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Alcatel now enters the budget Android market with its Alcatel OT-918

Safaricom has unveiled the Alcatel OT-918 into what is fast becoming a competitve entry level smartphones market.

The OT-918 will be selling at Kshs 8,499/- and will come bundled with free Kshs 1000 airtime and 1.5GB free data.

The Alcatel OT-918 has the following specs:


  • Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
  • 650 MHz  processor
  • 3.15MP camera ( 2048×1536 pixels)
  • 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 3.2″ TFT capacitive touchscreen display
  • 320 x 480 pixels (~180 ppi pixel density)
  • 150 MB internal storage, 512 MB ROM and a 256MB RAM
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, Edge class 12, GPRS class 12
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi plus a Wi-FiHotspot
  • HTML Browser

The OT-918 will strengthen Safaricom’s strategy of increasing its data usage focus by using smartphones that are both affordable and easily available.

Other new phones in the entry level smartphones catagory include the new Huawei Ideos Y100 and the Samsung Galaxy Pocket.

Its an Android revolution!!


  1. Sally
    July 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    oops and its already out of stock!!!! do you have info whether they are re ordering others?

    • mehboobah
      July 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Sally, please visit the Safaricom Smart Fair tomorrow at Sarit or Junction. I will be at Sarit, will get you one.

  2. Ahmad ali
    July 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hi. Am from msa. Is zte f900 available? I have waited for it for so long

    • mehboobah
      July 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Ahmed, I will have to confirm for you availability of the said model

  3. Alice
    July 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Drat!how can it already be out of stock??they should have anticipated this and stocked more!Where else can I get one and at what cost?

    • mehboobah
      July 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      They are still available, check Safaricom Eastleigh retail shop, Buru Buru shop as well.

  4. Sally
    July 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Got one at Buru Buru shop. Thanks Mehbooba for the info!

  5. Karani
    July 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Hi, i need one so badly today, where can i get it??? Please

    • mehboobah
      July 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Hi Karani, you can get one at any of the Safaricom retail shops…

  6. Karani
    July 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

    thanks so much mehboobah, am getting it rightaway, be blessed

  7. July 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    does it have a front facing camera ?

    • mehboobah
      July 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      No it has no secondary camera

  8. mike
    July 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I want to buy it tomorrow.which safaricom shop can I get it?

    • mehboobah
      July 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      You will find it at all the outlets actually

  9. ekai
    August 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    the phone is a crap runs out memory all the time and thereby cant download applications even if you GBs in you memory card.dont buy already disposed mine

    • mehboobah
      August 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      With only 150 MB available as internal storage, its expected to run out of memory. You can download ‘apps 2 sd’ from play store to help you move downladed apps to the sd card. works perfect.

  10. August 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    alcatel OT 918 and ideos y100 both look great and have great features. Jst wondering which one is better than the other?

    • mehboobah
      August 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      The Y100 has an enhanced Qualcomm chipset, so in essence is more powerful performance wise. The OT 918 looks better. Its a question of which one you like better.

  11. isaiah.o.DROIDGEEK
    August 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Alcatel is awsome crisp display..better for apps browsing vids,.. Just root ur fone,overclock it at 750mhz,..then flash the rom with custom rom frm xda.com or symbianize,..download link2sd,then run supercharger…..vola!!! Super fast fone..I love my white one. 🙂 tc

    • brian
      September 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      can u please assist on the rooting procedure?

    • Stark
      November 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      How do you overclock the phone?

    • Mash
      November 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Help i got my Alcatel OT 918 without N,D or M phone bricked while flashing a custom zip…gbsandwich.zip i think….now the phone wont boot even into clockworkmod or any other mode…The only sign of life is when charging where it displays some chinese characters…see images for more,….Any help is greatly appreciated…
      which custom rom did u use to overclock??

    • brian
      November 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      do the custom roms work with a single sim phone?

    • simon
      March 8, 2013 at 12:56 am

      i isaiah,please get me the stockrom or the custom rom for ot 918,without s/d/m….mine’s bricked.hanks

  12. Kim
    August 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Hi please i would like to know whether the Alcatel OT 918 is still available ,if it’ s dual sim and finally whether its 3G or GPRS.answer to queries can be emailed to me .Thank you

    • mehboobah
      August 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Hi, yes the OT 918 is still available, its a single sim 3G enabled phone.

  13. OA
    September 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hi, is the Alcatel OT-918 phone still on offer as of September? If yes which safaricom shop can I get it?

    • mehboobah
      September 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Yes it is, you can find it at any Safaricom shop

  14. Sally
    September 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    How do i turn off the camera shutter for Alcatel OT-918. its so annoying!

    • mehboobah
      September 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Hi, you should try an app “Uva Silent Widget Camera Free” it will help. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=Cam.SILENT

      • Sally
        September 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

        This is not compatible with alcatel ot 918 any other way?

      • mehboobah
        September 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        There are many apps that could provide the same solution. Another option would be to root the device.

  15. James Juma Wagura
    September 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Which is Better alcatel. Or idios ?

    • mehboobah
      September 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      The two devices are similar on many fronts, so it will probably come down to your choice in terms of brand and physical aspect…for example the LCD display on the Alcatel is larger

  16. Muhia
    September 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    how does the ot 918 perfoms in terms of multitusking

    • mehboobah
      September 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      It performs pretty well, though having many processes running at the same time usually makes the phone relatively slower.

  17. dennis ayoyi
    September 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    can i get a spare of alcatel ot 918 screen from any safcom outlet

  18. dennis ayoyi
    September 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    can i get a spare screen on any saf outlet for alcatel ot 918

    • mehboobah
      September 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Hi, please take it to Fone Express Ltd – Contact Person: Deepesh.R, Norbert Nyongesa,Firoz, Wycliff
      2nd Floor Westland’s Amee Arcade
      Cell: 0704 205010, Email:servicecentre@fonexpress.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You will be charged for the replacement

  19. deudeu
    September 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Hi. Just bought one from Safcom. Worked brilliantly in Nairobi but I work in remote place where there is no Safcom network. The phone was unlocked so I can make calls using an Airtel line but I just cant connect to internet. Any ideas on configuration???

    • mehboobah
      September 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Internet via a Safaricom line or the Airtel line?

    • Sam
      January 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Hey….where did u unlock urs and at how much?….i need mine unlocked soonest

      • January 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        The Safaricom ones? Just visit the shop that sold it to you and ask for the unlock code. Alternatively send me your IMEI I will get it

      • Sam
        January 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

        I bought it at safaricom customer care next to nation centre but i doubt they would give me…….my imei no. is 860767000958028 and SVN:010 01…i would appreciate a lot

      • January 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Hi, check your email for the code.

      • Sam
        January 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

        Hi……i have not yet received the code….my email address is samuel.kinyash@gmail.com

  20. George Kariuki
    October 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    is alcatel 918 still available in your shops? I need it

    • mehboobah
      October 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Hi, yes you can find them at any of the Safaricom shops countrywide

  21. charles
    October 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    hi,i recommend the ascend 100y which is of the same price,its fast,no freezing at all as compared to the OT 918 which has a slower cpu.Its major hit over ascend 100y is its camera,of which the 100y’s is nt too much to complain…the stock rom of ascend100y is great, no need of rooting and installing a new rom as compared to the OT 918’s

  22. andy kip
    October 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    does it have a front camera??

  23. esta
    October 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Can I buy the alcatel ot-918 with bonga points and how many?plz tel me.

    • October 28, 2012 at 12:33 am

      Yes and you require 30,000 bonga points to redeem it

  24. vincent
    October 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    hi, there is a new offer for the smartphones on todays paper. how long will it last and are the phones available in nakuru.

    • October 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Probably for three months, and yes they are available at all Safaricom shops countrywide

  25. Facemat
    November 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Hi is alcatel 918 dual sim

  26. sp
    November 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Hi, Does instagram work on the Alcatel OT-918?

    • November 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

      whats is Instagram,

  27. November 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I just bought mine Yesterday @ kshs 4,999.00 as I used my 2000 Bonga Points from Westgate Mall, I asked for the pink color one and they gave me a box that had the extra black case as well, They then gave me kshs 500 Bob Credit to use, and 200 MB for data. A great deal I guess (Total I Paid for the OT 918 is Kshs 4500/- for a 3g, 3 megapixel Smart Phone, I think its a steal….)

  28. Denis
    November 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Hi, is the alcatel OT 918 still on offer.can i get it in Eldoret?plz reply via email

  29. Stark
    November 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Does the Alcatel in the safaricom shops come with earphones?

  30. maxwell
    November 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    is it true that the alcatel ot 918 can be bought with 2000 bonga points plus 5000 shillings?

    • November 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Yes it is, visit the nearest Safaricom shop.

  31. Joan
    December 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I bought mine and wasn’t given cred or mbs from village mkt and its finishing my cash plz help

    • January 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Hi, be using data bundles…50MB, 500MB…this will help manage your usage well

  32. December 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Mehboob,Oh! this is ausome

  33. January 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    hey dear is the fon still on offer and how many bonga points do i need and hw much do i need to add???

    • January 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      5000 shs and 2000 bonga points

  34. Sally
    January 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

    i bought a black one and would like to change the covers. where can i get this and at how much?

    • January 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

      check at any accessory shops.

  35. Jak
    February 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Is alcatel OT 918 still on offer?

    • Anyango Nick
      February 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Which fon is on offer at safaricom similar to OT 918 & where is e nearest shop when at Busia

  36. February 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    hi, can you help me unlock my alcatel ot918, bought it at safaricom buruburu but they didnt give me the unlock code. please reply via my email adress

    • February 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Hi take your phone and receipt to the shop they will give you the unlock code

  37. davidson
    March 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    hey,kindly send me the details of customising my rom,i have an alcatel one touch 918. also could you please send me the unlock code for the phone? i bought it from a safaricom shop and i can only use safcom lines……………please help! IMEI:860767000265564,SVN:01001

  38. Joshua
    March 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Is the asha 306 on bonga points & cash offer, if so how much. Is the ascend y100 bonga points offer in embu

  39. cornelius
    April 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

    hi there i recently visited the buruburu shop in search for an alcatel 918 but it was out of stock so which shop can i find one?

  40. cheplaque
    April 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Alcatel OT-918 vs Huawei Ascend Y100 and Y200?
    Which is a better smartphone to buy among the three? They almost come at the same price range and am a little bit confused about their features. I need good battery life, clear music and fast internet browsing.

  41. May 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    hello my alcatel one touch battery life span just ended and it seems there no batteries for it around eldoret..have also asked safcom house in kakamega and apparently i got scary feedback…please help

  42. anna
    May 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    hey is the phone on stock? And where.i need it today

  43. Kennedy chege
    June 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I like dis phone

  44. benard
    September 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    am at Kericho town but the phone model is out of stock, please advice of how and where to get coz i realy need it

  45. November 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    My daughter really needs one

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