Thinking about a feature phone that can talk, text and not too much more than that? This one’s for you.
A simple flip phone is easy on the wallet, has battery life that’s measured in days instead of hours and cuts digital temptation off at the knee. Feature phones also serve as a great backup and are a perfect gift for the technophobe in your life.
There’s a small but growing movement back to ye olde dumbphone (the counterpoint to a smartphone has to be a dumbphone, right?) While the appeal of having a pocketable computer with which to remain connected is undeniable, smartphones demand your attention. Perhaps too effectively. We’ve talked about going greyscale to resist the smartphone siren song but that’s a half measure.
Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular flip phones that are compatible with at least one of Ting’s two nationwide LTE network options. On Ting, if you don’t use mobile data, you don’t pay for it. If you want to cut your bill and your screentime, a flip phone might be perfect for you.
1. Alcatel A392
$63 | Ting Shop | GSM network
Flip phones are so outdated they’re almost back in style again, and with the Alcatel A392, it’s clear why.
The classic flip phone was never as sleek as this device, featuring a 0.67-inch thickness that’s the definition of pocket-friendly and smooth styling. The sturdy casing and flip-functionality means you can say goodbye to butt dials and annoying lock screen passwords.
With up to 32 GB of storage with a MicroSD card, there’s lots of room for music and files or even videos and pics, if you are content to view them on the 2.4-inch screen. Easy Bluetooth connectivity and large keys make it easy to use, even for the tech-phobic.
The Alcatel’s audio playback is surprisingly strong for a flip phone, and even includes built-in FM radio. For added convenience, an external screen keeps you updated on date, time and status when you’ve got the phone closed.
2. Alcatel OneTouch Fling
$53 $20 | Ting Shop | CDMA network
Want a simple, inexpensive, reliable flip phone? The Alcatel OneTouch Fling is a great choice, and at the time of writing on sale in the Ting Shop for just 20 bucks.
With Bluetooth and a speakerphone, you get two hands-free options. It can also go online to read email and the news over a 2G connection, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
The OneTouch Fling includes a removable storage option for up to 64 GB with a MicroSD card, so you can add music and other media to your phone if you so desire.
As a flip phone, its battery life is counted in days, not hours.
3. Kyocera DuraXTP
$83 | Amazon | CDMA network
The Kyocera DuraXTP is a military-grade (MIL-STD 810G) flip phone. It can hang out under more than three feet of water for half an hour. It can stand up to a sandstorm. It can take temperature extremes and handle drops from more than four feet. In short, the sort of punishment you can dish out, on the job site or at home, will be a mere walk in the park for this rugged (and ruggedly handsome) handset.
Aside from standing up handily to the rigors of civilian life, the DuraXTP sports a 5MP camera, a basic web browser, Bluetooth and a battery that promises seven hours of talk time.
4. AIEK M5 Phone
$12.90 | Amazon | GSM network
The AIEK M5 is so basic it swings right back around to futuristic, with a laser-focus on making calls and sending texts, period.
Barely thicker than a couple of credit cards, its sleek design can easily slip into any pocket and fits right in with the latest high-tech remote controls.
With 32 MB of storage and 320 mAh of battery life, this phone only does two things. Sometimes that’s enough.
5. Any compatible phone
Do you have a flip phone you’d recommend? Are you looking but not sure how to choose? Are you a digital native going back to the flip phone in the same way flower power took people back to the land? Let us know in the comments below.