Monday, September 25, 2023

Top 5 Phones Under $100 in 2016

In today’s society it has become almost mandatory to have a smartphone. However, there seems to be a major problem with a lot of them right now. They’re expensive. That problem wasn’t around up until about now, when most major carriers stopped subsidized plans which enabled consumers to purchase top-of-the-line phones for just $99, so long as they signed up for a 24-month plan. Now, those plans have been abolished, and were now left paying full price for the smartphones we love.

The sad reality is, some of us simply cannot pay $499 for a fancy new phone. We rely on those subsidized plans to help us purchase our phones, and with those gone, we now have to rely on frankly terrible phones, such as the Nokia Lumia 520. That’s why here at (Insert company name here), we’ve compiled a list of the top five mobile phones under $100.

1: Motorola Moto G (2014)

motoAvailable for under $100, this one is a sparkling gem. Released in 2014, It was one of the best budget smartphones available with its competitive pricing ($199), so at a 50% price drop, it’s an absolute bargain.

Boasting a quad-core Snapdragon 400 with 1 GB ram, it can handle most day-to-day tasks with ease, and even some GPU intensive 3d games. It has a large 2070mah battery, and a beautiful 5.0 inch LCD display, with 294 pixels per inch.

You can get the Moto G at Amazon for under $100 by clicking here. 

2. HTC Desire 626S

htcThis low-end smartphone with mid-range specs and decent build quality is a deal. It houses a fairly large 5-inch display in 720p. A small drawback is the small built-in memory, which is only 8gb. Thankfully, HTC has included a micro SD slot, which can take micro SD cards up to 200gb. There is a wide array of beautiful accessories available for the HTC Desire 626s, including HTC’s famous Dot View Case and HTC’s own Clear Shield Case.

This phone is available in white and grey. Sometimes they vary in prices so if you want to make sure you get it for under $100 click here to view the current prices.

3. Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G

galaxy coreIf you are familiar with Samsung’s ecosystem or TouchWiz, you may find that the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G is the best choice. However, it is notably smaller than the options above, but offers many of the same specs. The vivid Super AMOLED Display (or SAMOLED) is a welcome inclusion in this budget phone, with eye-popping contrast that may not be for everybody, but is definitely eye candy.

You can get the Galaxy Core Prime 4G by clicking here.

Second Hand Phones:

4. iPhone 4s 16gb

iphoneIf you own other Apple devices, this may be the perfect option for you; Available on eBay for around $80 seller refurbished, this five-year-old phone miraculously still runs Apple’s latest iOS9, albeit rather slowly. On eBay, these usually come unlocked and with a (rather sketchy) 1-year warranty. This phone has the worst specs of all the phones above, but Apple’s iOS is designed to make the most of the limited hardware. This is evident even in the iPhone 6s which runs just as smoothly as android phones with triple the power.

The main selling point of the iPhone 4s is its compatibility with other Apple devices and services, including Apple TV and iTunes.

5. Samsung Galaxy S III


The Samsung Galaxy S III enjoys great support from the Internet, since it was a flagship device with a flagship name, as opposed to more obscure and lesser known devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G. However, these handsets come without a warranty, and no support from Samsung. It delivers much of the same if not better specs than the phones mentioned above, and an excellent camera as well.

The knowledge that it used to be one of the best phones in the world may also help with dealing with owning a budget phone.

You can view the current deals on the Samsung Galaxy SIII by clicking here.


In the past, spending less than $100 on a phone meant dealing with an ugly, cumbersome, and slow device that was best used as a temporary, but with decent technology being so readily available and affordable there is becoming less and less of a need to spend more. These phones may not be so much of a fashion statement as a brand new iPhone 6s, but that’s not what you buy a phone for right?”

Andy Debolt
Andy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing Andy enjoys water sports and spending time on the golf course.


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