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This basic phone costs only $12, made in China

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This basic phone costs only $12, made in China
Quick, what's the most affordable phone you can think of? Loyal readers might remember the Nokia 105, which is already on sale in several countries for a price of about $15. This dirt-cheap cell phone, however, goes even lower – down to $12 apiece, to be more specific, with a charger, protective sleeve, and a data cable included in the set. And no, there's no carrier subsidy involved, in case you're wondering, as the device is being offered unlocked.

In terms of features beyond calling and texting, you don't really get a whole lot, which isn't much of a surprise given the handset's cost. Still, there's Bluetooth connectivity on board, slot for microSD cards, and MP3 playback, although a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack isn't present. The low-res OLED screen can display two colors – yellow and cyan. 

Purchasing this cheap phone, however, might not be easy unless you live somewhere near China. But even if you could, would you really get one, be it for using it as a back-up phone or as a guinea pig to perform hardware hacking experiments on? Let us know down in the comments!


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posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:12 5

1. naveenstuns (Posts: 156; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Looks ugly!!!

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:16 6

7. Piotrek007 (Posts: 76; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Nokia 105 is pure beauty compared to this one 0.0

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:14 3

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4812; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nuh-uh, no thank you!

I rather choose the Nokia 105 instead! xD

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:05

17. BiN4RY (Posts: 80; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Does your Nokia 105 costs anywhere near $12?

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:34 3

3. Ohrules (Posts: 299; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


i know of a phone available in Pakistan that is mere 9 dollars, has a microsd card slot, 3 sim card slots (yep you read that right), VGA camera, torch, colour screen and monstrous speakers

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 12:09

11. xplayer57 (Posts: 15; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


can u name it?

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 03:58

15. PointMaza (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


it's XPTEL 1130

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:35 2

4. kamen (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Guys, don't forget that for large part of the world this may be the income for a month. So it is nice that it is available at that price. Of course, I doubt the mobile services would cost low enough, but...

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:50 2

6. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4812; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


And I guess that the mobile carriers like AT&T or Verizon will make this available in the US with $0.99 on contract! :P

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:35

5. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


hahaahaha....this is damn ugly and for $12 you can get those OLD black and white nokia phones

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 09:39 3

8. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


looks like the battery will explode in one charging

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 10:32 1

9. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Is this made by samsung?Has samsung shifted from cheap plastic to cheap transparent plastic?

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 13:40

12. JEverettnow (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


polycarbonate is a little more high end than this. Aluminum and metal phones aren't too common because they interfere with WIFI and NFC.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 03:55 1

14. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Actually this maybe the cheap iPhone that's rumored to come out this year.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 11:07 2

10. shreehari (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


nokias always stand out in the crowd

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 22:07

13. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


So what's the Quadrant score for this phone? /joke

I agree, i rather get monochrome 3310 than this. That nokia probably would last longer than this phone.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 13:18

16. downphoenix (Posts: 2231; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


This phone wins the ugly awards.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 09:04

18. gieters (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


In fact, China's mobile phone has no innovation, just like this

inbluemall.com/3g-android-41-n9300-mtk6577-smart-p​hone-with-47-inch-wvga-screen-dual-sim-dual-core-1​ghz-8mp-camera-gps-black-p-1403.html

the appearance just copy from samsung, but the fact that does not dispute: cheap

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