Though you could spend as much as $1,099 for the iPhone XS or $999.99 for the Samsung Galaxy S10+, you don’t have to spend that much to get a decent smartphone. And though many cell phone providers such as Verizon and T-Mobile, (and Costco, we might add), offer big discounts on the latest smartphones, these deals are often tied to monthly installment plans.
If you buy a phone outright without being tied to a monthly installment plan, the iPhone 8 (a better buy than newer iPhones, according to Consumer Reports) will still run you about $499.99 from a provider like Boost Mobile or $599 from the Apple store. Clark is a big fan of the Pixel 3a XL, which costs around $479 outright, but he paid only $179!
With all the great options out there for smartphones, there’s really no need to pay big bucks. If stashing some cash is more your thing instead of buying the latest and greatest, here are a few smartphones that’ll get the job done, all under $200! (Note that due to variable or dynamic pricing, prices on these phones may fluctuate.)
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The Moto G6 has dropped significantly in price since it was first released. Clark is a big fan of the Moto G phones since they work on all four major networks! You’ll find the 32GB version of this phone for $139.99 at Amazon for Prime members, or $174.99 at stores like Walmart. The international version of this phone is $139, but it is not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. The latest version of this phone, the Moto G7, starts at $198.99 for the international version.
- 5.7-inch; 2,160×1,080 display
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera
- 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
- 3,000mAh battery
Another option is to drop down a step to the older Moto G4 or Moto G5. You’ll also find the Moto G7 Power for $0 when you switch to Metro PCS!
Samsung has realized there is a huge market for budget-priced smartphones with great features. The Samsung Galaxy A20 is just that!
- 6.4-inch screen
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- 3GB of memory that can be expanded up to 512GB
- 4,000-mAh battery
This Android smartphone made by Huawei features 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Reviewers say it “offers great value for money.”
- Android 8.0 + EMUI 9.0
- Camera: Rear 20 MP AI-depth sensor. Front: 1
- 6 MP Screen: Full View 6.5 Inches (2340 x 1080 px) FHD+
- Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 710- 3750 mAh Li-Po Battery Ram
- Memory: 4GB Ram, Storage 64 GB ROM SD card slot up to 400 GB.
- Compatible with Bands 4G LTE FDD B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B28 LTE TDD: B41 3G UMTS: B1/2/4/5/8 GSM: B2/3/5/8 dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual standby mode)
Buying refurbished can save you big! This refurbished unlocked 64GB Samsung Galaxy S8 is selling for $169.97 at eBay right now, and the seller Tek Replay offers free 30-day returns. According to the product description, this phone is in great cosmetic condition with minor scratches and/or blemishes and has been professionally restored to working order by a carrier-approved vendor. This one works on T-Mobile, AT&T, and all other GSM networks, but you can also find refurbished models that work on other carriers.
- Operating System: Android.
- Processor: 2.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, MSM8998, octa-core / 64-bit.
- Capacity: 64GB.
- Memory External: Expandable via microSD card.
- Memory Available: 53GB available to user.
- RAM: 4GB.
- Wireless Band: LTE 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 29 / 30 / 40 / 41 / 66 WCDMA 1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 8 CDMA 800 / 850 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900.
- Dimensions: 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in (149 x 68 x 8 mm).
- SIM Type: Nano.
- Display Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 568 ppi approx.
- Display Type: AMOLED, curved sides, HDR.
- Display Size: 5.8″.
- Battery Type: mAh Lithium-ion Non-Removable.
- Camera Front: 8-megapixel auto-focus, f/1.7.
- Camera Back: 12+ megapixel OIS, f/1.7, LED flash / HDR, panorama, manual mode, selective focus.
- Video Resolution: 4K UHD, slow-motion and hyperlapse modes.
- WiFi: 802.11 a,ac,b,g,n.
- Bluetooth: HSP 1.2, HFP 1.7, OPP, PBA, A2DP 1.3, AVRC 1.4, HID, PAN, MAP version 5.0 LE.
- Earjack: 3.5mm.
This iPhone, though refurbished, saves you big on the cost of a new smartphone. It’s sold by a seller with a 98.8% positive feedback score. Returns are accepted within 60 days.
- Operating System: iOS
- MPN: MN9D2LL/A; MN9H2LL/A; MN9N2LL/A; MN9U2LL/A; MN9Y2L
- Screen Size: 4.7″
- Style: Smartphone
- Lock Status: Unlocked GSM; Locked AT&T
- Storage Capacity: 128GB
- Memory Card Type: Built-in memory
- Manufacturer Color: Matte Black; Jet Black; Gold; Rose Gold; Silver
- Processor: Quad Core
- Contract: Without Contract
- RAM: 2 GB
- Features: 3G Data Capable, 4G Data Capable, 4K Video Recording, Accelerometer, Bluetooth Enabled, Fingerprint Sensor, GPS, Music Player, Speakerphone, Touchscreen, Water-Resistant, Wi-Fi Capable, Internet Browser, Near Field Communication Connectivity: 2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, Dual-Band, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi