These days you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a solid handset. In fact, you can nab a great phone for less than $50, and in some cases even for free by re-upping your service contract.
These aren’t watered-down feature phones, either. We picked devices running full-blown Android, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, and Apple’s iOS, all of which let you install lots of apps for both work and play. This selection of devices from each of the major carriers gives you plenty of options that are long on features and short on price.
You don’t have to pay $199 to get your hands on all of Apple’s 500,000-plus apps, iTunes music and movies, and the easiest-to-use smartphone interface. The iPhone 3GS for AT&T costs just $49, and it also features a good VGA camcorder, a 3-megapixel camera, and 8GB of memory. And with the latest iOS software, it’s a cinch to multitask.
Apple iPhone 3GS Full Review