Budget smartphones are a dime a dozen. When faced with a horde of competitors, differentiation could be a matter of life or death for a product line. Although Alcatel has brought its affordableONETOUCH brand to the US before, it is now trying to reach for the starts with the new POP Astro. While still staying true to the promise of extremely affordable handsets with more or less acceptable hardware specs, the ONETOUCH POP Astro promises something that not every smartphone of its kind don’t have: LTE connectivity.
It is rare, though not completely unheard off, for low to mid range smartphone to eschew LTE radios in order to cut down on costs. Perhaps the reasoning is that those budget conscious enough not to grab the newest flagship might not be too keen on signing up for a pricey LTE line anyway. However, those days are probably behind us, with the proliferation of 4G networks and plummeting prices of subscriptions.
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