licensed in 2005 by former French electronics and telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent to TCL for mobile phones and devices, and the current license expires at the end of 2024. Nokia acquired the assets of Alcatel-Lucent in 2016 and thus also inherited the licensing agreements for the Alcatel brand.
In 2005, the joint venture was dissolved and TCL acquired Alcatel-Lucent's 45 percent share, and Alcatel Mobile Phones became a wholly owned subsidiary group of TCL. The brand name was licensed to TCL.
In 2010, Alcatel One Touch became the corporate brand. In February 2016, it was changed back to simply Alcatel and a new logo was introduced.
In January 2018, Alcatel announced it would be partnering with Flipkart to bring new Alcatel devices to India.
TCL Mobile Limited (former name: T&A Mobile Phones Limited) is a member of TCL Communication listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE: 2618) which was established in August 2004 by TCL Communication and Alcatel. TCL Mobile Limited manages three business units: Alcatel, TCL Mobile Phones and Brand Design Lab. Since 2016 TCL Communication is also the developer of BlackBerry devices.
The first Alcatel phone was the OT Easy HF, released in 1998, and had a battery standby life of up to 140 hours.
In 2014, 'Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7' was released.
In 2015, they released the 'Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit', which could be strapped to a wrist.
In 2016, 'Alcatel Idol 4s' was released.
In 2016, 'Alcatel Pop 4', 'Alcatel Pop 4+', 'Alcatel Pop 4s' and 'Alcatel Pop 7 lte' were released.
During the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, TCL launched the Alcatel A50 LED, purportedly the first Android smartphone with an "interactive LED-covered phone". And on November 10, the company launched the Alcatel A5 LED and Alcatel A7 in India.
TCL Communication designs, develops and markets a diversified range of mobile devices in more than 170 countries under the Alcatel brand [..] Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.
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