Best basic and feature phones you can get in the USA and internationally

At this point, we all seem to be quite content with our smartphones and the vast functionalities that they provide over their predecessors from roughly a decade ago. What's more, if you jump back in time, say, in 1995 and show your shiny new Galaxy Note 4 to a random passer-by, they'll certainly have a hard time wrapping their heads around the concept for a "smartphone" and all of the features that it allows us to benefit us on a daily-basis.

Yes, smartphones are great and all, but... what if you don't want one? What if a feature phone with close to zero "smart" features, yet with rock-steady battery life is exactly your cup of tea? What if you already have a smartphone, yet you are looking for a backup device? Well, then a feature phone is your best bet. 

We've made a succinct round-up of all the notable feature phones that you can get from the largest US carriers. Of course, we haven't forgotten tour readers who live outside the United States - we've also picked the best basic ones you can get as well! 


These were some of the better feature phones you can get from the large US carriers right now. Staying true to the promise that we gave you, we are now going to make a round-up of the better and more popular feature phones that are available internationally. As it's rather hard to distinguish the devices that are being sold in each separate country, we will limit our selection to some feature phones that are available on a more global basis.

Note: Have in mind that a lot of the feature phones in the gallery above are also widely available internationally, but for the sake of conciseness, we will not include them in the international list below. 

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20 Comments

1. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Lg best in everything

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You're wrong NOKIA was the first. my FIRST PHONE was NOKIA candy bar forgot what model, then it was the 3300 music phone and so on. I plan on buying the 220 NOKIA as my back up in case I loose my Z1 or if it stops working. Better battery life than any other smart phone.

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Nokia candy bars... FTW. Eat a hot dog, Microsoft...

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Why should they? Nokia candybars is Microsoft.

15. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Exactly...they're not really Nokia's...

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Want feature phones? Get Nokia, only Nokia. Or else, no Kia for you.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Why does US gets many choices while us outside are stuck with colorful Nokias? I have nothing against Nokia or Alcatel but having choices can be good. On the other hand, US can only avail the new 3DS XL and not the smaller one. US cant get it all eh, hehehe.

14. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Have that New 3DS preordered. Also, we get the least colors of everything and it takes longer. Had to wait 8 months for the vita slim to come to the US. And the cool nokias aren't available here. Rather have those than the options we have.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

$100 on contract for some of these? Just find a Razr V3 or something off eBay.

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Carriers love to juice uninformed people off with their on-contract price. They make about $600 or more just with one of those units. XD

7. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

$8 bar phones are common in parts of asia and they're as good as a Nokia. Feature phones with sliding querty keypads are beautiful.

8. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That Nokia 225 actually looks pretty nice. Now about the price?

9. kerginaldo17 unregistered

None feature phone surpassed Nokia, the Unbreakable...

19. boyetgator

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Nokia is obsolete now.

10. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

There's a Nokia 225 and a Nokia 130 in the family. Both have long battery lives, the 225 has a nice enough display and the 130 is extremely light, it's practically unbreakable, it simply can't generate a big enough momentum when dropped. And has a great battery life, almost one week, when used lightly.

11. domfonusr

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Now this is truly the perfect article for someone like me...

12. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

A Nokia 301 is my outdoor activities device. It has taken some pounding I wouldn't and shouldn't inflict on my smartphones. Nokia 208 is also nice.

16. Blazers

Posts: 779; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Too hell with those 2yr contracts for the carrier feature phones. Each carrier sells these as prepaid devices with zero contracts as well. Just buy one of those, and pop in your postpaid SIM card.

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

The only bad part, oddly, is that there are certain smart phones out there these days that cost less outright than some of these feature phones (I.e.: Nokia Lumia 520 or 620 and Moto E).

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

The best basic phone for $20 is the Lumia 520. It's cheap, it's durable, and it's pretty basic relative to other smartphones. LOL

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