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

    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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    new or used?

    EliTom

    Original Poster

    Either preferably new

    Look at a cheap windows Lumia phone.

    Original Poster

    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

    Original Poster

    Essentially in after the cheapest 3G Phone

    jukes21

    Can't use just any phone because of the network 3 run off, he currently … 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.

    dereklogan7

    Probably because the phone is not unlocked. Any unlocked phone will do or … Probably because the phone is not unlocked. Any unlocked phone will do or get unlock code from eBay.



    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

    elitom

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


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

    Original Poster

    When you buy an unlock code something it stipulates it won't unlock to 3 mobile because they use wcdma

    dereklogan7

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



    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

    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.

    Original Poster

    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

    jukes21

    Went to car phone warehouse they are reluctant to sell anything after I … 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

    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
    tesco.com/dir…368

    Original Poster

    Samsung e1200 is only 2G

    ninp

    http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/phones/nokia-105/ppay?colourCode=BLACKNokia 105 free on EE with £20 topup from carphone warehouse. all carphone warehouse phones are unlockedyou could either sell the sim with the £20 EE topup and keep the phone, or use it for EE WednesdaysTesco direct samsung e1200 £15 unlocked no topup required. free click and collect. sim freehttp://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

    Needs to be a 3g enabled phone. A 3 sim using 3g will not work unless the phone is a 3g phone.

    Original Poster

    Anyone able to show me the cheapest 3G candy bar phone ?

    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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