Alcatel One Touch In BrightPoint Deal

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New Orleans - TCT Mobile Multinational Limited, a subsidiary of China's TCL Communications, hopes to expand distribution of its

Alcatel One Touch

cellphones in the U.S. by striking a distribution agreement with BrightPoint Americas.

BrightPoint Americas will provide distribution services to CDMA regional carriers and the Associated Carrier Group (ACG), a buying group consisting of regional CDMA carriers.

Rayford Higginbotham, executive director of TCT Mobile in North America, said the deal would complement the company's strategy of targeting regional GSM carriers.

Alcatel One Touch is increasing its exposure in the U.S. and in March launched an Android smartphone through Virgin Mobile.

Alcatel One Touch entered the U.S. market in 2007 by selling to regional carriers, and in October 2011, Alcatel sold a phone to a national carrier for the first time. That model was the Sparq for the T-Mobile network.


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