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  1. Eric J F's Avatar
    I just noticed the phone has gotten a lot cheaper. I tried to post the link but it didn't work. Sorry.
    02-10-2017 04:10 PM
  2. Guytronic's Avatar
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    Wow!
    Heck of deal for T-Mobilers...
    02-10-2017 04:55 PM
  3. kurtd's Avatar
    Wow, 288 is a great deal for a phone with such good specs.
    02-10-2017 05:11 PM
  4. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Here is the Idol 4S Windows page on T-Mobile's site.
    02-10-2017 06:25 PM
  5. libra89's Avatar
    Wait, what? Woow nice deal!
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    02-10-2017 06:46 PM
  6. mark233's Avatar
    Almost time for T-Mobile to EOL it? ... if so, not surprised. At least I got the thing. Got the benefit of Wi-Fi calling, HD Voice with it. Only negative would be if Alcatel pushed a firmware update for this outstanding device. I doubt T-Mobile would even bother. Thus the benefits of buying a carrier-free device in that sense
    02-10-2017 07:07 PM
  7. nate0's Avatar
    Almost time for T-Mobile to EOL it? ... if so, not surprised. At least I got the thing. Got the benefit of Wi-Fi calling, HD Voice with it. Only negative would be if Alcatel pushed a firmware update for this outstanding device. I doubt T-Mobile would even bother. Thus the benefits of buying a carrier-free device in that sense
    Probably why they halfed it.
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    02-10-2017 09:31 PM
  8. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    Even though it's a "limited time offer", such a steep discount implies it's not selling well and thus there probably won't be a followup model.

    Since this is the only mainstream Windows Mobile Phone left, you can argue that it's demise really will be the final chapter in the consumer space.
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    02-10-2017 10:04 PM
  9. nate0's Avatar
    Even though it's a "limited time offer", such a steep discount implies it's not selling well and thus there probably won't be a followup model.

    Since this is the only mainstream Windows Mobile Phone left, you can argue that it's demise really will be the final chapter in the consumer space.
    It is purely speculation as to why T-Mobile is offering this. Unless they say it outright. Right there at the bottom of the sales page it shows the below:
    4.6 / 5
    from 39 reviews
    95% of reviewers recommend this product.

    If you mean is relating to sales, then ratings do not really qualify either.

    It has only been out for 3 months or so. T-Mobile might see that it is doing well and wants to do even better. Or maybe it was what they normally do with W10M phones. It is a steep cut in the price. I have no clue. I wish AT&T would have done that with the 950 after 3 months. Of course the IDOL4s is modestly priced to begin with but it is lacking certain premium qualities that it could have had even though it is listed a flagship (gorilla glass, Camera quality, etc.). I wonder if this is a reaction to the Microsoft Store offering it unlocked?
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    02-10-2017 10:42 PM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    It is purely speculation as to why T-Mobile is offering this. Unless they say it outright. Right there at the bottom of the sales page it shows the below:
    4.6 / 5
    from 39 reviews
    95% of reviewers recommend this product.

    If you mean is relating to sales, then ratings do not really qualify either.

    It has only been out for 3 months or so. T-Mobile might see that it is doing well and wants to do even better. Or maybe it was what they normally do with W10M phones. It is a steep cut in the price. I have no clue. I wish AT&T would have done that with the 950 after 3 months. Of course the IDOL4s is modestly priced to begin with but it is lacking certain premium qualities that it could have had even though it is listed a flagship (gorilla glass, Camera quality, etc.). I wonder if this is a reaction to the Microsoft Store offering it unlocked?
    I think that's a fair question. We're not going to lie, T-Mo just makes Windows Phones disappear without price changes from what I can recall with the 640 and Fierce XL.
    02-10-2017 10:44 PM
  11. greedo_greedy's Avatar
    What a deal. I hope the unlocked version gets some nice deals too.
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    02-10-2017 11:14 PM
  12. editguy's Avatar
    I think that's a fair question. We're not going to lie, T-Mo just makes Windows Phones disappear without price changes from what I can recall with the 640 and Fierce XL.
    Exactly, they have a history of doing this to Windows phones. It's good news for anyone on Tmo that doesn't have one, but otherwise I don't view it as good news. Tmo has done virtually nothing to promote this phone. This way they can say they gave it a try but the sales just weren't there.
    I really wish Alcatel would release it world-wide. I think they would get some good sales numbers if they did. It's sad to think that a phone of this quality could be one-and-done with no successor.
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    02-10-2017 11:38 PM
  13. editguy's Avatar
    What a deal. I hope the unlocked version gets some nice deals too.
    Actually, I'm afraid that would signal that Alcatel is ready to throw in the towel. This phone was reasonably priced (compared to similar phones) as it was.
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    02-10-2017 11:45 PM
  14. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    It is purely speculation as to why T-Mobile is offering this. Unless they say it outright. Right there at the bottom of the sales page it shows the below:
    4.6 / 5
    from 39 reviews
    95% of reviewers recommend this product.

    If you mean is relating to sales, then ratings do not really qualify either.

    It has only been out for 3 months or so. T-Mobile might see that it is doing well and wants to do even better. Or maybe it was what they normally do with W10M phones. It is a steep cut in the price. I have no clue. I wish AT&T would have done that with the 950 after 3 months. Of course the IDOL4s is modestly priced to begin with but it is lacking certain premium qualities that it could have had even though it is listed a flagship (gorilla glass, Camera quality, etc.). I wonder if this is a reaction to the Microsoft Store offering it unlocked?
    I really doubt this is a reaction to the unlocked version or even just to promote, certainly not this steep of a discount anyway. It just doesn't jive with T-Mobiles past history. As to the ratings, let's be honest, it's most likely being bought mainly by Windows fans at this stage of the game. Of course, as you say it's all speculation but then again it is Windows Mobile we're talking about here.

    I guess the proof will be how long it remains in T-Mobiles inventory and what happens afterwards.
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    02-10-2017 11:48 PM
  15. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    The regular price for the factory unlocked Android version is $350 at Office Depot and WalMart (WalMart itself & WalMart sellers) and other places. It's common for carriers to subsidize phones $50 - $100 in this price range. So $288 for a sale price for the WP version is not shocking or an unbelievable deal. I mean, its a great deal compared to the original price, but I think the original price was waaaay too high for a carrier subsidized phone. It's possible, they were gouging at first because there was little or no choice of mid-high end phones for WP fans. But its hard to predict how long that will work and now need to sell off what backed up when the initial demand was met.

    $288 is a "good" sale price and a good value. If they hardly sold any at $432, maybe its the end and they are dumping them 'till gone. But it's possible its just a sale and it will soon go back to a justified $350 range normal price which would still be relatively unsubsidized compared to the the Android variant. You can't really expect many customers who are not already WP fans to pay $4xx for a carrier locked WP when a mainstream unlocked Android version is available for $350.
    02-11-2017 06:34 AM
  16. TgeekB's Avatar
    Great price. Great phone. The more that get out there in the hands of people I see as a positive thing, whether they be MS fans or not.

    Sent from my Alcatel Idol 4S
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    02-11-2017 08:38 AM
  17. RumoredNow's Avatar
    It could also be part of their push to steal customers from other prime networks... Remember that historically AT&T + Cricket (which ATT owns) served over 50% of active Windows Phones in the US. Rather than T-Mobile being behind in WP handset offerings, as they always were historically, they now find themselves in the catbird seat. This could be a dig at AT&T and no clear upgrade path for their loyal Windows Phone users.


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    02-11-2017 11:14 AM
  18. TgeekB's Avatar
    It could also be part of their push to steal customers from other prime networks... Remember that historically AT&T + Cricket (which ATT owns) served over 50% of active Windows Phones in the US. Rather than T-Mobile being behind in WP handset offerings, as they always were historically, they now find themselves in the catbird seat. This could be a dig at AT&T and no clear upgrade path for their loyal Windows Phone users.


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    Well, if it is, let's hope it works.
    They are the "uncarrier" after all.

    Sent from my Alcatel Idol 4S
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    02-11-2017 12:11 PM
  19. editguy's Avatar
    The regular price for the factory unlocked Android version is $350 at Office Depot and WalMart (WalMart itself & WalMart sellers) and other places. It's common for carriers to subsidize phones $50 - $100 in this price range. So $288 for a sale price for the WP version is not shocking or an unbelievable deal. I mean, its a great deal compared to the original price, but I think the original price was waaaay too high for a carrier subsidized phone. It's possible, they were gouging at first because there was little or no choice of mid-high end phones for WP fans. But its hard to predict how long that will work and now need to sell off what backed up when the initial demand was met.

    $288 is a "good" sale price and a good value. If they hardly sold any at $432, maybe its the end and they are dumping them 'till gone. But it's possible its just a sale and it will soon go back to a justified $350 range normal price which would still be relatively unsubsidized compared to the the Android variant. You can't really expect many customers who are not already WP fans to pay $4xx for a carrier locked WP when a mainstream unlocked Android version is available for $350.
    I think your comparison to the Android version breaks down because it's inferior to the Windows version. Inferior processor, less ram, less storage, lower spec camera and no Continuum. I think the original price of the Windows version is very reasonable (although I would have been happy to get mine for $288). Companies have to price phones based on the hardware that's installed and, in this case, it's a superior phone to the Android version. Alcatel had to know they were sticking their neck out making a Windows version but apparently decided that it was worth the risk. It's a mystery, though, why they decided to release it initially tied to T-Mobile. That much of a discount on electronics usually indicates EOL, or at least a clearance price. I expect T-Mobile is getting ready to dump the phone. It's fits the pattern of their treatment of Windows phones. That said, this is one of those occasions where I hope I'm wrong.
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    02-11-2017 01:13 PM
  20. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    I think your comparison to the Android version breaks down because it's inferior to the Windows version. Inferior processor, less ram, less storage, lower spec camera and no Continuum.
    Yes, there are differences including the Android having a much higher resolution screen. Continuum itself doesn't add a penny to the cost of manufacturing a phone with this processor. WM is less desirable to the vast majority of phone shoppers. There is no substantial pool of customers who will pay more for the WM version with limited apps over an Android. The price was only ever $4xx because some people like us would pay a higher markup to avoid carrying any Android or iPhone. Once they've snagged a good percent of the Windows fan(atic)s, they have to lower the price to make it price attractive to people who DON'T have a predisposition towards WM.
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    02-11-2017 01:36 PM
  21. Sedp23's Avatar
    I think that's a fair question. We're not going to lie, T-Mo just makes Windows Phones disappear without price changes from what I can recall with the 640 and Fierce XL.
    I see the fierce still in stores and they only made the Lumia phones disappear. Both Alcatel phones are still In stores I seeing

    Sent from Idol 4s
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    02-11-2017 02:06 PM
  22. TgeekB's Avatar
    Yes, there are differences including the Android having a much higher resolution screen. Continuum itself doesn't add a penny to the cost of manufacturing a phone with this processor. WM is less desirable to the vast majority of phone shoppers. There is no substantial pool of customers who will pay more for the WM version with limited apps over an Android. The price was only ever $4xx because some people like us would pay a higher markup to avoid carrying any Android or iPhone. Once they've snagged a good percent of the Windows fan(atic)s, they have to lower the price to make it price attractive to people who DON'T have a predisposition towards WM.
    You're probably right. I just hope they sell some at this price, especially to people looking for an alternative to Android and iPhone. It would be nice to get some more people into the fold.

    Sent from my Alcatel Idol 4S
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    02-11-2017 03:00 PM
  23. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    I hope they sell a LOT at this price and whatever price it goes to when the sale is over.
    02-11-2017 03:14 PM
  24. editguy's Avatar
    Yes, there are differences including the Android having a much higher resolution screen. Continuum itself doesn't add a penny to the cost of manufacturing a phone with this processor. WM is less desirable to the vast majority of phone shoppers. There is no substantial pool of customers who will pay more for the WM version with limited apps over an Android. The price was only ever $4xx because some people like us would pay a higher markup to avoid carrying any Android or iPhone. Once they've snagged a good percent of the Windows fan(atic)s, they have to lower the price to make it price attractive to people who DON'T have a predisposition towards WM.
    I don't disagree that non Windows phone enthusiasts will see no added value (though I would never have paid as much for the Android version as I did for the Windows version given it's inferior specs, with the exception of the screen resolution). But that doesn't change the fact that the phone generally has more expensive components than the Android version, thus costing more than the Android version to manufacture. There's little point to selling anything at a loss, unless the manufacturer has solid reasons to believe that it will produce substantial market share and pay dividends in the future. I find it hard to believe, with the current state of Windows mobile, that Alcatel proceeded with this venture expecting those results.
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    02-11-2017 03:14 PM
  25. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Continuum itself doesn't add a penny to the cost of manufacturing a phone with this processor.
    I don't know about that. I image the Type-C port, Type-C cable, and likely the adaptive charge head as well all cost them a bit more than the conventional counterparts...
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    02-11-2017 10:10 PM
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