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Cheapest basic phone I can use a 3 mobile SIM card in?

jukes21 Avatar
1y, 10m agoPosted 1 year, 10 months ago
I'm looking for the cheapest mobile phone that a 3 mobile SIM card can be used in, ideally it has to be basic with old fashioned 12 buttons.
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1y, 10m agoPosted 1 year, 10 months ago
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#1
new or used?

EliTom
#2
Either preferably new
#3
Look at a cheap windows Lumia phone.
#4
#5
Can't use just any phone because of the network 3 run off, he currently has a Samsung e2121b and the 3 sim doesn't work
#6
Essentially in after the cheapest 3G Phone
#7
jukes21
Can't use just any phone because of the network 3 run off, he currently has a Samsung e2121b and the 3 sim doesn't work
Probably because the phone is not unlocked. Any unlocked phone will do or get unlock code from eBay. 8)
#8
dereklogan7
jukes21
Can't use just any phone because of the network 3 run off, he currently has a Samsung e2121b and the 3 sim doesn't work
Probably because the phone is not unlocked. Any unlocked phone will do or get unlock code from eBay. 8)

no - the Samsung e2121b is not a 3G handset - 3 sims requre a 3G handset because 3 do not do roaming onto 2G networks anymore

EliTom
#9
elitom
dereklogan7
jukes21
Can't use just any phone because of the network 3 run off, he currently has a Samsung e2121b and the 3 sim doesn't work
Probably because the phone is not unlocked. Any unlocked phone will do or get unlock code from eBay. 8)

no - the Samsung e2121b is not a 3G handset - 3 sims requre a 3G handset because 3 do not do roaming onto 2G networks anymore

EliTom
Yes you're right, I forgot about the 2G. I'll say the Moto E. Cheers. 8)
#10
When you buy an unlock code something it stipulates it won't unlock to 3 mobile because they use wcdma
#11
dereklogan7
elitom
dereklogan7
jukes21
Can't use just any phone because of the network 3 run off, he currently has a Samsung e2121b and the 3 sim doesn't work
Probably because the phone is not unlocked. Any unlocked phone will do or get unlock code from eBay. 8)

no - the Samsung e2121b is not a 3G handset - 3 sims requre a 3G handset because 3 do not do roaming onto 2G networks anymore

EliTom
Yes you're right, I forgot about the 2G. I'll say the Moto E. Cheers. 8)

agreed - but OP is after old candybar 12 button style - which is not so easy now

3G tends to equal smartphone these days - not candybar / dumb phone

OP try carphonewarehouse for any 3G phone on offer - should get something under £50

EliTom
#12
I used to have a Nokia asha 300 with touch screen and normal keypad, but only sold secondhand now. Argos have some doro flip phones sim free with 3g but they start at 79.99.
#13
Went to car phone warehouse they are reluctant to sell anything after I said it was for a 3 sim seems they don't know what is a 3G phone and what isn't. Went into 3 store and they just said any 3G enabled phone is fine, all they offer is a refurb Nokia c2 for £25
#14
jukes21
Went to car phone warehouse they are reluctant to sell anything after I said it was for a 3 sim seems they don't know what is a 3G phone and what isn't. Went into 3 store and they just said any 3G enabled phone is fine, all they offer is a refurb Nokia c2 for £25

£25 for a C2 is not bad - they are almost £100 on amazon !!!

these phones are not in demand so the price will be higher than a basic smartphone

EliTom
#15
Here a few 3G candybar style handsets with real buttons. My Mum is using the Nokia 225 Dual SIM.

I've still got my SE K800 & SE W955 to this day.

Nokia 208
Nokia 225
Nokia 301
Nokia 515
#16
http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/phones/nokia-105/ppay?colourCode=BLACK

Nokia 105 free on EE with £20 topup from carphone warehouse. all carphone warehouse phones are unlocked

you could either sell the sim with the £20 EE topup and keep the phone, or use it for EE Wednesdays

Tesco direct samsung e1200 £15 unlocked no topup required. free click and collect. sim free
http://www.tesco.com/direct/samsung-e1200-black/786-3368.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=786-3368
#17
Samsung e1200 is only 2G
#18
ninp
http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/phones/nokia-105/ppay?colourCode=BLACK

Nokia 105 free on EE with £20 topup from carphone warehouse. all carphone warehouse phones are unlocked

you could either sell the sim with the £20 EE topup and keep the phone, or use it for EE Wednesdays

Tesco direct samsung e1200 £15 unlocked no topup required. free click and collect. sim free
http://www.tesco.com/direct/samsung-e1200-black/786-3368.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=786-3368

nokia 105 is also only 2G

http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_105-5324.php

EliTom
#19
Needs to be a 3g enabled phone. A 3 sim using 3g will not work unless the phone is a 3g phone.
#20
Anyone able to show me the cheapest 3G candy bar phone ?
#21
jukes21
Anyone able to show me the cheapest 3G candy bar phone ?

probably the Nokia C2 you were offered by Three for £25 if that requires no top-up - unless you want to go down the eBay route

these type of phones are no so in demand so price is higher

EliTom

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