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When less is more: A roundup of our favorite flip phones

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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 Go Flip

$63 | Ting Shop | CDMA

If you’re looking for something simple in a phone, look no further than the Alcatel Go Flip.

It’s easy to use, easy to hold and easy to handle. Get big, clear keys and a 2.8-inch interior display. It comes with some simple apps, but really this phone is a utility. When you’re using it to call and text, it’ll do what it does best.

The 2MP rear camera is nothing to boast about, but you’re not going with a flip phone because you want a phone with the hottest camera. You’re looking for utility. And that’s exactly what the Alcatel Go Flip is.

If you’re looking for the perfect and perfectly simple Ting flip phone, this is it.

2. 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.

3. 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

Pretty much any phone that works on T-Mobile or Sprint can be activated on Ting. It doesn’t matter if it’s been sitting in a closet for five months or five years.

Just make sure to hit the Ting compatibility checker to confirm that your phone can come to Ting. Then, grab a Ting SIM card and you’re good to go.

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.

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