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Simple phones that make clear calls

Who says basic phones can't make great calls? Here are five that delivered crisp, clear conversations, and that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

Samsung SPH-M360
This feature phone sounds great, and is easy to use. Josh Miller/CNET

Just because a phone doesn't cost an arm and a leg doesn't mean you should settle for shoddy call quality.

In fact, we know of several high-end smartphones that bulk up with features while audio clarity suffers, proving once again that there's no correlation between the price tag and a satisfying calling experience.

With that in mind, here are six straightforward feature phones that produced great-sounding calls during our tests.

Call quality is ephemeral and ever-changing, so we can't promise that the high standards we experienced during tests conducted in San Francisco will duplicate wherever you live. Overall, however, we had few complaints.