Let’s be honest, whether you’re a tech-obsessive or a technophobe, the never ending capabilities of the modern day mobile phone, or ‘smartphone’ can be overwhelming and so at times can the price-tags.
You may want endless apps, voice-automated assistance and a top-notch camera but in today’s financial climate, you may be hesitant in splashing the cash. Although here at the Smart Phone Company we offer a great range of low-priced pay-monthly deals on the top Smartphones around, including the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 and many others, we understand that many of customers like to grab a handset SIM-Free and avoid contracts. This is especially the case if you're tied in to a current contract and simply wish to upgrade the handset.
Therefore we here have put together a list of our top SIM-Free Smartphones, all priced at under £150. All the following are equipped with decent mega-pixel cameras, internet/social media access and house a huge range of apps including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, EBay, Vine, various games and millions more.
Our bestselling budget-friendly smartphone, Motorola’s New Moto G 2nd Gen is the definition of “more for less” especially being 4G enabled. From the very first glance, the New Moto G say’s anything but ‘budget-friendly’ – its 5 inch 720 x 1280 pixel touchscreen is pure class and the handset feels solid and sleek in the palm. The New Moto G has a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can extend to 32GB, being compatible with a MicroSD card. The camera is a real treat being 8MP (that’s the same as the latest iPhone!) and also comes with a secondary front-facing 2MP camera (that’s BETTER than the latest iPhone!)
The New 4G 2015 Moto G 2nd Gen is without a doubt one of the finest wallet-friendly smartphones on the market at only £146.99 upfront. Buy it here.
The Samsung Galaxy smartphone range has helped revolutionise the mobile phone industry and with the Samsung Galaxy S6 just around the corner, the Galaxy range continues to go from strength to strength. One of the original pioneers of the Galaxy family was the S3 in 2012 and here you can experience this wonderful smartphone in a more compact body. Although smaller, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini lacks none of the brilliance that its big brother exhibited. Continuing with the nature inspired pebble design ethos as seen with the Galaxy S3, The GS3 Mini has a more compact size with a 4" Super AMOLED screen, so is perfect for those frustrated by the modern ‘Phablet’ designs of the Samsung Galaxy Note range. Although smaller, the S3 doesn’t half pack a punch with a 5MP Camera, Siri-rivalling voice control software S-voice, a long lasting Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery and MicroSD card expansion for music, picture and movie storage.
The body is not the only thing small about the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini at only £109.99 SIM-Free. Buy Here.
With the look of its flagship, the HTC One M8 the HTC Desire 320 joins a range of solid HTC handsets that sit well with the Smartphone bargain hunter. The Desire 320 features both a front and back camera with the rear boasting 5 mega pixels. If however you’re more in to your video making, you’ll be impressed to hear that the camera is also capable of recording in 1080p HD. This high-quality camera is ideal for the Desire 320’s ‘Video Highlights’ feature. Here you can choose your favourite pictures and videos from your phone and the HTC 320 wraps up those precious memories in to a ‘best bits’ video montage that can be shared on social media or privately with friends and family.
It’s not the HTC ONE M8 but its closer to it in specs than it is in price at just £108.99. Buy Here.
In 2009/10, the Blackberry model pioneered a change in direction for the mobile phone industry. As the years have passed physical keyboards (T9) went out of fashion, however the Blackberry QWERTY Keyboard eased those who disliked touch-screens in to the Smartphone era. Although Blackberry themselves have created some brilliant touch-screen handsets, the QWERTY keyboard is still hugely popular and so the Blackberry 9320 Curve is a must-have for those uneasy with touchpads with its easy to use functions and quick touch typing
The Blackberry Curve 9320 brings you all the great features that are synonymous with the Blackberry brand in a sleek and stylish design and all for just £104.99pm. Buy Here.
Motorola have made a second appearance on this list with the wonderful Moto E 2nd Gen, an absolute steal at under a hundred pounds. Motorola created the E as an easy to use smartphone at a cost-friendly price, with a mission to put an end to those hoarders still clutching to their Nokia 3310 brick-phones. So at under £100 pounds, should you be cautious? Not at all, Motorola have once again created a solid model at a wallet-friendly price with the Moto E 2nd Gen. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop (amazing!) and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 - LTE model processor, this Smartphone makes a bold serious statement that it is not just another mobile phone at the low-end of the market. In regards to connection the Moto E 2nd supports incredible 4G and uses Google Chrome as a default browser. An impressive A 5 Megapixel camera can be found on the rear, making it the best smartphone camera in its price range.
If you’re yet to venture in to the world of Smartphones, the 4G Moto E 2nd Gen is perfect for you at only £99.99. Buy here.