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The best basic GSM cell phones are available from Nokia and Samsung under $100. These cell phones have basic feature phone features and smaller display screens.

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Sonim XP6

Sonim XP6


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Sonim XP6
Nokia 105
Nokia 301
Samsung Rugby III
Samsung Galaxy Chat
Sonim XP6
Nokia 105
Nokia 301
Samsung A997 Rugby III
Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330
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Release Date
Nov 2014
Mar 2013
Mar 2013
Dec 2012
Aug 2012
Network Type
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700)
GSM 900 / 1800
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - RM-840, RM-841, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (RM-839), HSDPA 900 / 2100 - RM-840, RM-839, HSDPA 850 / 1900 - RM-841
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 900 / 2100
Input Method
Keypad
Keypad
Keypad
Keypad
Keypad, Touch Screen
Digital Camera Resolution
5.0 MP
3.15 MP
3.15 MP
2.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
2.63 inch
1.45 inch
2.4 inch
2.4 inch
3.0 inch
Processor Type
Quad-core 1.2 GHz
850 MHz
Battery Capacity
4800.0 mAh
800.0 mAh
1110.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Carrier
AT-T
AT-T

  • The Sonim XP6 is as rugged as smartphones come, complete with a comprehensive warranty against damage, but the Android experience suffers on its tiny display.

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    The Nokia 105 is a funny proposition for the European market as people won't be buying it as their main device and possibly not even as their second handset.
    It's very much a back up, emergency phone which is capable of taking some knocks and deliver a battery life which can last you a month, but it won't be able to offer the experience we've come to expect from our mobile phones today.

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    At around £13 with a 35-day battery, the Nokia 105 is the perfect back-up phone.


  • Strange that a phone like this should seem like a novelty, but it's so basic as to appear perverse. That barely-there price tag is what swings it though -- if you want to keep in contact while you're away, at a festival for instance, and don't want to risk your "real" phone, the 105 is a pretty good bet.

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    As with the 105, the Nokia 301 will likely do very well in emerging markets, but with the advent of low-cost and feature packed Android handsets in Europe it will probably struggle to break through.
    If you're looking for a low cost handset you can pick up an Android smartphone for under £100 these days which offers vastly more features than the 301.
    The Nokia 301 is a back up device, perfect for festival trips or emergency situations but it will never have the same appeal or desirability as today's smartphones.


  • The Nokia 301 is a feature phone with a twist. Offering apps, 3G speeds and Lumia inspired design. But is it smarter than it looks?


  • Very poor call quality is especially unacceptable on a simple cell phone. Unless you require AT&T's push-to-talk service, keep looking.


  • The Samsung Rugby III isn't a sleek phone, nor is it a smart phone. It is intended to be a big, rugged device that can withstand rough environments. While it performed as expected as a phone, it unfortunately was not able to meet the advertised certifications. The only reason you buy a phone like the Rugby III is because you're hard on them, and it doesn't seem like the phone can stand up to that kind of punishment.


  • The Samsung Galaxy Chat's biggest assets are its stylish appearance and well-made physical QWERTY keyboard. Sure, it may not give you much of a speed boost compared to the on-screen QWERTYs of today, but there are still a lot of users out there who just can't get used to typing on glass. Truth be told, pressing actual keys gives you a satisfying feeling that you can't experience when typing on a virtual keyboard.


    That said, we can't overlook the Galaxy Chat's weakest spot â??


  • The Samsung Chat 335 is an inexpensive smartphone with a qwerty keyboard and Wi-Fi connectivity. It looks great and feels good in the hand. However, the keyboard is disappointing and web browsing a bit of a challenge.


  • The Samsung Chat 335 is an inexpensive phone with a QWERTY keyboard and Wi-Fi connectivity.