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Sure, it’s 2020 and most people use modern smartphones. But there are large swaths of the population that still use flip phones. They just use them primarily for making and receiving phone calls. How novel!
Phone manufacturers like Samsung and LG still make them, and phone carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon still support them, so we rounded up the best flip phones you can buy right now. (Verizon Communications, Inc. is the parent company of Verizon Wireless and Yahoo Life.)
Flip phones are great for seniors and kids who might not be tech-savvy enough for a smart phone with all the bells and whistles. They’re also great as a backup or in case of an emergency.
Shop the best flip phones below:
Going for $65 at Amazon, this Easyfone A1 3G Flip Phone features a clever SOS button that allows you to instantly call up to five people in case of an emergency. Its 2.4-inch display is bright enough for text messaging and for snapping photos with its 2-megapixel shooter. It’s even Bluetooth enabled, so you can wirelessly connect headphones or a headset.
“The Easyfone is by far the easiest to use. The interface is clean, simple, intuitive — and just works without any bugs/hiccups. Navigating the menus are pleasant, with a nice audio sound,” wrote a delighted Amazon shopper. “My mother needed a phone with 1-click dialing, and a simple way to get into contacts. And this is it.”
This Alcatel QuickFlip (4044C) works on 4G LTE speeds for fast data transfers, and it’s one of the few flip phones in this roundup that also connects to Wi-Fi. Yup, you can sync this little guy to your home’s Wi-Fi network. Its big buttons are easy to read and push, and its 2-megapixel camera can snap photos and videos with ease. This flip phone is not going to turn heads, but it’ll keep you in touch with family and friends and do what it’s supposed to do.
“This is a great flip phone. It can even connect to Wi-Fi,” shared an Amazon shopper. “If what you want is to be able to pick it up and dial, or answer it when it rings just by opening it, this is the perfect phone for you. If you have a child that you want to communicate with but not have them constantly plugged in to the Internet, this is perfect for them too.”
If you’re looking for a flip phone that can handle turn-by-turn GPS directions, then this NUU F4L Flip Phone is a winner. It’s also one of the few flip phones out there that can handle 4G speeds, which is why GPS mapping and directions is included. Aside from that, it has a nice-looking 4.2-inch display, a 2-megapixel camera and Bluetooth connectivity. Although it only has 4GB of on-board storage, this model is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.
This Ushining 3G Flip Phone SOS features large buttons, including an ‘SOS’ button in case of an emergency. Whenever you need assistance, push the button to be in instant contact with up to five people of your choosing. Its 2.4-inch display is easy to read and bright—there’s even a flashlight.
“This was for my mom as a backup to put into her car for emergency use, but we learned it is much more than a backup,” shared a happy shopper. “Speaker is loud and clear. Battery is pretty good; standby is most important to me and it’s excellent on this phone.”
While most smartphones brag about their all-day battery life, this TracFone Alcatel MyFlip runs circles around all of them. It not only has all-day battery life, it has all-week battery life. In fact, this baby can go for a whopping 16 days on a single charge before you have to plug it in again. More than two weeks!
“Great little clam shell phone for those people who are not wireheads and only need a cell phone occasionally,” shared a Best Buy shopper. “Nice size screen. No butt dialing with the clam shell. Numbers on the keypad are large and easy to see.”
It’s only $20 with Tracfone service starting at $20 per month.
If you’re looking for a rugged flip phone, this Plum Ram 8 3G is a solid pick. It’s made from military-grade materials that are 100 percent shock-proof and waterproof. You can even dunk it in more than 65 feet of water for 30 minutes and it’ll still work great. It has a 4.2-inch display, up to 120 hours of battery life per charge (that’s five days of use) and Bluetooth. It even has a built-in FM radio.
“My job requires me to have a tough phone. I have had many in the past, but this phone is definitely built very strong and does exactly what it says. It’s a great value for the price,” added an Amazon reviewer. “I love the desktop charger where I can just put my phone in the cradle and not worry about plugging it in. So far I am loving this phone.”
Want something with more pizazz? This Ushining 3G Flip Phone comes in bright red, so you can easily spot it in your bag. It has a 4.2-inch display, large punchable keys and a long battery life of up to 160 hours (that’s just over six-and-a-half days).
“My wife wanted a low-tech flip phone instead of the confusing smart phones on the market today. She is delighted with this phone. It is easy to operate. The screen and key pad are easy to read. The sound quality is good,” shared a satisfied five-star reviewer.
This Jitterbug Flip Phone is simple and lightweight, with a bright red casing designed specifically for seniors so it’s easy to spot spot and hard to lose. It’s on sale for $75, or $25 off its list price at Amazon.
You’ll appreciate the big buttons with simplified ‘yes’ and ‘no’ options to navigate the interface. Its loud speaker makes conversations crystal clear. It also comes with a camera with a large enough storage capacity to hold up to 1,000 photos.
“We got this phone for my 85-year old mother who has dementia, hearing loss and a host of other ailments,” wrote a five-star reviewer. “It works as promised. I love that the numbers are large and easy to read as well as the display. She can read the names in the phone book and scan through them. It's also great because it ‘hangs up’ when closed so makes more sense for an elderly user.”
If you have family overseas or travel around the world, this fosa1 Flip Phone (L136) is perfect. It’s a dual sim card device, so it can work in the US and internationally. You don’t need to keep swapping out sim cards to use it in multiple countries. If you have one for the US and another for a different country, you’re all set. This flip phone works on 2G quad-band frequencies, which can be found in most countries around the world.
Believe it or not, but the latest crop of 2020 smartphones are smart flip phones! And this Samsung Galaxy Z Flip leads the pack. With a foldable 6.7-inch OLED display, it looks like a smartphone when unfolded and a traditional flip phone when closed. The smartphone runs the latest Android 10 that’s been utilized for folding displays with up to 8.5 hours of battery life per charge. Now you can interact with different apps on the bottom and the top of the screen. Try doing that with an Apple iPhone.
“The phone is extremely well made and feels heavier and more substantial than it actually looks. The screen is folding glass laminated with some type of thin plastic that does not scratch with normal use,” shared an excited Best Buy reviewer. “If you're looking for a high quality, great performing phone and tired of trying to jam a brick into your pocket, I highly recommend the Z-Flip.”
Right now, you can get it for $1,330, or $50 off at Best Buy.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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