Best Bar Phones 2019 / 2020

Bar phones, or candy bar phones, are the simplest of all cell phones. With no fancy flipping them open or sliding out a hidden keyboard, they are somewhat prone to accidental pocket dialing unless you specifically lock the keypad.

Here’s an overview of the best dumb bar phones that we’ve reviewed so far:


ZTE Z432 Low-Cost AT&T GoPhone with full QWERTY keyboard

ZTE Z432 Low-Cost QWERTY GoPhone (AT&T)

The ZTE Z432 is a popular low-cost GoPhone on the AT&T network. It features a full-scale QWERTY keyboard, great for typing text messages. The keys are obviously rather though, as we would expect with a QWERTY bar phone of this size. GoPhone means this is a prepaid phone, so you ...
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CAT B30 basic rugged phone

CAT B30 Rugged Bar Phone (Unlocked)

The CAT B30 is a waterproof rugged phone made by CAT, the construction company. Made of high quality materials, this phone is IP67 certified to be dust and water resistant. The manufacturer guarantees that it will easily survive being dropped from 6ft (1.8m) height onto a concrete floor. Ideal for ...
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BLU Jenny TV 2.8 Cheap Dual SIM Phone (Unlocked)

The BLU Jenny TV 2.8 is a simple bar phone that's available for below $25. It can take up to two mini-SIM cards, and as the name implies, it can also be used to watch analog TV. This phone only works with providers that support 2G, such as T-Mobile, Simple ...
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Samsung R355C QWERTY bar phone

Samsung R355C Low-Cost QWERTY Bar Phone (Net10)

The Samsung R355C is a low-cost, good quality bar phone that features a full QWERTY keyboard. Owing to the need to fit all the keys in a rather small area below the screen, the keys themselves are quite tiny, and may not be ideal for those with relatively large fingers. For everyone ...
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Snapfon ezTWO: Simple Phone, Great for Seniors (Unlocked)

The Snapfon ezTWO is a GSM phone designed specifically for senior citizens. It has a red emergency button on the back, that when pressed will connect its user with a trained operator that can alert 911, family members, or other emergency contacts if necessary. The ezTWO comes with big keys ...
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BLU Tank II T193 Low-Cost Dual-SIM Phone (Unlocked)

The Blu Tank II T193 is our favorite low-cost phone (below $25). With a standby time of 30 days and up to 16 hours of continuous talk time, this phone has a better battery life than any other dumb phone we have tested so far. Call quality is decent, not ...
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CAT B100 Military Grade Rugged Bar Phone (Unlocked)

* SOLD OUT * One of the toughest cell phones available: Designed and made by the construction company, CAT, the B100 is guaranteed to survive a fall from a height of 1.8m (6ft) to a concrete floor, without ever suffering a scratch. The designers of the CAT B100 have definitely done their ...
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Compare Technical Specs

Best Dumb Bar Phones 2018

PhoneCasio g’zOne C781 Ravine 2Samsung Jitterbug5Samsung Convoy 3 U680LG 450LG Xpression C395Samsung SGH A777Samsung U750 Alias 2CAT B100BLU Tank II T193LG Exalt VN360Snapfon ezTWOSamsung R355CSamsung a157LG Extravert 2 VN280BLU Jenny TV 2.8CAT B30ZTE Z432Samsung Intensity II SCH-U460
Approx. price$90$100$75$60$60$20$70$100$20$75$80$15$80$60$23$60$25$70
Battery1150mAh1780mAh1300mAh950mAh1000mAh880mAh880mAh (ext. avail.)1150 mAh1900mAh900mAh1000mAh1000mAh800mAh1000mAh820mAh1000mAh900 mAh1000mAh
Bluetoothv3.0, A2DPv2.1, EDRv2.1, A2DPv2.1, A2DPv2.1, A2DPv2.0, A2DPv2.1, A2DPv2.0, A2DP, EDRYes3.0Yesv2.0, EDRv3.0, A2DP3.02.12.1, EDR2.1, A2DP
BrowserOpera MiniNoOpera MiniYesYesYesYesOpera MiniNoOpera MiniNoWAP 2.0Opera MiniNoYesYes
Camera3.2 MP1.3MP3.2 MP1.3 MP2 MP1.2 MP2 MP3.15 MPVGA (.3MP)2 MPVGA (640x480px)1.3 MPNo2MP1.3MP2 MP2MP1.3MP
Dimensions2" x 0.8" x 4.3"2" x 0.8" x 3.9"2" x 0.8" x 4.1"3.86" x 2.01" x 0.73"4.3" x 2.1" x 0.7"4.0" x 1.9" x 0.6"4.0" x 2.0" x 0.7"4.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"4.8" x 1.9" x .5"4.4" x 2.1" x 0.6"4.6" x 2.2" x 0.6"4.4" x 2.4" x 0.5"3.8" x 1.8" x 0.7"4.4" x 2.15" x 0.64"5.0" x 2.2" x 0.5"4.7" x 2.1" x .6"4.5" x 2.4" x .4"4.9" x 2.9" x .7"
Display (ext)1.38", 128x128px1.3"1.3", 128x128px1", 64x96px3" touch (400x240px)2.3", 176x220px1.3", 128x128px2.2", 240x320px2.4", 320x240px7x15px1.8" x 1.6", 320x240px2.2", 176x144px3.2" Touch (240x400px)2.8", 320x240px2", 176x220px2.4", 320x2402.2", 240x320
Display (int)2.2", 240x320px2.2"2.4" 240x320px2.2", 176x220px2.6", 240x320px3", 240x400px1.8", 128x160px
E-mail clientYesNoNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYes
Form factorFlipFlipFlipFlipSlideSlideFlipBarBarFlipBarBarFlipSlideBarBarBarSlide
FM RadioNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesNo
GamesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYes (1)NoDownloadableNoYes
Headset jack2.5mm3.5mmNo3.5mm3.5mmProprietaryNo3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm2.5mm
Hearing aidM4/T4 compatibleM4/T4 compatibleM3 / T4M4NoM4/T4M3/T3M4, T3M4M4, T4NoM3, T3
Memory (RAM)256MB256MB60MB50MB50MB100MB64MB32MB1.26MB55MB256MB512MB24MB262MB
MP3 playerYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
MP3 ring tonesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYes
RuggedIP67, 810FNo810FNoNoNoNoIP67, 810GNoNoNoNoNoNoNoIP67No
SIM cardYesNoNoYes (included)YesMini-SIMNoMini-SIMDualNoYesNoYesNoDualDualYesYes
SD card (max.)32GBNo32GBNo32GB4GB32GB32GB16GB32GBYes16GB32GB32GB16GB32GB32GB
Speed dialYesYesYesYesYes
Standby time21 days25 days19 days14.5 days10 days12.5 days14 days23 days30 days18 days5 days8.3 days10 days16 days25 days10 days10 days12.5 days
Talk time4h40m5h6h30m3h20m2h20m4h30m5h10h16h5h30m5h6h5h6h12h6 h4.5h5h
USBMicroUSB 2.0MicroUSBMicroUSB 2.0MicroUSBmicroUSB 2.0Yes (w/ adapter)Yes (w/ adapter)microUSB 2.0NoYesCharge onlymicroUSBMicroUSB 2.0MicroUSBmicroUSB 2.0YesMicroUSB 2.0
Vibration alarmYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Voice dialYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
WaterproofYesNoNot 100%NoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNo
Weight (oz)