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Alcatel Authority review

2.1/10 AVG.
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2.1/10
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The Alcatel Authority currently has an Informr score of 2.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

Just because a smartphone is sold without a contract, that's no reason to swallow a raw deal. While the $249.99 Alcatel Authority sits squarely in the midrange of the Cricket Wireless product line, its slow performance, uninspiring camera, and ancient Android operating system are underwhelming to sa...

- Brian Bennett, Cnet


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Alcatel released the Authority on October 16, 2012.


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Alcatel backs up the Authority with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The Alcatel Authority's screen size is 4.3 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1530mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1530 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 17.5 days standby time.

Alcatel Authority Specs

Overview
Release date October 16, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1700/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
ROM 2 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.3 W/kg
Body: 1.2 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1530 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 17.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 6.9 x 1.0 cm (5 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 5 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 217 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google+, YouTube, Play Store, Facebook, Twitter, PicSay, Layar, OfficeSuite)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 960C

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Critic Reviews


Cnet

Low-end Android for a midrange price

from Cnet

Just because a smartphone is sold without a contract, that's no reason to swallow a raw deal. While the $249.99 Alcatel Authority sits squarely in the midrange of the Cricket Wireless product line, its slow performance, uninspiring camera, and ancient Android operating system are underwhelming to say the least.

Read full review

Just because a smartphone is sold without a contract, that's no reason to swallow a raw deal. While the $249.99 Alcatel Authority sits squarely in the midrange of the Cricket Wireless product line, its slow performance, uninspiring camera, and ancient Android operating system are underwhelming to say the least.

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User Reviews


Ed

When the phone works I find it to be an excellent tool

I love my Alcatel phone however this is the third one I have had within a year and a half that will soon need to be replaced because I'm unable to charge.  The charging port fails to work after about six months I thought it was me for the first one but now with the third I'm convinced it's not. All failed for the same reason they would plug into a charger but would no longer charge. Think I'm just about done with them

I love my Alcatel phone however this is the third one I have had within a year and a half that will soon need to be replaced because I'm unable to charge.  The charging port fails to work after about six months I thought it was me for the first one but now with the third I'm convinced it's not. All failed for the same reason they would plug into a charger but would no longer charge. Think I'm just about done with them

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J

This phone is no good

The battery dies very quickly, as it is of the cheap, hokey variety

Alcatel authority sucks

Its a big piece of crap. Always freezes up. Not like occasionally but all day everyday. It will make random calls to the last person I called.even if its not around me it'll just light up and ill go look at it and it'll be making a call. Its a cheap phone with a high price. Total junk. Don't ever buy o...More
Its a big piece of crap. Always freezes up. Not like occasionally but all day everyday. It will make random calls to the last person I called.even if its not around me it'll just light up and ill go look at it and it'll be making a call. Its a cheap phone with a high price. Total junk. Don't ever buy one and if you do I hope you never need to call 911 because this phone couldn't do it quick enough I'm sure. Less

Jude.

Lol. I cldnt of said it btr!

Worst phone ever

This is my third android. I bought this phone from radio shack using their cricket plan.I actually bought 2 one for me one for my husband. Both phones have all the same issues. This has been the worst phone i have ever owned. It freezes all the time. can't even leave the case I bought on because I'm al...More
This is my third android. I bought this phone from radio shack using their cricket plan.I actually bought 2 one for me one for my husband. Both phones have all the same issues. This has been the worst phone i have ever owned. It freezes all the time. can't even leave the case I bought on because I'm always having to remove the battery. Has problems connecting to Bluetooth and has a problem staying connected to Bluetooth. I have problems making and receiving phone calls. Can't send picture messages when phone is connected to WiFi. And picture take forever to send. I have had pictures send out a day after i sent them. A lot of calls don't show up on my call log. Instead i'll get a voice mail but no record of the person calling. And now i also ave a dead spot in my screen. Bottom line this is the worst phone on the market. I would never recommend it to anyone. I have had this phone sine February so for 4 months now. Go thing is I didn't pay the 249.99 at the cricket store I paid 99.99 at radio shack. Radio Shack sales the same phones that cricket does with cheaper phones and cheaper monthly bills and muve music is included for free. I save twenty dollars a month going through Radio Shack. Less

I hate it

•music sounds awful/not even loud have to use earphones to enjoy my music •freezes •sometimes don't get messages or text •takes forever just to send one picture even when I have good signal •front camera actually sucks (for a phone that cost so high would expected more value from it like b...More
•music sounds awful/not even loud have to use earphones to enjoy my music •freezes •sometimes don't get messages or text •takes forever just to send one picture even when I have good signal •front camera actually sucks (for a phone that cost so high would expected more value from it like better camera front and back andway better sound) •screen does this weird thing where it goes fuzzy gray at times when I'm watching videos and stuff Less
Jasmine G

This phone sucks

It was the worst phone I ever bought. The battery dies fast. The screen always locking up and freezing. The phone is made of very cheap material, but so exspenive to purchase. Low quality camera and side panel keys. Speaker phone is very low can not enjoy music without headphone. I HATE THIS PHONE!!!!
It was the worst phone I ever bought. The battery dies fast. The screen always locking up and freezing. The phone is made of very cheap material, but so exspenive to purchase. Low quality camera and side panel keys. Speaker phone is very low can not enjoy music without headphone. I HATE THIS PHONE!!!! Less

Aizat

But i want!!


Do not buy this piece of junk. All my games glitch, picture is terrible, and the speaker is crap. Even camera and video are trash. I've had it for 3 days and I'm already going to buy a new phone. Unbelievably Terrible!

This phone is useless and dies in less than 2 hours. Mine came from T-Mobile contract. By the way, Even when fully charged, it does not function in big stores and hilly places.

ihatealcatel

I have the one touch fierce and I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT!!!PLZ DON"T BUY THIS!U WILL REGRET IT!!!The company put in NO EFFORT in making this PIECE OF SHIT. Alcatel is a scam and the leader should be ASHAMED OF HIMSELF.


Alcatel Slovenia
Alcatel Slovenia

Alcatel OneTouch X 6040D was the only phone I've bought that worked only for one month. Reclamation handling took 3 months after returning me back broken phone and suggest I return it to the seller.


Martin_53335
The ALCATEL (Alcoholic Phone Company?) phone I bought at Target lasted 2 months and was a useless hunk of garbage out of the plastic case. The first thing you'll discover is that it has "insufficient memory" for every feature the advertising claims it has to offer. If you just need to make a few illegal insider trading deals or plan to rip someone else off then dispose of the evidence, this phone is worth the trouble. Otherwise buy a real phone or don't buy one at all.

DontBuy

This phone is the worst phone you can buy!!!! Only use for this phone is making calls!!! Most app you dl will not work on this phone....... Internet is slow as hell!!! Such waste of my money!!!!


Alcatel one touch, worst phone I've ever owned, seen and come across. The phone actually became slower from the time I purchased it in the store, to the time it took to get home. The only apps it can hold.. Are to increase it's speed. It has the worst Swype recognition of any phone I've used. phone requires full power off when internet disconnects. over priced dollar store phone, this company will never sell me another thing, I wouldn't even trust Alcatel bottled water!

supe saina

This phone is a piece of crap it reboots every ten minutes and wont turn on for one minrte and when it turns on it wil reboot at least two more times


If the choice was between owning another Alcatel product and hanging myself? I would choose the noose! This Alcatel Fierce 2 is without a doubt the worst piece of garbage I've ever had the misfortune of purchasing. Just name the glitch, it has it! This is my THIRD replacement and now I give up! If you grab this phone in order to save money use some of that savings to buy a nice hollow point bullet. You'll need it.

Ray

This is the worst phone I've ever used. Do not buy an Alcatel phone!


kiki

Alcatel is the worst company ever they make the shittiest phones DONT BUY ALCATEL PHONES get a LG or Samsung!


I've been carrying mobile phones since they came in a bag and needed a re strap. This One Touch is, without doubt, the worst I have ever owned. It reboots itself repeatedly. I guess I should say used to reboot itself. Now it just shuts down for no reason whatsoever! My foolish ass lost the receipt so I can't even return it!

I rarely feel this much anger towards a company, but this is one of those times. 3 months ago I ended up with an alcatel phone and not only was it a shitty phone from the start, it totally pooped out yesterday, which was only the beginning of my frustration. First I tried to just take my phone into wal-mart to get it replaced, but because I don't know where the reciept is, they told me I had to call or go online, so since my phone was broken, I had to go home to deal with it. I get the runaround for about an hour on the phone, finally getting the guy to email me the next step. He never emailed me, causing me to wait even longer to deal with the situation, and once I finally called them again, and try to nactually fill out their "survey", I realize they are asking for my receipt, which I already explained that I don't have. I call the friendly folks at alcatel again, and they basically tell me that without my reciept, they will repair my phone, but I will have to pay for it. Wait, so I paid for the warranty, but you want me to pay to buy back my used phone that I already fucking paid for???! Wow. Just wow. I am not buying that shitty phone twice, that's for sure, and I will never ever get a phone through that company again. Will be going through a legit company from now on!!!

What a piece of crap. paid $100 cause it's the only phone sprint has without all those toys on it . have to wait 20 seconds to type each letter when texting. ready to smash it on the wall. guess i have to join 2015 and get a phone with all the stupid toys on it.

I FUCKING HATE THIS PHONE!!! Alcatel One Touch Pop. Crap from the start. Slow to the point it has to load the launcher every time I hit the home button. Does not recognize type fields on many websites. Every time I want to search something I have to back out of the keyboard then click back into the Google search bar to get the keyboard to work. And soooo many more annoying problems. Now there is some test that pops up randomly and sometimes very often (a few minutes apart) that will not go away even after going thru it step by endless step, passing, failing, restarting, you name it. T mobile says take the test and it will stop. Wrong. I've had this phone less than a month and can't wait till I can afford a REAL phone so I can smash this piece of shit into a million pieces. This phone should have never made it into stores. If they were even a little decent they would recall them all and refund the huge amount of money I'm sure they have already made off of them. And I hear their test engineers make $99,000??? WTF??? DO NOT EVER, EVER BUY ANYTHING FROM THIS HORRIBLE COMPANY!! IT'S NOT WORTH YOUR MONEY OR YOUR SANITY!!!

Jerry Bain

So I googled "Is the Alcatel I POP a piece of crap" thinking either Google would censor my language, or maybe I was alone in trying to make this phone work. l quickly learned I was not alone...it is a piece of garbage!!! Why isn't their a class action lawsuit to call thesse bastards to some form of justice. Try downloading photos to an Imac. Good luck. And then, what about phone is turned on, and 30 seconds goes dark!!? And side controls...what a joke. Total waste of money.


JR

Just like everyone here, heed our warnings. Besides the more expensive Alcatels, you should avoid this like the plague. Actually, the plague would be better than having to deal with this phone. Everything bad you can think of about a cell phone can and will happen. Dropped calls absolutely every single time. Battery life as if its powered by a potato. And apps fail more than "insert joke here." I said my peace. I just wish I could "office space" on that damn phone, but I'm on t-mobile and it's still being financed.


Ericaaaad

i just got the Alcatel Fierce XL like last month and by the end of last month my phone started tripping. It was dropping calls. Then it got worse, it would just randomly shut off even though there was more than half of the battery left. I do officially hate this phone. At one point it would cut on and say i had 0% on my phone and cut back off. i was so mad so i called Metro Pcs and they said i can get a new phone. i dont want a new one, i dont even want the one i have now! now it wont cut on at all and ive tried everyhting that worked before, smh DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. as a matter of fact, dont even get a phone from this company.


Turk
This is the flimsiest piece of plastic I have ever purchased. Not durable.

Grey

Got an Alcatel Fierce, then the OneTouch 10.16 (mini-brick) as a temporary backup after the smartphone stopped functioning... which was about 2 months in. Both are complete garbage. Even the 90s-style mini brick has problems that make it unusable for anything but calls (when it gets a signal). Every time I get a text, I have to reboot the phone to read it, or I'll see just a blank screen with an unusable "Options" button at the bottom. And sometimes, it will simply reboot on its own for no apparent reason - no matter what I'm doing. This is the cheapest piece of garbage on the market. "Buyer Beware," this company has no quality control or integrity whatsoever.


rj
If you are thinking of picking up one from the bargain rack don't, you will just have to buy another after about a weeks worth of frustration. This is the worst phone I have ever had the misfortune of using. Countries were toppled for the mining rights to obtain the materials used for these phones, sweat shop and slave labor were used in assembling it, but by far the biggest crime against humanity Alcatel has committed is subjecting to public to this piece of shit. Not only do I want my money back but the time I used trying to accomplish simple tasks like unlocking the phone or answering a call. It updates constantly too so I hope you have a good data plan if you're unfortunate enough to have picked one up.

Marin

U guys are absolutely right never seen it such a junk phone in my life it's a piece of


jayda

when i first bought this phone it was ok... But then after it died i put it on the charger it went from 15% to 0%. ever time it got worse. charging the phone it has to go all the way down to zero PERCENT before charging... this phone has terrible camera, volume , definition , and the worst of all charging, this phone glitches, i would be talking on the phone and i would always lose signal while im at the virgin mobile store!!!! DON'T BUY THIS PHONE IT IS A PIECE OR TRASH AND WILL ALWAYS BE!


Berry
Its a piece of shit. And that's putting it nicely. I haven't had this phone for a whole week and it's already freezing up and out of space. The battery can't even last for more than three hours. And the fact that I can't get more than 1 bar anywhere defeats the purpose to buy this junk.

jojo

this phone is terrible every time I try to get a good app it says "device not compatible" with this app. plus the battery life lasts about 2-3 hours. and I can never get good quality photos or video. don't buy this phone.


lorenzo

this phone is total garbage....had if for 3 months before it died and wouldnt charge


BG

I got this phone cause it had decent reviews from the U.K but if this is quality from the U.K WOW someone needs to tell or show what quality is, pure garbage terrible performance waste of money. Never again

MGD

I hate this phone

Is so far the worst cell phone I ever had... I don't recommend it... It freezes up very often. Also sometimes, it looks like it's working fine but does not receive calls or texts and need to turn it off and on, and all the texts start coming all together and double..... Battery goes low very fast... H...More
Is so far the worst cell phone I ever had... I don't recommend it... It freezes up very often. Also sometimes, it looks like it's working fine but does not receive calls or texts and need to turn it off and on, and all the texts start coming all together and double..... Battery goes low very fast... Have many issues with the screen... Sound on speaker mode is terrible, and same to listen music, need to use earphones to have a good quality sound.. Less