10 Cheap Smartphones (Under $250) Ranked Best to Worst

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Mark Spoonauer

Obsessed with tech since the original PalmPilot, Mark Spoonauer is responsible for the editorial direction of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for more than 15 years. He became editor-in-chief of the site in 2013. Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He speaks at key tech industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

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  • d1g1t4Lnrg
    This has the wrong price on it. If you follow your link it is $249.99 plus shipping. : http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1143-best-cheap-phones.html#s6

    [LG X Power]
  • rgd1101
    Anonymous said:
    This has the wrong price on it. If you follow your link it is $249.99 plus shipping. : http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1143-best-cheap-phones.html#s6

    [LG X Power]


    Look like amazon no longer sell them, the $250 is a third party seller
  • QkTreasures
    Actually LG now has the 5.5 screen X Charge on Xfinity mobile for about $180 & service is $45 for unlimited data & free talk/text or you can buy by the gig for $12 they automatically give you 100 mb of free data & free Xfinity hotspot WiFi
  • dibyanshks
    MI A1 is also nice phone, it should also be in that list
  • phantom_e
    BLU Life One X2 is around 150.00 with 64 GB storage, and 4GB RAM, among other great features. Plus, it's unlocked to use many carriers. It's probably not listed because it's not a major player in the phone market, but I find this phone to have great performance and reliability.
  • putnamquine666
    How can I PRINT the above Tom's Guide to Best Cheap (under $200) Smartphones on this [unfamiliar to me] Toshiba Satellite laptop?

    [don't post your email address on the forum]
  • jgraham108
    I bought a new Samsung Galaxy S4 on eBay for $100. It has a removable battery and microSD card.
    I like it a lot!
  • 24valeriehenderson
    i need a phone around $100 but for the whole thing not month by month please can someone help me