Alcatel OneTouch Blaze OT-990 Review

Alcatel OneTouch Blaze OT-990 Review
August 04 01:49 2011 Print This Article

The Alcatel OneTouch Blaze 990


When we did an unboxing for the Alcatel OneTouch Blaze 990 sometime last month, we didn’t know it would gather so much interest in that short span of time – at least, it garnered more than we thought it would. Of course, the specs and price were all in the right place, and might even be called commendable in some respects. After all, even with some interesting midrange android features, it is priced at PHP 9,999 – down from regular PHP 14,999. (Our contact at Alcatel says the lower price stays for the time being, so we’re reviewing it at that price.) Still, the brand recall for Android phones of late – or most popular phone brands for that matter – have been HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Apple, BlackBerry and the usual suspects. Imagine our surprise and delight to find that Alcatel isn’t taking this sitting down, and bringing the fight straight into the competitive budget Android territory with some French flair at a competing price. But did they succeed, or was it just a valiant effort? You can find out here on our review of the Alcatel OneTouch Blaze 990.






The back is quite dapper


The OneTouch 990 is one of the more dapper looking phones we’ve seen this side of 10 grand. In fact, while there’s only a few phones under the PHP10,000 mark, it would be safe to say that the 990 is the classiest looking in that category. Far from having straight lines and boring sides, the 990 has got curves and fancy touches to where you might find to look. The back is particularly the nicest, with a raised area for the camera/speaker module near the top, and a slight tapered bump near the bottom. We find it, and the texture and decals on the cover, aesthetically pleasing. What’s more the top bump sits just above your index finger when you hold the phone. This lets your finger act as a small ledge for the bump to hang onto and prevent the phone from sliding off your hand.




All around the phone’s sides, there’s an uninterrupted line of shiny plastic that reminds us of something like chrome or shiny copper. It gives the phone a little bit of bling – not tacky, but tasty. The buttons are situated on this strip, and they take on its size and shape – thus not taking away from the overall look. They’re easy to press, and blend well with the design. The power/lock button though, is unusually placed on the lower left side of the phone, and the mini-USB data/charge port is on the top. Its not too much trouble to adjust to these changes from the norm, but you do wonder why they’re there. To its merit, the shiny chrome strip on top around the USB and 3.5mm headset jack looks particularly nice, as we’re used to seeing the ugliest, non-embellished, afterthought-looking USB ports on most phones.


On the front, you get the generous (for this price range) 3.5” screen with small bezels on either side. The top has the speaker grille, Alcatel badge, and surprisingly – a front facing camera. The bottom part of the bezel houses three large capacitive buttons – of which reminds us of some Windows Phones. Below that on the middle is a physical Home button that is a great size – easy to find and press even when you’re not looking. It’s worth noting that the phone has no charge or notification lights – so it’s a little awkward to glance at the phone when its charging and not seeing the orange (or green) light. (Alcatel does something with the charging UI instead – which we’ll talk about in the UI section.) Similarly, the capacitive buttons do light up, but only with a weak glow. Thankfully, you can still quickly find the buttons when its dark – as opposed to phones with buttons that don’t light up at all.


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Build quality is decent, and the plastics are solid to the touch. There are no squeaks or clicks when we pinch the phone and we think the shiny strip around the device serves a chassis-like function. Of course that’s probably not the case, but it makes the phone look like its secure from any bumps and bruises. The Blaze 990 comes in three colors: Aubergine, Bluish Black & we got the Spicy Red for our review unit. It’s a nice dash of color in the world of bland looking cheap devices.








Of course we’re familiar with the Android OS, and the Blaze 990 is using the popular Froyo 2.2 version of it. It does come with some tweaks though, and thankfully most of them are welcome. You still swipe sideways to scroll through homescreens, and the app drawer is still the alphabetically arranged icon menu that you scroll vertically. You can use the homescreens as your quick access area to widgets, shortcuts, contacts, and other features to your liking. You can pretty much customize these as much as you want, and if by default you couldn’t add a shortcut to something, you’re sure to find an app in the marketplace that does the trick.


Speaking of the homescreens, in most phones you have space for about 5 or 7, and for most cases is unchangeable. The Blaze 990 has an option for 3, 5, and 7 in its menus – which would have been a good thing. However, we noticed a little bit of jank in its treatment of widgets if you change the amount from the default five. We don’t know what’s causing it, but when we switched to a 7 screen interface the placement of widgets would sometimes get lost between screen 1-2 and 6-7. We think the software defaults to 5 screens and finds difficulty in remembering placements if you change to a 7 screen system. We opted to stick to five homescreens instead and never had a problem with it afterwards.


For the minimalist at heart, they’ve added a feature to completely hide the notification bar that is always present in Android phones. Double tapping an empty part of your homescreen will slide the bar up. This gives the phone an entirely different “clean” feel. Of course double tapping the screen again will bring this bar back down. When you unlock the phone though, you’ll notice it slide up – refrain from pulling it down at this point. Since the phone is trying to hide it, when you drag it down, both actions end up in a weird short bar that you can’t use. Re-unlocking fixes this, but you need to fight the urge to tug on the notifications if you prefer the minimalist style. Wait until it completely hides, then double tap the screen to make it appear is the best solution.


Another custom UI feature is their unlock screen. It isn’t drastically different from most, but it has an interesting charge indicator on it. When charging, the bottom part of the unlock screen is treated like your battery “juice”. Juice slowly trickles down in drops into the chamber, giving you a great visual idea of what the battery is currently getting. The juice turns from red to orange to green to signify charge level, and fills up the chamber when its 100%. While not a replacement for the notification/charge led, it’s a great touch for the unlock screen and always puts a smile in our faces when we see it.


This weird keyboard also has T9 Alphanumeric


An unusual keyboard is included in the list of choices on top of the regular Android stock. It looks slightly cramped with too many buttons you don’t necessarily need, and doesn’t seem to be on the fast side. However, it might be a great keyboard for no-look typers – swiping sideways switches keyboard modes and one of them feature the alphanumeric T9 keypad that most texters will remember from their bar phone days. If you’re not fond of this, you can always use the standard Android keyboard or opt for other keyboards that you can get in the Android Marketplace. The messaging app of course looks mostly like stock Froyo, with the familiar threaded conversation view and contact images on the left.


Twitter updates show up under the person’s name when sending them text messages


While the contacts app seems pretty standard to the usual eyes and it doesn’t have the Facebook contact syncing feature that higher end stock Android builds have, the Alcatel build has a Twitter-sync feature to flesh out your contacts with a bit of automatically-synched Tweets from your contacts. (Provided they have names that match their Twitter profiles.) So while your contact lists may look pretty drab without the Facebook profile pictures, at least Tweets can show up on matching contacts.


This being an Android 2.2 Froyo phone, you get the new Live wallpaper features so you can customize your screens with downloadable and preset animated wallpapers. The phone also has a unique themes customization that gives you three presets. These change the wallpapers and some widget skins around to match the style. We’re not sure if you can download new themes for it, but its not like there’s not enough you can download from the marketplace if you wish. Finally, the list of custom skin UI touches end with some simple on-call, dialer, and other small changes to keep the look cohesive.








Of course the Blaze 990 packs the traditional Android browser, and it is pretty much what we expect. With the larger 3.5” screen, its easier to scroll around and read. Otherwise we feel it is as good as the competitors’ with the same screen resolution and processor power. Pinch zoom, double tapping, and panning all work the same way and is neither slower or faster than its peers. Still, that means it loads pages at a pretty zippy pace – though won’t have Flash running in the browser. You can, of course still watch YouTube by clicking through to the dedicated app from the browser.


Speaking of YouTube, we’ve had a lot of fun using this phone to watch videos on it. Why? Because Alcatel saw fit to install a powerful speaker on the Blaze 990. It is by far one of the loudest we’ve had in a while, especially in the smartphone category. These speakers also don’t muffle out when placed on top of a table for handsfree viewing. We’ve generally avoided watching or listening from our phones due to their tinny, weak speakers and its very refreshing to have a phone with a decent screen that can pump out some good, powerful, bassy audio that makes the viewing experience so much more pleasurable. We’ve used more expensive, higher spec phones than the Blaze 990, but this one takes the cake for watching YouTube if only because of the punchy audio quality it delivers.


Gallery app runs pretty well, including all the fancy transitions


The gallery, video player, audio player and other stock apps are what you would expect – with some minor UI touches to make them look more at home with the theme. Nothing remarkable in this regard, but the stock Gallery app is always nice as it comes with visual flourishes and transitions – not to mention some accelerometer tilt animations. Of course pinching, swiping, panning, double taps and other gestures work as you would expect with not much in the hint of lag.


Click for full res images (lower right image from front camera)


Speaking of images, the camera app is also stock. There’s a slider to switch to video mode and you would get the usual amount of ways to change your exposure options and other things. Though, there are no scene modes – you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. Camera quality is decent, with good detail to its 5MP shots to some extent. We like the color reproduction and slight sharpness, though some shots will admittedly look hazy. Still, smartphones were never meant to rival real cameras and in general even perform worse than dedicated cameraphones – so you’ll have to understand that the standards are low. The front camera takes 640×480 images, which are dull and noisy, but thankfully its not the main camera. We appreciate that Alcatel even included the front facing one for video calls – if you ever get a good app for one.


Alcatel OneTouch Blaze 990 CIF Video Sample (Main Camera)
Alcatel OneTouch Blaze 990 CIF Video Sample (Front Camera)



Sadly, for video the Alcatel doesn’t do too well. Both the front and rear cameras can only pick up CIF video at 30 FPS. While maintaining 30 FPS is nice, CIF video is only 352×288 pixels. At that resolution its pretty hard to make out details, so we’d only really choose to use it for video calls – and possibly for emergency video recordings. These videos are a little too low resolution even for the average YouTube clip of your pets or loved ones. You can see for yourself in the samples above.




Since this is an Android phone, there’s always new apps you can download from the Android Marketplace. The list is ever growing and there’s a staggering amount of free ones you can get. If that’s not enough, the Philippines is also allowed to buy apps from Google’s system so you can finally plunk down and pick up some really cool apps and games. Finally, power users will appreciate the WiFi hotspot functionality built-in for good measure.






Quadrant Standard score


As you might have noticed, the Alcatel has a rather large 3.5” screen for its budget demographic. It doesn’t skimp too much on pixels either at 320×480 resolution. This is mostly the new standard for midrange and budget phones, but its definitely refreshing to see that Alcatel didn’t go the route of using a lower resolution screen. The large panel is enjoyable to use and has the average amount of visibility angles and color representation. However, it only maxes out at a comfortable brightness – so we used it only at max, and never somewhere lower. In comparison, we use our other phones at about 35-40% brightness. Unless you work in extremely bright environments though, you’ll be fine using it at constant max power.


Of course the battery life is still your usual Android, with power lasting for about a day before we need to charge it. We’re used to doing this daily regimen on our phones, but users upgrading from more conservative devices will need to adjust their charging patterns. It won’t die on you unnaturally, but don’t expect two days of battery life unless you’ve turned everything pretty much off. Interestingly, the phone that we had didn’t seem to charge off our USB car charger, which worked for all the Android/WP7 devices we’ve tried. We’re not sure why, but that might prove to be a slight problem for users who want to use their phones as music players and GPS devices for their cars.


Thankfully, performance is great. Even with the 600Mhz processor, it could run the apps that we’re accustomed to using. This seems to be attributed to a generous Adreno 200 GPU that helps the CPU churn the graphics for complex applications. The traditional Angry Birds test runs great, and even Angry Birds Rio ran at a decent clip – only slowing down on some busy instances. It’s still very playable though – and that makes the game much more enjoyable. Testing the 3D capabilities on Fruit Slice also gave us a pretty good opinion of its polygonal powers, as it handled it well enough for us to enjoy playing for longer than our usual few games. Multitasking works well too, as Froyo handles the memory admirably. The app memory though, can be a little larger. Though we didn’t reach critical levels during our review, we’d like to have more to have the freedom of installing just about anything that catches our eyes.


As for the firmware, it might be safe to say that this phone will probably just stay as its Android 2.2 Froyo version and not go for Gingerbread and beyond. We’re not familiar with Alcatel’s update policies, but we haven’t heard about them aggressively upgrading their devices. So we’re silently hoping, but not expecting much.






We approve the Blaze 990 for coffee shop use!


The Alcatel OneTouch Blaze 990 is probably best described as a refreshing new take on the budget Android market. While it brings in new ideas and fancy new touches, some of the custom UI features are slightly half-baked. However, one cannot deny the positives from the phone, despite some very small software niggles. We definitely like the form factor, large comfortable screen, and great design touches all around. The color choice is even quite attractive and despite its budget price, will probably look much nicer than some boardroom-class phones out there.


You can tell Alcatel wanted to make the software for the phone special, by adding some extra visual flair. They didn’t quite get it all through Quality Control though. The widgets getting lost when you change the amount of homescreens seems to be the most serious one around, but all of the others have their own little problems. That said, there’s enough good here that you won’t necessarily hate the bad – or you wouldn’t notice them at all.


As far as competition is concerned, you have a few entries from popular brands. Cherry Mobile has a few below PHP 10,000 with the Nova, Cosmo and even the Orbit now. Though, the LG Optimus One is probably the nearest contender. All of these competing phones have smaller screens though, and most of them have tinny speakers with unattractive backsides. When it comes to sub-10k devices with 600Mhz, the Alcatel is the best looking of the lot – and it doesn’t perform any badly either. It skimps on some things like the screen brightness, charging led, video recording, and other usual Android points, but it goes all out on some great design, front camera, powerful speakers and an unapologetically large sized screen. All those, plus having the color options just might seal the deal for most buyers, including us.


Of course, this all is based on the assumption that the price will stay at PHP 9,999. The original price is way above that, and sits nearly higher than most midrange handsets. If that price ever goes to effect, then it will have to go toe-to-toe with some more formidable opponents like the Samsung Galaxy Ace and HTC Wildfire S. It might be able to hold its own, but won’t be getting a more compelling argument than it has now – as it will have to compete with phones with slightly classier designs, screen sizes and even processing power.


Hopefully it’ll never have to get to that. For when the Alcatel OneTouch Blaze 990 is at its PHP 9,999 price, it gives us an amazing phone for a price that normally settles for something simple and mundane. The Optimus One is a proven device with a lot more support from the rooting community as its advantage, but the Blaze 990 has its inherent design features, UI touches, large screen and powerful speakers to boast of. Call us superficial, but the tossup leads us to prefer the more aesthetically pleasing one. The only other reason we’d reconsider buying it is if we’d do a lot of video recordings. Thankfully, we’d settle for the occasional nice picture or two. For these merits, we’re giving the Blaze 990 a 4/5 as long as the price sticks around. We’ll call it our sub-10k favorite, at least for now.


Alcatel has a winner with the Blaze 990 – 4/5.


UPDATE: We’re told that during the launch event today that the PHP 9,999 pricetag is the introductory price. There are plans to return the price to PHP 14,999 after the promotion. The predicted end of the introductory prices will be by end of August. So if this happens, we’ll have to give the Blaze 990 a different score. We’re leaning towards 3/5 at this point due to the fact that the phone will have to compete with some more compelling offers from well known brands. Supposedly if the current sale prices take off, they might not bring them back to regular prices. So let’s hope for that. For now, assume that our review is still based on the introductory price. We regret any confusion this might cause our readers. Thanks!


For more sample images from the phone, check out the gallery below.



And the device gallery is below.


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  1. Daniel
    August 06, 00:42 #1 Daniel

    Can this phone be rooted? I might get this phone if it has the capacity to be rooted then overclock the CPU to increase the performance; if not I might go for the ZTE Blade which goes for around £105.

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  2. kenshin
    August 15, 10:15 #2 kenshin

    Great review, was enough to convince me to buy one, althoug I am returning it after a day for exchange – it had a single dead pixel unnoticed at the store.

    Also, one good thing that must be emphasized is the generous RAM – as per android status it has 400mb(!) total, at normal use I always had 200mb free, hence minimal task killing and swapping occurs, which makes it feel smooth.

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    • panzerpuff
      August 15, 10:17 panzerpuff Author

      Good observation sir, we were impressed with the RAM as well since most of the budget phones only have 200MB or under. We think that’s why it can perform its tasks impressively.

      Grats on your new phone and hope you can get it replaced quickly!

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      • jomz
        September 05, 06:36 jomz

        Hi, could you tell me if my Alcatel 990 ist wrong or something, because i can’t connect the sound with my speakers or Aux cable, only with headphones…and i dont have any idea of how to fix this…

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  3. Rostropol
    September 07, 06:11 #3 Rostropol

    One more thing to fill in the review,it does record videos at WVGA resolution if you go to video setting in the camcorder interface and select on the left settings row \video quality>adjustable and then choose in the upper part the resolution WVGA or VGA…..

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    • panzerpuff
      September 08, 08:34 panzerpuff Author

      Hi Rostropol, not sure if we found those settings in our unit. Could be difference in software versions or our unit. We could only find the CIF video recording and was a little disappointed.

      If the WVGA recording shows up on your unit and others then that’s good news. It should at least improve our opinion of its video capabilities.


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  4. AR
    September 08, 05:04 #4 AR

    I got one of these for free when a local cell provider was running a deal and love it. The only issue I have with it is that the Netflix app doesn’t work, but that is more Netflix’s problem than Alcatel’s. I upgraded the 2GB SD card the provider included to a Class 10 16GB HCSD card and almost all the lag issues I had with apps went away (the only exception being Angry Birds running slow from time to time). The recharge time is a little on the lengthy side, but overall I’m extremely pleased with the phone (worlds better than the P.O.S. iPhone it replaced) and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, budget friendly Android.

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  5. Beth
    September 30, 03:24 #5 Beth

    hey was just wondering , the diffrent home screen, can you you have diffrent wallpapers for each one ?

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    • panzerpuff
      September 30, 09:48 panzerpuff Author

      Hi Beth, for Android phones like this one you can’t have different wallpapers for each homescreen. The wallpaper scrolls with the screen. I believe there are mods available to allow you to have that feature, but do require more effort. Hope that helps!

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  6. Jake
    October 02, 22:52 #6 Jake

    hey was thinking about buying this phone for my daughter but she wouldnt need apps like layar , would i be able to delete these off the phone ?

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    • panzerpuff
      October 03, 08:18 panzerpuff Author

      Hi Jake, most of the apps come with the firmware so those apps you can’t uninstall like the Layar app. It’s fine to leave them there though, and you will still get the same amount of free memory if they’re still installed. Hope that helps!

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  7. sarah
    October 03, 09:12 #7 sarah

    does the front camera really works clearly? i mean my front camera is really dark when im inside my room…

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    • panzerpuff
      October 03, 10:14 panzerpuff Author

      Hi Sarah, try turning on some lights or getting in a better lit area. Small cameras like these can’t see very well even in medium light. Hope that helps!

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  8. Davor
    October 08, 18:21 #8 Davor

    Hi, can u tell me the exact RAM AND ROM of this phone? im deciding between this phone and the Huawei Sonic. Sonic sports a 256 mb RAM and 512 ROM. If Blaze has 512 RAM on top of a 5 mp camera compared to Sonic’s 3.2 it is a winner in this duel. Im trying to find how much does Blaze have but im not having any luck. Hope u can help me. Thx

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    • panzerpuff
      October 10, 20:07 panzerpuff Author

      Hi Davor, I believe the hardware is 512 ROM and 512 for RAM, but you get about 200MB for apps and about 400MB RAM in practice. Hope that helps!

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      • Davor
        October 11, 01:19 Davor

        Thx, been searching for the spec’s for a long time. Do u have an opinion on those choices? Could not find did u do a review on the Huawei phone. Does those 400 RAM from Alcatel compared to 256 RAM on Huawei have some impact on the performance considering the same speed of the processor?

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        • panzerpuff
          October 11, 03:28 panzerpuff Author

          Yeah, it should have some impact on performance. As Android slowly loses free memory, it will shut down apps and other tasks to compensate. Sometimes this will be noticed by your homescreen area restarting and other inconveniences. 400MB is a pretty good number and the Alcatel performs well because of it.

          We haven’t tried a Huawei Sonic yet so we aren’t able to comment about its performance.

          Hope that helps!

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          • Davor
            October 11, 14:50 Davor

            Thx again. If i can bother you with one more question. Im geting a nice deal on HTC Wildfire with my provider. It is a better brand then Alcatel, but the spec’s are not as good. Smaller RAM, ROM, but it is updated to Gingerbread. What do you thing is it safer to go with the brand name or stick with better preformace phone? Thx for the answer.

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            • panzerpuff
              October 11, 19:35 panzerpuff Author

              Did you mean HTC Wildfire or Wildfire S? If its the newer Wildfire S version then we’re inclined to go with the HTC because we found that it scores very high marks on Quadrant over the Alcatel. If its the older HTC Wildfire then go for the Alcatel.

              Hope that helps!

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  9. bbctwit
    October 12, 10:56 #9 bbctwit

    Alcatel phones aren’t so French anymore. In fact, the only French that’s left in today’s Alcatel phones is the name. TCL of China (yes, that TCL, famous for its cheap-ass appliances) has since taken over Alcatel’s mobile phone division and they plan to drop the Alcatel name altogether in 2013 in favor of their own. So they more like China phones posing as French but that didn’t stop me from getting an OT-813D.

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  10. spirituscron
    October 17, 03:25 #10 spirituscron

    hi man, I have one question, I have this phone, but i cant connect to a pc suite for akatel, more precisely, pc does not recognize usb driver, its a qualcomm hsusb device, i have win 7 ultimate, I tried everything, do you have some solution, sorry for my english and ty

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    • panzerpuff
      October 17, 22:50 panzerpuff Author

      Hi, try to install or re-install the PC suite first before connecting the phone to your computer. That might help. We haven’t tried this yet though. Let us know if it works!

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  11. leueen
    October 18, 23:02 #11 leueen

    hey can you use skype video calling on this phone ?

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    • panzerpuff
      October 19, 01:25 panzerpuff Author

      Hi Leueen, unfortunately this phone isn’t supported by Skype video calling as it only supports very few phones right now. Hopefully they’ll support more devices soon and include this but so far not yet.

      Hope that answers your question!

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  12. Androidmeda
    October 19, 09:30 #12 Androidmeda

    Why not suggest the SyncMyPix app for phones that don’t have native facebook contact pic syncing? The developer hasn’t updated the app in a long time, but I still find it very nifty for getting pictures on my contacts. Works best when contacts are named correctly or have a matching email address for the app to search your fb contacts with. . . but when all else fails, manual matching is a breeze. :) I’ve tried all other fb-photo-contact-syncing apps out there, but nothing is as simple and effective as SyncMyPix. (It pulls higher-resolution photos as well, unlike the native app on some devices which takes just the thumbnail, from what it looks like).

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    • panzerpuff
      October 19, 09:40 panzerpuff Author

      Cool, thanks for the suggestion! We like to point out of course the limits of the OS and interface so we tell them about the contact pics. SyncMyPix sounds like a good solution. Thanks!

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  13. moimeme
    November 05, 13:08 #13 moimeme


    Do you know what the inbox/outbox capacity of the Alcatel OT 990 is? My current phone only allows me to store about 150 messages overall (inbox + outbox).


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    • panzerpuff
      November 05, 13:48 panzerpuff Author

      Hi there! Android phones have near infinite capacity for messages because there’s enough internal memory (about 200mb for Alcatel) to store messages, apps and other system files. It could probably hold more than a million text messages if need be.

      Hope that helps!

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  14. Guy
    November 20, 06:21 #14 Guy

    Mine stopped charging all of a sudden. HELP !

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    • panzerpuff
      November 20, 09:52 panzerpuff Author

      Try changing the USB cord or taking the battery out and back in. If not, you’ll have to call customer support. Hope that helps!

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  15. Emma
    November 26, 00:59 #15 Emma

    hello i wondered if you could help me as i am very confused .I recently got this phone and everything has been great but i took so videos at my birthday party to show my family as they couldnt be there and i went to play them on my laptop and it told me that it couldnt play it and they were supported by a diffrent file type , i was just wondering if i was doing anything wrong or if there is anyway i can play these any my laptop .many thanks

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  16. panzerpuff
    November 26, 23:33 #16 panzerpuff Author

    Hi Emma! What you’ll need is a player for 3GP files. The best one to get is called VLC Media Player. It’s free, fast, and supports a lot of media files. You can download from their website here:

    Hope that helps!

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  17. Luis
    December 03, 12:50 #17 Luis

    Hi!.. i just wanna know if this phone can be rooted?? i have this phone but i cant find anything to root it … can you help me please

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  18. Pjotter
    December 06, 00:03 #18 Pjotter

    Hey I got the same problem as someone else that commented on this review.
    I also tried to connect my mobile with any sort of speakers, even speakers that run on batterys. So I think the OT 990 is not compatible with any speaker that needs energy to work.

    You can still help me iff you know some sort of application or a mediaplayer that includes a “Play trough speakers” or anything iff it excists. :D

    But still, It’s a damn sweet phone :P

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    • panzerpuff
      December 06, 08:04 panzerpuff Author

      That’s weird. We definitely didn’t have that problem, and we connected our review unit with our powered home speakers to test. Maybe you can try to call Alcatel customer service and they might be able to clarify it.

      Let us know what happens!

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  19. sarah
    December 21, 08:00 #19 sarah

    do you have any idea where to buy casing for ot990?

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    • panzerpuff
      December 22, 00:01 panzerpuff Author

      Hmm depends on your country. We’re based in the Philippines and I think some local case stores have something that fits. But don’t quote me on that. =/

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  20. Katie
    January 13, 12:05 #20 Katie

    wondering were i can buy some phone cases for my new phone Alcatel OT-990A online?

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    • panzerpuff
      January 15, 16:35 panzerpuff Author

      Unfortunately we’re not sure where to get any from online retailers. Not sure which country you’re in as well so we wouldn’t be sure where to look. =) Good luck though.

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  21. El nino
    January 17, 01:00 #21 El nino

    Hi there. I’m wondering if the incoming message sound could be changed? What i’m trying to say, can i make some of songs from my phone to be the incoming message sound and not the phone offered ones.. If anyone has the solution, it would be amazingly helpful.. Sorry for my English. Thank you ! :)

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  22. El nino
    January 18, 00:13 #22 El nino

    Man, i know i started to bother you, and i’m surely boring, but it just won’t work.. I’ve tried this, it was a great idea, but when go to settings/sounds and when i’m asked to pick a ringtone, only ringtones that appear are the system default ringtones. I converted 5-6 songs, but it won’t work. I guess this issue just can not be changed. :( What do you think?P.S. Thank you for all of this !

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    • panzerpuff
      January 18, 00:30 panzerpuff Author

      Ah, put a folder on your SD card called “Notifications” and copy all of your ringtones there. Also make a folder called “Ringtones” if you want and put it there too. Then restart your phone and all of the files in those folders should now be available.

      Hope that works! And you’re welcome!

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  23. krista
    January 24, 03:14 #23 krista

    Is there a way to sync Facebook contacts with the 990s? I have tried going to Settings, Accounts and Sync, add account, Facebook shows up – I select it and then it just returns to the previous screen…help! this is driving me craaaazy!!

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    • panzerpuff
      February 05, 23:46 panzerpuff Author

      Some phones will not have that feature which is why it just returns to the previous screen. Your best solution is to download the Facebook app and login through there. That should get your contacts from Facebook into the phone.

      Hope that helps!

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  24. Whateverr.
    February 15, 22:52 #24 Whateverr.

    DONT BY THIS PHONE! They suck. They dont allow you to play your recorded vidoes or vidoes on youtube after some time. Also you have to get a really good pair of headphones to actually work for the phone. And it freezes alot, and heats up. Internet is terribly slow. Sometimes it wont let you veiw your gallery for days. I could go on .

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  25. yawsa
    March 18, 18:27 #25 yawsa

    i have this phone since july 2011, and its pretty fair with its price, ive rooted this and its still working, i just cant install custom rom .. i say use it properly and u may like it.

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  26. Dltmc005
    April 30, 00:56 #26 Dltmc005

    I just got his phone and Netflix lags horribly. This happens wheter I am on a WIFI connection or the 3g. Is this a problem with my phone, or do the phones not have the ability to handle netflix?

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    • panzerpuff
      May 02, 20:21 panzerpuff Author

      Hi there! I’m guessing its not your connection speed since you can test that out from other apps. Netflix may be too resource hungry an app for the 600mhz processor of the OT-990, but I can’t be sure since I’m in the Philippines and we don’t have Netflix here. Hope that helps!

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  27. Dltmc005
    April 30, 00:58 #27 Dltmc005

    Also, is there a way to default apps to save to the SD card? I cannot download any more applicatoins because it says my phone memory is full. I have moved everything possible to the SD card.

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    • panzerpuff
      May 02, 20:23 panzerpuff Author

      Apps will still install on your internal memory regardless of how much you transfer, but you can make it so that the apps install with part of the app on your SD automatically. It does require plugging your phone into USB and typing defaultinstalllocation 2 or something like that into the Android system. Hope that helps!

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  28. bb4
    May 20, 06:06 #28 bb4

    hi man. i have just bought this phone. everything is ok but with a little problem. every sound volume is ok, the alarm, button, music etc. the only problem is my ringtone volume. it is at max but is so low. i can hardly hear it. has my phone any problem or it has any option that i dont know??? thnx man

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    • panzerpuff
      May 27, 20:51 panzerpuff Author

      Hey man! Try to go into Settings > Sound and check for your ringtone volume it might be lower than everything else. Also try to change your ringtone it might be a low volume one. Hope that helps!

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  29. Jer
    September 09, 06:20 #29 Jer

    So I my phone started acting up. Freezing, losing data and wifi connections. Eventually the wifi stopped working and the data was spotty at best. The phone now does not start up, all I get is the start up screen and the phone never loads. This is my 3rd one of these phones. Last time the charger stopped working which was an internal problem. Now I’m all out of insurance claims on this phone with my network and am just livid. I would not recommend this P.O.S. to anyone

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  30. Hotel Booking
    January 01, 11:35 #30 Hotel Booking

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