Options, prices, benefits: Looking for the cheapest cell phone on the market

#mobile-phones Options, prices, benefits: Looking for the cheapest cell phone on the market

If there’s anything that the pandemic years have taught us, it’s that having less may not necessarily be a bad thing. “Huh?”, you might be thinking, since Mobile Store is obsessed with all things smartphones. However, give us a minute to explain: 

Buying the latest and best smartphone and tech gadgets on the market can be an expensive hobby. If you’re looking to cut down on costs or you’re simply tired of chasing the ever-moving train of smartphone releases, consider getting a cheaper phone. There are a number of entry-level and mid-range smartphones that can perfectly do the job of calling, texting, taking photos and internet scrolling without a hefty monthly bill. Mobile Store gives you the top choices for the cheapest cell phones that tick off the boxes without causing your bank account to cry.

Why should you choose a cheap smartphone over an expensive one?

In 2022, there are hundreds of high-end smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Huawei and other smartphone giants that could rival the technology of robots, AI and computers. They’re advanced, intelligent, and built in a way to improve and complement our daily lives. The question is, what would make someone choose something else? Well, let’s delve in…


If you had to start a contract on the latest Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max or the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra right now, your monthly bill would be between R900 – R1,300 depending on your storage choice (128, 256, 512 GB or 1TB). For some, this may be the same as one’s entire monthly petrol or transport bill. This may be funds that could go to your savings, credit card bill or entertainment. Whatever the case is, factoring in the cost of a high-end smartphone is something to take seriously. 


In today’s age, entry-level and mid-range smartphones are not the bricks of 2002 (And by “bricks”, we’re referring to the Nokia 3310 which will always have a special place at Mobile Store, however, for the purposes of this article, it is relegated to the brick category). Samsung and Huawei have released some awesome cheap smartphones that focus on the basics of functionality: Battery life, camera, network coverage and size.

Battery life goes up to 5,000 mAh, which is more than many high-end Apple and Samsung phones; camera megapixels go up to 48MP and higher; and network coverage includes being able to connect LTE and 5G. The dimensions of cheaper phones are generally smaller and thinner, making it a great choice for those who don’t like bulky phones.

Mobile Store’s top choices for affordable cell phones

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Choosing an inexpensive cell phone is not only financially smart, it still offers the reliability of having a trusted smartphone brand in case repairs are needed. On top of that, many of the coveted features smartphone lovers lust over are still widely available – you just have to be willing to look.

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