Alcatel, where are you?

Almost a year after saying it would introduce cell phones into the North American market, the company has yet to arrive. CNET stops by the company's booth at GSMA to see what's going on.

Alcatel phones in the company's booth Kent German/CNET Networks

At last year's CTIA cell phone show, French telecom giant Alacatel announced that it was entering the U.S. and Canadian handset market . It showed off a gallery of phones and even staged a fashion show. But now almost a year later, none of the handsets have hit the market (AT&T was supposed to be in a testing phase) so at the GSMA World Congress to check out the company's booth. On display were many of the same models we saw last year, including the OT-C707A and the OT-C717A (not the best naming conventions, I know). Not that I'm particularly itching to see these phones land in North America, but I wanted to see if there was any update on availability just the same. And as of now, there's not.

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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.

 

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