Feeds

Ten... dirt-cheap voice phones

Mobiles for the money-less

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence



LG GS101


RH Numbers

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.

LG GS101

Network GSM 900/1800
Screen 1.5in, 128 x 128
Battery 950mAh, 10 hours talk,
800 hours standby

Reg Rating 75%
Price £3.95
More Info Carphone Warehouse

Nokia 2330 Classic

RH Numbers

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.

Nokia 2330 Classic

Network GSM/GPRS 900/1800
Screen 1.8in, 128 x 160
Battery 1020mAh, 4 hours talk,
528 hours standby

Reg Rating 85%
Price £25 pre-paid, £45 Sim-free
More Info Nokia

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Next page: Orange Rome

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.