The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Dumb Phone

The “dumb phone,” a cellular device primarily designed for use as a phone, might just be sticking around longer than Samsung or Apple would have predicted. Nowadays, earnest bloggers refer to them as “Feature Phones,” but that hardly communicates the charming simplicity of the technology. In the era of the sleekest, most voice/touch-sensitive multi-purpose devices drawing lines of midnight shoppers, the old standard for cell phones is still managing to retain some relevance.

These devices have proven themselves to be surprisingly reliable and straight-forward in their focus on a few useful tasks. Whether you’re tired of the “always connected” nature of current devices, or simply need an emergency solution that won’t lose its ability to make a call because of your addiction to instagram, a “dumb” phone could be just what you’re looking for.

What is CDMA?

That’s an easy question to answer: Code Division Multiple Access.

Alright, alright. That doesn’t explain much after all. Really, it’s the name of a radio transmission protocol. Like an operating system for the airwaves, the standard uses a particular set of tech standards for communicating information through radio waves. The benefits of such an approach are fairly obvious: You can build a single, interconnected network that can be accessed by any device using the same protocol.

Now, the differences between the different protocols can be a bit esoteric, but you might consider, say, the difference between an Android and Apple smartphone. Each has qualities particular to its strategy, as well as the related downsides. Since these cellular protocols are all utilizing the same general spectrum of radio waves, the coverage of the network itself is often more important than the brand.

What is the difference between CDMA and GSM?

GSM is the standard for 90% of the rest of the world. In 1987, Europe issued a mandate for its adoption, and it quickly spread out from there. As these communication technologies expand, the cost is driven down, accelerating that expansion. Indeed, AT&T and Sprint both use GSM networks in the United States.

The difference in capabilities hinges on one key issue: CDMA cannot transmit voice and data at the same time. GSM, as a standard, demands this capability. And again, the current environment is best explained with the operating system analogy. Back in the 90’s, cellular carriers had to decide upon a new standard for building out their networks. The CDMA standard of the time had better features than GSM did, so the infrastructure followed suit. GSM eventually countered, but the commitment was already made. It should be noted also, that since one of the other benefits of GSM is the ability to swap a SIM card to any phone you choose, the locked-down nature of CDMA allows the kind of walled-off approach that American tech companies favor.

So while GSM eventually proved itself the more-capable technology, in the United States at least, CDMA has a robust and extensive radio network for the dumbest of phones to utilize.

How to tell what network a phone requires

The simplest answer is to buy direct from a network outlet or online. However, since one of the benefits of using old technology is taking part in its recycling, you may want to head to eBay or a local thrift shop. Of the items quickly parted with between upgrades, cell phones have established their own sort of currency at resale. The key to finding a phone that functions on the network you want is to simply….take a smartphone to the store to look up each devices’ capabilities. Alternative, you could use the old “pen v. paper” strategy, and do the research later. It might be good preparation for you if you’re downgrading intentionally.

The primary thing to remember is that phones generally won’t cross well with the more basic protocols. A smartphone has a range of “G’s” to select from, as well as new LTE options. A basic phone will not. A CDMA phone used exclusively on that network will not be able to communicate with a GSM network like AT&T and T-Mobile. However, many phones have been produced with CDMA and GSM variants, so it’s even more important to get a handle on any used phone you intend to buy. You should be able to find all product information and relevant codes under a battery pack. If not, simply power it on, hit the nearest “menu” button you can. An option for “Info” or “About” will usually be located at the bottom of the menu, and should lead the way to the information you need for a quick and successful internet search.

Now you just need to find one…

The 10 “Best” CDMA Dumb Phones

A quick explanation: “Best” in this case relates to their reliability and usability in the business of making phone calls and sending and receiving basic text messages. The rise of smartphones absolutely lowered the cost of sturdy, long-lasting electronics, which these options reflect.

  1. Nokia 515
  2. LG Rumor Reflex
  3. Samsung Intensity 2
  4. Motorola Razr2 V9
  5. LG Lotus Elite
  6. Motorola i866
  7. Casio G’zOne Ravine 2
  8. Nokia 106
  9. LG CU500
  10. Samsung Jitterbug

Where to buy unlocked dumbphones?

Amazon, Ebay, and Best Buy all feature unlocked phones, and do carry plenty of feature/dumb phone options. If you’re planning to stick with a particular carrier and buy in-store, they also should have a range of new and pre-owned/refurbished devices for you to select from at the store. You’ll get some extra assurance of quality, will probably save a few bucks when buying as part of your service contract, but might also wind up getting talked into unnecessary charges along the way.

If you are interested in finding a phone first and a carrier second, just remember to focus on those tips for deciphering what network it uses, because you will be tied to the options for each. An old Verizon model should absolutely work on any other CDMA network, while an old AT&T/T-Mobile device will only work with those two carriers.

Craigslist is another option, albeit one with more serious drawbacks than the extra insurance you’ll get at Verizon. Thrift Stores and Pawn Shops have some obligation to track where their goods are coming from. Craigslist puts that responsibility in your hands, while dealing with someone who might be the greatest, coolest person ever….or might be the person who stole that phone.

However, the risk has its own rewards. Prices are terribly low, and the sellers are usually motivated. If they weren’t, they’d be on Ebay, which is one of the better options for buyers. You get something between Craiglist and a potentially-shady Pawn Shop, with as much accountability and tracking as you could hope for in the resale market.

You’ll still need to be careful about the details of the phone being offered, but Ebay’s infrastructure is already overwhelmingly tuned to delivering that information to you in detail.

Amazon isn’t perfect, but at least they try to work with reputable sellers and ferret out the scammers. They also offer hassle-free return policies, but as with any online sellers, you should make sure you understand the return policy terms before making any purchase.

Final Tips

Avoiding the trappings of fast-paced technology is perfectly reasonable, but don’t let yourself miss out on modern developments in safety either. The rapid ascension of smart phones has standardized a lot of basic emergency services, completely separate from what each carrier offers. If you have a working cell phone, it will make 911 calls. However, if you get too excited by the novelty of antiquity, that comfortable old phone might not have the network options to make the call. Modern dumbphones strike a comfortable balance between function and simplicity. A used, formerly-state of the art dumbphone could very well hit the same balance, but you’ll need an internet-enabled something to make an educated decision.

Good luck!

Reference

  • http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407896,00.asp
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cdma
  • http://lifehacker.com/five-best-feature-phones-1518601513

 

5 Old Samsung Phones That Are Still Cool Today

In this day and age, cell phones are an important part of the lives of many people. Finding out the specs, features and benefits, and reading reviews from other people often help people like you that are looking for a new or additional cell phone.

I am going to share information and reviews of five phones that can help you look for a new cell phone.

1. Samsung A157 Go Phone

SPECS

  • Length: 3.83 inches
  • Width: 1.84 inches
  • Battery Life: Standby: 10 days Talk Time: 5 hours
  • Keyboard Type: Alphanumeric
  • Display: Main Display Resolution: 160 X 128 Pixel Main Display Size: 1.77 Main Display Technology: 262K TFT
  • Camera: none
  • MP3 Player: no
  • Internet Capabilities: Email and Facebook

FEATURES & BENEFITS

Adjustable Text Size – The text size can be adjusted so the print can all fit on one screen or can be made larger to help the visually impaired.

Hearing Aid Compatible – This phone will help those phone users that are have trouble hearing and use a hearing aid.

Multiple Languages – For those of you that are bilingual or only speak English, French, or Spanish, this phone can display its menu and text messages in these languages.

Digital TDD/TTY – If you or a friend or family member that may be using this phone is hearing impaired, this phone has a digital TDD/TTY service.

Additional Features – Additional features include individual ringtones for each contact, vibrate, a picture for every contact, music or sound ringtones, airplane mode, high-speed data, an internet connection, autocorrect, text messaging and text messaging where you can send pictures, files, graphics, music, videos, etc., saving text messages that are sent often, and a speakerphone option. For those of you that like to be organized, it comes with an alarm, calendar, calculator, currency converter, world time, and a tip calculator.

The benefits of this phone include:
  • Clamshell phone – makes phone calls and texting simply
  • Pay-As-You-Go Service – There is no contract to worry about. You just buy the minutes online or in a store.
  • What it Comes With – handset, rechargeable battery, charger, instructions, and a GoPhone Sim Card

Customers that have used this phone have a lot of good to say about it. It will not let you go to the internet and get extra charges without warning you. They have also said the volume is easy to control and the battery has a long life. Other people have said that the settings are easy to use and the small size makes it easy to fit into a pocket or purse.

People have also said that the battery life is good and, since the buttons are hidden, you cannot randomly dial somebody on accident.

All people that said that they liked this phone agree that it is a very good value for the money.

2. Samsung Stripe T329

SPECS

  • Length: 3.4 inches
  • Width: 1.8 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 ounces
  • Battery Life: Talk Time:360 minutes Standby:264 hours
  • Keyboard Type: Alphanumeric
  • Display: 128X160 Main Screen 128X32 Monochrome External Screen
  • Camera: 0.3 Megapixels
  • MP3 Player: no
  • Internet Capabilities: none

FEATURES & BENEFITS

Camera w/ zoom – VGA camera with 4X Digital Zoom to help take clear pictures from far away

Bluetooth Wireless Technology – Makes hands-free phone calls possible

User Friendly – has an easy-to-use menu with access to features and options

Instant Messaging – easily communicate with anyone, anytime, and anywhere

Sound/Image Media Capability – The sound is easily controlled and media can easily be shared.

A good variety of apps for everyone – For those of you that like a variety of apps, this phone has files, games, a camera, a calendar, a calculator, a world time clock, a timer, and a stopwatch.

The benefits of this phone include:
  • A VGA Quality Camera – an easy-to-use camera that makes it easy to send pictures
  • Multi-Media Messaging – makes it easy to share pictures, graphics, and sounds
  • Speakerphone – makes it easy to talk hands-free and to a group of people

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Customers that have used this phone speak very highly of this phone. They love how easily pictures can be shared with another person on their phone. The images that are taken with the camera are crystal and vibrant. It is also easy to navigate through and small enough to put in a pocket.

People also like that it has caller id and alerts them when a new message comes in. Other things that people like about this phone is the camera and that the ringtones sound great.

3. Samsung Convoy 2

SPECS

  • Length: 3.90 inches
  • Width: 2.01 inches
  • Weight: 4.09 ounces
  • Keyboard: alphanumeric
  • Display: 2.2 inches
  • Camera: 3.15 megapixels
  • MP3 Player: yes
  • Internet Capabilities: Email and Instant Message

FEATURES & BENEFITS

The features include:

Phonebook – Can hold 1,000 contacts so anyone can store as many contacts as they need to

An IM Name – for those of you that are interested in instant messaging

21 Ringtones – A variety of ringtones for you to choose from

Silent Mode – You can still get calls, instant messages, and texts while having your phone quiet so only you know the call, instant message, or text is coming in.

Benefits
  • Camera – 3 megapixel camera with a great display that doubles as a flashlight
  • Military-grade durability – It can handle the drops and falls that are a part of your life.
  • Audio-sound control, dual microphones, and stereo Bluetooth – make it easier to hear no matter where you are or to lower the volume when needed
  • Music Player – a multi-format music player with external controls that make it easy to listen to music and control the player easily also.
  • Environmental and Weather Conditions -This phone can handle many environmental and weather conditions including altitude changes, extreme temperatures, solar radiation, humidity, salt fog, sand, dust, vibrations, and shocks so you do not have worry about taking your phone wherever you need to outside.

Customer Reviews

With large keys and grips, this phone is easy to hold especially for people that have conditions like arthritis. The keys and grips also help people when they are looking for it in their bag.

It has a voice call feature so people can drive and do other activities hands-free while they are driving or doing other needs that they need their hands for.

This phone has also been known to survive dropping it in a toilet, spilling drinks on it, and being dropped from high places. The battery also has a long life. The call clarity is very good also.

Other people say additional perks of this phone are: it has an alarm, has alerts you can set (like reminders to take your medication), a calendar, a calculator, a stopwatch, and it is voice activated. Not only does it survive you taking it wherever life takes you, but it also helps you keep your life together.

4. Samsung Rugby 3

SPECS

  • Length: 4.11 inches
  • Width: 2.08 inches
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces
  • Battery Life: Standby: Up to 20 days Talk Time: Up to 9 hours
  • Keyboard Type: Qwerty
  • Display: Main Display Size: 2.4 inches Main Display Technology: 262K External Display Technology 65K
  • Camera: 3.15 megapixels
  • MP3 Player: yes
  • Internet Capabilities: Email

FEATURES & BENEFITS

The features of this phone are:

Hardware – 2.5 inch display screen, which is a good sized screen for a flip phone. The display screen resolution is 240X320 pixels. This phone can withstand nine hours of talk time before it has to be charged again, so you can do all your daily business on it without having to worry about charging it.

Camera and Memory – This camera has a 3.15 megapixel camera with digital zoom. This will help those of you that like or need to take pictures because the pictures will be of good quality and you can zoom in or out to make them bigger or smaller. With a sim card, this phone will also hold 32 GB of pictures.

Additional Features – Music player, games, and FM Radio for the enjoyment of all people who own the phone.

Benefits
  • Sturdy Design -This phone is made to be extra durable so you can take it wherever you need to go and do not need to be worried about it.
  • GPS – Provides turn-by-turn directions and proactive traffic alerts, so you will not only get to your destination, but you can do so without having to wait in traffic.
  • Call Restriction – ensures that the phone is used for what you intended it for. This is perfect for those of you that are parents. You can control what your child actions on the phone.
  • One Button Access – You only have to use one button to access your contacts, the speakers, and controlling the noise suppression.

Customer Reviews

A lot of customers like how durable and rugged this phone is. They also have said that it is easier to connect to websites on the phone than past models. The address book is also a well-liked feature.

When it comes to audio, the earpiece and speakerphone work well. It can also download MP3 ringtones and wallpapers. Text messages are also shown individually. It also fits well into a pocket. People also like that the numbers and letters are easy to read. Other people have said it has high quality reception.

One of the main pro’s of this phone is that you only pay for what you use without having to sign a contract. It is also good for people that have bad credit, but still want a good phone.

5. Samsung Gusto 3

SPECS

  • Length: 9.7 inches
  • Width: 4.9 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Battery Life: Talk Time: 491 minutes Standby Time: Up to 32.1 days
  • Keyboard type: alphanumeric
  • Display: Size: 2 inches Pixels:102
  • Camera: 1 megapixel
  • MP3 Player: yes
  • Internet Capabilities: Email and Instant Messaging

FEATURES & BENEFITS

The Features include:

Caller ID – This is a helpful feature because you know who is calling before you answer it and you can decide if you want to answer the call before answering it. The city and state appear when you get a call.

Account Access – You can access your phone account directly from your phone.

Contact Images – You can set a picture to come up when each of your contacts calls you.

The benefits of this phone are:
  • 2.0″ Screen – With this large screen, games and taking pictures becomes more enjoyable. The size of the text can be changed to make it easier for you to read.
  • Dynamic Voice Enhancement – This phone has noise suppression that gets rid of background noise, intermittent sounds, and echoes that make the sound of calls a lot better for you and the people that you are talking to. If you are in a bad social situation, you can set your phone to receive a “fake call” that you “just have to take.”
  • Bluetooth – This helps you carry on wireless conversations and it even has a driving mode. For those of you that do not want to use a headset, this phone also has a speakerphone.
  • Mobile Web Browser – The phone comes with WAP access with Bing search that gives access to the latest news, weather, sports, and more. For those of you that want to search for music, Song ID gives you the name of the song and who sings it.
  • Multiple Messaging Options – This phone can send photo and text messages. The camera can take day or night pictures. If this is not the mode of communication you are looking for, you can also send an email or instant message.

Customer Reviews

Customers love how easy this phone is to use. It is very easy to set up. People also love how long the battery lasts and how good the reception is. There is not an area where people do not have service, although this may depend on your service provider’s network as much as the phone itself.

It is also a sturdy phone that can handle the bumps of everyday life. A lot of people like the good service and the quality of the phone that they get for the inexpensive price that they pay.

When Was The First Flip Phone Invented And Who Made It?

The Evolution Of The Clamshell Cell Phone

The clamshell phone is often known as the flip phone, and it was the first serious type of cell phone that anyone could carry. It was so popular that it is still in use today. People can find flip phones everywhere, and anyone can find them for free from some carriers that offer services to the public.

This is a pretty interesting thing in technology because most stuff goes out of style about five seconds after it comes out, but the flip phone is still around. There is a lot to learn about the flip phone, and it is something that is still interesting to this day when people start to look into it.

The Style

The style of the flip phone is something that was really functional for people. It was so functional that they could just stick it in their pockets, and it is a basic phone that anyone can use. Grandma can be taught how to use the phone, and the little kids in the family can learn how to use these phones in emergencies. They do not have all the capacity of the phones of today, but they are still simple. They make sense, and they will do most anything that is needed.

The Flip

The flip is the classic way to hand up a phone call today. It has been seen on so many TV shows that people cannot possibly miss it, and everyone has flipped the phone really hard when they hung up on someone. The whole idea of flipping the phone to end a call is something that is popular in pop culture, and it looks almost wrong when people do not flip their phones on TV and in movies today. The flip is that iconic in terms of how it looks when it is being used.

It Could Come Back

The flip phone is such an iconic thing that it could come back with authority. There is better technology today that people will be able to use to make sure that they can make the phones worth buying, and there are many companies coming out who do not want their customers to have to buy cases for their phones. The beauty of the flip phone is that the screen will not break. People deal with broken screens all the time now, and those broken screens can be solved just by flipping the phone closed.

Companies like Motorola are still out there making phones, and they are prepared to go back to making flip phones. Flip phones are practical, and companies like Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia were making amazing flip phones long before anyone else had anything to show. They could come back because they are easy to make, and the phones will have all the technology that is needed with full keyboards and Internet access. It would be like being in the 90s all over again, but it would be with all the technology that people take for granted today.

The First Models

Motorola MicroTAC 9800x: the world's first mobile flip phoneReleased April 25, 1989, the Motorola MicroTAC was the first analog mobile flip phone (and it sold for $2,500 to $3,500!!!), and it was followed up by something that GTE Labs had a patent for for a long time. Some say it was based on the space-age communicator gadget featured in the Star Trek TV show way back in the 1970s, but did you know there was also a landline flip phone?

motorola razrAnyway, GTE Labs would eventually be either bought out or split off and became many other telephone companies in the future, and that patent persisted until 1993.

The Motorola RAZR is probably the most popular flip phone that ever existed (it was basically the iPhone of its time, in the 1990s), and it persisted for a long time while Motorola was at the top of the market.

Nokia also had many small flip phones, but they did not actually use the clamshell design until much later. Most people would not know the difference, but there is a slight difference if someone were to look really closely at Nokia versus other phones.

Why Did Celebrities Go Back To Flip Phones?

Hackers have been leaking nude pictures using smartphones for some time, and a flip phone only has a camera that can see anything when the phone is upside down. The new phones could be made with a front camera, but the camera is covered when the phone is closed. This is a very important thing for anyone who is concerned about privacy, but it just makes the phone more practical overall.

It can be hidden anywhere, and it is going to take up much less space overall. There will probably be a whole industry that comes up just to make covers or stickers for the phones, and these phones could be en vogue soon after they come out.

Should Regular People Go Back To The Flip Phone?

They are much easier to use, and they make it very easy for people to save money when they are picking out a phone. A flip phone is going to be cheaper just because of how it is made, and it could become the new affordable way for people to get the phone they want. A nice flip phone will probably come with full keyboard, and it will likely be something that people can carry around easily. Guys can slip them in their pockets easily, and ladies can drop them in their purses without any worry.

This is the practical side of cell phones that has been lost with smartphones, but it’s possible that smartphones will soon be introduced with clamshell designs to offer a really nice alternative that people are going to love. This is a very easy way for people to get the results that they want, and it is an even easier way for people to get the results they want when they are trying to make a change in how they use technology.

There are a lot of people who might think that they will not go back to a flip phone, but a flip phone will be a really good way for people to get the phone they want for less money. The flip phone is pretty safe, and it will have all the tech that people have wanted in the future without giving up their security or worrying about getting their screens cracked at the worst time.

Flip phones aren’t just a thing of the past; they’re the future, whether people want to use them or not, and it just depends on how fast people are going to get onboard when these big companies start coming out with flip phones that have all the things that the smartphone has on it right now.

References

Samsung Convoy 3: Durable Flip Phone With Good Camera And Flash

Samsung Convoy 3NOTE:  There is also a non-camera version of the Convoy 3 for Verizon –> SEE HERE

Verizon Wireless customers in the market for a rugged flip cell phone with a decent camera don’t have to compromise, thanks to the Samsung Convoy 3.

To begin with, advanced device camera function here includes convenient, one-handed navigation, and full, 3.2 megapixels image capture.

True to the Samsung brand, this energy efficient camera phone also provides unmatched photo-smart light balance, white balance, exposure metering, and simple arrow zoom capability that allows the user to easily snap each image. White balance ranges from interior incandescent or fluorescent light, to daylight or even cloudy day settings.

Build

Built to military specs for resistance to shock, dust, humidity and temperature extremes, the Convoy 3 is just about the best basic camera phone for construction workers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts.

Battery Life

  • Talk time:  5 hours 30 minutes
  • Standby time:  3 weeks

Camera Features

It offers a preview mode displayed on either full or standard screen, and also allows for basic photo editing options like using images for wallpaper or sending video picture messaging. The Convoy 3 allows picture takers to use select photo effects including black and white, antique (sepia) or negative. Additional camera settings let the user toggle between camera and camcorder (video) modes, in order to shoot continuous, mosaic, single frame, and panorama images.

Picture resolution can also be adjusted from a minimum of 0.3 megapixels (low quality) to the full 3.2 megapixels (high quality) as desired. The camera’s flash settings can easily be turned to automatic, on, single-shot, and no flash respectively. The phone’s settings mode allows the user to set personalized preferences including shutter sound, memory, auto name and picture review details.

Saturation, contrast and sharpness are additional settings that can be tweaked per user preference. Photo capture memory can also be set to either the phones internal memory, or an external SD expansion memory card for convenient picture back-up to your computer.

The ISO settings for Convoy 3 are another feature that sets this cell phone apart from its competitors. The ISO setting is an adjustment that allows the cell phone to recognize light sensitivity. The lower the setting, the less sensitive (but less grainy), and so forth. So you would use ISO 100 outdoors in full sunlight, ISO 200 for overcast or shady conditions, or ISO 400 for low light shots. ISO 400 would also be used in bright daylight to bring out the phones highest shutter speed for action photography.

Photo Tip: If you love look of old school, grainy film black and white photography, try setting your Convoy 3 to b/w mode and ISO 400 and shoot without flash, even if there’s enough available light to shoot at ISO 100.

Good pictures revolve around ISO and how a camera can perform. In addition to shutter speed and aperture, this light setting is what gives the Convoy 3 an edge over many other flip phone models. The image sensor is the single most expensive component for a good quality camera, and this phone delivers.

 

5 Cool Flip Phones For Kids

There is a whole world of availability out there for phones from the most basic to the all singing all dancing smartphones that can do everything except take the trash out. Your kids are no doubt looking for the latest and greatest from you, and for whatever reasons, you don’t want them to have a smartphone.

Cool.

However, you have come to the right place, because there are plenty of other options to keep you in control of how your children use the phone. Below we have chosen five of the coolest flip phones for kids. We hope to give you options here that you and your children will be happy with. Amongst a bewildering array of phones the industry want you to buy, we have scoured the net and found five basic cell phones that come with plenty of great features, but don’t come with the expense and safety concerns of providing smart phones to your kids.

Here’s a quick peek at the 5 flips covered in this article…


1. Sharp Docomo SH-03E

docomo sharp waterproof phoneThis one has all the functionality you could expect from a small flip phone. So much so that the word “cool” should be in its name. From concept through build this phone has been designed from the ground up to look exciting, innovative and trendy and scores top marks on every one of these criteria. More than aesthetics though, this little handset has features in abundance. Below are the most notable…

  • Multi-color notification lights
  • 5 megapixel HD camera
  • Supports MP3 / MP4
  • Robust, reliable design
  • Waterproof (or at least, water resistant)

As cool flip phones for kids go, this has it all in abundance. It looks good. Performs excellently and the water resistant feature also makes it ideal for kids. The safety aspect of very limited internet availability ticks a few boxes for you parents out there who are rightly concerned about the smartphone market, and the inherent problems providing these to your children.

Keep reading though, we still have plenty of other options to explore.

2. Motorola Ming A1200

Motorola Ming A1200From the second you look at this phone you will be mesmerised by its good looks. From one of the world’s foremost manufacturers, Motorola offers a wide range of phones and have designed this specifically to look cool, be attractive, and also to provide functionality. Just to whet your appetite, here are a few of those features – you will be amazed!

  • Quad-band GSM
  • Chic, aesthetically pleasing design
  • 2.4 inch touch screen
  • 2 megapixel camera / camcorder (basic yet adequate)
  • Micro SD expansion to 16gb
  • 7.4 hours talk time on one fully charged battery

It’s difficult to think of more functionality in such a small, perfect package. If your kids are at you for the latest and greatest phone, then we are certain that this phone will tick a good number of your boxes – fashionable and safe, hard to go wrong with this one.

3. Casio GZOne Boulder

Casio Gzone BoulderThis Verizon flip phone is sweet.

This is not a feature rich phone, but it is an excellent looking device, and it’s made with the outdoorsy owner in mind. It’s an oldie but a goody. We’ve covered it at length in another post – along with the newer, practically indestructible Casio G-Zone phones (makers of G-Shock watches).

But here’s a recap…

This is an extremely rugged phone. Built to last, it is waterproof and shockproof within reason. It also has a basic web browser, and the usual SMS / MMS / MP3 and MP4 functions you would expect but the focus for this phone is its sturdiness and the fact that it has been built to last. So, if your kids are prone to breaking things, dropping things or drowning things, then this phone is most certainly worthy of your consideration.

4.  Lenovo MA388

Lenovo MA388The old Lenovo MA388 feels good in the hand and has an old-school executive look. It is easy to use, and although only sporting 2g internet availability has some excellent abilities and differences to the other models described here. Some of these differences are highlighted below.

  • flashlight
  • FM radio
  • 3.5 Inch HVGA screen
  • 2g ready – No capability for 3g or 4g
  • Dual SIM operation
  • SMS / MMS / MP3 / MP4 & Bluetooth compatible

If you are looking for a cool flip phone, at the higher end of the price range then this could be the ideal choice. Again as with all our product reviews we suggest that you have a good look at all 5 products we have looked at here before making a decision. It’s very much a case of weighing the pros and cons of each handset against your own requirements.

5.  Verizon Samsung Alias 2

Samsung Alias 2When you see the name “Samsung”, then like us you know it’s going to be a quality device, built based on research, with a specific market in mind. This is no different when it comes to the Samsung Alias.

Designed and manufactured for Verizon, this is a brilliant phone. Again, it’s ideal for phoning, texting and a few other things outlined below, but it’s not the model to go for if you are looking for a phone with advanced internet functions (for that, you’d want a smartphone). Here’s what it does have…

  • 6-day battery life
  • LCD display on the outside of case as well as full-screen inside
  • Supports SMS / MMS / MP3 & MP4
  • 2 MP Camera & Video function
  • Bluetooth

This is most definitely what you can describe as a cool flip phone for kids with every function that children require on a phone. Moreover, it is a brilliant looking phone and comes from a household name which we all see as reliable, innovative and robust. That’s the Samsung Alias 2.

5 Best Slide Phones For Texting

If you are used to sliding phones and would prefer to stick with them rather than involving yourself in the horrendously tedious task of choosing between the newest and greatest technical marvels available then you are in the right place.

We have chosen the top 5 slide phones still available on the market. We have picked them apart bit by bit, and below are the results. There is a slide phone here to suit all tastes from the functional to the basic. Crucially though, we looked at the 5 best slide phones for texting because these seem to be the most difficult slide phones to find that you folks are encountering.

LG GT365 Neon

When it comes to ease of use and ease of texting with these types of phone then this stunning LG Neon will really please you. The main user functions are listed below, however, suffice to say that we were very, very impressed with this pocket rocket of a phone. Here are just a few of the functions this beauty has.

  • 2.4 inch touch screen
  • Horizontal QWERTY keyboard (Hard key, not touchscreen)
  • Extremely intuitive user interface
  • SMS/MMS/E-MAIL/2 MP Camera/Bluetooth compatible
  • Micro SD expansion slot to 16 GB
  • Digital audio player

And many, many more benefits besides. There can’t be anyone who would look at this phone and think it provides anything other than fantastic specifications, ease of use which is second to none given that intuitive user interface. However, have a look at our other choices. You will be surprised at the quality of device we have uncovered in this article.

Samsung S425g

When this Samsung model is looked at, you must remember that before the invasion of the smartphone, this would have been considered one of the best phones on the market in terms of slide phones. It is an excellent, feature rich phone that is pleasing on the eye, easy on the brain, but still with all the functionality you will need. Here are just a few reasons that make this phone stand out from the volume of competition.

  • horizontal QWERTY keyboard (hard key)
  • Mobile web access on 3g
  • SMS/MMS/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth compatible
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Micros SD expansion slot to 16GB

As you would expect from the market leader, and in line with this article’s subject, this unit is also designed with ease of use in mind throughout its functionality and specifically in regard to texting. This handset is extremely worthy of its place in this article.

LG Extravert

This basic handset, from LG, offers the essential day to day features, with no frills. If you are the sort of person who uses their phone to make calls and send / receive texts and aren’t interested in all the other available and increasingly complex functions then this could be the phone for you.

When you hold this phone the first thing you will notice is the quality feel of the device. When you then go on to use the phone, you cannot fail to notice the simplicity with which it operates. There are a few facilities this phone has other than calling and texting and we have outlined these below for you.

  • Horizontal QWERTY keyboard (hard key)
  • Touch screen option
  • SMS / MMS / Bluetooth connectivity
  • Hands-free operation
  • Opera mini browser

It should be noted by those of you who are considering this option that it has no capability to connect to WiFi services – internet access is via the mobile web only. That said, for such a basic model, in a low price bracket this is a great choice if it ticks all your boxes.

LG Cosmos Touch VN270 for Verizon

LG Cosmos Touch VN270 can be considered as a basic phone that offers style, user friendliness and a bunch of decent features to the users. This is basically the same as the regular Cosmos model, but this on has been upgraded with a large touchscreen.  On top of everything, the Cosmos Touch comes along with an affordable price tag. The key features of this mobile include a 1.3 megapixel camera, GPS and a full QWERTY keyboard that is great for texting.

Design

It comes along with a stylish design. The developers have reduced its overall dimensions by including a sliding keyboard. This has helped them to include a bigger display as well. It has a 2.8 inch resistive TFT display with a screen resolution of 400*240 pixels. You can find the screen lock key, camera key and the micro SD card slot on the right hand side. The volume controller and micro USB charging port can be found on the left hand side of this phone. It also features the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

According to customer reviews, the LG Cosmos Touch offers a solid feel to the hands of users. The soft touch paint that can be found on the back door and along with sides have contributed a lot towards the above mentioned fact. The sliding mechanism is smooth and you will not have to put extra effort on it. Therefore, it can be considered as an ideal mobile phone for daily use, especially with its horizontal keyboard for easy texting.

Interface

The user interface is similar to Samsung’s TouchWiz. You can find four static icons on the home screen along with contacts, menu, dialer and message buttons at the bottom. Since this is a basic mobile phone, you can expect a slight lag in the user interface compared to today’s expensive smartphones, but it will not cause any major usability issues.

Camera

Almost all the LG mobile phones feature excellent quality cameras. This fact is applicable for the Cosmos Touch as well. The 1.3MP camera is perfect for a basic mobile phone like this. Images are good and crisp. However, you will not be able to capture stunning images under low light conditions. Moreover, this mobile phone does not feature a camcorder, so you will not be able to capture videos.

Performance

This is a CDMA phone that is compatible with Verizon. It has a decent performance and you will not find any major usability issues. The battery life is pretty impressive as well and you will be able to use it for about 2 days with average usage. The connectivity features such as memory card slot and Bluetooth have played a major role behind the popularity of this device.

On top of everything, it comes at a reasonable price tag under $100. So if you just want a basic sliding phone that’s good for texting and just has basic functionalities, then think of purchasing LG Cosmos Touch VN270. The benefits you get from it are totally worth it.

Motorola Sidekick Slide

This large display screen model by Motorola is an ideal phone for texting and particularly so for those readers who are visually impaired. This handset is the most basic that we have looked at here. While it is an excellent phone with superb reliability and build quality it remains an option for the budget-conscious fans of slide phones.

Alongside the quality of the handset it has made it on this article ahead of stiff competition because of its usefulness to the visually impaired when they are texting. Of course, it has the usual SMS/MMS/MP3 & MP4 capabilities so it’s not entirely without features worth mentioning. If you are looking for a cheap, durable handset to make calls and text then you could do a lot worse than this little number.

  • Horizontal QWERTY keyboard (hard key)
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • JAVA enabled
  • Some service providers will require data plan

What Are The 5 Best Flip Phones For Seniors?

Jethro SC213B flip phone for seniors

These days if you venture into any cell phone retailer, you will be met with a range of weird, wonderful touch screen, internet based smart phones, with all the features you could think of, from WiFi to fingerprint recognition, and a million other technological wonders.

That’s great for you, if you’re into all that stuff, but what about your non-tech savvy parents or grandparents?  All those features might be wasted on them, because they just don’t have much interest or use for those little Internet phones.

My Mother-In-Law…

For example, my mother-in-law is just getting now into Facebook and web surfing on an iPad we gave her.  She likes it, but she needs help.  A lot.  Like almost every day haha.  And that’s cool; we’re always happy to answer her questions and help her find fun new videos or e-coupons or whatever.

But there’s no way she could do that on a little phone or iPod, not even on the crazy big phones coming out nowadays.  Even on the large iPad screen, she’s always accidentally touching the wrong app or link, and she has a hard time reading small print (thank God for pinch-and-zoom).  But on an iPhone?  Forget about it.

So she just has a basic cell phone, and that is already complicated enough for her (she can text, but she never does haha).  But for web browsing, she much prefers her tablet.

So anyways, I assume you’re in a similar boat with your folks, and you want to find a basic phone that isn’t too hard for your elderly mom or dad to figure out.

I Recommend Flip Phones

Well, keep reading, because this article lays out five of the best flip phones for seniors. All have different features suitable for different users, so please do have a good read and decide which works best for you.

Flip phones are often recommended for older users, partially because they make butt-dialing a non-issue, but also because they make it so simple to answer a call and hang up.  My mother in law always stands there, searching and searching for the right button to answer or end a call, and it’s just ringing and ringing…so I’m like, “Mommy, just open it…Mommy, just close it.”  So cute 😉

Anyways, the flips below retail at well under $100 each and don’t require any data plan, which provides phenomenal value for your money, particularly as an operational, easy to use cell phone is a vital lifeline to so many.

1. Jethro SC213b Flip Cell Phone

This is an extremely good cell phone, and offers features which make life that much easier. Supplied with a quick charging dock, there is no more fighting with chargers, and small wires making it ideal for those with poor dexterity.

The unit has hands free functionality, so no need to stop what you are doing to take a call – welcome to the world of multi tasking! The phone is designed to flip open, singlehandedly, and has an SOS button, also designed for single handed operation, which can call up to 5 specified contacts in case of emergency.

The Jethro SC213b is not without other useful features either, with a large keypad, and speaking keyboard. It supports Bluetooth connections, can receive and send SMS and MP3 files, and sports a camera to capture every memorable moment.

With capacity for up to 200 contacts, this is easily expandable by inserting a Micro SD card, giving up to 16MB of extra storage space.

There are a choice of 7 languages supported by this phone, which are English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Dutch.

(Please note, this handset is NOT compatible with Verizon or Sprint.)

2. TT Phone – Pluto Big Button

Presented in a handsome, well designed clamshell flip casing, this excellent device comes with a range of features designed to be basic, functional and with ease of use foremost in the design and functionality.

For the hard of hearing, this handset is complete with loud volume. It has big buttons, for ease of use by partially sighted individuals, and that all important SOS button.

As with the Jethro handset above, the flip and SOS functions are designed to be operated with one hand, when required.

(Please note, this TT Phone will NOT work on the Three network because only 3G handsets work on their network, and this lovely little thing isn’t 3G enabled.)

3. LG A340

This flip phone comes with one particular feature which makes it stand out from the rest. Offering Text to Speech, you can choose to have your SMS (Text Messages) received by voice rather than text. This is an excellent feature for users with limited vision. No more changing glasses and trying to read tiny words; the LG A340 will automatically change the Text to Speech, and you can choose between a variety of voices to deliver this.

With enhanced audio, it provides the option of extra loud volume, features a 1.3 megapixel camera, which can also shoot video, and is complete with Bluetooth connectivity.

4. Quadband GSM Seniors Flip Phone

This is a very useful, basic little phone – easy flip operation combined with a sleek look make this the ideal phone for occasional users with a low demand for features.

As with the Jethro, the GSM Seniors flip phone has an SOS button, designed for one handed operation, and you can store up to 5 contacts here.

It comes with an easy charging dock, again making it a great option for those with dexterity problems.

You can set up speed dials, store 300 contacts and make use of the hands free facility or use the phone for listening to FM radio channels.

Unfortunately, this unit does not come with enhanced audio.

5. Samsung Haven U320 Flip Phone

If I had to choose one word to describe this excellent phone, it would be “stunning.”

The only phone in the range to offer a color display scree, and a wealth of other features, making it an ideal choice for seniors. The display and the keys are large, and easy to use. The large, bright screen is kind to the eyes, and offers the option to further magnify.

In case of emergency, this is most definitely the phone to have. Hot keys provide single button access to 911 and to your appointed ICE contacts and can also be operated by voice command. This function allows Emergency Teams, when necessary, to have critical medical information, along with who they need to contact. This is perhaps the best possible phone for seniors with medical requirements, because it provides the most advanced features for this type of phone.

So, with added security, simplicity, ability to store medical information alongside ICE contacts, the Haven U320 also offers a variety of exercise regimes to use on the move or at home.

The phone is extremely slim, and will fit discretely in your pocket without being intrusive.

Summary

Clearly, there are a number of flip phones out there, but hopefully this little summary has pointed you towards some good options and given you the information you need to make a decision on which is best for you and your family.

5 Basic Slide Phones Under $100

NOTE: All of these phones have cameras. If you’re looking for a basic cell phone with NO CAMERA, check out the Samsung A157v (AT&T).

Samsung Flight 2

Trying to decide on the right cell phone is not always as easy as it seems. You’ll want to carefully check out each phone’s features so you can choose the one that’s right for you and meets your needs without breaking your budget. Perhaps you already asked yourself “why not choose a slider phone?” so here you are.

There are actually some distinct advantages to slider phones compared to other types of cell phones, so let’s hit on a couple of those briefly and then take a look at some good slide phones from reputable manufacturers to see what they have to offer.

Right up front I think it’s just honest to let you know that I’ve actually only owned two of these five phones (the Samsung Flight 2 and Pantech Pursuit 2…and I presently still use the Pursuit here in 2015), and I can say firsthand that they’re both pretty decent phones. I haven’t personally owned the other three, but I think I’ve researched them enough to help you see whether they’re a good fit for you.

5 Basic Slider Phones Covered In This Article…

Advantages Of Slide Phones

With the latest trends towards large-screen phones, the older-style slider phones are actually much more compact than any smartphones nowadays. So these phones are very compact, very durable, super affordable and very user-friendly.

Have you ever dropped a $40 basic slide phone on the ground? No biggie, right? It still works fine. Now compare that with dropping an $800 smartphone on the ground…yikes.

Many sliders are designed for easy texting and have a good sized QWERTY keyboard, yet they can still fit comfortably in your pants’ coin pocket or that skinny leg pocket in your carpenter jeans.

Samsung SGH A777

Samsung SGH A777Okay, so first up let’s start with one of the most basic – yet reliable –slide phones out there: the Samsung SGH A777.

Samsung’s A777 is a perfect example of today’s mid-range feature phones. It has a sturdy design with a multimedia feature, and it is really easy to call. Along the right side you will find a microSD card slot and a music player key. SGH A777 holds up to 1,000 contacts, and it contains room for multiple phone numbers under each contact.

If you’re not interested in texting very often and just want a mobile phone, then this is it. This Samsung offers a sliding face that hides just a basic, alphanumeric keyboard…no big fat QWERTY keyboard to weigh you down. In fact, the A777 model has an average weight of about 4 ounces.

So if you are in search of solid slider type of cell phone without all the bells and whistles, this model of Samsung is a great choice. Its screen is clear and bright, and that makes it even more attractive.

For over 70 years Samsung has been dedicated to improving the world with advanced technologies, and their user experiences goes beyond your expectations. So this South Korean company will not disappoint you with the quality of their products. Samsung is one of the most popular cell phone brands on the planet for a reason.

LG Xpression C395

LG Xpression C395When you are unable to buy smartphone nowadays, it is easy to go for a powerful and solid slider phone which will provide you with up to date features. So you should be searching for quality 3G phones.

LG Xpression C395 will definitely fit the bill, and this mobile is worth dollar. It boasts a slide out QWERTY keyboard and 240×240 pixel resolution touchscreen display. So the QWERTY keyboard is specially designed for people who love messaging fast and easily.

Other features include a 2 megapixel camera, which is a great offer for this price. You will also have features like: a personal organizer, 2.1. version of Bluetooth, messaging and email, voice dialing, an additional web browser, very basic music player, and also a microSD slot card (which holds up to 32 GB).

It runs on your basic LG operating system, but you will also find social network apps, so this is an extra advantage that sets this model above your basic phones. It also has lots of additional widgets to meet your personal and business needs.

You can easily drop music and video files into your microSD slot card from your computer and put this slot card into the phone; now you will have lots of music files (microSD goes up to 32 GB).

And what about battery life, you ask? It lasts for days on end. Unlike the energy-sucking smart phones which only last for half a day, this one only needs to be charged once a week, if that. You practically have to use this phone 24/7 to need more than one charge per week.

Like Samsung, LG is another popular brand in the mobile tech world. It is the fourth biggest South Korean company which is specialized in advanced technologies. So if you want very impressive, beautifully designed and multi-functional phone LG Xpression C395 is a fantastic choice.

Alcatel Sparq II

Alcatel Sparq IIAnother good choice for its incredibly low price is the Alcatel Sparq II cell phone (it’s the cheapest of the five). Their motto is very simple “stay connected with your family and friends with email and text.” So yes it’s another good choice for an average slider cell phone.

Now let’s take a look at its features.

Easy texting and easy calling is all what we need from basic cell phone, so you get both by this solid phone. You will also get a superfast speed with the Sparq II’s 2G/3G/4G compatability.

This phone has solid body and smooth slider operation. Despite the fact that this it also has a touchscreen keyboard, the slide out QWERTY is unbeatable when it comes time for messaging.

Another great thing about this phone is that it has a battery life which last for weeks, maybe for months!

No, I’m kidding 😉

But with a standby run time of 400 HOURS, it could technically go for over two weeks before dying…unless you use it haha.

Anyways, you can try it yourself and you’ll be impressed by the quality of battery. While your top-of-the-line smart phones last maybe 18 hours (if you’re lucky), this sucker will go a full week between charges.

After removing a black plate and inserting your MicroSD slot card into it your mobile phone will recognize that card automatically and changes the default storage for photos, music, videos and programs.

Adding music and photos to your Alcatel phone is very easy. You just have to drop your target file into your MicroSD slot card and put that card into the phone that’s it, there is a more simple way with micro USB data cable, so you just connect this cable to your personal computer and copy all the files you want to transfer.

Sound quality of this phone is way beyond your expectation. Pretty good for a slide phone.

This phone also includes alarm clock, Music/audio playback, Voice mail, Calendar, 2 MP camera with LED flash, video recording, calculator and speakerphone. You will also get Bluetooth which is built in mobile system and built in memory storage of 256 MB, but you can easily add MicroSD slot card up to 32 GB.

There are also extra calling features like call waiting and call forwarding.

Samsung Flight II

Samsung Flight 2The Samsung Flight II is another slider phone with a solid QWERTY keyboard and very easy operating system. But unlike the first Samsung on this list, this one slides open horizontally rather than vertically. And that makes sense, since the other one didn’t have a full QWERTY keyboard and was more just for making phone calls (it can text too, though), but this one is made for texting. But aside that fact the features of this phone is the same as it predecessor.

This model just like Samsung’s other models is very solid and very qualitative. Samsung Flight version II is unique not only in its design, also in its features.

So you get the design with QWERTY keyboard on it, and you slide the keyboard horizontally not vertically and that’s the main difference between this phone and its predecessors. This phone is 4 inches long. Its display looks very unique and colorful.

Like other Samsung’s touch screen mobiles phones (and like the Pantech Pursuit 2 down below), you can customize the Flight II with up to three home screens with different widgets on them. There you can also find the widgets like applications of Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Yahoo Search.

There is another good thing that developers of Samsung focused on its capacitive display rather than resistive option. So you can easily use the operating system, which does not require any additional knowledge or skills (i.e. it’s pretty simple and straightforward to use).

This phone includes a nice size keypad, QWERTY, with large digits and it includes a fastest access to your contact list. Yes you can use the touchscreen keyboard while messaging, but you won’t be as fast as with the slide out QWERTY Keyboard.

Like its predecessors this model also has a motion detection sensor. This is pretty cool. So you can easily silence any incoming call by turning the phone over face down. Turning over your phone during an incoming call will automatically send the caller to voice mail or message them that you are in a meeting.

The Flight II has a large phone book, it covers more than 2,000 contacts (double the amount that the Samsung A777 can hold) and again, in each contact you can save various phone numbers.

Pantech Pursuit II

Pantech Pursuit IIThe last best seller slider phone is definitely Pantech Pursuit II. I actually switched from an Apple iPhone 4 back to this Pantech. Do I miss playing Bejewelled and Tiny Death Star? Sure. Do I miss Yelping stuff when I can’t make up my mind where to eat lunch? Uh huh.

Do I miss that extra $100 bucks or so that I had to pay for all that frickin’ data and insurance and replacing my USBs like every few months? Do I miss being locked in to those 2 year contracts?

Nope.

This phone has a fun design and it’s very easy to use. And actually, I could use a much cheaper data plan that barely uses a trickle of data to access Facebook, email, etc. But I don’t really need all that. I just use it as a phone, and I have my trusty old iPod Touch to access wifi and take HD photos and videos and all that.

It is 4 inches long phone with a pretty loud ringer. Also you can add microSD slot card to it and copy your music and video files over to/from your computer.

It comes with three different home screens and two of them are customizable. You can use Internet apps, but since I just use my free wifi and iPod for that stuff, I just stick my favorite contacts on there.

Battery of course is the one of the main advantages of this phone. Like so many of the dumbphones out there, this one lasts for days and days between charges. And when it starts beeping that the battery is low and is about to die…relax. You still got like 6 more hours til it will actually crap out on you. That actually gets annoying, because it just keeps doing that beep like every 10 minutes and won’t shut up. I’m like, “Okay, Okay…just die already and stop beeping!” But no…it keeps going all night lol.

The QWERTY keyboard slides out vertically. For my fat thumbs, this is actually a slight disadvantage compared with the Samsung Flight 2 and others that slide out horizontally, as it’s easier to text on a wider keyboard.

But I can live with that.

The camera on this one is not all that impressive compared to today’s HD lenses. But I was impressed that it actually lets you choose your light balance and black white or sepia tones. That was pretty revolutionary for a dumb phone made a few years ago. But as I mentioned already, I hardly use it because I have my iPod.

Okay, that’s it. Five really good slide phones, each of them coming in at way under $100…several of them under $50. And not only do you save money on the phone itself, but the savings continue as you don’t have that fat data plan sucking your life savings away month after month.

I hope this helps you find what you’re looking for!  🙂

 

My Pantech Pursuit 2: 5 Years Old And Still Going Strong

pantech pursuit 2 basic cell phone for sale

Have I really had this Pantech Pursuit 2 for that long?  I guess so.  We got two of them when they first came out…both of ours were a metallic green, but they also come in metallic pink.  I used mine for what, 2-3 years?  Then I finally caved and got myself an iPhone.  So I passed my phone down to my son, because he was begging to finally have his own cell phone.

Two years later, and we traded again!

He’s a teenager now and so you know, teenagers will commit suicide if they don’t have a smartphone haha.  Well, okay, he’s actually not that spoiled, but he really wanted one, so I traded him my upgraded iPhone for my old Pantech slide phone.

I can’t believe how scratched up the face of it is now.  It’s probably been dropped a million times onto the pavement at his school.

But it still works great!  And I forgot how much I missed the old keyboard!  Being able to actually feel those buttons — as opposed to just the touchscreen on the smart phone — is so nice.  It makes texting so much easier with that full keyboard and raised buttons.  What is that?  Tactile…something something?  I forget what they call that.  But anyways, I like it.

My old standby...takes a lickin'...keeps on tickin'.
My old standby…takes a lickin’…keeps on tickin’.

And my battery lasts way longer than the iPhone did, that’s for sure.

Have you missed me baby?  Aww…Daddy missed you too.  Smooch.   😉

Cheap AT&T Flip Phone Under $20 With No Camera

samsung a157v cell phone review

If you’re looking for a good deal on a really cheap, basic cell phone for work that doesn’t have a camera and that will work with AT&T — preferably one under $20 — then there aren’t many options out there…unless you sign up for a 2 year contract and all that.

But to just buy a basic flip phone for next to nothing?  Does such a phone exist?

Yes.

Yes, there are cell phones that cheap out there.  You can find quality new, used, and refurbished phones in that price range.

One of the best cheap mobile phones for sale online today is the Samsung A157v.

Samsung a157v

The Samsung A157v flip phone is as basic as they come.  No wifi capability.  Limited web (Yahoo email and Yahoo search only).  No camera.  No media player.  No Candy Crush.  No Bluetooth.  No voice controls.

It has an alarm and phone book function, speakerphone, stuff like that.  But not much else.  It’s a cheap 3G phone, and that’s about it.

And as mentioned, there is no camera phone built in, so it’s perfect for people whose jobs do not allow camera phones for security reasons.

The A157v is lightweight and compact.  It’s a flip-style phone, so it won’t accidentally dial someone while it’s in your pocket or purse.  The battery life is decent:  300 minutes talk time and 10 hours on standby.

It’s a locked AT&T phone that you can use with your existing AT&T plan.  You just have to put in your old phone’s SIM card (standard size, not micro).  And if you lost your SIM or just don’t have one yet, the folks at AT&T will set you up with one.

This phone is set up as a Go Phone (prepaid), so you can use it that way too if you don’t want a regular cell phone plan.

Can it do texting?

YES!

Can you use your ATT iPhone sim card in it?

No, most smartphones use a smaller version of SIM card (micro).  But…you can buy an adapter — like a little sleeve — that your iPhone SIM can slide right into, and then that will work in this phone.

Does it come with a charger, SIM card, and manual?

If you buy it used, it may not have a manual in the box.  If that’s the case, you can actually view/download a PDF version of the manual on Samsung’s site here:

http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SGH-A157ZKAATT

But it does come with a SIM and wall charger, and you can buy other accessories for this phone on Amazon or Samsung.com.  Wherever you buy a cell phone or electronics accessory…be sure to buy from a company that has a return policy…just in case.

UPDATE: I’ve been watching this phone, and it looks like the price on the a157v has been dancing around in the $20 to $30 range lately. I’m not sure if it will drop back down under $20, but I’ll keep an eye on it.   If you look at the link below, it should tell you the current price on Amazon, and if that price is higher than you want, you can actually click it and go straight to Amazon where they will show you other listings for it — perhaps cheaper listings, if available.  Either way, it’s still a great basic phone with cheap accessories avaialable (how about a wall charger for under $1???).

ANOTHER UPDATE: Oh great, now the wall charger is 5 bucks =(