Cheapest Cellphones

A couple of years ago, Mrs. ‘toy and I wondered if we could afford giving cellphones to our househelp as the family’s Christmas gift – we usually give them Php1,000-worth of stuff (bags, watches, etc), something they wouldn’t normally get for themselves seeing as they usually send a big chunk of their salary and bonus back to family in the province. At that time, Iread in one of the local tech magazines that there was a cellphone model that would retail for only Php900+, right within budget. Alas, a hunt through the malls of Makati yielded nothing.¬†

Seeing as it is the season again, I thought I’d compile a list of the cheapest cellphones out there just to see if Santa can still afford to give these away. The prices indicated herein are from the oneline store ebuystore.com.ph but most of these units are also available from sellers on ebay.ph:

1. Samsung B130 – Php1,600

2. Alcatel S210 – Php1,600

3. Motorola W156 – Php1,200

4. Sony Ericsson J110 – Php1,650

5. Nokia 1208 – Php1,650

6. Nokia 1200 – Php1,500

Take note that only the Motorola W156 and Nokia 1200 have monochrome screens, the rest have 65k color screens. Of course, none of these have cameras, but that’s to be expected from a budget phone. ¬†Since there’s not much in the way of features, the choice for most will probably come down to looks.

My personal choice? The Sony Ericsson J100.

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Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic Tube

Technograph reports that the Nokia 5800 Expressmusic Tube is now available for pre-launch orders for the price of Php20k. The launch date is set for late January 2009. However, ebay.ph seller janjanman120 is already selling one for Php21,600. I want too!

N97

I once had a Nokia N70 Music Ed. but sold it after several months’ use. Never really though the N series was anything great, but Nokia’s flagship N97 looks to be not only an iPhone-beater, but an Xperia X1-beater as well.

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