Best basic phones

Updated April 11, 2014 10:08 AM PDT

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.

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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: $269.99 - $399.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung Gusto 2 (Verizon Wireless)

Verizon customers looking for a simple phone will appreciate the Samsung Gusto 2's emphasis on call quality and comfort, despite a few minor flaws.

Price: $21.99 - $29.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

LG Revere 2 (Verizon Wireless)

Although it has a competitively low price, Verizon carries better-performing feature phones than the Revere 2 at just a few dollars more.

Price: $0.01 - $249.99 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.

3.5 stars Very 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
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