4 Ridiculously Cheap but Surprisingly Useful Phones
Bigger, better, flashier – that’s the motto of many phone manufacturers nowadays. It’s a race to see who can churn out the next big thing in the mobile phone industry, and often involves coming up with as many useful features in as possible.
Yet there are some phones out there that go the exact opposite direction, instead of tacking on as many bells and whistles as possible, these phones focus on excelling at a very specific job while keeping the costs down as low as possible.
Here are a couple of the more interesting and useful budget phones we’ve stumbled upon:
The iNew Mini 1 is so small and thin that you could literally slide it into your wallet like a credit card.
It serves as a fully-functional GSM phone that handles basic calls and text messaging. It’s also quad-band, meaning that it’s compatible with practically every phone carrier around the world. It’s also surprisingly cheap, clocking at a little more than $15. These features coupled with its size and thinness makes it an ideal back-up phone in case of emergency. Just slide it into your wallet or purse, and pull it out in case you find yourself without the phone that you usually use.
If you’re in the market for a decent Android phone with good specs, then the VKWorld F1 is just what you need.
A 4.5-inch phone running Android 5.1, a 1.3 GHZ MTK6580 Quad Core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, external memory support for up to 32 GB, and dual-sim capabilities to boot – all for a little over $40. This makes the VKWorld F1 a great ‘main’ smartphone that gets stuff done even when working within a budget.
The VKWorld Z2 is the perfect option if you want a cheap but effective phone that’s super-easy to work with.
Simplicity and ease-of-use are the main draws of the Z2. It’s a flip phone that’s designed with wide keys, large fonts, loud sounds, and distinct audio cues that all reduce the amount of precision needed. All these make it the Z2 an ideal choice for elderly individuals who have a hard time hearing, seeing, and coordinating their eyes and hands together. Oh, and it costs a little over $30 – making it even more attractive for budget-conscious senior citizens.
On the other end of the spectrum is the CVXK-G419 phone, which is designed specifically to be paired with young children.
The CVXK-G419 keeps things simple by only being able to call 5 preset numbers as well as 1 SOS number. All a child needs to do is push the relevant number and the phone will automatically connect on its own. The phone also contains a GPS tracker, which will send the coordinates to the relevant parties either in regular intervals or when an SOS call is sent out. It costs a little more than $35; making it a pretty useful tool for moms and dads to keep an eye on their little ones.
These four phones are outstanding enough on their own, and they’re shining examples of how low-cost phones can serve as specialized tools for a very specific purpose. So don’t be fooled by the low price tags, especially since you may be surprised by what you find upon closer inspection!