Currently available from Carphone Warehouse for a risible £3.95, the GS101 is only a little more complicated than two baked bean cans and a length of string. It's small, light and near enough unbreakable. I have one as a travel phone and have dropped it down stairs, knocked it off tables and even plunged it into an ashtray full of beer and it still works, though it now smells of Heineken and fag ash. The only slight drawback is the screen. Read too many texts on a 1.5in, 128 x 128 screen and your optician will think you have been practicing on the pink oboe too often. The 950mAh battery will literally last for weeks on a full charge. Call quality is fine, the FM radio isn't bad and... well, that's about it. Similar LG handsets can be found badged as GS102, 106 and 107 but underneath they are much the same so buy the cheapest.
Network GSM 900/1800
Reg Rating 75%
Nokia 2330 Classic
Nokia has yet to decide when or even if it's attractive C1 and C2 budget handsets will make it to the UK so in the meantime we have to make do with the 2330 Classic. That's no hardship because it's a very well made device with a reasonable slew of features for its £25 pre-paid price tag. Call quality and signal reception are very good, and the 1.8in, 128 x 160 colour screen is both bright and sharp. You also get basic Bluetooth, an FM radio, an e-mail client, a fine keypad and the good old S40 OS with a UI even a total twit can master. The only real drawbacks are the 2.5mm audio jack, the lack of a memory card slot and the 0.3Mp camera is bargain basement even by bargain basement standards. Some may take also issue with the spindly and rather fragile Nokia power jack. If you prefer a slider handset the Nokia 2220 is identical in both specification and price.
Network GSM/GPRS 900/1800
Reg Rating 85%
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Even better...the 2002 Nokia 6310i
I just gave up on my run of 5 smartphones and put my SIM back in my old neglected 6310i.
Oh my its like coming back home. It switches on in about 3 seconds. The battery lasts forever. Most features are just a responsive click or two away. Call quality and signal reception are fantastic.
The build quality is truly stunning. Its a quantum leap forward.
The peak of mobile phone perfection was reached in 2002. Its been downhill since then.
Throw away that piece of junk that cost you £400+ and get a proper adults phone.
Is the tracker really for when its stolen?
Or is it for parents to give to their kids and know where they are?
"There is also an anti-theft SMS feature called Mobile Tracker, though who would steal a £5 phone is anyone's guess."
Might make a cheap as chips car tracker though...
"The only slight drawback is the screen. Read too many texts on a 1.5in, 128 x 128 screen and your optician will think you have been practicing on the pink oboe too often."
My understanding of what playing the pink oboe is is obviously somewhat different to yours, and I've never heard anyone say my definition of it will make your eyes weak.
Very informative, good humoured and very surprising to see what one can get these days for a few quids.
That's proper journalism .