Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro lands on T-Mobile – 4.5-inch smartphone for $149

alcatel pop astro

A few days ago we were sent some information on an upcoming budget smartphone by Alcatel OneTouch. We had virtually all the specifications of the device, but no price. Today, Alcatel OneTouch has officially announced its latest affordable device and it costs a tad more than I’d initially predicted.

Key features of the POP Astro include:

  • 4.5-inch qHD TFT display – 960×540 pixels
  • 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
  • 4G LTE – Cat 4 – Bands 2, 4 and 12
  • Android 4.4 – KitKat
  • 5MP rear camera (no autofocus)
  • VGA front camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB storage – expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
  • 2,000mAh
  • VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling

The Alcatel OneTouch POP Astro is going on sale today at T-Mobile retail stores, online and at authorized retailers for a full retail price of $149.76. On EIP, that works out at $0 down and $6.24 per month over two years.

“ALCATEL ONETOUCH and T-Mobile have built a strong partnership by offering great looking, high-quality, affordable devices like POP Astro to our customers,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President & General Manager of North America for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “We’ve been committed to bringing more affordable LTE devices, such as the POP Astro, into the hands of customers, further democratizing smart mobile technology and giving budget conscious consumers better choices in their smartphone experience.

The smartphone is available to buy now online, head on over to the product page to find out more or to order.

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  • Decent device with LTE. It’s a keeper for a low-budget phone.

  • PHL

    Mediocre specs, even for a low end phone, and no Lollipop. Not very compelling unless you’re upgrading from a real POS.

  • Joe

    Meh there are better low end phones out there than this.

    • guidomus_maximus

      Name it

      • Joker_1124

        LG Optimus L90?

  • benben

    50$ more and you can get the idol 3

    • Ben

      The Idol 3 is now $249, so you can get it for $100 more.

  • dtam

    Too expensive for this phone

  • Paul Garrison

    Why not the Idol 3? It is still budget friendly with excellent specs to price ratio.

  • Acdc1a

    No way is this phone worth $149.

    • Verizonthunder

      I agree

    • guidomus_maximus

      What other options are there in a 700mhz LTE phone?

      • Acdc1a

        In this price range? The Avant is my number one choice with many more to come.

  • Christopher Olson

    If you preordered the idol 3 you would have gotten it for the same price. I guess the only benefit for someone here is being able to eip the phone.

    • Ben

      And Wifi calling, the one thing I’m disappointed that I won’t get with the Idol 3.

      • Andrew Singleton

        it will have wifi calling.

        • Ben

          The Idol 3 will support T-Mobile’s Wifi Calling? Source?

        • Andrew Singleton

          my bad i assumed it was a branded device. any device we carry that has wifi will have wifi calling.

    • Fabian Cortez

      ~$50 more but still a much better deal.

  • fuego

    the phone is actually pretty snappy, it has LTE, and its not ugly.

    • Andrew Singleton

      agreed. 4gb internal though? its the f3 all over again

      • fuego

        Its a great phone for the right person, first smartphone buyer, 9 year old kid, back up phone, people who only want to talk and text but want internet access for directions or quick searches. Not all of us need a galaxy s6 edge, I will sell tons of these.

  • dmbpb

    Although I would not be interested in this phone, it would be perfect for my wife. She is not a power user and the price to performance ratio, it looks like a solid smartphone. If she can talk, text, and play a simple game or two she is happy with any phone. I think this phone will sell like crazy.

    • AS118

      It has 4 gb of internal storage, that’s barely enough to hold a few photos and even 1 or 2 games max. I’d say she should get an 8gb minimum phone.

  • Andrew Singleton

    4 gigs of storage? cool, never selling one of these. smh.

    • gmo8492

      It has a micro SD card slot for expandable storage.

      • AS118

        Apps don’t install to SD Cards anymore, and many apps are several hundred mb to even 1 gig or more.

        Plus, much of that 4gb is probably already taken up by the OS and non-removable apps.

        Any budget phone should have 8 gb minimum, and I would argue that even that’s not enough anymore. That 16gb should be the minimum for even budget phones.

        • Dad

          Just sell it and be happy. Im sure your commission is loaded with that attitude…….

        • gmo8492

          Geez dude, this phone is obviously not for the power user and it’s mainly geared towards people transitioning in getting a smartphone. The most impressive thing about it is the full T-mobile LTE support. I’m not defending them, and they could have added more storage, but I guess it makes sense in this price range.

    • patt

      link2sd

  • steveb944

    I HOPE no one gets this. It may have LTE, but with a MediaTek processor everything will be so bad that it won’t matter that you have LTE. Do yourself a favor and but a Moto E, G or the Alcatel with Snapdragon.

    • pug_ster

      T-mobile doesn’t really make any money on phones. This is no exception. If you want a cheap phone, you can always buy a metropcs one. I brought an Metropcs LG F6 a few months back for less than $50 with taxes and unlocked it for $1.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Why not bring the Idol 3 at $229 or something like that?

  • a d00d

    Looks like I’m the first to say, “Too tiny!!”

  • aR3alCoo1Kat

    Can anyone confirm if this phone has an ambient light sensor? This site says it does: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/alcatel-onetouch-pop-astro-2608