Cheapest smartphones in South Africa — starting at R299

South Africans can buy a Hurricane Iris Plus or Hurricane Flame Plus smartphone, which run on the Android Go operating system, for R299.

For many South Africans, smartphones are the only way they can access the Internet and communicate with family and friends.

Affordable devices are essential to ensure as many South Africans as possible are on the right side of the digital divide.

The good news is that the price of smartphones in the country plummeted in recent years.

Many mobile phone manufacturers, including Mobicel and Hisense, have launched affordable Android smartphones in South Africa.

The most affordable devices are the R299 Hurricane Iris Plus and Hurricane Flame Plus smartphones.

These Hurricane smartphones run Android Go, a stripped-down version of the Android operating system.

Android Go was designed for low-end and ultra-budget smartphones with 2GB of RAM or less.

This operating system is perfect for the two Hurricane phones, which have 512MB of RAM each.

Other affordable smartphones, like the Mobicel Star, Vodacom Kicka 4 VE, Mobicel Glo, and Hisense U605, also run Android Go.

All these phones feature RAM of between 512MB and 1GB and storage between 4GB and 16GB.

For people who only want to make calls and send SMSes, a feature phone offers an even cheaper alternative.

South Africans can buy a Premio A10 feature phone for R149, or an Itel 2190 for R169.

Here are the most affordable smartphones and features phones on offer in the country.

Cheapest smartphones in South Africa

Cheapest feature phones in South Africa


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Cheapest smartphones in South Africa — starting at R299