Best Bar Phones 2018

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 that have large numbers ...
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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

PhoneCAT B100BLU Tank II T193Snapfon ezTWOSamsung R355CBLU Jenny TV 2.8CAT B30ZTE Z432
Approx. price$100$20$80$15$23$60$25
Battery1150 mAh1900mAh1000mAh1000mAh820mAh1000mAh900 mAh
Bluetoothv2.0, A2DP, EDRYesYesv2.0, EDR3.02.12.1, EDR
BrowserOpera MiniNoNoWAP 2.0NoYes
Camera3.15 MPVGA (.3MP)VGA (640x480px)1.3 MP1.3MP2 MP2MP
CarrierUnlockedUnlockedUnlockedNet10UnlockedUnlockedAT&T
Dimensions4.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"4.8" x 1.9" x .5"4.6" x 2.2" x 0.6"4.4" x 2.4" x 0.5"5.0" x 2.2" x 0.5"4.7" x 2.1" x .6"4.5" x 2.4" x .4"
Display (ext)2.2", 240x320px2.4", 320x240px1.8" x 1.6", 320x240px2.2", 176x144px2.8", 320x240px2", 176x220px2.4", 320x240
Display (int)
E-mail clientNoNoNo
FlashlightYesYesYesYesYesNo
Form factorBarBarBarBarBarBarBar
FM RadioYesYesYesYes
GamesNoYes (1)NoDownloadableNo
GPSYesNoNoYesNoNoYes
Headset jack3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
Hearing aidNoM3/T3M4, T3NoM3, T3
Memory (RAM)64MB32MB1.26MB55MB24MB262MB
MP3 playerYesYesNoYesYesYes
MP3 ring tonesYesYesNoNoYesYes
RuggedIP67, 810GNoNoNoNoIP67No
SIM cardMini-SIMDualYesNoDualDualYes
SD card (max.)32GB16GBYes16GB32GB16GB32GB
Speed dialYes
SpeakerphoneYesYesYesYesYesYes
Standby time23 days30 days5 days8.3 days25 days10 days10 days
Talk time10h16h5h6h12h6 h4.5h
USBmicroUSB 2.0NoCharge onlymicroUSBMicroUSBmicroUSB 2.0Yes
Vibration alarmYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Voice dialYes
WaterproofYesNoNoNoNoYesNo
Weight (oz)3.52.33.63.23.563.24