Sunday , August 19 2018


If you’re a Liverpool FC fan — and let’s face it, a good number of Australians are — then you’ll be interested to note that Alcatel has signed an agreement with the iconic club to become an official partner, and official smartphone partner in Australia and New Zealand.

This is, of course, primarily a marketing announcement — there’s no new products coming just at the moment — but for rusted on fans, Alcatel sees this as a big plus. Alcatel will, in future, offer local fans of the Reds access to exciting moments surrounding the club.

The announcement comes after a period of strong performance for Alcatel, hanging on to the claim of being the third largest selling smartphone manufacturer in Australia, and they can add this partnership to their growing list of top-shelf sponsorships, including the South Sydney Rabbitohs, GWS Giants, and ambassadorships with leading sportspeople.

In terms of product, we’re standing by for the local availability of the Alcatel Idol 4s. Scott reviewed the Idol 4s last month, and found it a capable mid-range performer with a premium feel. It’s likely to hit for around $599, but as yet, we don’t have more specific details.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Ok I’m gonna say it, I’m really happy for Alcatel but how about just releasing a phone here without significant delay before it becomes obsolete.

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Can’t argue.

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