Whether you are looking for a smart phone or just a new cell phone to make calls on, there is a choice tailored to you. Amongst cell phone manufacturers, Apple, LG, Samsung, Motorola, and Blackberry dominate the landscape. Outlined below are reviews of ten budget friendly cell-phones. I’ve limited options to those costing less than $50.00 and included phones that both require a contract and a few options that do not.
With a two-year contract
1) Apple iPhone 3GS – This version of the Apple iPhone is now available for only $49.99 at AT&T with a 2-year contract. It comes standard with 8GB of memory, runs Apple’s iOS operating system, has a 3½ inch touch screen display, and comes standard with a 3 megapixel camera. This phone comes with two limitations. It requires the purchase of a data-plan and it is already dated at two years old. It is still the best bang for your buck though.
2) Samsung Fascinate – If you’re on Verizon and on a budget, you cannot go wrong with the Samsung Fascinate. Available with a 2-year contract at only $39.99, this is a good value cell phone. The Samsung Fascinate comes with a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, runs on the android platform and comes with a 4 inch touch screen display. The Fascinate has two prominent drawbacks, its pedestrian battery life and an annoying search key.
3) LG GU295 – If you’re looking for a good looking phone to make calls with, look no further than the LG GU295. This sleek slider phone from LG has excellent picture quality, reception, and raised keys. With a price tag of Free with a two-year contract with AT&T the short battery life can be dealt with.
4) LG Cosmos – With a slide out full QWERTY keyboard; the Cosmos is an excellent cell phone for textaholics. This phone is equipped with a touch screen and a clear 1.3 megapixel camera. The only drawback is that the touch screen sensitivity is inconsistent. Luckily, you can buy a certified pre-owned one from Verizon for free with a 2 year contract.
5) Samsung Convoy – this is another phone that you can purchase from Verizon pre-owned for free. The Convoy has a rugged design, external audio controls and a high quality speaker. Reception on the Convoy is inconsistent and WiFi is unavailable on this device. But the price is right and it comes with a long battery life.
6) HTC HD2 – Available for $29.99 at T-Mobile, this 1Ghz Processor smart phone with a 5 megapixel camera and running windows is a good buy for your money on the T-Mobile network.
7) T-Mobile myTouch 3G – this is the signature phone on the T-Mobile network and does not disappoint. While somewhat bulky, this phone packs the speed of a 3G network, an 8GB memory card, WiFi capability and a touch screen into a $49.99 package.
For the contract adverse
8) Motorola i296 – This $49.99 phone from Boost Mobile comes with a walkie-talkie and blue-tooth capability. While the phone lacks the power and features of the others on this list, that it comes without a contract is impressive.
9) LG Rumor 260 – This slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and 1.3 megapixel camera is available from Revol for only $39.99.
10) Samsung 150 P4 – Wal-mart offers this phone on the Trac-phone network for only $9.88. It comes with no contract, it is a cheaply made phone, and the minutes are expensive. But if you’re an infrequent user or on vacation, this is a good option.