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Alcatel SPARK FB 916D serves up dual SIM Gingerbread QWERTY goodness for Php7K

Dual sim Android phones are now a dime a dozen thanks to Cherry Mobile and company adopting Google’s open-source OS. But how many do you know run on Gingerbread and sport a QWERTY keypad? None? Well, let’s change that by introducing you to the Alcatel SPARK FB 916D.

Yep, that FB right there in its name refers to Facebook, because just like the HTC ChaCha, this too comes with a dedicated key that provides you with access to all your Facebook needs.

A 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, 2.6-inch touchscreen, a 650MHz processor, and a 1500mAh battery round up the rest of its specs. Processor speed aside, it’s really not that bad, especially if you take into account its price.

So how much exactly is the damage for this Gingerbread dual SIM QWERTY?

Price of the Alcatel SPARK FB 916D is just Php6,999.

Tempting, right?

Just note, the SPARK FB 916D isn’t available yet for your buying pleasure. It’s coming soon to Philippine stores. Within the next couple of weeks, we’re told. Anyway, we’ll give you guys the once we get word of its availability in local stores.

For now, just further whet your appetite with the press release below:

Boost your social life with SPARK FB 916D

Being smart is all about the connections we make. Along with the other smartphones offered by ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, Spark FB 916D comes handy for mobile users to keep them socially connected to their friends and families wherever they go.

The ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Spark FB 916D is the first dual sim Android 2.3 smartphone launched in the Philippines that is both touch and qwerty and comes with an optical trackpad for smooth scrolling and easier navigation. The phone gives you a good grip of a gadget for a great messaging experience because of its qwerty keypad which makes you type as fast as you can. It is also very portable as you travel with your phone with its dual sim dual standby feature and GSM quadband.

One of the key highlights of this phone is the Facebook button installed on its keypad which gives you a true facebook experience. It gives you deep integration with Facebook as it make you sync your Facebook albums to your local gallery and comment on them. When viewing a picture, video or a website, all it takes is one click to the FB key to share them to your friends. Photos captured using the phone’s 5MP camera can also be shared to your social networks with ease. You can also sync Facebook birthdays and important events to your phone calendar and add friends to your Facebook account through the contacts on your phone book.

The phone also comes with pre-embedded apps for social networking, games, productivity, music and audio, lifestyle, photography and localization. You can also enjoy posting out tweets once your wifi connection is on. More and more apps for games and entertainment can be freely downloaded from the android market without the worry for phone storage with its memory slot of up to 32GB.

The ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Spark FB 916D will be available in the Philippines this July 2012 for Php6,999.00. It’s sure to be friendly, conversational and efficient! For more exclusive updates about ALCATEL ONE TOUCH’s phones, check out and

Features and Specifications:

Touch & Qwerty bar
117 x 64.8 x 11.6mm
Weight: 126g
Side key: 4 (2 for Volume, 1 for power, 1 for Camera)
Finishing: Paints & metal part
Colours available: Raven Black

2.6” QVGA landscape
TFT 262k color
Touch screen: capacitive
Touch layer: multi touch
Proximity sensor
Optical finger navigation

Phone directory unlimited
(up to product memory)
Date & Clock
Voice recorder
Alarm clock with multiple ring tones
Conference call
vCard2.1/ vCal

Battery Performance
Battery lithium 1500 mAh
Talk time: 5h (2G) / 3h (3G)
Standby time: 650h
Music player: 20h
Charging time: 4h

Upto 5 Megapixel camera by software interpolation*
Digital zoom
LED Flash
Video playback: 30fps
Video capture: 30fps
Video codecs supported: H.264 MPEG4
Video streaming

Music player
Supported format: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WMV (optional)
Real music tones & polyphonic melodies
FM radio RDS
HD Voice
OMA DRM 1.0 (optional)
Flight mode

Messaging and Apps
Android GMS standard apps
Multi e-mail POP3, IMAP4, HTML
Sync e-mail 1.1.2
Microsoft Exchange Active Sync
Formatting, basic attachments
Office viewer
Facebook (Android)
Twitter (Android)
IM aggregator Palringo
MMS and SMS unified inbox
SMS with predictive input CooTek
SMS capacity unlimited
FOTA online software update
PC software suite (to be downloaded on internet)

Mobile Features
GSM Quadband(850/900/1800/1900)
UMTS 900/2100
Chipset MTK 6573
CPU speed 650MHz
7.2Mbps downlink
5.76Mbps uplink
Android gingerbread 2.3
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, (Wi-Fi)
USB modem tethering: (plug & play)
Google Chrome, Opera mini (optional)
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
Micro USB 2.0 high speed
E-compass, G-sensor
Internal Memory 4G/2G
150MB end user memory
Micro SD support (up to 32GB)
Voice codec: HR/FR/EFR/AMR/NB/AMR-WB
Dual Sim Dual Standby

In Pack
Micro USB charger head
Micro USB data cable
3.5 jack stereo headset
Micro SD card 2GB
Quick user guide

Allan David

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