Dumb Phone Reviews

Here’s the complete list of all the dumb phones we’ve reviewed so far (we’ll keep reviewing phones, so the list should be growing over time):

 

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 ...
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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 ...
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Casio g’zOne C781 Ravine 2: Rugged Flip Phone (Verizon)

I have no idea how Casio came up with this name, nor how to pronounce it, but the g'zOne C781 Ravine 2 (shall we just ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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LG 450 Simple Flip Phone (T-Mobile)

A light, small, and elegant phone, the LG 450 is basically made for texting, as well as for making and taking calls (really!). While it does ...
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LG Exalt VN360 Simple Flip Phone (Verizon)

The LG Exalt VN360 is a simple, senior-friendly flip phone that's highly reliable, easy to set up, and intuitive to use. It is M4/T4 hearing ...
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LG Extravert 2 QWERTY Slide Phone With Touch Screen (Verizon)

The LG Extravert 2 (VN280) is a versatile dumb phone that comes with a touch screen plus a full-blown QWERTY keyboard that slides out from ...
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LG Xpression C395 QWERTY slide phone

LG Xpression C395 QWERTY Slide Phone (Unlocked)

The LG Xpression C395 is a slide phone that comes with a 3" touch screen on the outside. The phone slides open to the left, ...
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Samsung a157 Non-Camera Flip Phone (AT&T)

Phones without a built-in camera are rather hard to come by these days. With all the talk about hacking going on, some may be aiming ...
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Samsung Convoy 3 U680 Rugged Flip Phone (Verizon)

The Samsung Convoy 3 is a great, ruggedized flip phone that can handle a lot of harsh treatment. It meets military standard MILSTD810F in terms ...
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Samsung Intensity 2 dumb phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Samsung Intensity II SCH-U460 QWERTY Slide Phone (Verizon)

The Samsung Intensity II is a slider phone that was designed with texting and social media in mind, making it a great dumb phone especially ...
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Samsung Jitterbug5: Easy-to-use Flip Phone for Seniors (GreatCall)

* SOLD OUT * Reminiscent of the early 2000's clam shell style phones, the Jitterbug5 is a Samsung flip phone that was specifically designed for ...
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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 ...
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Samsung Alias 2 QWERTY two-way flip phone

Samsung SCH-U750 Alias 2 Two-Way Flip Phone (Verizon)

This is one of the most popular dumb phones ever, due to its unique two-way flip design (see the pictures below to find out what sets ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Note that our aim isn’t to review every single dumb phone out there. We believe that such a list would be more confusing than helpful. Here’s our criteria for which phones we include:

  • They must be “dumb phones” (also known as “basic phones” or “feature phones”) — we don’t include smart phones that run with Android or iOS operating systems.
  • Phones should be at least a couple of years old, so they have been tested by many people in all kinds of everyday-usage situations. If you’re getting a dumb phone, you’re probably not looking for the latest model with tons of features — instead, you want a phone that’s reliable, easy to use, and with great battery life.
  • They should have mostly positive customer feedback. We may also review some “non-recommended” phones in the future, but these will be clearly marked so unless otherwise noted, you can be sure that the phones listed here are the cream of the crop.
  • All phones must be available in the U.S. and be eligible for use with a U.S. network provider. (Dumb phones that work with a SIM card can also be used when travelling abroad, of course.)

Click here for a comparison table that shows an overview of all of our dumb phones’ technical specifications.