Best Low-Cost Dumb Phones 2019 / 2020

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

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
CarrierVerizonGreatCallVerizonT-MobileUnlockedAT&TVerizonUnlockedUnlockedVerizonUnlockedNet10AT&TVerizonUnlockedUnlockedAT&TVerizon
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
FlashlightYesNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNo
Form factorFlipFlipFlipFlipSlideSlideFlipBarBarFlipBarBarFlipSlideBarBarBarSlide
FM RadioNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesNo
GamesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYes (1)NoDownloadableNoYes
GPSYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYes
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
SpeakerphoneYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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)4.93.83.63.43.53.92.33.63.04.153.23.563.244.09