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

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Found 13th Jan 2015
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
Either preferably new
Look at a cheap windows Lumia phone.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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