5 Best Cheap Smartphones [March, 2014]

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Nokia Lumia 521

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Nokia Lumia 521

The Nokia Lumia 521 is the best cheap smartphone with Windows Phone 8 on the market, and while it lacks a 4G LTE radio it is available for as little as $70 with no contract and T-Mobile's 4G LTE network is small as it is.

Users get a 5MP camera and a 4-inch screen packed into a curved plastic body. The phone uses a 1GHz processor and only supports 78GB of internal memory, but there is a Micro SD card slot to expand this up to 64GB more. The camera is  only capable of 720P video, while most smartphones are able to record 1080P right now.

Walmart sells the Nokia Lumia 521 for $69.99 on T-Mobile's pre-paid network. T-Mobile sells the Lumia 521 for $102 or $0 down with $4.25 a month for 24 months.

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7 Comments

  1. brad

    03/24/2014 at 4:03 pm

    you must be very rich to consider the iphone 5c, gs4 and htc one cheap! c’mon! the only best CHEAP smartphone is the moto g!

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  2. krishna

    03/24/2014 at 11:11 pm

    If you are looking for a best deal in mobile phones then flipkart is best click on my name to know more ….

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  3. longebane

    03/27/2014 at 3:27 pm

    Bro, 2 out of the 5 phones are flagship phones, that are even more expensive than a Nexus 5 (which is considered budget). How much research did you even do, to include flagship phones in a article about cheap smartphones? Oh, everything’s “cheap” when it’s subsidized, woohoo.

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  4. andyroid

    04/29/2014 at 11:37 pm

    where is lenovo? undoubtedly low on price but not on performance

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  5. Liam Werndly

    04/30/2014 at 7:12 am

    These phones aren’t even cheap! Do some research before publishing articles. Don’t know how you got your job…

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  6. amy

    05/27/2014 at 10:16 am

    Josh,
    I am a low income senior eligible for a California PUC “free” phone. PUC now allows users to use their minutes on a “smartphone.” I will need data only rarely but would like to know what would be the best least-expensive smartphones available to us “welfare phone” users?
    Many thanks.
    Amy

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  7. Samuail

    05/29/2014 at 1:03 am

    I loved Nokia 8210 it was a very good phone, and reliable too.
    all smart phones are really social sh*t. no more talking even to the wife / kids,
    where these phones brain wash all the humans generations.
    what is the use….. watzup, bbm, and all this crap…. where is the life with this technology…

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