Best Budget Flip Phones 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.
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 . 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. Samsung Convoy
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.
"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.
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:
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.
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."
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.