T-Mobile could start sales of the affordable Windows 10 Mobile Alcatel Onetouch Fierce XL this week

Windows 10 Mobile may be the future of Microsoft’s smartphone platform, but for the moment users have precious few hardware options for enjoying the new OS. You’ve got a handful of Lumia models from Microsoft, sure, but the majority of Lumia phones are still waiting for their official W10M updates to arrive. That’s left third-party manufacturers to pick up the slack, and ever since last year we’ve been looking forward to the carrier debut of the Windows 10 edition of Alcatel Onetouch’s Fierce XL. Nothing’s official just yet, but a new source suggests T-Mobile could get its hands on the phone in a matter of days, with sales opening later this week.

T-Mobile’s already familiar with the AOT Fierce XL as a prepaid option, but that’s the phone’s old Android edition. This year at CES we checked out a re-tooling of the handset to run Microsoft’s latest platform, and around the same time heard T-Mobile express its interest in picking that model up, too. The carrier confirmed pricing of just about $140 for the phone, but hadn’t said anything about a release date. Supposedly, that will happen this Wednesday, with T-Mobile getting sales started on February 10.

While we don’t expect the phone’s arrival to be an especially high profile development, the Fierce XL does represent a particularly attractive value preposition for smartphone shoppers, and that’s doubly true if you’re already married to Microsoft’s ecosystem.

Support documents already suggest that the handset will land running W10M build 10586.63, putting it at the head of the pack for phones powered by the very latest version of the OS – that’s just the sort of debut we like to see.

Source: Windows Central

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