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Published On: Thu, Mar 1st, 2018

Choosing a Budget Smartphone: What are Your Options?

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone but you don’t want to spend too much money, there are several great options available for you. You don’t have to have the latest Samsung Galaxy model or an iPhone X to enjoy many of the great functions that smartphones provide for both personal and business use. If you’re hoping for a smartphone that provides you with excellent features, great functionality, and super connectivity at the best price, here are the best options to consider.

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#1. Windows Phone:

Although apexbeats.com recently reported that Bill Gates himself doesn’t use a Windows phone, don’t be put off these excellent smartphones. Bill Gates apparently uses an Android smartphone with a huge amount of Microsoft software on it, so it’s still worth considering Windows handsets. Microsoft has recently started selling their hugely popular Windows Lumia range again, with options to suit every budget available, priced between $139 and $399 at Microsoft’s online retail store. If you currently use a Windows PC or laptop and want a handset that will easily sync up with it, this is a great choice.

#2. Older iPhone Handsets:

The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular smartphone handsets out there, and the good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to get one. Whilst the latest iPhone X or 8 handsets are likely to set you back a fair bit, opting for older models, such as the iPhone 6 or 6S, is a much cheaper option. Although you won’t be able to buy them directly from Apple, you can still get hold of even earlier models such as the 4s, 5, and 5s at excellent prices from third-party retailers or second-hand.

#3. Budget Android Smartphones:

When it comes to choosing a budget Android smartphone, there are tons of options that you might want to consider. For example, Samsung sells a range of smaller, cheaper handsets alongside the hugely popular Galaxy and Note models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Mini or Galaxy A and J ranges. Since these handsets are constantly being updated with newer models brought out, opting for a model that was released a couple of years ago is best for anybody looking for a cheap deal.

#4. Contract or SIM-Only:

Lastly, it’s worth considering whether you want a contract or a SIM-only handset when purchasing your new smartphone. You can find several great contract deals on older smartphone handsets from third-party retailers, but bear in mind that over time, the price will also include interest and charges to the network. If you are able to, you may wish to consider purchasing your smartphone outright instead, then signing up for an affordable SIM-only contract that includes the number of minutes, texts, and data that you desire. Since there’s no handset included, your monthly fee will be minimal.

Owning a smartphone doesn’t have to cost the earth! Whether you’re looking for a contract deal or a SIM-free handset, there’s a great range of budget-friendly smartphones available.  

Author: Carol Trehearn

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