If you're a phone-maker, "better luck next time" isn't a phrase you want to hear attached to anything you make, but it's a pretty good description for the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce and Evolve, which came out for T-Mobile in 2013.
Alcatel has a second shot with sequels of both, the entry-level OneTouch Fierce 2 and OneTouch Evolve 2, both available from T-Mo on September 10.
Larger this year than last year's model, the Fierce 2's 5-inch display nevertheless drops in pixel density with the same 960x540-pixel resolution as last year, but this time on a half-inch larger screen. The Fierce 2 does run on Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as on a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. A 5-megapixel camera and 0.3-megapixel front-facer are both on the lower end, as is the 4GB internal storage space, which can expand up to 32GB through a microSD card. The 2,000mAH battery promises up to 6 hours of talk time.
The Evolve 2 is even more basic, with Android 4.4 KitKat, a 4-inch 800x480-pixel display, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, and 4GB of storage that also expands up to 32GB. T-Mobile and Alcatel are counting on the phones' competitive prices to draw in customers.
T-Mobile says the Fierce 2 will cost $5.25 per month, on a 24-month plan, while the Evolve 2 will set you back $3.30 per month over 24 months. Neither require any up-front payment.