Did you know: These are five of the cheapest phones ever made


In early 2013, Nokia announced the most affordable phone it had ever produced – the Nokia 105. It had a color display, an FM radio, a splash-proof keypad, a long-lasting battery, and even a bunch of pre-loaded games, which made it a great pick for buyers on a really, really tight budget. And apparently, the formula worked. The phone sold by the truckloads in developing markets, where it retailed for a bit over $20.

The Nokia 105, however, isn't the cheapest phone that has ever existed. This title once belonged to the Vodafone 150 – a basic phone with a 5-hour talk time, an LED flashlight, and a monochrome screen the size of a (very small) postage stamp. But hey, what more could you expect out of a handset costing under $15? Launched in 2010, the Vodafone 150 was sold in India, Turkey, and parts of Africa.

The Gongkai phone, which can be bought in China, is another dirt-cheap handset. It is also far from the prettiest gadget we've ever seen, but its price of about $12 compensates for its lack of appeal. Surprisingly, the phone isn't as dumb as it may seem. Driven by a 260MHz processor and 8MB of RAM, it has a quad-band GSM radio, a passive OLED screen displaying 2 colors, and Bluetooth connectivity. What's more, throwing a microSD card in there turns the Gongkai into an MP3 player.

Going further down the price scale we meet the Alcatel OneTouch 1010, which launched in the UK not long ago. Its price? Just £5 (~$8) when bought on Pay As You Go with T-Mobile. This gets you a color display, a flashlight, battery providing 4 hours of talk time, and 3MB of storage space – enough to hold a handful of MP3 ringtones. The phone also has a blacklist feature preventing specific numbers from bothering the user.

And to wrap this list up, we bring you the Hop-On Hop1800, which could easily be referred to as the iPod shuffle of cell phones as it had no screen. It was released for a price of only $10, and you were promised $5 back if you returned the phone for recycling. Marketed as a disposable cell phone, the Hop1800 could only be used to make phone calls. Or as a paperweight, of course.

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105
  • Display 1.4" 128 x 128 pixels
  • Battery 800 mAh(12.5h talk time)

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17 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

I thought the Galaxy S series were surely going to be on this list. Guess theres cheaper plastic out there. /endjoke. Don't get all upset and offended. P.S. Gongkai could totally pass for a new porn name category.

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Upvoted for a good joke. Don't let butthurt people bring you down.

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You say that the S series is cheaper but we all know that iPhones cost much less to make so who is really being sold the cheap rubbish?

8. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Newer technology always cost more to build. The iphone 6 will cost more to mak the the S5, the Note III will cost more to make than the iPhone 6... so on and so forth. Its how it works lol

10. Sauce unregistered

It was a joke. Carry on ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

13. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

yes, to the next 200$ iCr@p.

14. Sauce unregistered

Looks like someone didn't take the advice, and got offended. LOL

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3289; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I purchased Kpower mobile phone from telego in $20, it has a massive battery... easily last more than 15days on a single charge... moreover, it can charge other phones... it has 8gb sd card... a small camera... good quality sound...

12. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I only get offended when I see iFanboys who actually keep up with tech and specs and are still iFanboys. I'm generally used to older people and girls owning iPhones and people who generally don't care about technology and think this is it. like an old man once asked if my Galaxy Mega is an iphoon yes he pronounced it iphoon, we spent the next 30 minutes laughing hard at work. so yes I feel offended seeing an iFanboy who actually reads something.

15. Sauce unregistered

What did I just read? Please make sense.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Lol, I thought it said that the Gongkai phone had 8GB of RAM instead of 8MB. That would be crazy for a phone...

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Bezel ratio on number 4 is exactly like that of the 5S. Don't get all offended, I guess there's worse ratios out there.

4. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I'd be offended if that weren't true.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

I actually LOL'ed at that one. +1

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Nokia 105 still the best equipped out of all of them

17. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

And the best looking :o Blue looks like candy to me in front of all those other phones in the list.

16. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Why don't they do a little research and find out the ACTUAL PHONE on which the Vodafone 150 is based. Coz in Africa, it wasn't sold as a Vodafone - and I'm pretty sure ZTE made it - so isn't it more fitting to give ZTE the credit?

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