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 but most of these units are also available from sellers on

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.