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UK Supermarket Asda Launches £5 ($8) Phone

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Cheap and cheerful.

Smartphones might be getting increasingly powerful, but they're also pretty expensive. While a dumbphone isn't half as useful, it still makes calls and sends texts, and it does it at a fraction of the price. (The majority are also probably more durable than your average smartphone and have a battery that lasts for days.)

UK supermarket Asda has introduced an uber cheap dumbphone that it reckons is the UK's 'lowest priced phone.' Manufactured by Alcatel, the features of the phone are fairly limited. It's got a 1.45-inch colour display as well as enough storage for 100 contacts and an FM radio. The phone itself runs on T-Mobile and is £5 on pay as you go.

Though the price probably isn't enough to convince you to give up your web-enable smartphone with a direct line to your email and Skype, it's certainly attractive in the context of an emergency phone for in the car or to take with you when you go camping.

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    ginjaninja7 , November 8, 2013 12:58 AM
    Why does anybody want a phone like that.... lol :-)
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    silverblue , November 8, 2013 2:56 AM
    As stated, for emergencies. A tiny phone like that in your glove box could be helpful, you just need to keep it charged. The FM radio is a nice touch, too.
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    Ijack , November 8, 2013 2:59 AM
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    Why does anybody want a phone like that.... lol :-)

    Some people use phones to make phone calls.

    Cheap deals like that, on pay as you go, are fairly common in the UK. An FM radio as well seems to be a good deal.
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    ginjaninja7 , November 8, 2013 3:58 AM
    I was sarcastic guys you guys are a bunch of noobs.
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    Ijack , November 8, 2013 4:16 AM
    Don't give up the day job. :) 
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    TeraMedia , November 8, 2013 6:17 AM
    That doesn't look like a 5 pound phone. Maybe 4 ounces, but no more than that.

    That's basically a disposable phone. Pretty amazing that a cell phone can cost less than a ticket for a 2-hour movie.
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    bnot , November 8, 2013 8:26 AM
    yeah TeraMedia , was was just thinking a 5 pound phone (battery) should give you a few weeks without recharging too
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    Ijack , November 8, 2013 8:55 AM
    You're right. A simple phone like this does last a long time between recharges. Sometimes simple is better.
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    Pherule , November 8, 2013 11:18 AM
    WhatsApp? Colornote? AndChat? UB Reader? Gmail app?

    Without these apps at the very least, a phone is useless to me.
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    Ijack , November 8, 2013 11:21 AM
    Each to their own. I like a phone that goes for weeks on one charge, costs next to nothing, and - best of all - you can make phone calls with it.
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    rwinches , November 8, 2013 3:12 PM
    Net10 and Tracfone offer similar LG phones. A lot of people can only afford pay as you go $15-$20 month.
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    rolandzhang3 , November 8, 2013 5:49 PM
    Nice, cheap and disposable, what's not to like? :D 
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    gofasterstripes , November 9, 2013 12:48 AM
    There is a place for these devices, sure. I don't think "Disposable" is the route we should be going down though [unless you're a kick-ass assassin].
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    Ijack , November 9, 2013 12:56 AM
    Disposable, perhaps, in that you can afford to lose them. But I'll bet that I've had my cheap, no-frills phone a lot longer than many iPhone owners.
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    pikor , November 11, 2013 8:10 AM
    I have purchased this (or incredibly similar) phone in O2 store over a year ago for £ 3.75 Where is the news in this? BTW is still working.