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The cheapest phones to buy at PEPCell in 2022

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Based on price, capability, and purpose, these are the best cellphones from Pep Cell you can buy in 2022.

A PEPCell cellphone stand at PEPstore.
A display of cheap PEPCell smartphones at PEPstore. (22 February 2022, South Africa.)

PEPStore is a brand that is synonymous with low prices, and PEPCell phone prices are affordable for the ordinary person on the street, with over half of PEPCell phones below R1,000. The prices are equal to prices from other cellphones stores, with popular brands like Samsung and Huawei enjoying the front stage at shops, and all major networks represented with them. They sell contracts and prepaid SIM cards for all four major networks.

A PEPCell prepaid SIM cards stand at PEPstore
A display of PEPCell prepaid SIM cards for sale at PEPstore. (22 February 2022, South Africa)

From the most basic call-and-SMS phones (also called feature phones), and entry-level smartphones, to smartphones, PEPCell has the range. They also have phones locked to networks: Cell C, Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom – and network unlocked phones – meaning you can use any of your SIM cards.

A cellphone display at a PEPCell store. (20 July 2022, South Africa)

First, let’s explore cellphone offers from PEPstores in South Africa.

PEPCell has popular brands of phones, but also less known brands, where they prioritize affordability, practicality, and purpose over flashy and expensive phones. PEPCell has basic feature phones, basic smartphones, smartphones, and contract phones.

Cheapest basic feature phones

  • You’re able to make calls, send SMS, and other basic functions
  • Cost less than R500 cash
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Seems like they last forever
  • May or may not get a small camera on the back

Best basic feature phones to buy

Reliability: Nokia 105; Nokia C1; Itel 2163D. Reliable with a long-lasting battery

Capability: Hisense U605 for its speed; Quest Dodger for its network unlocked dual-SIM card capability

Best value price: Itel 2163D locked to Vodacom for R159

Screenshot: PEPCell cheap smartphones under R500
Screenshot: PEPCell cheap smartphones under R500. Source:

Cheapest basic smartphones

  • All basic functions, simple to use, have access to the internet, usually with a back and front camera
  • Costs between R1,000 and R500 cash
  • A low-quality screen, low storage
  • Mainly used as a cheap smartphone to use WhatsApp and play music
  • Best for kids, teenagers, or older people

Best basic smartphone

Reliability: Hisense U40 Lite. More reliable than Mobicel or Itel. If you can afford it, get the Hisense U40 for R999

Capability: Hisense U30 (Locked to MTN) for its Dual-SIM capability

Best value price: Hisense U30 for R599

Screenshot: PEPCell cheap smartphones under R1,000
Screenshot: PEPCell cheap smartphones under R1,000. Source:

Cheapest smartphones

  • All basic functions, but with a better camera and a clearer screen
  • The ones that are affordable and have good features cost between R3,000 and R1,000
  • Fast internet, popular brands, with smart and beautiful designs
  • Huawei Y series phones – Huawei Y5 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy series phones – Galaxy A03 Core; Galaxy A03s; Galaxy A22;
  • Nokia C series and Nokia G series- Nokia G10

Best smartphone

Reliability: Huawei Y5 Lite. Huawei phones are hard to kill

Capability: Xiaomi Redmi 9C. 64GB of space, a dual-SIM phone – these features beat the Samsung A03s

Best value price: Xiaomi Redmi 9C for R2,199; locked on Vodacom network

Screenshot: PEPCell cheap smartphones under R3,000
Screenshot: PEPCell cheap smartphones under R3,000. Source:

PEPCell contract phones

You can find a cheap cellphone contract through PEPCell instead of buying it in cash. Pep stores will sell you a contract where they essentially will finance the cellphone, and then through Vodacom give you an inclusive bundle of data/airtime.

PEPCell has the Samsung A03 Core plus Vodacom airtime or R125 per month over 24 months on the RED Flexi 125 contract. You finance the phone over 24 months at R74 + R125 Vodacom = R4,776.

The contract seems fair because the cash price for the A03 Core is R1,799, and R74 x 24 = R1,776

The phones you can get under contract are limited, though. You may have to go directly to Vodacom for a cheaper contract phone.