Alcatel OneTouch 10.16G review
|Review: March 2016|
In a nutshell: The Alcatel OneTouch 10.16G is a dirt-cheap old-style phone with an alphanumeric keypad. It has no camera, but can call and text, has a radio, and quadband GSM compatibility. Battery life is very weak however.
They don't make phones like they used to, eh? Wait, it turns out that they do! Alcatel's retro-style One Touch 1016G rewinds the clock 10 years to when phones were bricks, and did what phones were meant to do - make calls and send texts.
One thing that has changed since those days though is the price. The OneTouch 1016G costs virtually nothing. You can't really argue with that.
The 1016G is a classic feature phone with a tiny 1.8 inch screen, an alphanumeric keypad and a chunky body. There's no camera, but it does have a radio and a voice recorder. It's unbelievably light in weight compared with modern phones.
The phone runs on GSM networks only, but has quadband compatibility, so you should be able to take it anywhere.
The battery has a tiny 400mAh capacity, that will last for 6 days on standby, but not very long if you make calls.The phone accepts a standard-size sim card.
There's not much more to say about this phone. Buy it as an emergency phone, or one to take to a festival. Alternatives include the Nokia 130, which has better battery life, or the Nokia 225, which includes a basic camera.
Alcatel OneTouch 10.16G features include:
- Display: 1.8 inch TFT colour screen, 128 x 160 pixels
- Music player & FM radio
- Handsfree speaker
- Messaging: SMS
- Polyphonic ringtones, vibration alert
- Memory: 4MB ROM/4MB RAM
- Quad-band GSM networks
- Size: 108 x 45 x 12.5 mm
- Weight: 63g
- Battery: 400mAh
- Talktime: 3 hours
- Battery standby: 6 days
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Can I retrieve my deleted texts?
Asked by Nick
on 17th Oct 2018
How do I write text messages with letters? I only get numbers. The hash key doesn't respond or even appear. I can't even get rid of the message center number.
Asked by Jacqueline
on 13th Sep 2018
I want to write a text message. I go into messages, create message, I tap in the contact tel. number. When I scroll down to the text only numbers come up, no letters. The hash key doesn't respond.
How to get rid of icon showing voicemail received?
Asked by Annette
from United Kingdom
on 5th Sep 2018
The icon at the top of the screen showing a voicemail message has been received is now permanently there even though I have cleared all voicemail messages.
This means i have to keep checking for messages on a regular basis if I leave my phone on silent, as I usually do during working hours.
Alcatel OneTouch 10.16G user reviews
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Average rating from 12 reviews:
Reviewed by Doug
on 15th Apr 2018
Bought one on ebay to replace my outdated Alcatel 311, which I can no longer buy batteries for. The phone is a good replacement, but has some shortcomings:
a) Unable to make appointments which I could do on my old 311
b) No predictive text. Not a serious problem if you don't send lots of texts.
c) Converter. Only allows you to convert weight and length
d) Writing text messages. To enter a number character, make a long press on a key. On this phone the long press is very long, which I find irritating.
e) Keys are a bit small. I often press the wrong key. Not to detrimental though, just press the BACK button and try again.
Having said all that, It's basically a basic little phone and does what it does very well. As I am not a power user of mobile phones, it serves my purposes very well.
Reviewed by David f
on 6th Mar 2018
I got this phone from EE. Cost 79 pence! when I bought £10 Orange payasyougo call package. Bargain or what!
Reviewed by Not sure
on 17th Feb 2018
Bad. No sound recording and PAID GAMES ONLY! No mms.
Reviewed by Michael McGregor
on 3rd Feb 2018
Great phone but graphics are very 1980s and it is too easily turned on in your pocket also does not show "own number"
Reviewed by Robert
on 26th Aug 2017
This is onee of the best phones I ever owned. I live on a boat and use it to fit in local prepaid SIM cards. It small fits any pocket and works perfect. If it falls in the water I get a new one. If I loose it I get a new one if I damage it....
It serves the purpose of being connected. It even has a converter from alian punds and miles to kkilo and km.
I got this phone in Martinique unlocked for 30EUR incl. 20 EUR phone credit.
Value for money 6*
Reviewed by Roger maxey
on 19th Aug 2017
How can anyone complain about this phone, it is a basic phone for a basic price and does a first ratejob. If you want an internet searching all bells camera phone expect to pay for it. I paid less than twenty pounds for this phone and it does everything I expected of it and more. Tesco mobile at the time of writing have some superb deals and no I do not work for tesco.
Reviewed by Dave
on 1st Jun 2017
Does exactly what it says.Perfect for me as I mainly receive calls, and only text occasionally. I hate predictive text, so happy without.Lower to uper case is a one button press, so's voicemail. Camera's good (zoom isn't).Can't believe it was only £7.50.
Reviewed by RABB
on 7th Apr 2017
Don't buy this phone. It is absolutely useless for texting. No real predictive text. Very difficult to switch from lower case to caps and vice versa. The ultimate disposable phone. You will want to get rid asap.
Reviewed by Siobhan
from United Kingdom
on 2nd Mar 2017
Useless phone. I wanted basic..this isn't even that. Poor battery life,; awkward transfer from lower to upper case when texting; still haven't worked out how to access voicemail. Going back to my Samsung.
Reviewed by Jonathan
from United Kingdom
on 11th Nov 2016
Cheap but annoyed and surprised it doesn't have predictive text!!! My old £5 LG had it and that's much older...
Reviewed by BARRY
on 25th Sep 2016
The Alcatel One Touch 1016g will nolt send text messages. The instructions are printed in a typeface that is too small. Making calls work, but I can not send text messages. I wish I had not bought it.
Reviewed by Sabine
on 20th Aug 2016
I hate this phone. I cannot hear the other person well. It keeps interrupting the conversation and is very quiet. My provider only exchanged it once and it was as bad as the other. I had to buy a different handset but thanks to Talktalk they made me being stuck in the contract by not letting me out when I had a chance. I have two handset. I do not use Alcatel. I use an older version of Nokia I bought from ebay after giving up on the bad one.