The Cheapest Cellphone

@toniganzon (51728)
Philippines
October 18, 2012 6:10am CST
All my life I'd always bought an expensive phone. It had always been high end models. Staying in a foreign land, I couldn't use my iPhone since it's locked to my network provider in the Philippines. I've updated it to iOS6 so there's no jailbreak available yet nor unlocking here. Since i'm scared to get around here alone I've decided to buy a cheap phone so i could get in touch with friends in case i'm lost. The phone costs only about $15. It's just for texting and calling. It's a brand new Samsung with a one year warranty. It's the cheapest one i could get. So tomorrow i have decided to go shopping alone and take public transportation in this foreign land.
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21 responses
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 12
Toni, after a few times i didn't join in your discussion, i was surprised to read that you are living in another country now. Are you going to stay long there? Indeed, having a cheap cellphone is much better when we are in a foreign country. It won't attract unwanted people to get attracted to us because of expensive cellphone that we have. By the way, where are you now at this moment? Hope you enjoy your stay in this foreign country.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
31 Oct 12
So far i really like this country. Everything is cheap here and everything that i want to buy are here. I will start working from tomorrow in this foreign land and i'm a bit excited. I hope nothing would go wrong tomorrow and hope that i'll be able to make a good impression on my first day.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
19 Oct 12
Good evening to you, Its very wise of you to be sure to take a phone with you so that you can be safe. I also am amazed that you got a samsung for such a great price. That must be because of where you are because the phones are more expensive unless you are starting a new service or ready for an upgrade.
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@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
27 Oct 12
Yes. It's a necessity for me. Anyway, this phone is just for temporary use.
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
18 Oct 12
Well, I can perfectly understand that, especially in the early days, you're just a little uncomfortable in a foreign city. However, I am surprised the price which you have paid your cell phone, only $ 15. In Italy, probably in the stores, sometimes there are special containers where exactly sell these products at low cost, but little by little we are around € 30 (about $ 40). They too, like your have only the function to call and send sms.
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@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
My dear friend, almost everything in this country is very cheap. The camera lens here for my dslr is way cheaper than the prices in America or in my country. Electronics here are so cheap, food and transportation too. Even apartments. That's why i'm enjoying my stay here. Other than missing my family, i feel ok in this country.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
Wow! $15? When converted to peso it's just 600++php. I want that phone. I think it's enjoyable to go shopping in a foreign land. When you're alone, you are more careful with every step. Good luck to you. Where's that by the way?
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
It's a 3 hour plane ride from the Philippines. It's the shopping destination nowadays because everything here is cheap.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
Hongkong? anyways, love the phone. Have a safe day ahead, toni..
• India
19 Oct 12
I had feel many times that cheap local phones are best for use. I have such a phone with. Now it has a life of more than seven years. Still now it do not showed any sought of complains. The phone was scattered into battery and the phone as many times but still no problems. I am quite happy to tell you that I own such an one and now it is used by mother.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
27 Oct 12
I'im glad to hear that. I don't really care if the phone is durable or not. It's only for making calls anyway and i'm not using it for any other purpose. I am used to having a smartphone and can't live without one. This cheap one is only for temporary use.
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
19 Oct 12
use inexpensive instead of cheap, that sounds better. and have a great shopping.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
But i see it as a cheap phone and not inexpensive.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
Wow! $15? When converted to peso it's just 600++php. I want that phone. I think it's enjoyable to go shopping in a foreign land. When you're alone, you are more careful with every step. Good luck to you. Where's that by the way?
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
This has been reported. My apologies for this duplication.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
Actually, I use the cheapest phone, have always used one since the time cellphones started to become fashionable. LOL. What do I need an expensive phone for when all I do is text and sometimes make calls? So I have no need of fancy expensive phones that only attract snatchers. Anyway, I am sure you will be able to get around the place without getting lost. It is the only way to know the place.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
When i was in the Philippines, a smartphone is a must for me because i need to be updated with everything all the time. It's because of what i do and my lifestyle as well. I have friends all over the world that keeps in touch with me everyday through my phone, that's why i couldn't live without a smartphone. But like i said i can't seem to use it here when i'm on the go, so i must buy a phone with a sim card from here. I'm still using my smartphone but only in wifi. In fact i'm talking to a friend from Texas now on my phone while being here on mylot.
• Bangladesh
18 Oct 12
Sometimes cheap cell phones excels in calling performance and beat the big ones. But I dont like SAMSUNG. They are JACKASS. They begin disfunction later on. Rather I like NOKIA with the same 15 dollar instead.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
Samsung high ends phones are much better than Nokias. Nokia phones are a thing in the past. Nobody buys that in my country anymore.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
You did a practical way. Hope you can be adjust your environment easily. Wishing you the best in that foreign land.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
Thank you. I'm practicing being practical here. For the first time.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
18 Oct 12
I found a nokia smart phone at walmart for only 15.00-16.00. And it came with 5.00 in pre paid time. I really dont use them, only for an emergency. So I think I did ok with it.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
You sure it's a smart phone and not symbian one? If it's a Nokia lumia then it's a smartphone.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
18 Oct 12
I don't know where you are staying at, but the cheapest cell phone I ever got is the free phone provided by my service provider. It is free, nowhere can beat it. I simply sign the contract with them for 2 years, and I got the lowest cost plan per month. That is my budget. About iPhone 5, I want to get one for my own too, but I just couldn't afford those minimum requirement yet, since they are out of my budget.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
Since i am a foreigner in this country with no work permit yet, I cannot have a post paid plan. That's why i bought this cellphone and it's really cheap. My blackberry was free on a limited data plan in my country and my iphone was free too. The only previous phones that i had were all bought including my Samsung Galaxy S2 which i left in my country.
@Raine38 (9115)
• United States
18 Oct 12
That is indeed cheaper and more practical. If you still use your Philippines SIM, you have to activate its roaming capability but it might cost you more to use to text or call people there. It might come in handy so people back home can text you for less, though. Also, if you are using a locked iPhone there, if ever it would need repairing (knock on wood), you might have a hard time finding a service center that can fix it if it is locked. At any rate, thank goodness that it has a wifi capability. At least you can still use it, plus there are lots of iPhone apps which you can download and use to send messages to anyone who also use the same apps.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
I use facetime to call my family home but i use my macbook pro because it has a bigger screen. I call my friends using kakaotalk and whatsapp to chat with friends from London and the US. So now my iphone has just turned into a home phone. My phone bill went up to four thousand pesos for only a week of using my roaming though it's already discounted since globe has a promo tie up in this country. That's why i decided to get that cheap cellphone only until March when i go home. I'll give it away for sure and take my galaxy s2 with me back here again in May.
• India
18 Oct 12
Hi friend, good to know that you planned to buy a cheap phone. There is nothing wrong in using this kind of simple phone, it is very economic too. All the best for your new phone, hope it will work for a long time without giving any troubles to you
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
19 Oct 12
I already bought it before i started this discussion. I know there's nothing wrong with it. But if i didn't have my iPhone, i wouldn't have bought a cheap one because i'm not used to using phones just for texting and calling with no other functions like emails, messengers, etc. I will be going home in March and i'll be giving it away. It's just a temporary phone and i don't have plans to keep it for long.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
18 Oct 12
I also use cheap cell phone because I am not interested in photography and hearing songs. So no need high range mobile. Only interested for calling and sending message.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
I'm used to smartphones because of my lifestyle. I can't live without an internet and my smartphone. But too bad that i can't use my smartphone here because it's locked. That's why i got a cheap phone just to contact people from here. Still using my smartphone though when i have a wifi signal.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
I think that's the most practical thing for you to do in your situation - buying a cheap phone so you could at least be able to call or send sms. It would have been great if you have your phone converted to open line so you would only need to buy a sim card when you're in another country. The other option is to activate your phone's roaming feature but this could only be done before you leave our country and it's a bit heavy on our pockets when our phone bill arrives
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
Actually i can activate my roaming even when i'm here already. I have done that but it's really expensive and it's on top of my postpaid plan and not consumable. Surfing is super expensive. There's an unlimited data service for one day which is $10 and for more days it's more expensive. I will go home in March and take my Galaxy S2 instead since it was an open line phone and bring it here and use a sim card with a data service. Mobile internet here is expensive compared to the Philippines.
@zjnbsxs (47)
• China
18 Oct 12
hi,cheap cellphone doesn't always bad.The cheapest cellphone usually the main function is better than expensive cellphone.Only the expensive cellphone has more function.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
I'm not really sure that cheap cellphones are better than expensive ones. I'm used to using smart phones and it's vital to my existence. But now i am still using my iphone but only when i have a wifi signal. The other phone will be used only in this country for calls since calls here are very cheap.
@SIMPLYD (80400)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
It doesn't matter Toni if what you got is the cheapest cellphone. What matters is that you can call and text through it. Don't worry, because you know how to speak English, you will always find your way around. So, how are you now, Toni? I am glad you do still come here to post.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
Hello D! I'm doing fine. Yes i can speak English but the people here can't! That's one of my problems here, communication. I'm better now. I always see my family everyday through facetime. We talk every single day and it's as if i'm just next to them and not that far away. I'm still adjusting to the new environment minus the luxuries in life but i'm doing fine. I'll always be here on mylot. Work will start in November.
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
Wow! Where are you now toni? For vacation or are you there for work? Tell us about it.. Having a cellphone -- even the cheapest one is okay especially you're abroad. It is nice for you to have it for communication.
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
I"m here for work with a one year contract. But i will go home in March for a short vacation. I really like this place but just a little lonely sometimes. I just need to find new friends.
@subhojit10 (7382)
• India
18 Oct 12
Thanks a ton for posting this discussion. Glad to know that u got a cheap cell phone using which u can stay in touch with your friends and all. It is great when u have a cheap item yet working good and that feelings makes u realize that u were lucky enough to have owned that thing. Now there is no point in saying that it is worthless to own an expensive cell phone, what is important is to keep in touch with our near and dear ones. What say?
@toniganzon (51728)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
I'm still using my iphone for wifi use only so i can get in touch with people from around the world using the messengers that i have downloaded. I can't seem to live without the internet. Back home i have an unlimited data plan which is post paid and very convenient because i have internet where ever i go. Surf roaming is quite expensive though so i have to make use of the internet at home only for my iphone. The cheap phone that i have is only temporary. I will give it to someone when i get home and bring my open line Galaxy S2 in this foreign land again. That way i could use a sim with data plan and i will have internet everywhere and stay in contact with my family.