5 of the cheapest phones to buy in South Africa

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Very cheap feature phones that can be used as a second phone or a backup phone: that’s what feature phones are known for, and exactly what users are looking to get from them. A classic no-fuss bar design, with a number pad, a torch (maybe), a long-lasting battery, and no apps!

When you lose your phone through theft or damage it may take a while before your insurance pays out your cellphone claim. In the meantime you can do a SIM-swap, use the new SIM card in a cheap feature phone, while you purchase a new and suitable smartphone device.

What we want from these cheap feature phones are for them to always have a full battery each time we need to use them. We want to make calls and keep in touch with the world, but we want to forget them until we need them.

Some major caveats include their storage sizes. Unlike smartphones, which can backup up all your contacts to the cloud, cheap feature phones have limited space to store your contacts and store your SMS messages.

Let’s look through this guide for some of the 5 cheapest phones available to buy in South Africa.

Mobicel S3

CameraMain camera 0.8MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 32MB
Storage Size 64MB
Screen displayTFT Colour (128×160) 1.77-inch screen
FeaturesRadio, Games, Alarm, MMS
Battery800 mAh
PriceR169,99 from Checkers
Mobicel S3 specs, features, and price.
The Mobicel S3 available at major retailers.
The Mobicel S3 available at major retailers.

If you an avid Twitter user you will know that if you post a photo that looks cloudy Twitter users will say it looks like you took that image with using a Mobicel cellphone. Mobicel then became a terrible moniker for a bad picture.

But, what it lacks in quality images it makes up for in price. A cheap and popular brand, consider this no hassles cheap cell phone from Mobicel.

Premio A15

CameraMain camera 0.3MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 32MB
Storage Size 32MB
Screen displayTFT Colour (128×160) 1.8-inch screen
FeaturesRadio, Games, Alarm, MMS,
Battery600 mAh
PriceR179 from Ackermans, locked to MTN
Premio A15 specs, features, and price.

An exclusive from Ackermans, this cheap phone makes a lot of promises. The brand is not very well known, so much has not been written about it, never mind reviewed often.

But, looking at the price the Premio A15 is a cheap phone that won’t dent the pocket. And with a battery capacity of 600mAh it should handle the occasional 2 hour call from your childhood friend.

Itel it2163

Camera
RAM and StorageRAM Size 4MB
Storage Size 4MB, SD card up to 32GB
Screen displayTFT Colour (320×240) 1.8-inch screen
FeaturesRadio, Games, Alarm, Torch, Call Vibrate
Battery1000 mAh
PriceR169 from Bash
Itel it2163 specs, features, and price.

With the ability to store up to 2000 contacts, no camera, no MMS, and no internet, this might be the perfect feature phone.

If you’re looking to do a digital detox this will definitely let you drop off the digital face of the earth.

The other option from this manufacturer is the Itel 2160 for around R250, and it features a small camera. It might not be worth it to buy it for the camera because it is a tiny 0.3 MP camera.

Nokia 105 (2022)

Camera
RAM and StorageRAM Size 4MB
Storage Size 4MB, SD card up to 32GB
Screen displayTFT Colour (120×160) 1.8-inch screen
FeaturesRadio, Games, Alarm, Torch, Call Vibrate
Battery1000 mAh, 12 hrs talk time, 18 days standby time
PriceR279 from PEPCell, locked to Vodacom
Nokia 105 specs, features, and price.
Nokia 105
The Nokia 105

Probably the most trusted brand when picking a feature phone, the Nokia 105 is the perfect cheap phone. It gives you just the essentials, like a long-lasting phone, a camera, and no camera.

The only problem would be that you have to pay R100 more than for another cheap phone in this list, the Itel it2163. It also doesn’t have a torch. What you are paying, essentially, is a Nokia-branded phone. Nokia technically exists in name only!

Quest Kuhle Dual SIM

CameraMain camera 1.3MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 32MB
Storage Size 32MB, SD card up to 32GB
Screen displayTFT Colour (128×160) 1.8-inch screen
FeaturesRadio, Games, Alarm, Torch, Call Vibrate, MMS
Battery800 mAh
PriceR149 from PEPCell, locked to MTN
Quest Kuhle specs, features, and price.
The Quest Kuhle Dual SIM feature phone
The Quest Kuhle Dual SIM feature phone

Another cheap phone from the low-cost cellphone shop, PEPCell, is the Quest Kuhle with a Dual SIM card capability.

The camera should not be considered, it is cloudy.

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