Not interested in the very latest premium flagship models? You can actually get a really great smartphone from just £19 a month.
Remember when Apple first announced that their new iPhone was going to cost £1000? The world was shocked and it dominated tech headlines for weeks during and after it’s launch. It’s no secret that smartphones have got more expensive over the years as new technology is implemented, driven by the demand for us wanting to do more and more with our mobiles every day. It’s no longer just about being able to make calls, texts and take a few photos.
However, as the top end, premium flagship models have raised the bar in terms of what a smartphone can cost, technology evolution has also allowed for some manufacturers to launch products at lower prices. The likes of Samsung, Huawei and even Apple (hello iPhone SE 2020) have all introduced non-premium models in the market at a far more reasonable price point, alongside their premium models. But are they any good? Well in short yes…if you know what you’re looking for.
We get to check out loads of different phones every week at Chitter Chatter and spend time comparing the models, specifications, camera quality, design, battery life and speeds. By doing that, we’ve put together our favourite smartphones that cost under £30 a month on a pay monthly contract. We’ve also included the current SIM Free prices for comparison if you’d rather purchase the phone outright and the grab a SIM only deal.
Samsung Galaxy A20e | A budget smartphone but with Samsung’s great build quality
We love this phone and it’s one we recommend to anyone who’s looking to keep their bill under £20 but still wants a decent, well built smartphone from a reputable brand. The A20e has a 5.8″ HD+ display that is nice and bright (Samsung make great screens). It’s one of their Infinity displays too which means it runs nice and close to the edge for an immersive viewing experience whether you’re watching Netflix or playing Mario Kart Tour. It has a 13 MP camera that includes an Ultra-Wide lens for awesome landscapes, plus an 8 MP selfie camera. You can unlock the phone with your fingerprint so it’s nice and secure and a 3000mAh battery means it should last all day. And if you are running low on power, it supports 15w fast-charging too.
Samsung Galaxy A51 | A mid-range smartphone with a nice big display
The Samsung Galaxy A51 sits between the A20e and the A71 as you’d expect. It has a 6.5″ Super AMOLED display, which means it’s great for watching video. With a 48 megapixel main camera plus three other lenses, it’s great for capturing every day photos. Compared to the A20e, you’re getting 128GB of storage versus 32GB, so that’s one of the biggest advantages the A51 has over the cheaper model, especially if you like to have lots of apps and games on your phone.
Samsung Galaxy A71 | S-Series features in a more affordable model
Another phone from Samsung, the A71 comes from the same A-series as the A20 but adds some extra features and some more power for those that want it. It has a nice big 6.7″ Super AMOLED display that can display 16 million colours, so you’re getting a big screen upgrade compared to the A20. A 128GB internal memory means there’s plenty of room for apps and photos and a quadruple-lens 64 megapixel camera means you’re getting an top-end camera for your photos and video. Even the front-facing selfie camera is a 32 megapixel shooter so your profile shots
The impressive spec you get for your money is one of the reasons it’s actually the best-selling SIM Free phone at Chitter Chatter currently.
iPhone 7 32GB
We may have seen Apple launch an iPhone 8, 10 and 11 but the 7 remains one of the best value smartphones you can buy. iPhone 7 may have been around for a few years, but Apple are so good at optimising their software to make it run efficiently on older hardware, that this phone still holds it’s own now and has benefited from the iOS 13 software update which is also on the iPhone 8, XS and 11.
iPhone SE (2020)
Apple really pulled a smart move with this one. In a world where the latest top-end flagship phones can cost £40-£70 a month, they went and released a more affordable version of their iPhone. The design is similar to that of the iPhone 8 but inside it carries the same A13 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 11, which means you’re getting a pretty impressive piece of mobile hardware at a fraction of the cost. If you currently use an iPhone 8 or older but don’t feel the need to make the jump all the way to an iPhone 11 just yet, then this is the perfect compromise of affordability and features.
There you have it, five phones all under £30 a month. If you have a question about any of these phones you can tweet us or call the Chitter Chatter team on 0208 712 6808.
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