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Finding a Phone for Calls, Only Calls.

Updated on August 21, 2014

Do You Just Want a Basic Phone for Calls?

Cell phones are great little tools and entertainment devices. Many of them can access the web, take pictures and even video, let you read your e-mail, text message others, and even provide you with video and audio entertainment. But what if you just want a phone to be a phone?

Well, there are still basic phones on the market that will meet your needs. This page is designed to help you find a phone for calls, period. They're simple and affordable but do the job you want them to do.

Why Would You Want Such a Basic Cell Phone?

There are a number of reasons why a phone for calls only would be attractive:

Simplicity. If you dislike navigating complex menus and figuring out multiple functions, a more basic phone is ideal. Ease of handling. With fewer functions and buttons, these basic phones are easier to handle and often offer larger and more simple keypads. Cost. Certainly a phone with a 14 megapixel camera/video camera, MP3 player, browser, GPS and more has a significantly higher cost. In addition, cutting down on functions such as downloading, texting as so forth can greatly reduce the cost of your cell phone plan. The perfect additional phone. If you need a second cell phone for a child or just for back up, a phone for calling only makes perfect sense. Phones that don't offer web access are perfect for young children to reduce the risks found online and to assure cost control. You want a cell phone for limited use. In some cases an individual may want a cell phone for emergency use primarily or for very limited calling. Phones for calling functions only are obviously perfect in these instances as the other features would often be considered useless and an unnecessary expense. A cell phone for seniors who aren't familiar with modern cell phones often are most useful if they are basic. Less complexity and easy handling are often a priority.

Finding the Phone You Want

As cell phones have evolved they've added on a lot of functions. These functions, although prized by many are somewhat costly, can add complexity, and are unwanted luxuries for some. The number of basic cell phones for calling only are limited.

Below you will find:

Current phones that are designed specifically for those who want simplicity. Phones available as prepaid or pay as you go options which can save money if usage is light. Because prepaid or pay-as-you-go phones generally aren't subsidized, companies try to assure they have phone offerings that are very affordable, and those phones tend to be more basic. Older phones that were first introduced when smartphone were rare rather than the norm.Browse around and see which one suits your needs.

Basic Phones Designed For Those With Special Needs

There are many phones on the market that offer simplicity. They were originally designed to meet the needs of the elderly or those with other special needs. They may have larger buttons, more simple navigation, louder volume, larger font, and so forth. However, some of them will be perfectly acceptable for the rest of us as well. The Just5 phone is an example as is the Jitterbug J. Below you will see the Samsung Knack and Clarity Pal which primarily provide voice calling.

Samsung Knack U310 Flip Phone for Verizon Wireless
Samsung Knack U310 Flip Phone for Verizon Wireless

Samsung Knack is a basic phone for calling. It has large keys and menus that make handling and reading items on the phone easy. It also offers voice dialing and a speaker phone function as well as a 2.2" LCD display, alarm, calculator, voice memo, to do list, and calendar functions.

It's a CDMA flip phone that's hearing aid compatible and also has the capability of text messaging if needed. Click on the image for more details.

If you're interested in an unbiased review you can see PC Magazine's review of the Knack.


Older Phones

Many of the phones that first emerged several years ago were more simple, they were used primarily for calling. Some of these simple phones are still available. You can find many of these on eBay and some on Amazon as well.

Other Modern Phones for Calls Only

Nokia offfers the 105, 106 and 113 which are pretty simple phones. John's Phone, made by John Doe Amsterdam, is another very simple phone. It's only function is to make and receive voice calls. The volume can be adjusted, the phone locked or unlocked, and up to 10 numbers can be saved and set to speed dial with the push of a button. However, there is no web browsing, no camera, no GPS, no text messaging or anything else.

It has large keys and is a Quad Band phone which allows you to place and receive calls from nearly anywhere in the world. It's an unlocked phone and allows you to use it with any provider you wish. This phone also offers probably the longest battery life of any phone on the market. It is available in White, Brown, Pink, Black, or Green.

A Closer Look at John's Phone

Find a Basic Phone for Calls with a Pay as You Go or Prepaid Option - Pay As You Go Options

Photo Credits

Introduction: Jeff Belmonte.

Why Would You Want Such a Basic Cell Phone?: keuynish. (no derivative work allowed)

Finding the Phone You Want: Sarah_Jones.

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      Edwin 2 years ago

      I would think (and hope) that the new watch-phone market would be ripe for creating a watch phone that is just a phone (independent of any other phone, with bluetooth to earpiece, of course). However, it seems I'm wrong, since most companies seem intent on building as many features as possible into these watches (and having them require contact to main smartphone) and missing what I see as the real opportunity here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just so y'all know, another good option is buying older phones. I have a phone from 2005 that I use, and I love it. E-Bay carries a lot of older models, and they're cheap, too!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information about these Basic Phone for Calls

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it's time to make the Cellular providers start to worry....lets go back to cellphones to make calls and eliminate the $$$$ they are raking in with Data Plans and expensive equipment I have spent hours on the phone with Verizon, AT&T, Samsung and Motorola trying to get there wonderful technology to actually do what they say it will breaks and we suffer the hours of dealing with one provider pointing the finger at who made it and the one that loses is always the fool that bought the newest and greatest while they come up with additional software to make it work....but we bought it while they were still trying to make it work...I phones and I pads don't have that problem if they do the store where you bought it can make it work!!! BOYCOTT Smart Phones because you aren't a FOOL!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      were i live there isn't cell service...but i have been thinking of getting a cell phone..i have lived the past 58 years without one..but what the hell..i don't even have a land line...i hate tellamarketers...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cell phone market is swamped with a never ending variety. Generally you can get a cell phone ranging from Rs.5, 000 to 25,000 on average. The criteria for selecting a specific cell phone can be your personality, type of your work, your budget, or your preference for any specific feature. Here we are presenting a small guide that can help you in choosing a suitable phone for you. You have so many good companies dealing with mobile phone sets in the market like Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericson etc. free government cell phones

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      Asinka Fields 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nice one, but'll not work for me since I am dependent on my iphone for my business.

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      piedromolinero 7 years ago

      Such a phone is definitely enough. I used to have all the time phones with the newest functions until I decided to buy just a simple one for making and receiving phone calls as I never used all these additional functions anyway.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I saw an advertisement for a cell phone on television this morning. You get a phone, earpiece, car charger all for ten bucks. For people who only need the phone for emergencies that's a good deal. Thank for the lens.

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      Cynthia Davis 8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for this info on phones that are just mainly used to make calls. I don't need all that hoopla with my phone! 5 stars.

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      gnt101 8 years ago

      I have a phone, but I don't use it a lot.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      These are my kind of phones - functional and affordable. 5*s

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      rebeccahiatt 8 years ago

      I prefer a simple phone just for calling someone when I need to call. Nice lens