Best Low-Cost Dumb Phones 2018

Of course, with a dumb phone, you’ll be spending a lot less money on your monthly data plan than if you had a smart phone. What’s more, many dumb phones are also quite cheap to acquire in the first place, some of them even unlocked without a contract.

UPDATE (November 2017) – These phones are highly popular, and going fast: 3 of the 4 low-cost phones we’ve reviewed are already sold out. Fortunately the BLU Jenny TV 2.8 is still available.

UPDATE (February 2018) – We’re happy to announce that all of the phones listed below are in stock and available again!

Here’s a couple of the most popular dumb phones below $25:

 

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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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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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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Samsung SGH A777 Basic Slide Phone (AT&T)

The Samsung SGH A777 is a reliable, popular slide phone that's simple to use and doesn't come with a whole lot of unnecessary extras. It's very straightforward to place calls with, and it includes a basic music player. An alphanumeric keypad slides out from under the screen, making this phone quite compact ...
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Compare Technical Specs

Best Low-Cost Dumb Phones 2018

PhoneSamsung SGH A777BLU Tank II T193Samsung R355CBLU Jenny TV 2.8ZTE Z432
Approx. price$20$20$15$23$25
Battery880mAh1900mAh1000mAh820mAh900 mAh
Bluetoothv2.0, A2DPYesv2.0, EDR3.02.1, EDR
BrowserYesNoWAP 2.0NoYes
Camera1.2 MPVGA (.3MP)1.3 MP1.3MP2MP
CarrierAT&TUnlockedNet10UnlockedAT&T
Dimensions4.0" x 1.9" x 0.6"4.8" x 1.9" x .5"4.4" x 2.4" x 0.5"5.0" x 2.2" x 0.5"4.5" x 2.4" x .4"
Display (ext)2.3", 176x220px2.4", 320x240px2.2", 176x144px2.8", 320x240px2.4", 320x240
Display (int)
E-mail clientNoNoNo
FlashlightNoYesYesNo
Form factorSlideBarBarBarBar
FM RadioYesYes
GamesYesYes (1)Downloadable
GPSNoNoYesNoYes
Headset jackProprietary3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
Hearing aidNoM4, T3NoM3, T3
Memory (RAM)50MB32MB55MB24MB262MB
MP3 playerYesYesYesYes
MP3 ring tonesYesYesNoYes
RuggedNoNoNoNoNo
SIM cardMini-SIMDualNoDualYes
SD card (max.)4GB16GB16GB32GB32GB
Speed dial
SpeakerphoneYesYesYesYes
Standby time12.5 days30 days8.3 days25 days10 days
Talk time4h30m16h6h12h4.5h
USBYes (w/ adapter)NomicroUSBMicroUSBYes
Vibration alarmYesYesYesYesYes
Voice dialYes
WaterproofNoNoNoNoNo
Weight (oz)3.43.53.63.23.24