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Cheapest Phones for Whatsapp – 10 Best Cheap Phones

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Today, I 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 and I can assure you it can run smoothly on a very cheap smartphone. It has been my primary means of communication with my friends and relatives especially those that are living in other countries.

Whether you are an Android or iOS user, you can contact other users across these platforms. It also has over 1.5 billion users worldwide as of February 2018.

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 requirements:

  • 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. It is always better to have a recent Android version installed.

iOS requirements:

  • We don’t have iPhones on our list because iPhones are expensive. Android is the platform that has may cheap smartphone choices for Whatsapp. Just in case you are an iPhone user, the OS should be iOS 9 or later. By February 2020, iOS 8 and older will no longer be supported.

General Requirements:

  • Can receive SMS or Calls – Your phone should also be able to receive SMS or calls during the initial verification process. This is basic functionality of phones today so you don’t have to worry about this one.
  • WiFi and 3G/4G network capability – When making video calls using mobile data, I suggest that you get a phone that has the 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 should also check the bands of the phones you are getting and contact your network carrier if you need clarifications on carrier compatibility.

Not Supported:

  • Windows Phones

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.

Last Updated: August 7, 2020

#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, recent 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 – Samsung Galaxy A20s (Released: October 2019)


Display: 6.5 inches; 720 x 1560 pixels
Camera: Triple: (1) 13 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), PDAF (2) 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm (3) 5 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm); Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53, 32GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE

Price: USD 169.99

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

This Samsung phone has a larger screen and the 4,000 mAh battery can definitely last longer. It has a very decent camera and is fast enough to get the job done when using Whatsapp.

The big display is great for browsing WhatsApp, playing games, and reading.

#3 – BLU Vivo X6 – (Released: January 2020)


Blu Vivo X5

Display: 6.1 inches HD
Camera: 13 MP Front Camera, 13 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Spreadtrum UniSoC SC9863A, 1.6GHz Octa-Core Processor| ARM Corterx-A55 with IMG8322 GPU, 64GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 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. (Not compatible with CDMA Networks like Verizon, Sprint, and Boost Mobile)


Price: USD 129.99

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

This is another inexpensive but very impressive BLU smartphone. It’s faster than the other BLU smartphone 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 a recent Android OS. For running WhatsApp, this smartphone is more than enough when it comes to specs. Definitely worth the price!

#4 – 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 79.99

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.

#5 – 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: USD 95

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.

#6 – 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 98

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.

#7 – 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.

#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 104.99

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 109.99

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 –  Xiaomi Redmi 8A (Released: September 2019)


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Display: 6.22 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Hardware: Snapdragon 439, Octa-core (4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.45 GHz Cortex A53), 32 GB Internal Storage, 2 GB RAM
Battery: 5000 mAh
Release Date: September 2019
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global version
4G Network: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300) – Global version

Price: USD 119.99

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 amazing. For a very affordable smartphone, this will surpass your expectations. The front camera quality is even better than the other smartphones on the list.

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


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. ?

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

  1. Hey thank you for the awesome review!  I really the looks of most of these phones, but my favorite is ZTE Blade Z Max.  I love whatsapp!  It is one of my most used apps, and I’m going to need a new phone soon since mine is cracked.  Thank you for the list! 

  2. Hello there,I must say this is a nice a also very informative article and I know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i know that everyone want to use WhatsApp messenger and those that are not able to afford phones like Samsung and iPhone would want to go for something low that can provide all that especially whatsapp and your list here has the best budget phones that can whatsapp I would definitely keep this list for later reading and those looking for low end phones that can whatsapp

  3. Hey, Thanks for writing on cheapest phones for whatsapp. I have many friends but they always look for the cheapest phone. Your recommendation will help them to choose the best from your list. I will also buy one for my child. I think Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is the best choice for my lovely child.

    I will also share your post with my friends too.

    Thanks

    Parveen

  4. I personally don’t use WhatsApp because I use Messenger and Skype and that’s enough for me but my step daughter uses it on her phone and I think we will have to buy her a new phone. We are not going to buy any expensive phone for a teenager so your review of the cheapest phones for Whatsapp comes really handy. I love the Blu Vivo XL4, the battery life is awesome, and for that price, wow! Thank you for this article.

  5. I’ve heard a few things about WhatsApp but haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. Also my phone plan is ending soon so I am on the lookout for new providers. From your choices I really like the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core as it has a sleek design, has simple features and comes from a tried and true company. I’m glad the hear that it is worth the price, and I have saved your link for further consideration when it’s soon time to change phones. Thanks for an excellent recommendation!

  6. This improvement in technology over the last decade is so amazing, the world is revolving day by day.
    I must say all the phones aforementioned basically performs almost similar functions and so they are highly recommended for those who cannot afford the iOS phones.
    WhatsApp is a step forward because this is gonna be a very huge upgrade in their system.
    I must say kudos for that.

  7. Hey Chris,

    Really good article!

    I have a lot of family living abroad where mobile phones are fairly expensive, while I’ve always know that whatsapp is probably the easiest tool to communicate with people regardless of geographic location, it never occurred to me to just buy a cheap phone and ship to them. This is actually going to make a really nice “additional xmas presents” for a couple of family members, really good idea!

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