An excellent phone for texting with its full-size QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath the 3.2″ touch screen. The Extravert 2 recognizes voice commands and is T4/M4 hearing aid compatible.
If you plan on travelling internationally, there are many reasons why you’d want to take a dumb phone with you. First, it’s cheaper than a smart phone, so in case your phone gets damaged, lost, or stolen during your travels, it’s not so much of a problem. Second, you won’t need a full-blown data plan for the country or countries you visit. Third, some of the phones used in the USA (the ones that use the CDMA standard) will simply not work outside of North America, as CDMA is extremely rare outside the U.S. and Canada.
For best prices and compatibility, make sure to get an unlocked dumb phone that can take SIM cards. Then, get a prepaid SIM card locally in your destination country. If you’re travelling several countries, you will likely need to get a new SIM card for each of them. Don’t worry though, prepaid SIM cards for dumb phones can be really cheap. Make sure to compare as many offers as possible, as prices may differ vastly depending on which provider you choose!
Here’s our overview of unlocked dumb phones that work with SIM cards:
|Phone||LG Xpression C395||CAT B100||BLU Tank II T193||Snapfon ezTWO||BLU Jenny TV 2.8||CAT B30|
|Bluetooth||v2.1, A2DP||v2.0, A2DP, EDR||Yes||Yes||3.0||2.1|
|Camera||2 MP||3.15 MP||VGA (.3MP)||VGA (640x480px)||1.3MP||2 MP|
|Dimensions||4.3" x 2.1" x 0.7"||4.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"||4.8" x 1.9" x .5"||4.6" x 2.2" x 0.6"||5.0" x 2.2" x 0.5"||4.7" x 2.1" x .6"|
|Display (ext)||3" touch (400x240px)||2.2", 240x320px||2.4", 320x240px||1.8" x 1.6", 320x240px||2.8", 320x240px||2", 176x220px|
|Hearing aid||M3 / T4||No||M3/T3||No|
|MP3 ring tones||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|SD card (max.)||32GB||32GB||16GB||Yes||32GB||16GB|
|Standby time||10 days||23 days||30 days||5 days||25 days||10 days|
|Talk time||2h20m||10h||16h||5h||12h||6 h|
|USB||microUSB 2.0||microUSB 2.0||No||Charge only||MicroUSB||microUSB 2.0|