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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, 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?


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:


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 =(

Best Cheap Rugged Work Phone Ever?!

If you work in a dirty, dusty, wet, muddy, rough-and-tumble environment, then you’ve probably run into a lot of problems and frustrations with typical cell phones. What you want is a rugged cell phone that’s built specifically for people like you. Pretty, touchscreen smartphones with a million apps are fun to play around with at the office, but out in the field you need something a little beefier…something waterproof…dustproof…shockproof…weatherproof…sunproof…drop-on-the-ground-ten-times-a-day-proof.

You need a tough phone that can get the job done (glass-jawed smart phones need not apply).

There are several such cell phones on the market built for rugged work environments, but many of them will cost you an arm and a leg. And we’re not even talking smart phones here. We’re talking about dumb phones (i.e. basic flip phones, no touchscreens, etc) from brands like Casio and Sonim with price tags well over $100. Those are fine for massive corporations with deep pockets, but small contractors need something this side of the $100 line.

Enter: The Mann Zug S

This hardcore little number was made for big boys and girls with big jobs.

First of all, the Zug S is built to survive Armageddon. When the bomb drops, nothing will be left kicking on this planet except cockroaches and Zug S cell phones. This is one tough phone.

It’s built to military grade specs for durability: IP67. In testing it’s dropped onto concrete several times, submerged in water for half an hour, submitted to extreme heat and freezing temperatures. This phone is a beast.

Oh, and battery life?

How about upwards of 16 hours talk-time and up to 600 hours on standby! Two weeks between charges is not unusual for the Zug S. That’s easily 4-5 times the battery life of your average smartphone.

Additional Specs and Features…

  • Carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM 850/900/1800/1900 network service providers
  • 2” LED display
  • Dual SIM card slots
  • 5.04 inches x 0.87 inches x 2.34 inches
  • 5.92 oz.
  • 2 MP camera with LED flash/flashlight (yes, flashlight)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 enabled
  • Plays MP3, MP4, AVI, WAV files

Ideal for construction workers, fisherman, firefighters, emergency workers, soldiers, lumberjacks and anyone who works outdoors.

Why Dumb Phones Are Smart

For many years my family and I have been using cell phones. I think they’re awesome. Throw in a decent built-in camera, and life is just peachy.

But then we got into smart phones. My wife got one. Then I got one, and our older son was soon to join in on that. Then we followed that up by getting our first tablet. Then a year later, we got three more. And then one more the year after that.

Oh yeah, we have three iPod Touch on top of that.

So altogether, our family of five is currently using…

  • 3 smart phones
  • 3 iPods
  • 2 iPads
  • 3 iPad minis
  • 2 dumb phones

That’s a lot of tech. And we love them all.  Well, the iPods don’t really get used much right now, but I’m keeping them for the future, because I know that we’re going to want them before too long.

These smart phones and data plans are just killing me. If I were to add up all the money I’ve spent on smart phones and data plans over the past 4-5 years, it would be enough to buy a brand new car! That is no exaggeration.

Dumb Phones Are Way Cheaper Than Smart Phones

Over the past year alone, I’ve spent over $3,000 for cell phone service for my family. That’s 3 smartphones and 2 dumbphones. Throw in the 3 tablets that we got “on sale” with data plans…and it’s well over $4,000 in just 12 months.

Holy mother of god that is a crap load of money that I will never have back in my checking account. If I was smart, I would’ve just bought dumb phones and iPads for all of us and no data plans…and I STILL would have over $2,000 of that money in my pocket. And that’s just ONE YEAR. We’ve been using smart phones for over 4 years now.

How smart is that?

We pay for Internet and wifi at home anyway.

We have free wifi available at almost every store and restaurant we go to.

Why the heck do we need to pay $300 for data for 6 devices when 90% of our web surfing is done on wifi anyways?

That makes no sense.

That is just plain dumb.

Dumb Phones Don’t Suck Your Brains Out Like Smart Phones Do

Having that constant Internet connection and dozens of apps in your pocket 24/7 does something else to you besides just sucking the money right out of your pocket. It also sucks your brain right out of your head.

Here’s a fun experiment…

Go out to the mall or something – maybe even a restaurant – and just sit there and watch the people around you for an hour or so. How many of them are stumbling around like brainless zombies, eyes glued to their devices, barely even noticing the world around them? How many almost get hit by cars walking through the parking lot or stepping out into the street? How many sit there at a table with friends or family, totally oblivious to the other person sitting two feet away?

How did we become so insane?

How did we become so out of touch with the world around us?

I love my Internet as much as the next guy. Hell, here I am at my laptop, connected to wifi and banging out another blog post. So I get it. The Internet is cool. I like it too.

But there’s more to life than your IG feed. There’s a whole world of interesting people in your own home, your own workplace, and in your own neighborhood, but when your attention is locked into your smart phone day and night…you’re missing it.

Dumb Phone + wifi = Best of Both Worlds

I have an iPhone and I love what it can do. But after a year and a half, I’ve finally realized that it’s just not worth the money I’m paying for it every month. I’m stuck halfway through a 2-year contract, and I want out really bad.

I held out for a few years before getting my first iPhone, and I loved it immediately. I wondered how I ever survived without it.

But that was before I started keeping track of the cell phone bills.

Now, I can’t wait to get out of this contract, downgrade to some cheap, rugged, little flip phone, and then dust off my iPod and just use that to take pics and surf the web when we’re out and about…if at all.

I also have that iPad tablet. So I mean, why do I even need a smartphone? I could just carry my dumb phone and iPod around with me, and maybe bring my iPad along too when appropriate.

If I have my wife and kids take the same approach, that’s almost $300 a month that we will be saving.

I am SO looking forward to that.

Paying $300 a month for a service that you can get for free is just not smart.