Best basic phones of 2014


Sometimes you want a phone that's just a phone. These no-frills models make the top of our list. They aren't smartphones, so they won't offer many fancy features, but they won't require data plans either. We'll update our selections as we review new models, so sign up for our Mobile Weekly newsletter, and we'll let you know when the updated list appears. And to find other great phones, check out our list of the best phones overall.

Kyocera DuraXT (Sprint)

Though its clamshell design isn't pretty, the Kyocera DuraXT is tough as nails, with great call quality, and a respectable camera to boot.

Price: $49.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Kyocera Kona

Available from Cricket Wireless, the Kyocera Kona is a $59.99 clamshell feature phone with a 2-megapixel camera, 2.4-inch screen, and 2G connectivity..

Price: $0.00 - $199.99 Check prices

3 stars Good

Samsung Entro (Virgin Moblie)

You can't beat the Samsung Entro's no-contract price and simplicity when shopping for a dead-simple phone that only fields calls and texts.

Price: $14.88 - $14.99 Check prices

3 stars Good

LG Rumor Reflex (Sprint)

As a feature phone, the Rumor Reflex can do the basics well and its QWERTY keyboard and touch-screen display make it easy to use.

Price: $188.93 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

LG Exalt (Verizon Wireless)

Sporting a 3-inch display, data connectivity, and a 2-megapixel camera, the LG Exalt packs just the necessities for flip-phone users.

Price: $129.99 - $199.99 Check prices

3 stars Good
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