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Best Budget Flip Phones 2017

Updated on February 10, 2017

Top Rated Unlocked and Prepaid Flip Phones

Flip phones are very convenient to stow away and answer. I've had one for years because the design is perfect for me. I switched to an iPhone for a short period of time but couldn't get over the fact that I have to "slide to answer" and that my battery life was maybe 10% of what it once was.

The only downfall to flip phones in the past has been the lack of applications and options that many of them have. That being said there are still many flip phones with browsing capabilities for looking up addresses and numbers while you're out on the town.

With the popularity of tablets many people are coming back to the flip phone for its ease-of-use, long battery life, ruggedness, and budget price and choosing to store their applications on a device with a larger screen. Here's a look at some of the top rated new flip phones of 2015.

Samsung Convoy Flip Phone
Samsung Convoy Flip Phone

2 Rugged Flip Phones to Consider in 2017

Samsung Convoy U640 - Review

If you're on the go a lot or seem to always drop your phone like I do, then it's hard to beat the ruggedness of the Samsung Convoy. The Convoy is built with military specifications which help it to survive in extreme water and dust environments. A 2-megapixel camera/camcorder is included as well as Bluetooth stereo music, a microSD memory expansion to 16 GB, and access to personal email and instant messaging services.

This particular phone uses Verizon wireless and is not unlocked. While I've listed the top rated flip phones for each major carrier below, if you're looking for an "unlocked" phone or a phone that isn't exclusive to a provider, then scroll to the unlocked section below.

What one customer had to say about the Samsung Convoy U640:

"I'm a returning college student and although I think smart phones are very cool I just wanted a phone that gives me good signal and great battery life. The Samsung Convoy U640 does both. And despite being a military grade phone I find it sytlish and and attractive. It does what I want it to do without requiring any extras such as a data plan. I have a Zune HD, iPod Touch and a laptop to do that for me. Verizon Wireless is a fantastic cell carrier and I always have signal. Overall I really like this phone and highly recommend it if you're looking for a phone that does what cell phones were intended for, making and receiving calls."

Samsung Rugby 2 - Another Great Rugged Flip Phone Option:

As the Convoy isn't always in stock the Rugby makes a solid alternative for someone looking for a rugged phone. It's a little cheaper than the convoy and has some modern features like Bluetooth stereo.

Samsung GT-C3520BLK

Sometimes it's just nice to know that when you grab your phone the wrong way and drop it you won't cause irreparable damage. With a hardy cover and a great look I like the Samsung GT because of it's hardiness, clamshell style, long battery life, and that this particular model is unlocked meaning it can be used with any GSM carrier.

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A Great Flip Phone for Seniors or Those That Want Something Simple:

Samsung a157V

Plain and simple. That's what you get with the Samsung a157V. Whether you're looking for a cell phone for that senior in your life or you just prefer a phone that gets back to basics, the Samsung a157V fits the bill.

There is no camera and no browsing and that's the beauty of it. For Under $40 you get a phone that has 10 days of standby time and 5 hours of talk time. The calls themselves are crystal clear and the phone is very easy to use.

Overall it's perfect if you want a flip phone that's cheap and simple.

A Couple More Flip Phones Worth Looking At

Here's a few other flip phones that are rugged and easy-to-use. These include several options with no contracts for those that prefer to pay as they go.

LG Cosmos

A favorite classic flip phone option of mine is the LG Cosmos which includes a 9 key as well as full keyboard flip out option.

Unlocked Flip Phones

Motorola Rambler - No Contract Pay as You Go

If you don't want to be restricted by what carrier you use, then you'll need to find an unlocked phone. While we listed several of our favorites below many times you can purchase a phone with a plan and then subsequently get it unlocked later. I suggest you call around to major cell phone retailers in your area and ask them if they can do so before purchasing. The phones listed below; however, are already unlocked.

You can also consider a refurbished phone. I've included a link to some of them below. You can usually purchase a refurbished phone for a fraction of the cost of standard retail.

Don't want a contract at all? Consider the Motorola Rambler which uses a pay as you go plan. The Rambler includes a Full QWERTY design uncommon to most pay as you go phones. The design is stylish and it includes Bluetooth for hands free talking. With a company like Boost mobile you can get an everything plan and pay as you go for just $50.

Here's what one customer had to say about the Motorola Rambler:

"This phone did everything I expected it to do. You can't beat the price of the phone and the service is great. The keyboard really comes in handy for surfing the web. With an added browser it's almost like having a smartphone."

Summary

We hope you've enjoyed this brief review of the best flip phones of 2017. If you would like to make a contribution or leave feedback about one of the phones listed above, then please use our comment section below.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like flip phone so much, thanks for the review.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a flip phone addict. I don't want a flat front phone. I feel like everyone can see my business with one of those for some reason... Thanks for the review.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      After a Palm Centro, an Android smart phone and an Iphone, I finally realized what I wanted was the smallest, lightest phone that didn't butt-dial people and got decent reception. And was also cheap to replace. Long live the flippy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Im about to buy a fliptop from my nokia c300 so this site is very helpful thankyou.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've had practically every cell phone style and brand ever made, due largely to my employment with various companies that provide phones for their field personnel. I loved my iPhone, (which btw was a personal choice & not a company phone), but the call quality was lousy for the most part. It is my personal belief that cell phone makers emphasize features and apps because they seem to be stumped,(with few exceptions), on delivering high quality telephone service e.g. hearing and being heard on a phone conversation. By far the best pure call quality phones, seem to have been the most inexpensive and least feature-rich phones, and to my recollection, 100% "flip-phones". Conversely, and again, in my experience, the poorest call quality have come from the more expensive devices with the MOST other bells, whistles and whiz-bang features and apps. I've yet to find a "smart phone" that has had even close to the call quality of any of my favorite, Star Trek communicator-like flip-phones. My all-time-favorites have been made by either, Nokia, Samsung or LG, and I wouldn't ever choose to stray from those 3 brands when buying a good sounding phone for myself. (For me though, Apple has it so âRightâ with the iPhone, that is my current personal device choice.) I have had many a conversation from those 3 manufacturer's cheapy-type models that came very close to a 'land-line' phone of yesteryear. I'm not a big complainer and love the ever-advancing high-tech experience that I am having in all walks of it, and I continue to be impressed, amazed and appreciative of and for it all, but this is an area that I continue to be baffled about, that is: Why do the cell phone producing decision makers make the trade off of a zillion features over good, solid, reliable call clarity/quality?!!! Why on earth would somebody want a 19 megapixel camera in their phone in the first place? And why would you choose to âsoup-upâ that portion of a telephone instead of making it a better telephone? Here is my suggestion: Either A: Start with a great sounding telephone, THEN add stuff to it NEVER sacrificing call quality for ANY reason. Or B: If you wanna get SO nuts and make a device that does a whole bunch of truly cool stuff, not really caring how good any individual feature performs, which is kind of what we have now, then make it truly do A WHOLE BUNCH OF REALLY SUPER-COOL STUFF. I'm talkinâ - gimme the âNew Device-N-All-Phone 2013â. Folks...It's a: Crappy phone, but is ALSO â a camera, telescope, microscope, actual firing .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, butane cigarette lighter, switchblade knife, document scanner, breathalyzer, electric shaver, personal fan, corkscrew, laser-pointer, TV remote controller, electric toothbrush, flashlight, âpostageâ- scale, comb, hair dryer, mirror, and harmonica. Thank you for your time, if you invested any. Peace.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My flip Motorola phone went on only when I wanted. Recharged it every other month. My new Samsung Intensity III turns on in my pocket, jacket, backpack... Gotta recharge it all the time.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Best. Comment. Ever! I feel the same way. Thanks for the smile.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I still prefer a flip phone because I have big hands and old guy eyes. I have a very hard time dealing with the touch screen and trying to see the itty bitty text on a smart phone is just plain frustrating. I much prefer to just use a simple flip phone and dial the number. For texting, I've become very adept at T9. Text messages are supposed to be short anyway right? I also like the small form factor of a flip. Its easy to just stuff into a pocket. They're light and convenient. I've had a Nokia Lumia and it's a brick! Another plus of the flip is that if it does get broken I won't loose any sleep over it. I'll go to Walmart and spend $15.00 and get another one.

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