Top 10 cheapest mobile phones

With the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 costing close to R10 000, as well as all the other top brand phones threatening to empty out your wallet there seems to be no financial relief when it comes to top tech.

This week Moneybags journalist, Ashleigh Brown, looks at the top ten cheapest mobile phones to help you stay connected without breaking the bank.

Trying to get the latest phone can cost you a pretty penny, and many people just do not have that kind of money.

Some people just want to have the ability to make a call, send a SMS, and maybe even listen to music. You can pick up feature phones for about R100, that do just that.

If you want to be able to use Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, and other social media sites, but still don’t have thousands of Rands to throw around, then there are smartphones out there that are as cheap as R600.

The best place to get cheap feature, and some smartphones, seems to be Pep cell.

A full list of all their phones can be found here.

We look at the top five cheapest feature phones, and the five cheapest smartphones to help you stay connected, without leaving you broke.

Feature phones

  1. Alcatel 1011

This seems to be the cheapest phone on the market at the moment. The Alcatel 1011 sells for R99 at Pep Cell.

This little phone comes with a built in radio, calculator, torch and a calendar. It also has a place for a MicroSD card slot of up to 8GB.

The website says that you can enjoy 15 hours of music on the phone, before the battery dies.

Price: R99

Store: Pep Cell

For more information on the phone, click here.

  1. ZTE S651

This phone is much the same as the Alcatel 1011, just with the added feature of a speaker phone, and an alarm clock.

Price: R199

Store: Makro, Ackermans, and Pep

For more information, click here.

  1. Samsung Pusha FM

The Samsung Pusha FM is “a simple, reliable feature phone, sporting a built-in FM radio, alarm clock, torch, SOS message function, and mobile tracking system to help locate your phone in the event of theft,” says the Pep Cell website.

Price: R159 (R169 at Makro)

Store: Pep Cell, Makro, Ackermans

For more information, click here.

  1. Alcatel 1042

The Alcatel 1042 sports a small, but clear colour display. The phone has a camera on it, so that you can capture those important moments.

It also has a built in FM radio, and MP3 player for you to enjoy your favourite tunes. According to the Alcatel website, the battery will last for up to 11 hours with the music playing.

It has a MicroSD card slot for up to 16GB.

Price: R179

Store: Pep Cell

For more information, click here.

  1. Nokia 105

This little Nokia has all the general gadgets, but with the added feature of some built in games, to help you pass the time.

“As a primarily practical device, the Nokia 105 features a dust and splash-proof keypad, alarm clock, torch, SMS and up to 12 hours’ talk time, and promises hours of fun with entertainment features like great games and FM radio,” says the Pep Cell website.

Price: R189

Store: Pep Cell

For more information, click here.


  1. Mobicel Clicka

Though, maybe not a fully-fledged smartphone like the Samsung’s and iPhone’s of the world, with all their apps, the Mobicel Clicka comes with Bluetooth, built in Facebook, a camera and allows for web browsing.

It has a 3.5 inch screen, which is a comfortable size for everything you might need, and is a full touch screen.

The camera is 1.3 megapixels. The phone also takes a MicroSD card up to 8GB, and has a built in FM radio.

Price: R379

Store: Pep Cell

For more information, click here.

  1. Vodacom Smart Kicka

The Vodacom Smart Kicka is an Android run device. It has everything that the top smartphones have, with WI-FI, it is Whatsapp enabled, has Bluetooth, and an app store.

“The handset offers users 4GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded by up to 32GB via the microSD card slot beneath the battery, and comes preinstalled with the full range of Google Apps, including Gmail, Hangouts, Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Chrome and YouTube,” says Vodacom.

Price: R549

Store: Pep Cell, Vodacom

For more information, click here.

  1. Samsung Pocket Neo White

This is also an Android run phone. This Samsung is a little phone that has all the same features of the other Samsungs.

It comes with a MicroSD card slot of up to 32GB. The camera is two mega pixels, but has no flash.

Price: R599

Store: Pep Cell

For more information, click here.

  1. Mobicel Retro

The Mobicel Retro runs Android 4.4 [KitKat], with a two mega pixel back camera, and a standard front camera.

It also has a MicroSD card slot of up to 32GB. Adding to that, the phone also has a built in FM radio.

Price: R599

Store: Pep Cell

For more information, click here.

  1. AG Chrome Swift Dual SIM

Like the Mobicel Retro, the AG Chrome also runs Android 4.4 [KitKat]. However, it has a better back and front camera.

The back camera is five mega pixels, and the front camera is 1.3 mega pixels.

Though, as the name says, the phone has two SIM card slots, for if you have more than one cell phone number that you want to use at one time.

Price: R999

Store: Pep Cell

For more information, click here.

When it comes to technology, you don’t have to break the bank trying to buy a new phone. Whether you want a standard feature phone, or something with a little extra, there are a lot of options in today’s market.

Make sure, as with everything, that you shop around first to get the best deal for your needs.

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