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Cheapest Phones for Whatsapp – 10 Best Cheap Phones

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Today, I have made a list of the best AND cheapest phones that you can use to install and run WhatsApp so you can already start connecting with your friends and loved ones.

WhatsApp is a free application that uses mobile data or WiFi and allows you to send messages, make voice or video calls, and share images, documents, and other media to other users.

I have been using this application for many years now. It’s quite simple and has been very useful to me in so many ways. It has been my primary means of communication with my friends and relatives especially those that are living in other countries.

With it’s over 1.5 billion users worldwide as of February 2018, this simple application will connect you to other people with ease. Whether you are an Android or iOS user, you can contact other users across these platforms.

But before we go to the list, let’s discuss the things you need to consider when choosing your phone.

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WhatsApp – What Your Phone Needs to Have


Android phones

  • OS should be newer than Android 2.3.7 version – Check the Android OS version of the phone you are buying. By February 2020, Android version 2.3.7 and older will no longer be supported. Source: WhatsApp Official Website

iPhones

  • OS should be iOS 9 or later – Check the OS of the iPhone you are buying. By February 2020, iOS 8 and older will no longer be supported. Source: WhatsApp Official Website

For Android and iPhones

  • Can receive SMS or Calls – Your phone should also be able to receive SMS or calls during the initial verification process. This is a pretty basic functionality of phones today so you don’t have to worry about this one.
  • Front camera – This is necessary for video calls only. You can also use the rear camera for video calls, but that would be a little inconvenient because you will not be able to see the person you are calling.
  • WiFi and 2G/3G/4G network capability – When making video calls using mobile data, I suggest that you get a phone that has 4G capability. This will allow you to switch between 3G and 4G networks automatically depending on your location for better video call quality. This is because some locations have stronger 3G signals than 4G signals and vice versa. You can also make video calls using 2G signal, but the video will be pixelated. You should also check the bands of the phones you are getting and contact your network carrier if you need clarifications on carrier compatibility.

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10 Cheapest and Best Phones for WhatsApp


Below are the 10 best and cheapest smartphones (in no particular order) that can run WhatsApp smoothly. You will notice that these phones are less than $100 because Whatspp does not need high system requirements from more expensive phones.

#1 – BLU Studio Mini (Released: September 2019)


BLU Studio Mini

Display: 5.5 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, 13 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Octa-Core 1.6GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (2/4/5/12/17) 3G: (850/1700/1900): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost mobile)

Price: USD 69.99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

The awesome features that you will love about the Blu Studio Mini are the very nice front camera for video calling, fast processor, 4G capability, latest Android OS, and excellent battery life. At a very low price, this is probably the BEST deal you can get for a new smartphone that you can use with WhatsApp.

#2 – Blu Studio Mega 2019 (Released: September 2019)


BLU Studio Mega 2019

Display: 6.0 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, 13 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Octa-Core 1.6GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (2/4/5/12/17) 3G: (850/1700/1900): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost mobile)

Price: USD 69.99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This one is also a superb budget smartphone. The only difference with the BLU Studio Mini is that this smartphone has a larger screen and slightly thinner. All other remaining features are the same. 

If you like a larger screen size for reading and sending texts, funny emoticons, and images, this smartphone is perfect.

#3 – ZTE Blade Z Max


ZTE Blade Z Max

Display: 6.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, Dual 16 MP+2 MP Main Camera
OS:  Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Hardware: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 4,080 mAh
Release Date: August 2017
Network: 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900, 4G bands: LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 66(1700/2100)

Price: $82.94

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This smartphone is also very capable to run Whatsapp. It also has a very nice front camera, a huge screen, and excellent overall hardware for clear voice and video calls.

What you will also like about this smartphone is the huge battery capacity. You can have a longer talk and video call time with this one without plugging your device to a charger.

#4 – Samsung Galaxy J2 Core


Samsung Galaxy J2 Core 2018

Display: 5.0 inches (540 x 960 pixels)
Camera: 5 MP Front Camera, 8 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
Hardware: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Processor, 8GB Internal Memory, 1GB RAM
Battery: 2,600 mAh
Release Date: August 2018
Network: LTE Bands: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B17(700), B28(700); 3G UTMS B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B8(900)


Price: USD 86.46

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This is another low-cost option for Whatapp. If you like a normal size screen with a compact and nice design, this one is right for you. It’s simple and sturdy. The price is very worth it.

#5 – UMIDIGI A3 Pro


Umigidi A3 Pro

Display: 5.7 inches (HD+)
Camera: 5 MP Front Camera, Dual 12 MP + 5MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Processor, 8GB Internal Memory, 1GB RAM
Battery: 3,300 mAh
Release Date: September 2018
Network: 2G: GSM B2 /3 /5 /8
3G: WCDMA B1 /2 /4 /5 /6 /8 /19
4G: TDD-LTE B38 /40 /41(Standard version) 4G: FDD-LTE B1 /2 /3 /4 /5 /7 /8 /12 /13 /17 /18 /19 /20 /26 /28

Price: USD 89.99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This is a premium-looking phone at a very affordable price. The display quality is excellent. It is fast enough to run WhatsApp to send images, voice, and video clips to your family and friends. The call and video quality are also great!

It also comes with a screen protector and a very nice and slim back case.

#6 –  Oukitel C12


Oukitel C12

Display: 6.18 inches
Camera: 2 MP Front Camera, Dual 8MP + 0.3MP Main Camera
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
Hardware: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Processor, 16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,300 mAh
Release Date: February 2019
Network: 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
4G: No


Price: US 89.99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

You will love the high volume of this phone’s loudspeaker. It will be nice for voice and video calls even without headphones. You will also love the design and display quality. It has a very decent camera and is fast enough to get the job done when using Whatsapp.

It also comes with a screen protector and a very nice case.

#7 – Blu Vivo X5


Blu Vivo X5

Display: 5.7 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, 13 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Octa-Core 1.6GHz Processor, 64GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM
Battery: 2,800 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (2/4/5/12/17) 3G: (850/1700/1900): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, Metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA Networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost Mobile)


Price: USD 89.99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This is another inexpensive but very impressive BLU smartphone. It’s faster than the previous two BLU smartphones and has twice the storage. WhatsApp automatically saves all your media sent while chatting so the huge storage will greatly help if you don’t want to turn off the autosave functionality.

It also runs on the latest Android OS. For running WhatsApp, this smartphone is more than enough when it comes to specs. Definitely worth the price!

#8 – Coolpad REVVL Plus C3701A


Coolpad REVVL Plus

Display: 6.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 8MP Front Camera, 13MP Main Camera
OS: Android (7.0 Nougat)
Hardware: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,380 mAh
Release Date: November 2017
Network: GSM 850 900 18001900 Band II (1900), Band IV (1700/2100), Band V (850), LTE 2 4 5 12 66


Price: USD 99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

The battery life of this smartphone is superb. It has a large and excellent display. It is fast and can easily run WhatsApp functionalities. The camera quality is also very nice. This is a highly-rated smartphone on Amazon.

#9 –  BLU R2 Plus 2019 (Vivo One Plus)


BLU R2 Plus 2019

Display: 6.2 inches (HD)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, Dual 13MP + 2MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Quad-Core 1.5GHz Processor, 16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (1/2/3/4/5/7/12/17/28) 3G: (850/900/1700/1900/2100): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others.

Price: USD 99.99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

The very huge display is perfect if you love larger screens and also for the elderly. You will also like the camera quality and the excellent battery life of this smartphone. It is also very responsive and will allow you to do every functionality of WhatsApp.

#10 – BLU Vivo XL4


BLU Vivo XL4

Display: 6.2 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
Camera: 13 MP Front Camera, Dual 13MP + 2MP Main Camera
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Hardware: Octa-Core 2.0GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/28/66) 3G: (850/900/1700/1900/2100): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others.
Release Date: December 2018

Price: $99.99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This is one of the best-selling and highest-rated smartphones on Amazon right now. The battery life is simply amazing. For a very affordable smartphone, this will surpass your expectations. The front camera quality is even better than other BLU smartphones on the list.

For running WhatsApp, this smartphone is more than capable and still affordable.

Enjoy Using WhatsApp and the Bubble Chat Head Trick


I hope this list can help you in finding the cheapest and best smartphone for WhatsApp.  😃

Also, if you are like me who loves having chat head bubbles just like in FB Messenger that appears at the corner of the screen when someone sends you a message, try installing the “WhatsBubble” app here and synchronize it with WhatsApp. Have fun! 😃

What do you think of these best and cheapest phones for WhatsApp? I would love to hear from you.

Just leave your comment in the comments section below. 😃

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18 thoughts on “Cheapest Phones for Whatsapp – 10 Best Cheap Phones

  1. WhatsApp is the new cool and has been the major reason why most people has quitted with all rge other social media platforms. This is great and I value it. Thank you so much for suggesting this. I want to get a new mobile for my kid and I really want to cut cost a lot on my spending so, getting the right phone that can do the basics for him would be awesome. Thank you for this

    1. Hey Rodarrick! I’m glad to help. I hope you can find a nice phone for your kid. It doesn’t have to be a small size smartphone. My sister just bought one for my niece. It has a huge screen. Kids love huge screen displays these days. Aside from being able to contact her through WhatsApp, the kid really enjoys watching cartoon shows on her new phone.

  2. Woah! I am actually really surprised that most of these phones are below $100 dollars. It’s so hard to find a phone that is not that expensive. I currently have an iPhone 6s, been having it since it came out, luckily it works fine, but sometimes I worried that in the next year or so it might get outdated. Besides all of these amazing phones and those great prices, do you have something related to this topic but regarding iPhones? I would love to read it. 

    1. Hey Stephanie, I can’t blame you. Sometimes I’m surprised too. Cheaper phones that are newly released have better specs compared to the phones released in the previous years.

      I think iPhone 6s is still amazing and can be upgraded to iOS 13. However, I agree with you that it is possible that it may no longer be supported in the next iOS release. I have a post about iPhone SE review and it is also one of my recommendations for the cheapest phones that can play Pokemon Go.

  3. Hi Chris… I’m a regular user and lover of the best messaging app in the world, WhatsApp and i have been using it for a very long time now just like you. I never loved android in the first place, my favourite back in those days was Symbian OS (LoL)… It got to a time that WhatsApp no longer supported Symbian OS; that was the time I had some little interest in android. Today, I love android. I enjoyed this piece… Thanks

    1. Hey Barry Ovb, you are right, Symbian OS is no longer supported since 2017. I almost forgot that OS, but those were very good times. Android and iOS are now the big players. I also love Android and the cheap and affordable phones that have this platform. It’s nice to know you like the list. Thank you.

  4. Awesome post on the 10 best cheapest phones for WhatsApp. I must confess, it’s not easy to make a collection like this; you’ve done the heavy job. I went through the selection and I really love most of them and the prices are really good looking at the features of the phones. My favourite is the No 10 anyways…

  5. I’m never a fan of low end phones,,, I love High end phones because I am a software geek. I love using great software on my android phone (I know this doesn’t relate with this post tho)… I must confess I’m in love with #10 – BLU Vivo XL4. It looks so so beautiful and has really great features. The camera is cool, the screen is very large screen 😍, Battery is awesome fabulous, 3GB Ram?? (Crazy for the small price)… The truth is,,, everything about this phone blows me away…

    1. Hi Mr Biizy,

      Awesome, right? It also has very nice speakers. I highly recommend it as well. BLU Vivo XL4 has better specs than most of the smartphones on the list and it’s still affordable. It has a 4-star average rating on Amazon and over 1,200 customer reviews. It also comes with decent earbuds, two thin plastic phone cases, one glass screen protector, and one regular screen protector (pre-installed).

  6. Thank you for all this information. It was like you were reading a list of my phones. I am no stranger to the BLU’s and Galaxy J. I currently have the J7. :)) Yea,  I am kind of rough on phones so I go with the affordable and I am an Android lover.

     I have not tried WhatsApp. I noticed it could hold a group chat 256 people at the same time!! That is crazy. So the advantage is no SMS charges for those we communicate with far away? Also really good video chatting?

    Thank you

    Melissa

    1. Hey Lisa, I’m glad you like the list. You should try WhatsApp, it’s very simple to use and the features are amazing.

      That’s right, you just need WiFi or mobile data. Chats and video calls have no extra network charges.

      Yes, video chatting functionality is excellent. The overall quality will still depend on your network connection though, but your connection does not have to be super fast to use it. A one-minute video call will use an average of 5MB of data on 4G, 3.75MB on 3G, and 3MB on 2G.

  7. That great. You must have spent lots of time collecting and analyzing those information. Thanks for your advice. I am looking for a mobile phone as a backup, and I don’t want to spend too much money of course. I prefer the 4th, Samsung Galaxy J2 Core. I’ll go to Amazon to have a look. Thanks.

    1. Hey JealousLi, I’m glad I could help you save your precious time from researching cheaper phones for WhatsApp. The Galaxy J2 Core is a very nice and cheap smartphone and it’s easy to carry because of the smaller size. It has a 4-star rating on Amazon and over 170 reviews. Take your time to read all the reviews and check the network band so you can make a good decision. 🙂

  8. I was on my way to work today when I broke my phone. I really need a replacement. Nothing fancy, but enough to do the basics like calling and WhatsApp. This list is very helpful. I was able to find the cheapest and high-quality cellphones. I think BLU Studio Mini is great. Thanks for this useful information!

    1. Hey Nhing, I know that feeling when you are in a hurry and unfortunate things happen. I think BLU Studio Mini is one of the BEST budget phones recently. I’m glad I could help. 🙂

  9. Cool!!! I actually use whatsapp on my day to day communication with my team at work and knowing that these compatible phones exist (below USD100) sounds great!!

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