More than 50% of all phones in India are feature phones. Just when it seemed like smartphones are taking over the bar phones, a new trend seems to have caught up with the Indian phone industry. Telecom operators are partnering with phone manufacturers and offering value for money feature phones. It started with JioPhone, which had a glorious launch at an effective price of Rs. 0 and was followed by brands like Airtel and Vodafone.
As we all know, smartphones are becoming cheaper by the day and so are feature phones. In fact, some of them are available for as low as Rs. 249. So, if you are in need of a basic phone just to make calls and access functionalities such as FM radio, the below list will help you choose the right one. We have compiled a list of the best feature phones available in India within a price of just Rs. 500.
The iKall K71 is probably the cheapest feature phone you can buy currently. Its listed price is Rs. 449 but you can buy it at Rs. 249 on ShopClues. The phone comes with an 1.4-inch LCD display which is Black & White. Unfortunately, it has support for only 2G so you can’t use a 3G/4G SIM. The phone is available in three different colours: Dark Blue, Yellow and Red. You also get a warranty of 1 year for the phone.
This is another iKall device that is priced below Rs. 500, it costs just Rs. 419. The K55 has a 1.8-inch colour LCD display along with a 0.3MP rear camera. Features like FM Radio are included in the device. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack along with support for 8GB microSD card, so you can listen to MP3 songs as well. It is available in White, Black-Orange and Black-Blue colours. The phone has a dual SIM support as well.
Rocktel has a bunch of phones in this price range but this one is the best from the lot. It rocks a 1.8-inch colour display with a resolution of 160 x 128 pixels. It has an 1.8 megapixel rear camera to capture pictures and record videos. The phone supports dual SIM but has only 2G connectivity. It has also got a 3.5mm jack so you can listen to music on the phone. The Rocktell R3310 is priced at just Rs. 499.
As you might have noticed in this list, iKall has a lot of good feature phones below Rs. 500. The phone has an 1.8-inch colour display that has a 320 x 240 pixel resolution, which is higher than other feature phones. There’s a 0.3MP camera provided in the phone as well. You can insert a microSD card up to 16GB to store images and music files. It has a 1000mAh battery which promises to offer a good battery life.
Technically, this is not a phone below Rs. 500 but it is worth noting that you can get a JioPhone at an effective price of Rs. 0. To know how this works, you can read this detailed article. It is probably the most feature-rich phone in the lot as it supports 4G VoLTE and has support for most Jio apps. You also get a cable with the phone that lets you stream JioTV content directly to your Television. If you want to get a feature phone that does a lot more than other such phones, this one might be a great choice.
These devices cost just as much as some 4G recharge plans. If you want to purchase any of these feature phones, the links are provided above. All of them are value for money phones. You can check out their full specifications and features to see which one suits you the best. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about these phones.