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Old 09-24-2016, 07:52 AM   #186
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No Contract Phone Specs 2016 --> prices

No Contract Phones (NCPs) make great audio players (audiobooks, podcasts, music, radio) and BF is the best time to get one because prices are really low. The key thing to remember is to avoid getting an underpowered device. Pay particular attention to the OS, CPU, RAM, and onboard storage. Usually, with low-end phones, the OS is rarely upgraded. So if you're not happy with the OS version a phone comes with, find another phone.

This post will list the phones, key specs, and recommendations. Prices and stores will be listed on the front page. Ratings are from Amazon.


Ranked by Specifications

Unlocked Phones --> retail -- OS -- CPU -- RAM -- ROM -- disp -- ppi -- carrier
  1. Sam Galaxy S7* --> $670 - 6.0 - 2.2GHz x4 - 4.0GB - 32GB - 5.1" - 577 ppi - $550 BB
  2. Huawei Honor 8 --> $400 - 6.0 - 2.3GHz x8 - 4.0GB - 32GB - 5.2" - 423 ppi - $330 BB

  3. ZTE Axon 7 Mini --> $300 - 6.0 - 1.5GHz x8 - 3.0GB - 32GB - 5.2" - 423 ppi - $200 BB

  4. Moto G4 -----------> $230 - 6.0 - 1.5GHz x8 - 2.0GB - 32GB - 5.5" - 401 ppi - $170 AMZ
  5. Moto G4 -----------> $200 - 6.0 - 1.5GHz x8 - 2.0GB - 16GB - 5.5" - 401 ppi - $130 AMZ

  6. Moto G4 Play -----> $150 - 6.0 - 1.2GHz x4 - 2.0GB - 16GB - 5.0" - 294 ppi - $100 AMZ

  7. Alcatel Pop 4+ ---> $150 - 6.0 - 1.1GHz x4 - 1.5GB - 16GB - 5.5" - 267 ppi - $50 BB

  8. BLU Neo XL -------> $110 - 5.1 - 1.3GHz x4 - 1.0GB -- 8GB - 6.0" - 244 ppi - $100 MC
* Galaxy S7= IP68 waterproofing


Ranked by Specifications

No Contract Phones --> retail -- OS -- CPU -- RAM -- ROM -- disp -- ppi -- carrier
  1. Galaxy S6 --> $399 - 5.0 - 2.1GHz x8 - 3GB - 32GB - 5.1" - 576 ppi - Straight -- $249 WAL

  2. Ascend XT --> $149 - 6.0 - 1.5GHz x8 - 2GB - 16GB - 6.0" - 245 ppi - AT&T -- $49 WAL
  3. Galaxy J7 ---> $200 - 6.0 - 1.4GHz x8 - 2GB - 16GB - 5.5" - 267 ppi - Boost -- $90 BB

  4. LG Stylo 2 --> $130 - 6.0 - 1.2GHz x4 - 2GB - 16GB - 5.7" - 258 ppi - Boost -- $60 BB

  5. LG Tribute HD --> $80 - 6.0 - 1.3GHz x4 - 1.5GB - 16GB - 5.0" - 294 ppi ---- Boost -- $20 BB
  6. LG Phoenix 2 --> $100 - 6.0 - 1.3GHz x4 - 1.5GB - 16GB - 5.0" - 294 ppi ---- AT&T -- $30 BB

  7. Galaxy Luna ----> $99 - 6.0 - 1.2GHz x4 - 1.5GB - 8GB - 4.5" - 207 ppi - Straight -- $20 WAL

  8. Galaxy Sky --> $139 - 6.0 - 1.2GHz x4 - 1GB - 16GB - 5.0"- xxx ppi - Straight -- $49 WAL

  9. LG K3 ------------> $80 - 6.0 - 1.1GHz x4 - 1.0GB - 8GB - 4.5" - 218 ppi --- Virgin -- $30 BB


Android 5.0 Lollipop --> don't expect an upgrade to 6.0 Marshmallow
  1. Galaxy J3 ---> $180 - 5.1 - 1.2GHz x4 - 1.5GB - 16GB - 5.0" - 294 ppi --- Virgin -- $60 BB
  2. Alcatel Flint --> $80 - 5.1 - 1.1GHz x4 - 1.5GB - 16GB - 5.5" - 267 ppi - Cricket -- $40 BB

  3. Galaxy On5 --> $80 - 5.1 - 1.3GHz x4 - 1.5GB - 8GB - 5.0" - 294 ppi -- Simple -- $30 BB
  4. Galaxy J3 ----> $99 - 5.1 - 1.2GHz x4 - 1.5GB - 8GB - 5.0" - 294 ppi - Verizon -- $39 WAL

  5. Alcatel Ideal --> $50 - 5.0 - 1.1GHz x4 - 1GB - 8GB - 4.5" - xxx ppi - AT&T -- $10 BB
  6. LG Rebel -------> $80 - 5.1 - 1.1GHz x4 - 1GB - 8GB - 4.5" - xxx ppi -- Trac -- $20 BB

Old Technology
  1. iPhone 5S --> $149 - 10. - 1.3GHz x2 - 1GB - 16GB - 4.0" - 326 ppi - Straight -- $99 WAL
  2. Galaxy J1 ----> $80 - 5.0 - 1.2GHz x2 - 1GB -- 8GB - 4.3" - 217 ppi -- Verizon -- $20 BB

Brands --> Alcatel (3) | Glxy (9) | Huawei (2) | LG (5) | Moto (2) | other (3)

Carriers --> ATT (3) | Boost (3) | Crkt (1) | Smpl (1) | Strt (4) | Trac (1) | Verz (2) | Virg (2)
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