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Budget Android phones for a frugal young couple

Budget Android phones

Searching for the perfect budget Android phones

Sam and Greg are in the market for two budget Android phones. Greg’s phone will be for personal use. He likes to take and share pictures, send texts and emails, make phone calls and use Google Hangouts. Sam’s phone will be for personal texting and calling as well as work email and Google Hangouts. She travels often for her job and needs a phone with a long-lasting battery life.

Sam and Greg are saving for a wedding and a house, so they don’t want to break the bank on their new phones. Let’s see what their options are on a budget, in midrange models and if they wanted to spend just a bit more.


Budget Android phones

Entry-level

Moto E4 $129 in the Ting shop
For Greg, the Moto E4 feels like the best bet. It has a 5-inch HD display, a great battery and runs Android 7.1, The Moto E4 packs a punch at a great price. Its advanced front and rear cameras take photos that belie the price.

Moto E4 Plus (coming soon from Ting)
For Sam, we recommend the Moto E4 Plus. It has a 5.5-inch HD display and has a super long lasting, 2-day battery plus rapid charging. Definitely worth the extra few bucks.

Huawei P8 Lite starting around $150 on Amazon
Easy on the eyes and with a price tag they’ll love, the Huawei P8 Lite is a great option for both Sam and Greg. For Sam, the P8 Lite has a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging. For Greg, the P8 Lite comes with a fast-focusing 12 MP rear camera that performs well under pressure.

Budget Android phones

Mid-range

Samsung J7 Perx $215 in the Ting Shop
For Sam, the Samsung J7 Perx supports all her phone needs and has a solid 3300 mAh battery. It has 16 a GB built-in storage and allows for up to an additional 256 GB with microSD.

Samsung Galaxy S5 $243 in the Ting Shop
For Greg, the Samsumg Galaxy S5 has a 16 MP camera. It has a bright and beautiful screen for video chatting and looking at photos.

Higher-end

Moto G5 Plus $299 from Ting (or as low as $13/month with Ting device financing*)

With a fingerprint sensor, 5.5 inch display and aluminum body, the Moto G5 Plus has the look of a premium phone with all the bells and whistles too. Check out our full”month with” review of the Moto G5 Plus.

With turbo charging, Sam will get up to six hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging. The Moto G5 Plus has a 12 MP camera for Greg’s photos as well as color balancing, a dual LED flash and 8X digital zoom for photos.

iPhone SE $399 from Ting (or as low as $17/month with Ting device financing*)

If Sam and Greg wanted to step just beyond their budget and spring for an iPhone, they’re in luck. The iPhone SE is $399 on Ting with financing options available. The iPhone SE offers the simplicity of iOS on a compact but bright 4-inch screen. It has top-notch cameras for Greg and the small screen allows for a longer battery life for Sam.

With Ting financing, the iPhone isn’t necessarily out of reach for Sam and Greg. Want to see what else Ting offers from Apple? Check out the Ting Shop.

Sharing is caring

On Ting, you and your partner can share all your minutes, text messages and data on one account. Then, at the end of the month, you pay for what you use.

Skip the expensive unlimited plans. See how Ting helped the Elliott family save $110/month on two phones.


*Monthly payments are based on a 24 month period 0% APR financing from Ting, in partnership with lending partner Affirm. Calculations are based on the advertised purchase price on the date of publication at 0% APR over 24 months. Subject to credit approval. Rates from 0-30% APR for 12-, 18-, and 24-month terms based on creditworthiness. Down payment may be required. Offer is subject to change at any time. Previous purchases are ineligible for offer. For purchases under $100, limited payment options are available. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey-chartered bank, Member FDIC.

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