Alcatel A50

Give the Alcatel A50 as a Gift and Watch Their Face Light Up

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This post is sponsored on behalf of Alcatel in Canada.
Parenting comes with some thankless moments. Assigning chores, laying down the law about doing homework, breaking the bad news that they can’t stay up late to watch a movie because it’s a school night. That’s one of the reasons parents look forward to the holiday season so much. Giving gifts is the opposite of the tougher parenting stuff we’re doing the rest of the year. If you have teens, the Alcatel A50 makes gift-giving the best experience ever. Their face will light up the moment they see it. A smartphone!

They don’t need to know the Alcatel A50 is actually affordable enough to make giving one as a gift practical. The smartphone is currently available for free on a two-year term at Telus, Koodo, Virgin Mobile or Videotron stores or you can purchase it outright for just $240 CAD.

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The Alcatel A50’s 8MP camera with dual tone flash has all the filters teen love to use (Photo by Brad Moon).

All the Features Teens Want

Why are teens so fixated on smartphones? Besides the unavoidable peer pressure of everyone else having one…

There are actually a number of features that many teens look for when asking for a smartphone. They want a recent operating system, not something stuck on a version that’s three or four years old. They want new hardware, not a refurbished unit that’s already seen a year or more of use. It needs to be powerful enough to run the latest mobile games. It needs to have Wi-Fi and LTE so they can stream music and chat, wherever they are. A big screen is a must-have too. Nobody likes squinting at a tiny screen and it makes watching YouTube videos a lot better, especially when you’re trying to show the latest viral video or movie trailer to your friends.

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Photo taken with Alcatel A50 (Photo by Brad Moon).

Speaking of YouTube and chat, every teen wants a smartphone with good cameras, front and back. You never know when the perfect selfie opportunity is going to arise, or your friends are going to do something that absolutely must be captured on video and posted.

The Alcatel A50 is a smartphone that covers off all those requirements and more. The 5.2-inch HD screen is big and bright, the perfect size to easily read texts and ideal for watching video. They can listen to music from Spotify or their favorite streaming service, and use whatever headphones they want –Bluetooth if they want to go wireless, or they can plug standard headphones into the 3.5mm audio jack (unlike many competing smartphones, which ditched this industry standard). With a microSD card slot, they can even carry around a virtually limitless media library stored on inexpensive microSD cards. Both Wi-Fi and LTE are there, for speedy online access at home, at school, riding in the car, or hanging out at a friend’s house.

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Get all the latest Android apps on Google Play (Photo by Brad Moon).

The Alcatel A50 has a speedy quad-core processor and runs Android 7.0 (Nougat). Hit the Google Play Store and it can download and play all the latest games, including Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, or Warhammer 40,000. Install the Netflix app and they can watch their favorite shows and movies, or the mobile version of Microsoft OneNote to help with homework.

Selfies, photos and video? Covered. There’s a 2MP selfie cam with an LED flash. The main camera is an 8MP shooter with auto focus, dual tone flash and 1080p video.

SNAPBAK Covers for Every Situation

Making the Alcatel A50 an even bigger deal –and greatly boosting its appeal to those teenagers– are the included SNAPBAK covers. Pop off the default cover and turn the smartphone into an amplified wireless speaker with the Sound SNAPBAK. Put on an LED lightshow, customize the back with colorful LEDs or having an LED notification of incoming messages with the LightUp SNAPBAK. Or forget about the need to carry around a charger with the Power SNAPBAK that more than doubles the smartphone’s battery life.

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The LightUp SNAPBAK is one free three SNAPBAK’s included with the Alcatel A50 (Photo by Brad Moon).

Parents will love the Alcatel A50 because it’s affordable. Teens will love it because it’s everything they want in a smartphone, and more.

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