Looking for an outright handset bargain? It pays to shop around and consider your options when looking for a cheap phone.
If you're after a low-cost phone deal, you need to consider your choices, not only in terms of handsets but also in how you want to pay for it.
If you're happy paying upfront for a handset, you can economise by looking for a bargain phone, even in the premium space, and then dropping either a prepaid or contract SIM in it. Each week, we round up the best phone bargains if you're looking for a premium handset without that premium price.
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However, that's not the only approach you could take for a truly cheap phone deal as it's entirely feasible to pick up an affordable handset on contract if you're not flush with enough cash to afford a handset on an outright basis. Here's a range of affordable handsets on contract plans to consider:
What to consider when buying a cheap phone
- Will it meet my needs? Cheap phones are cheap for a reason, and you can't expect the absolute latest and greatest features. Of course, this shouldn't be a problem if your needs are modest.
- Prepaid or month-to-month? One of the great things about buying a handset outright is that you can opt for a prepaid SIM for maximum cost control, but you may find you get better value out of a month-to-month postpaid SIM-only deal.
- Will I be able to get cases and other accessories? Sure, it's cheap, but that's no reason not to protect it with a case. Your choices may be more limited depending on the model you choose, although it's rare to find a handset with absolutely no case options if you carefully hunt online for them.
- Smartphone or feature phone? You can't buy "premium" feature phones any more, but in the absolute budget space, they're still common. If all you want is a phone that has calling and text features, feature phones can be an ideal match, but it's perfectly feasible to get an entry-level Android handset for the same kind of money as many feature phones.
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