Did you know: You can now buy a smartphone for $15

Did you know: You can now buy a smartphone for $15

When we speak about the pace of progress, we often say that smartphones have evolved in such a big way in the past few years. We remember getting our paws on the original iPhone back in 2007, the device that started the modern smartphone era, and we were amazed by all of its features, but also a bit taken aback by the price.

Fast forward to these days, and flagship smartphones from major manufacturers still cost $650 off contract, so some may argue that while technology has evolved the prices are not really changing all that much.

However, while browsing the depths of the web today we stumbled upon a few clearance sales on Android devices that were truly an eye-opener. After all, it's mind boggling to see that brand new devices (as in non-used) are now on sale for $15! Just $15, and that's the full off-contract price for those phones that are also coming with free shipping.

True, they come from China, and yes, most of them run on the terribly quaint Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. We also admit their processors are 1GHz single-core affairs that run Android with some lag, but it's still a crazy fact - being able to buy a full on smartphone with a camera, even 3G connectivity in some cases for just $15.

Here are the specs for one such phone:

Platform: Android 2.3
CPU: Spreadtrum SC6820, Cortex A5, 1GHz, with 256MB RAM
Display: 4.7-inch TFT capacitive (260K colors) with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels 
Battery: 2600mAh
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM
Cameras: 2MP rear cam, 2MP selfie cam


That's what the crazy competition in the Android world brings: truly, a smartphone that everyone can afford, even the poorest people in the world. Jump to the '$30-$40' price tier, and you can even get an Android 4.4 KitKat device!

Many of you will be rightly asking: heck, are those phones even running properly? While we have not tested the majority of them, we have gotten our hands on one of the super affordable $40 phones with Android 4.4 KitKat, and our impressions were for an actually livable experience. Not super fast, nor game-friendly by any means, but if you want to browse the web on your phone and look at Facebook, Maps, email, and so on... it's a decent experience. And realizing this is humbling about how far we've come, isn't it?

source: PandaWill

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40 Comments

1. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Android 2.3? I'd rather have the $15

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I would agree if I had another phone already I would never buy a Gingerbread phone as a secondary one. Now imagine if you had no phone at all and $15 in your pocket. That's a different story. Gingerbread > Nothing. In fact what makes me sad is that Gingerbread and KitKat were the most refined final versions of their respective UX's, so Gingerbread might actually work with less bugs and hiccups than Lollipop which is a mess of bugs and frustrations for me. Gingerbread, no bugs. Lollipop, lots of bugs. No bugs > Lots of bugs. So Gingerbread > Lollipop??? LOL.

20. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

If youre poor and only have 15$ and youre really in-need of a phone, youll get Gingerbread.

35. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

If youre poor and only have 15$ you wouldn't want a smartphone you'd want gingerbread.

26. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

2.3 is a good OS during it's flagship days. At least people will have stable OS for daily driver than iOS8.

28. waddup121 unregistered

Same...haha

37. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

I was having htc wildfire s with Gingerbread since I bought moto g 2014, 3 months ago.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I will have no problem throw that phone against the ground when i'm pissed lol

5. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Could be funny at the bars to pretend to get mad and just slam your phone on the ground...... "WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE STOCK DROPPED 70% OVER NIGHT?!" *Throws phone down* People take viral videos of you Or the opposite.... "WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE WON THE BID?!?! THAT'S AMAZING!" *Throws phone up* People buy you drinks all night

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

So true :D want to get one of this so i can do that lol

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

With a price like this I think people would pay for a features phone rather because of better battery life and strong connection, people who want smartphone willing to pay $300 and above as they don't want cheap crap. This company target the wrong segment, as far as my analysis go

10. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

My phone is sub $200 and I'm having a decent smartphone experience... just because I'm poor doesn't mean I shouldn't be using a working smartphone. Remember not all of us are from 'developed countries '.

15. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I think the $250 Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 is a great phone for under $300.

38. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Yeah and hopefully they'll update the software regularly.

4. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I would rather have nice lunch.

39. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Haha. For $15 you can eat like a King in our country lol.

6. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Worst OS for me is Gingerbread while the best is KiTkat 4.4.4

9. Rocket

Posts: 630; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

im still rocking my gs2 running 2.3 and I love it :)

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1545; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

2.3 is the most stable Android of them all.

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The things that contribute to a good mobile experience in Android is never a single factor equation. It rely on the level of user experience with handling the Android mobile OS, then comes the hardware performance then follow by how well the App has been coded.

36. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Gingerbread on my Sprint Galaxy Epic Touch 4G bla bla bla phone was good. KiTkat 4.4.4.4.4.4 on my Verizon Moto X is great. I want my sucker(Lollipop)Verizon!!

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

No thanks, I'm quite content with my Nokia 105

11. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The processor is low but I do not think it is a major problem. The main problem I see is that 256MB RAM. That is a no go on a android whatever the version. Anything less than 1GB will be definitely noticed.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Show more of the chick in the thumbnail

17. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

You're a married man, shame on you

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Like me, he's not married. His wife is.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that was funny. +1 bro

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Married, not blind bro.

30. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

He is married but available

31. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

C'mon man, I´ll forgive him.

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