Save money with the right Alcatel smartphone

Alcatel's cheap yet capable smartphones offer plenty of value to budget-conscious Aussies.

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Updated November 18th, 2019
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5.3
inches

2448 x 3264

  • Display

    5.3 inches

    2448 x 3264

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,460 mAh
8MP
2,460
mAh
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5
inches

480 x 854

  • Display

    5 inches

    480 x 854

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,050 mAh
5MP
2,050
mAh
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5
inches

720 x 1280

  • Display

    5 inches

    720 x 1280

  • Rear camera

    13MP
  • Battery size

    2,460 mAh
13MP
2,460
mAh
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5
inches
  • Display

    5 inches

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,500 mAh
8MP
2,500
mAh
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5.5
inches

1440 x 720

  • Display

    5.5 inches

    1440 x 720

  • Rear camera

    13MP
  • Battery size

    3,000 mAh
13MP
3,000
mAh
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5
inches

720 x 1280

  • Display

    5 inches

    720 x 1280

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,500 mAh
8MP
2,500
mAh
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2.8
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.8 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    MP
  • Battery size

    950 mAh
N/A
950
mAh
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5.9
inches

720 x 1560

  • Display

    5.9 inches

    720 x 1560

  • Rear camera

    13MP + 5MP
  • Battery size

    3,500 mAh
13MP + 5MP
3,500
mAh
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Alcatel U3
Alcatel U3
4
inches

480 x 800

  • Display

    4 inches

    480 x 800

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    1,500 mAh
2MP
1,500
mAh
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5.94
inches

720 x 1560

  • Display

    5.94 inches

    720 x 1560

  • Rear camera

    13MP + 5MP
  • Battery size

    3,500 mAh
13MP + 5MP
3,500
mAh
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Alcatel 1S
Alcatel 1S
5.5
inches

720 x 1440

  • Display

    5.5 inches

    720 x 1440

  • Rear camera

    13MP + 2MP
  • Battery size

    3,060 mAh
13MP + 2MP
3,060
mAh
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5.34
inches

480 x 960

  • Display

    5.34 inches

    480 x 960

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,460 mAh
8MP
2,460
mAh
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Alcatel 1X 2019
Alcatel 1X 2019
5.5
inches

1440 x 720

  • Display

    5.5 inches

    1440 x 720

  • Rear camera

    13MP + 2MP
  • Battery size

    3,000 mAh
13MP + 2MP
3,000
mAh
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Fast Alcatel phone facts

  • Though the Alcatel phone brand has been around since 1998, it was licensed out in 2005 to Chinese electronics company TCL Communication which has manufactured all Alcatel phones since.
  • Alcatel is one of the most affordable smartphone brands on the market, pricing most of its handsets between $50 and $150.

What to consider when choosing an Alcatel phone

Buying a budget Alcatel smartphone is a very different experience to purchasing a top-of-the-line handset from a brand like Apple or Samsung. Features tend to differ more drastically from model to model, and you'll often need to make a few concessions to get what you really want.

To help you determine which features are most relevant to your lifestyle, we've compiled a list of the key factors to consider when shopping for an Alcatel smartphone. Keep these in mind and you should have no trouble finding an Alcatel handset suited to your specific needs.

Which Alcatel phone is best?

Finding the right Alcatel smartphone for you isn't as simple as identifying the "best" model and leaving it at that. Different handsets are better suited to different types of people, making it impossible to declare a single handset "the best" without properly qualifying that claim first.

In the case of our recommendation below, we've selected the handset we believe most suitable for the average budget-minded Australian phone user. Our pick is based not only on our perspective as long-time reviewers in the smartphone industry, but also on the availability of Alcatel handsets here in Australia – there are many international models that never made it to Aussie shores. That doesn't mean our pick is necessarily the right phone for you, though, so be sure to factor in your particular needs and preferences before making your buying decision.

finder.com.au's pick

Alcatel Go Play

Rugged and reliable

Alcatel's only waterproof smartphone is an excellent choice for cash-strapped phone users.

Promoted

The big pitch with the Alcatel Go Play is its water- and dust-resistance rating of IP67, but that's not all the handset has going for it. A bold and colourful design, a long-lasting battery and a decent if unremarkable camera round out a solid package, one that you can now find selling for less than half its original RRP. At that price, the Go Play establishes itself as our go-to pick for an Alcatel smartphone.

Read our full review of the Alcatel Go Play here

Looking for an Alcatel phone on a plan?

While you'll find plenty of Alcatel smartphones selling outright both online and at stores like Woolworths and Target, few Aussie telcos offer the budget handsets on contract. Telcos typically focus on premium and mid-range smartphones too pricey for most people to drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on in one go. This leaves only a limited number of Alcatel contract plans currently available, which you can compare in the table below:


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