Durable and water resistant, the Kyocera DuraXV is one of the most capable feature phones available.
While the LG Wine III is a solid and reliable feature handset, U.S. Cellular has cheaper alternatives worth considering.
The T-Mobile 768 is a good option for those with modest needs and budgets, but don't expect anything more than making calls.
With its generously sized screen and smooth performance, the LG Exalt is a top contender in Verizon's line of basic phones.
Though it's devoid of even midlevel features, the Kyocera Kona manages to be an excellent flip phone.
An example of excellent call quality at a dirt-cheap price, the Samsung t159 excels at the basics, but stumbles on style.
The ZTE-made AT&T Z221 is a basic flip phone that's part of AT&T's prepaid package.
Though its design and feature set are from another decade, the Samsung Chrono 2 succeeds at what a phone should do.
Though the senior-aimed Jitterbug Plus is easy to use and has good call quality, it's overpriced for its low-end features.
LG Select (MetroPCS)
LG A340 - gray (AT&T)
Kyocera S2100 PayLo - cauldron gray (Virgin Mobile)
A fantastic price and clear call quality make the Samsung Chrono a top pick for U.S. Cellular customers who are looking for just the essentials.
The comfortable Samsung SPH-M370 is a basic flip phone that does what it says, unadorned and unembellished, and at the right price.
The Casio G'zOne continues Casio's long tradition of ultrarugged phones with the bonus of improved call quality.
The Kyocera DuraMax is a basic but durable handset that offers Direct Connect services over Sprint's faster CDMA network, but a couple of issues will prevent some iDEN customers from making the switch for now.
Certified to withstand the elements, the Samsung Convoy 2 is also a ruggedly attractive handset with a fair number of creature comforts; however, the headset jack is a disappointment and there are more rough-and-tumble phones out there.
The LG Revere is a no-frills entry-level handset for Verizon Wireless customers who just want to make calls and not much else.