Being able to find affordable mobiles for teenagers can be a challenge as well as trying to avoid racking up expensive contract charges, and data fees. Investing in a premium phone raises the risk of accidental damage, especially with younger teenagers. However, there are a number of affordable mobiles that are ideal for teenagers, both in terms of having relatively inexpensive contracts, and still offering a lot of great features and access to apps and mobile browsing. These phones range from the Motorola RAZR i to the Nokia Asha, the Samsung Galaxy Ace II, and many more.
This smartphone from Motorola is exceptional for the mid range phone market, with a 2 GHz processor and an edge to edge Super AMOLED touchscreen that takes up virtually the entire front of the phone, making it ideal for watching videos and interacting with apps. The RAZR i comes with the latest version of Android, and contracts can be found for it for less than £25 a month – O2, for example, offer £22 a month deals, while Orange provide lower end £15.50 a month contracts worth 100 free minutes, but with limited data.
Available for just £7.00 a month through deals with T Mobile, which gets you 50 free minutes, 100 texts, and 250 MB of data, the Nokia Asha is a basic phone, but still has many of the features of a smartphone; Nokia run their own OS on the phone, which also has WiFi and an outstanding battery life (48 days in standby mode).
HTC One X
O2 contracts for this phone can give you 300 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500 MB of data per month for £22.00, while making a one off purchase of the HTC One X for £144.99 gets you the same deal for £17 a month. The HTC One X has a minimalist design, but does feature HD video and an impressive 4.7 inch screen.
LG Optimus L3
This phone can be found for £17 a month with 100 minutes, unlimited texts, and 100 MB of data. This Android phone is perhaps best for younger teenagers, with a 3.2 inch screen, and an entry level 3 megapixel camera coming with the handset.
Samsung Galaxy Ace II
For teenagers that might not be able to afford a Samsung Galaxy S III or S IV, the Galaxy Ace II is a good alternative – Vodafone offer £17.00 a month deals with 300 free minutes of talk time, unlimited texts, and 250 MB of data; a 500 MB deal with 600 minutes is £21 a month from the same network. The Galaxy Ace has a 3.8 inch touchscreen, 4 GB of memory, and the latest Android apps.
BlackBerry Curve 9320
An entry level BlackBerry that’s easy to use, albeit without a huge amount of features, the Curve 9320 can be found for just £10.50 a month from T Mobile, which gets you 50 free minutes of talk time, unlimited texts, and 240 MB of data. Vodafone offer a 100 minute talk time deal with 100 MB of data for £13.00 a month.
HTC Desire C
A touchscreen phone running Android, the HTC Desire C isn’t the most spectacular model available from HTC, but does provide basic features for a low monthly contract – with Talk Talk, you can get £7.50 a month deals worth 250 MB of data and unlimited texts, while O2 offer 600 minutes, unlimited texts, and 750 MB of data for £22.00.
Author : Rosette. She blogs about tech trends and the latest apps and smartphone handsets. She currently recommends that teens and parents check out the RAZR i.