See The 10 Best Cheap Smartphones on Ezvid Wiki ►► #1. The sticker price is rarely what you actually pay for a phone. You’ll likely pay much less than that up front. Your contract covers the remaining cost. It will be divided up over the course of a few years. But after those years, your bill won’t get cheaper. They’ll simply charge you the same amount, as though you were paying it back. That means the longer you wait to switch, the more expensive it is.
Fact #2. It can be much smarter to get your hands on a phone on your own. Then you will walk into the wireless provider’s office with all the power. Each company reduces cost in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s a little reduction in speed from a slower processor. Other times it’s the camera that takes a quality hit. Or the battery life doesn’t quite compare to the more expensive phones on the market.
Fact #3. Many years before the iPhone, IBM introduced a touchscreen smartphone. It had the ability to make calls, send email, and even send faxes. This was back in 1993, when fax machines were still a thing. It was called Simon, and 17 years before the introduction of the iPhone it cost a whopping $899.
Fact #4. The Palm Pilot came along a few years later. It was slightly more affordable. Unfortunately, it was also stripped of the ability to make calls. On the other hand, it was most people’s introduction to mobile computing. It also launched the entire industry of personal digital assistants.
Fact #5. In 2007, the iPhone appeared. Ever since, anyone in the market has been obligated to compare themselves to it. Even markets with more history of cellular use, like Japan, eventually succumbed to Apple’s behemoth. It’s a sad tale, in a way. But the makers of these cheap smartphones go about competing with the giant in a way that’s kinder to your wallet. In that sense they are almost charitable.