Smartphones under $50

Buying a new smartphone doesn't have to break the bank. Donald Bell counts down the top-five CNET-rated smartphones available for less than $50 on-contract.

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Smartphones are practically essential in this day and age. I mean, how else are we expected to upload pictures of our lunch on Facebook?

Unfortunately, there's still a misconception that smartphones are an expensive luxury item. Not true. I mean, data and messaging plans may bankrupt you, but the phones themselves can be found for next-to-nothing so long as you're on contract.

In this episode of Top 5, I'll count down CNET Senior Editor Jessica Dolcourt's favorite smartphones under $50, for June 2012. Not only that, but I'm using CNET's new interactive video player to show them off. Feel free to click on the review links mid-video, and then bounce back over to keep watching. Cool, eh?

For more phone recommendations, check out CNET's constantly updated list of top phones. And for more Top 5 videos, head over to our Top 5 blog, or subscribe in iTunes.

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