• Rooted Alcatel One Touch Fierce Video Review

    EDIT: See Camera fixes below!





    This is my review of the Alcatel One Touch Fierce, a low cost smartphone that doesn't feel or act like a low cost smartphone. This can be had for as low as $29.99 on MetroPCS, or for around $100.00 on T-Mobile(U.S. prices). It can be unlocked to work on many U.S.A. GSM carriers as well(ebay has an unlock code for around $5.00...or you can use one from the advertisers on here).
    But what I really like about this phone is how easy it is to root. I used the Framaroot app to do it in literally one step. It doesn't get any easier than that! Just use the Faramir exploit from it's list of exploits and your good to go. All works just as it would if you didn't root it, but it allows you to use all of the great root apps out there, like Greenify.

    As for the specs, this is one amazing phone for $30.00...it sports a nice Mediatek MT6589M quad core processor with a equally nice PowerVR SXG544MP gpu. Plenty of power for doing just about anything you want to do on a smartphone, from surfing to gaming, all works well here. It has a good sized 4.5" TFT 540x960 pixel screen that looks great and works fine. It is also running a clean install of Jellybean, 4.2.2. Just a few T-Mobile apps are added, nothing more, nice. It does have a pair of cameras, a VGA front facing one and a 5MP rear facing one with flash...but neither are anything to write home about. I'm actually surprised it even has a front facing one for the price, many at this price point eliminate that option to save a few bucks. Unfortunately the rear camera is fixed focus, which limits it's use to simply taking pics, you can't scan bar codes(see below for fix!) or checks with it. The pics have a soft focus to them as well, but it does sport some decent post processing software to fix them up enough for social media use, so it's not totally useless.

    All told, this is an amazing phone for the price. It allows for rooting easily, unlock's easily to allow it to be used on many U.S.A. GSM carriers, and the good specs and usefulness don't make you feel like you got a throwaway phone, just a nice, easy to use smartphone for next to no cash at all. Highly recommended!

    EDIT: Camera apps that really improve the cameras ability to focus(for scanning codes)and zoom:
    Better Camera: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.bettercamera
    Camera Zoom: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...camerazoomfree

    Here are the links to both where you can buy this(I'll add more as I find better deals)as well as the link for Framaroot. Remember to download that app directly to your phone(from it's browser) and then install it and run it to get it to work with the Faramir exploit.

    Phone links:
    MetroPCS: http://www.metropcs.com/metro/catego...e/610214634436
    T-Mobile: http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/...ch-fierce.html
    ebay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Cell-Phones-...e&LH_PrefLoc=1
    Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16875557019
    Target Brightspot: http://www.target.com/p/brightspot-a...lot=medium_1_5

    To root your phone:
    Framaroot: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2130276

    Some rooting basics for those who have never done it:
    Never update your phone with a phone company supplied update if the phone is rooted, this can and will most likely end up with your phone being bricked. Always unroot your phone before you do said update, then re-root after your done.
    It's always best to wait awhile after a phone has been out to see if others have rooted it successfully, don't be a guinea pig, money doesn't grow on trees ;-)
    Lastly, not all rooting schemes work all the time, even on the same phones. Firmware differences, the time the phone was made(different times of the year), lots of things can affect how your phone reacts to rooting. It's never, ever set in stone. As with all rooting, your taking a chance in trying it out, there's no guaranty it's gonna work so proceed at your own risk!

    Here are some pics I took with the 5MP camera and fixed up a bit with the internal image manipulation software(closeup's aren't this phones forte, but it's better after around 2 feet or so):

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rooted Alcatel One Touch Fierce Video Review started by dragon2knight View original post
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    1. Mike Nassour's Avatar
      Mike Nassour -
      Let me guess....4G but not LTE, right?
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Nassour View Post
      Let me guess....4G but not LTE, right?
      Yep, 4G only...but at least it's pretty fast so I'm not complaining. I do prefer LTE if I can get it(I also own a Galaxy Light which has it),this isn't noticeably slower where I live at. Plus this one you can root, the Light, nope. Each has it's own plus' and minus', either are good phones for their respective price points.
    1. wam's Avatar
      wam -
      Yeah I have this phone it's pretty good phone . But for the money you can't beat it . Actually the 4G in my area is faster than the LTE. Really the only thing disappointing about it is the cameras but not a huge deal.

      Sent with the HoFo App
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      This phone is on sale at Target this week for $49.99 on Brightspot which is Target's prepaid with T-Mobile.
      You do have to buy a $50 Brightspot card. Not a problem if you use or would like to try Brightspot. You might be able to get them to let you buy a T-Mobile prepaid refill instead of a Brightspot one. I seem to remember someone on another thread saying they sweet talked the girl into letting them get a T-Mobile refill instead of a Brightspot one on another deal like this one a few weeks ago with a different phone on Brightspot. Off hand I don't remember which phone it was.
      I have this phone and really like it.
      I got mine unlocked via an eBay unlock seller for $4.29 and got the code within 10 minutes of my PayPal payment and unlocked it within another minute. I am using it with Lycamobile on their $39 unlimited plan which I paid around $8 for from a seller on Amazon.
      I am in a T-Mobile refarmed area and am getting 4G on this phone.
      It's plenty fast.
      Faster than our UVerse DSL ....which is admittedly pretty slow.
      The only reason I don't do the MetroPCS deal for the Nokia Lumia 521 which I would love to add to my arsenal of phones is the requirement of having to use MetroPCS for 35 days to get all the rebates.
      I have enough lines of service that I sure don't need to also have an active line with MetroPCS.

      Sent from my Fantastic Galaxy S2
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      I was going to go for the MetroPCS deal myself, but didn't for the same reasons. I'm still contracted on T-Mobile so that would have been a waste of money. I paid $100.00 for it on newegg, and still feel like I underpaid for it. As for the Nokia 521, I had it for awhile, got it as a gift around October 2013. I loved it to pieces, really smooth, plenty of power...but I couldn't stand the Windows ecosystem, way too limited for an android addict such as myself. Sold it to my friend for $20.00 and he still thanks me Thanks for the Brightspot deal, I'm adding it to the list of places to get it in the OP.



      Quote Originally Posted by SnowyWhite View Post
      This phone is on sale at Target this week for $49.99 on Brightspot which is Target's prepaid with T-Mobile.
      You do have to buy a $50 Brightspot card. Not a problem if you use or would like to try Brightspot. You might be able to get them to let you buy a T-Mobile prepaid refill instead of a Brightspot one. I seem to remember someone on another thread saying they sweet talked the girl into letting them get a T-Mobile refill instead of a Brightspot one on another deal like this one a few weeks ago with a different phone on Brightspot. Off hand I don't remember which phone it was.
      I have this phone and really like it.
      I got mine unlocked via an eBay unlock seller for $4.29 and got the code within 10 minutes of my PayPal payment and unlocked it within another minute. I am using it with Lycamobile on their $39 unlimited plan which I paid around $8 for from a seller on Amazon.
      I am in a T-Mobile refarmed area and am getting 4G on this phone.
      It's plenty fast.
      Faster than our UVerse DSL ....which is admittedly pretty slow.
      The only reason I don't do the MetroPCS deal for the Nokia Lumia 521 which I would love to add to my arsenal of phones is the requirement of having to use MetroPCS for 35 days to get all the rebates.
      I have enough lines of service that I sure don't need to also have an active line with MetroPCS.

      Sent from my Fantastic Galaxy S2
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      While I am a die hard Android girl I still enjoy playing around with different operating systems and currently have 3 different Windows phones and really enjoy using them.
      I am steering my brother to the Lumia 521 as a replacement for his dying Nokia Nuron.
      My very favorite phone is my Precious Samsung Galaxy S2.
      But my second favorite at the moment is the Fierce.
      This is a very nice phone.

      Sent from my Fantastic Galaxy S2
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowyWhite View Post
      While I am a die hard Android girl I still enjoy playing around with different operating systems and currently have 3 different Windows phones and really enjoy using them.
      I am steering my brother to the Lumia 521 as a replacement for his dying Nokia Nuron.
      My very favorite phone is my Precious Samsung Galaxy S2.
      But my second favorite at the moment is the Fierce.
      This is a very nice phone.

      Sent from my Fantastic Galaxy S2
      I LOVED my S2, and dearly miss it, that screen was perfect! But NYC subway stairs are very unforgiving to a butterfingered gent like myself, and it died a terrible death*sniff*
      I honestly liked the way Win 8 worked on the 521...it's the infrastructure that turned me off, and the severe lack of customizing. I honestly hope for the best for that platform, but it isn't looking too good when even Nokia are trying to make android(sorta, kinda)phones.
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      I LOVED my S2, and dearly miss it, that screen was perfect! But NYC subway stairs are very unforgiving to a butterfingered gent like myself, and it died a terrible death*sniff*
      Oh no.... You have my deepest condolences.... really.
      I try not to take my Precious out during this horrific weather because I fear dropping her and having her die like yours did.
      I do keep her in a study Body Glove and on occasion when I do bring her out she is also kept in a Golla cell phone wallet in my purse to keep her nice and undamaged.
      She was a gift from a friend and I treasure her greatly.

      Sent from my Fantastic Galaxy S2
    1. markmp3z's Avatar
      markmp3z -
      Tbh the Samsung Galaxy Light is better. Here are my reasons
      *Samsung and T-Mobile Will Upgrade it to 4.4 Kitkat
      *4G LTE
      *Quad Core 1.5Ghz
      *Better Camera/Batter Life
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      Quote Originally Posted by markmp3z View Post
      Tbh the Samsung Galaxy Light is better. Here are my reasons
      *Samsung and T-Mobile Will Upgrade it to 4.4 Kitkat
      *4G LTE
      *Quad Core 1.5Ghz
      *Better Camera/Batter Life
      Bird in the hand and all that.

      Sent from my Fantastic Galaxy S2
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by markmp3z View Post
      Tbh the Samsung Galaxy Light is better. Here are my reasons
      *Samsung and T-Mobile Will Upgrade it to 4.4 Kitkat
      *4G LTE
      *Quad Core 1.5Ghz
      *Better Camera/Batter Life
      I own, and have done reviews, on both. Here's my take:
      Yes the Light is a great phone, no doubt. For $150.00 it should be. Your making the mistake so many do in comparing apples to oranges. The Fierce is a $30.00 phone. $30.00. I could buy five of these for the price of that one Light.

      Secondly, folks have different priorities when looking for a smartphone. The Light has a small 4" screen, non HD. The Fierce has a 4.5" screen, non HD. Most folks need/wan't the larger screen, and I have to admit that I like it more as well. My opinion. Some folks wan't the smaller screen, and the Light's is a good one. The camera on the Light is ok, not great by any means. But at least it's auto focus so you can scan with it, not so on the Fierce. Battery life: Fierce wins, by about an additional hour in my testing. While you can remove the battery in the Light, not even Samsung has a replacement battery for it yet, not even ebay. So they are a wash on that as well. Lastly, I like to root my phones for the additional abilities it gives me. So far, despite some good folks over on XDA forums best efforts, the Light seems unrootable. The Fierce, well just look at the review above to see how easy it is to do. As for KitKat, well, it's not as great as you think it is, search on here and XDA to see what I mean. I for one am in no rush to update to it, especially since the version of Jellybean that both phones are currently using are great, with a nod to the Fierce for having a great near Nexus experience out of the box. As for LTE, well where I live the speeds for 4G or LTE are pretty much a wash, not much difference one way or the other. YMMV, of course, depending on where you live.

      Summing up, the Light is a good phone, but so is the Fierce. They will both have their fans and I applaud them all for considering such fine phones. I just don't honestly think the Light is worth five times as much as the Fierce, no way at all.
    1. markmp3z's Avatar
      markmp3z -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      I own, and have done reviews, on both. Here's my take:
      Yes the Light is a great phone, no doubt. For $150.00 it should be. Your making the mistake so many do in comparing apples to oranges. The Fierce is a $30.00 phone. $30.00. I could buy five of these for the price of that one Light.

      Secondly, folks have different priorities when looking for a smartphone. The Light has a small 4" screen, non HD. The Fierce has a 4.5" screen, non HD. Most folks need/wan't the larger screen, and I have to admit that I like it more as well. My opinion. Some folks wan't the smaller screen, and the Light's is a good one. The camera on the Light is ok, not great by any means. But at least it's auto focus so you can scan with it, not so on the Fierce. Battery life: Fierce wins, by about an additional hour in my testing. While you can remove the battery in the Light, not even Samsung has a replacement battery for it yet, not even ebay. So they are a wash on that as well. Lastly, I like to root my phones for the additional abilities it gives me. So far, despite some good folks over on XDA forums best efforts, the Light seems unrootable. The Fierce, well just look at the review above to see how easy it is to do. As for KitKat, well, it's not as great as you think it is, search on here and XDA to see what I mean. I for one am in no rush to update to it, especially since the version of Jellybean that both phones are currently using are great, with a nod to the Fierce for having a great near Nexus experience out of the box. As for LTE, well where I live the speeds for 4G or LTE are pretty much a wash, not much difference one way or the other. YMMV, of course, depending on where you live.

      Summing up, the Light is a good phone, but so is the Fierce. They will both have their fans and I applaud them all for considering such fine phones. I just don't honestly think the Light is worth five times as much as the Fierce, no way at all.
      Retail Price is 150$ On T-Mobile and Lowest price I saw eBay BIN was 99$
      Please tell me where to purchase the Fierce for 30$ Ill gladly buy 3 of them

      99$ for a Fierce and or 119$ for a refurb Galaxy light..

      Hmmmmm
    1. markmp3z's Avatar
      markmp3z -
      Oh Btw the bootloader is locked and its On Android 4.2 Android 4.3 introduced TRIM support which is needed or else this phone will slow down in a couple weeks/months depending on storage usage. And this phone will most likely never see the light of Kitkat or Jelly bean 4.3

      The Samsung galaxy light will be guaranteed an update to 4.4

      But for a basic phone for around 6$ Monthly on T-Mobile with Zero down. For those on a budget I recommend them this better than its little brother the One Touch Evolve
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by markmp3z View Post
      Oh Btw the bootloader is locked and its On Android 4.2 Android 4.3 introduced TRIM support which is needed or else this phone will slow down in a couple weeks/months depending on storage usage. And this phone will most likely never see the light of Kitkat or Jelly bean 4.3

      The Samsung galaxy light will be guaranteed an update to 4.4

      But for a basic phone for around 6$ Monthly on T-Mobile with Zero down. For those on a budget I recommend them this better than its little brother the One Touch Evolve
      For the record, it's getting kinda obvious you did not read/watch the review I did above....but here's where to get the Fierce for $30.00= MetroPCS. It's actually $50.00 with a $20.00 rebate that you must use MetroPCS for 35 days straight to receive...but for that price it's almost worth it Even at $50.00 there's your three for the price of a Light Oh, and the retail price for a Light on T-Mobile is $240.00, not $150.00.
    1. markmp3z's Avatar
      markmp3z -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      For the record, it's getting kinda obvious you did not read/watch the review I did above....but here's where to get the Fierce for $30.00= MetroPCS. It's actually $50.00 with a $20.00 rebate that you must use MetroPCS for 35 days straight to receive...but for that price it's almost worth it Even at $50.00 there's your three for the price of a Light.
      Well We dont Have a MetroPCS in Hawaii. However its a good deal for those who have MetroPCS in their area.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by markmp3z View Post
      Well We dont Have a MetroPCS in Hawaii. However its a good deal for those who have MetroPCS in their area.
      Well, I did not know you were in paradise Wish I was there with you
    1. newtoy1001's Avatar
      newtoy1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      For the record, it's getting kinda obvious you did not read/watch the review I did above....but here's where to get the Fierce for $30.00= MetroPCS. It's actually $50.00 with a $20.00 rebate that you must use MetroPCS for 35 days straight to receive...but for that price it's almost worth it Even at $50.00 there's your three for the price of a Light Oh, and the retail price for a Light on T-Mobile is $240.00, not $150.00.
      In order to "use MetroPCS for 35 days straight" to get the $20 rebate means you have to be on MPCS for at least 2 months and more likely 3 months. I guess $30 phone sounds more attractive in the ad than $50 but this is a $50 phone. Add $5 to unlock and you are looking at $55 for it to be usable with T-Mobile. Maybe it is a nice phone for the price but no auto-focus is a show stopper for me.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by newtoy1001 View Post
      In order to "use MetroPCS for 35 days straight" to get the $20 rebate means you have to be on MPCS for at least 2 months and more likely 3 months. I guess $30 phone sounds more attractive in the ad than $50 but this is a $50 phone. Add $5 to unlock and you are looking at $55 for it to be usable with T-Mobile. Maybe it is a nice phone for the price but no auto-focus is a show stopper for me.
      Well, it's still a great deal...if your on Metro PCS I agree lots of folks need the auto focus for scanning, and I thought I'd hate that so much it would turn me off to the phone, but oddly it didn't. My inner "cheapie" refuses to let me not like this phone Meh camera's and all, it's a great deal and a better phone.
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      Quote Originally Posted by newtoy1001 View Post
      In order to "use MetroPCS for 35 days straight" to get the $20 rebate means you have to be on MPCS for at least 2 months and more likely 3 months. I guess $30 phone sounds more attractive in the ad than $50 but this is a $50 phone. Add $5 to unlock and you are looking at $55 for it to be usable with T-Mobile. Maybe it is a nice phone for the price but no auto-focus is a show stopper for me.
      Or for $100 this week at Target you can get the phone and 30 days service on Target and T-Mobile's joint prepaid Brightspot and be able to use the phone on T-Mobile without having to do anything extra since a Brightspot phone is fully compatible with T-Mobile.
      It's $49.99 for the phone and $50 for the Brightspot card. But they are also on sale this week.
      I would rather do it this way than having to use MetroPCS for 35 days and have to wait for the rebate to come in.
      It would be best if you could just buy the phone outright for the discounted price but this really is a very nice phone so the price is justified.
      Nice that there are ways to get it for less.
      The eBay phone unlocker I used had lowered the price to $3.99 as of last night.

      Sent from my Fantastic Galaxy S2
    1. GiraffeNeck's Avatar
      GiraffeNeck -
      A product that will change the way you use your mobile phone...

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