High-end smartphones are all the rage, with the Samsung Galaxy S6, iPhone 6, and LG G3 dominating headlines. However, not everyone can afford these devices or wants to carry around an expensive mobile phone.
Many South Africans are looking for the cheapest mobile phone they can find, and are only interested in making calls and sending SMSs.
Other people are keen to get a smartphone, but because of financial constraints are looking for the most affordable option available.
Many companies cater to these needs.
The cheapest mobile phone in South Africa costs less than R100, while entry-level Android smartphones cost between R500 and R600.
Here are some of the most affordable feature phones and smartphones available in South Africa.
Alcatel 1011 from Pep – R99
The Alcatel 1011 is available from Pep for R99. The phone features a 128x128px TFT colour display, weighs 59g, and offers 7 hours talk time and 333 hours standby time. It also has an FM radio and MP3 player.
ZTE S651 from Makro – R119
The ZTE S651 is available from Makro for R119. The feature phone offers an FM radio, a torch, and comes with speakerphone functionality.
MTN P16 from Pep – R119
The MTN P16 (aka ZTE P16) feature phone is available from Pep for R119. The phone features a radio, torch, alarm clock, calendar, and speakerphone. It has a 96×64 resolution display, and sports a 400mAh Li-ion battery.
If you are looking for an affordable smartphone, there are a few options below R600. Here are some of the cheapest smartphones in South Africa.
ZTE V795 from Jet – R529.90
The ZTE V795 smartphone is available from Jet Cellular for R529.90. The smartphone features an MTK 6572M chipset, has a 3.5-inch HVGA display, and ships with Android 2.3 (Ginger Bread).
Vodacom Smart Kicka VF685 from Makro – R549
The Vodacom Smart Kicka VF685 smartphone is available from Makro for R549. The phone features a dual-core 1GHz processor, 21Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA connectivity, has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, offers Bluetooth 4.0, and ships with Android 4.4.
ZTE Switch X1 from Pep – R549
The ZTE Switch X1 smartphone is available from Pep Cellular for R549. The smartphone runs Android 2.3, has 3G (WCDMA) support, and a VGA Camera.
Huawei Ascend Y220 from Jet – R549.90
The Huawei Ascend Y220 is available from Jet Cellular for R549.90. The phone features a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, has a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A7 processor, comes with a 1,350 mAh Li-Ion battery, and ships with Android 2.3.
Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo S5310 from Makro – R579
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo S5310 smartphone is available from Makro for R579. The phone features an 850MHz processor, offers 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA connectivity, has a TFT capacitive touchscreen, and ships with Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean).
Alcatel Pixi 2 from Jet – R579.90
The Alcatel Pixi 2 smartphone is available from Jet Cellular for R579.90. The smartphone features a 3.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, a dual-core 1GHz processor, an Li-Ion 1,300mAh battery, and ships with Android 4.2.