Updated on 2 August 2013 by

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
Nokia 105
Nokia 301
Samsung Rugby III
Samsung Galaxy Chat
Sonim XP6
Nokia 105
Nokia 301
Samsung A997 Rugby III
Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330
$545
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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
Average Rating
 3.0 stars
 3.0 stars
 2.0 stars
 2.3 stars
 3.9 stars

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