Flip phones are by and large a thing of the past. For many buyers, a smartphone is their primary or sole means of accessing the Internet. For some, having a smartphone means being able to stay in touch with friends, apply to jobs, check email, and more. Not everyone has the budget for a pricey handset, though, and that’s where the market’s cheapest smartphones come. These models are, in some cases, as cheap as a mere $10, though for this list we’re including models that range up to just under $40 USD.
Alcatel onetouch Pixi GLITZ ($9.99)
Tracfone’s refurbished Alcatel one touch Pixi GLITZ is one of the cheapest Android smartphones available to the U.S. market. This model doesn’t have much to offer — to say it is a basic phone is an understatement — but it is still miles ahead of an ordinary flip phone. The Pixi GLITZ features a tiny 3.4-inch display and a 1.3GHz processor, a rear 2-megapixel camera (no front-facing camera), Android 4.4 KitKat, WiFi, 4G support, and Bluetooth 4.0. The phone has a tiny battery, as well, capable of only 5.7hrs of run time.
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