US Cellular unveils Alcatel One Touch Premiere

by: AdrianAugust 16, 2012
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Although we’ve seen Alcatel capable of coming up with something more than low specced dirt-cheap smartphones in the past, the French company’s focus remains to “provide customers with devices at prices affordable on any budget”.

On that note, US Cellular has just unveiled the Alcatel OneTouch Premiere, a 2.8-inch Gingerbread-based phone equipped with a non-slider full QWERTY keyboard. The Premiere is already up for grabs over at USC’s official website, going for $29.99 with a new two-year carrier agreement. The offer includes a $50 mail-in rebate, so you’ll have to be ready to actually pay $79.99 upfront.

However, if that feels a bit steep for such a low-ender, you have to know that US Cellular’s “applicable smartphone data plans” start at $20 a month, which is well below the usually required plans of the more “dominant” carriers in the US, like Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.

The OT Premiere is obviously not what you would call a phone with a lot of “oomph”, but it does have a pretty interesting “personality”. Come to think of it, this could be an attractive (and much cheaper) alternative for RIM’s BlackBerries. The 2.8-incher is clearly designed with students and businessmen in mind, with a focus on functionality, messaging and social networking.

Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with no ICS upgrade planned just yet, the Premiere comes with a bunch of pre-loaded apps, including Accuweather, Amazon Audible and Amazon Shopping. There’s no mention anywhere on USC’s website about the phone’s processor, RAM or on-board storage space (which is usually not a very good sign), but the carrier does throw in a free 2 GB memory card to sweeten the deal.

Other features include a pretty modest 2 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth and a 1,300 mAh Li-Ion battery supposedly capable of running for up to 5 hours talk time.

Sporting a QVGA touchscreen with 320 x 240 pixels resolution, the Alcatel One Touch Premiere is not exactly a looker, weighing in at 4.3 ounces and measuring 0.5 inches in thickness. Then again, you have to keep in mind that Alcatel and USC have compromised on the phone’s power and looks with a noble target in mind – keeping the price down and the functionality up.

Did they make the cut? Is anyone actually thinking of buying the OT Premiere? Is it worth the effort of signing up to a new two-year contract on USC? Let us know in the comments below.


  • Jeremy

    This looks just like the Venture Virgin Mobile released back in may.

  • kaitlyn

    i got this phone on 8/18/12 , && i wasn’t very sure what this phone was gonna be like .. so i took a chance , && i’m really happy i got it . i have had smartphones in the past, && this is , by far , the best one yet . i would STRONGLY reccomend getting this phone .

    • jane

      Are you sure

  • janae

    i just purchased this phone online via (to avoid the activation fee) and i spoke with many different representatives at usc to find a good phone for me… as many of my phones in the past have not been up to par. i am really excited to get this, and hopefully, it will be a winner.

  • Tim

    This phone is the perfect hybid fit! Excellent reception as well!

    • Bob Hankins


      • Jane

        Your so right

  • trey

    this phone is $200.00

    • Bob Hankins

      No it’s not, get the facts straight! :)

  • dan

    Very good phone if you want a phone that will connect to WIFI and don’t want to buy a data plan. (You do not have to purchase the $10 per month data plan from US cell to use wifi ) You can download apps thru Amazon app store, Google playstore does not work with this phone.
    Battery life is not the best but the same as on most smart phones ,you must charge it every night.
    I have had this phone for a month now and so far very happy with it.

    • fireinnti

      google play does work on this phone. look up at the previous explained reply to @tia_wright:disqus

  • Tia Wright

    Phone is functional but lacking in app availabily. Any smart phone should be supportive of google app store..I mean really. Come on!

    • Branden Ham

      Actually you can use google play, just not out of the box. If anyone wants help with that I was thinking about starting a thread on us cellular team on how to get google play on this device and any device that is restricted. Not sure if anyone wants that though so if you do please email that you would like help

      • Tia Wright

        I found aptoid wich has most things but google play would be better..plz explain

        • fireinnti

 this is the thread I posted. You will need to root your phone but I also explained how to root this phone and gave the files needed. p.s.after rooting this phone and getting google play on it I downloaded titanium backup and uninstalled all the preinstalled crap apps that was on this phone. Don’t be afraid of rooting it if you don’t know what rooting is. You can always unroot it.

  • Dee

    I wanted a smart phone without being forced to buy a data plan, and this phone was 0$ with my points (and only $10 without points). Now I know why these were in the cheap section. This is, by far, the worst phone I have ever owned. The battery life is so bad, I thought I must have a dud, so I got it replaced. It was just as bad. I have to charge it at least twice a day…and I rarely use the wifi! I can let it sit, fully charged, on my nightstand overnight without using it, and in the morning the battery is 3/4 gone! My last phone went 3-4 days without charging it, and it was also a smart phone with no data plan, so this is very annoying to me. Another drawback is the way it is set up is that if I want to download a picture message, I have to go into settings and set it up for 3G, then download the picture, then go back into settings and change it back to wifi only. I do like the keyboard, and the screen is more sensitive to touch than the other phones I’ve had (which can either be good or bad, depending on your preference-for me, it’s good). But those are not enough to make up for the horrible battery life. Why can’t they make a phone that has wifi only for those of us that aren’t addicted to the internet, yet will use it once in a while if we are in a place with wifi?

  • andy

    could you please help me root my phone so i can get app store thank you