An ode to those basic mobile phones that were, and will be with us 

Last Updated: July 28, 2017

Smartphones have taken over the mobile phone industry by storm and almost every new user is keen on having hands on experience with the cutting edge technology. But there is still a large part of the consumers which prefers to use the basic mobile phones. Because of being still on demand, the feature phones are available in an array of designs and all within your budget reach. In this post, we offer you top 5 basic mobile phones in India for your review. Read on!

There is still part of our society who prefers the old way. You give your grandparents options of a smartphone or a feature phone and they will choose the latter one, for they are acquainted with the basic and easy applications, unlike the sophisticated yet complicated smartphones. While the touch screen feature doesn’t amuse them much, the social media apps are also of less to no useful for them. The traditional typing on the keypad satisfies them and they prefer to access the phone in that way.

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The segment may have shrunk having been overshadowed by the cutting-edge technology but is not going to fade out completely anytime soon because of the demand. However, with lesser options available in the market, it becomes difficult for consumers to be able to shortlist a good feature phone. And to make it easier for them, we have shortlisted the best ones, which will be the best feature phones to buy in India in 2017. These basic mobile phones feature qwerty keyboards and have small displays. However, the best part which smartphones can’t beat even is their much longer battery life that enables the feature phones run for days without frequent charging.

Top basic mobile phones in India

> Special Mentions


1. Nokia 1100  – Rs. 749

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The Nokia 1100 used to be among the best-selling Nokia phones 10 years ago. For those who are a bit careless in handling things and are prone to damage, this Nokia basic mobile phone could be an ideal choice. The long-lasting battery and a sturdy design make this mobile phone a preferable choice for people working outdoors, where physical labor is more as compared to mental labor.

The Nokia 1100 phone has been designed as a reliable and quite affordable basic mobile phone below 1000 that helps with basic mobile applications such as calling and texting. Nokia basic phones have been around in India when mobile communication was in its nascent stages.  Feature phones were the need of the hour and Nokia catered to these and had a monopoly on the feature phones segment for a long time. It was not until 2016 that Nokia had a strong comeback with its smartphones


  • Distribution list
  • Selectable font size
  • Predictive text input in a variety of new languages
  • 2-inch Full Display Screensaver
  • Dynamic Font Size
  • 4 Lines Display FM Radio Games 850 mAh battery
  • Built-in alarm
  • Vibration alert

The phone also features intelligent details like anti-slip sides, a silicon key mat, and even a flashlight all that are integrated with a traditionally stylish Nokia design. Nokia 1100 is one of the best basic mobile phones below 1000.

2. Samsung Guru Music 2 – Rs. 1,759

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For those who are looking for a feature phone but want music application along with it then Samsung Guru Music 2 is the best choice. Samsung Guru Music 2 mobile was launched in July 2014. Now get ready for a nonstop music experience with the Samsung Guru Music 2 SM-B310E. This phone comes with dual SIM facility and you’ll be surprised by its features at this price range – its remarkable sound clarity and decent music storage capacity. This Samsung basic mobile phone is powered by a 800mAh removable battery and features a bright 5.08 cm (2) TFT QQVGA display that makes you see clear images with superb quality.

The Samsung basic mobile phone is enabled with a radio and an enduring 800 mAh battery that keeps you connected with your world 24×7. The phone comes with a 2.00-inch touchscreen display and it enables you to store up to 3000 songs and offers micro USB connectivity for easy and fast data transfer. Samsung has made its mark in the smartphone segment, yet, it has not stopped getting innovation to small mobile phones.

3. Hicell C4 Dual Sim Feature Phone – Rs. 699

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This is one of the best basic mobile phones under 1000 and is an ideal handset for gifting purpose to someone who prefers a feature phone over smartphone. Users can seamlessly enjoy multimedia features in this awesome budget apart from enjoying dual SIM feature. The phone comes with a radio. Apart from enjoying the FM services, expandable memory card enables you to store good number of pictures and videos. The phone comes with handsfree accessories that make this cheapest basic mobile phone in India all the more convenient. The phone supports MP3 and with handsfree accessory and expandable memory card, nothing more you could expect at this price range.

4. Micromax X1i-2017 – Rs 1,385

Micromax X1i-2017


While you might hear Samsung and Nokia dominating the basic mobile phones market in India, Micromax is not far behind. They have a range of feature phones with phenomenal features like flashlight, long lasting battery life and durable design. The X1i-2017 is one such feature phone from the Indian smartphone manufacturer. This handset is available for an impressive pricing of Rs 1,385. Micromax promises 100 days replacement promise on this phone.


  • 2.4-inch QVGA Display
  • 32MB ROM, Expandable up to 8GB
  • 0.8MP Rear Camera
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • Dual-SIM


5. Nokia 3310 – Rs 3310

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The popular Nokia 3310, which has recently made its comeback after many years, comes in the list of best top 5 basic mobiles. Nokia 3310 Dual SIM mobile was launched in May 2017. The phone features a 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 240 pixels by 320 pixels at a PPI of 167 pixels per inch. Nokia 3310 Dual SIM price in India is Rs. 3,310.


  • TFT display
  • FM Radio Bluetooth Support
  • Dual Standby Sim (GSM + GSM)
  • 2MP primary camera, micro USB 2.0
  • 1200 mAh Battery


Special Mentions

Karbonn K9 Staar

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Well, there wouldn’t be a list of basic phones without a Karbonn mobile, right? This K9 Staar is a feature phone which comes at the price of INR 939. Looking at the features, the phone comes with a decent Li-ion type battery, up to 16GbB storage, and a good display. Karbonn has been one of the preferred choices for users and thus made it to the list of best phones of 2016.


  • TFT display
  • FM Radio | Bluetooth
  • 32MB RAM
  • 0.3MP primary camera | LED flash
  • Dual Standby Sim (GSM + GSM)
  • micro USB 2.0
  • 1000 mAh Battery

Samsung E1200

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Apart from the Samsung Guru series, there are other Samsung basic mobiles which are quite popular among all the basic phones, including the most popular Nokia basic phones. And one more special mention of the list is the Samsung E1200. Priced at INR 1048, the mobile comes with all decent features and some more. It even runs on front among all latest phones 2016 and 2017 in the basic category. Thus making it one of the best feature phones in the list today.


  • 1.5-inch TFT display
  • FM Radio | Bluetooth
  • 128MB RAM
  • 150MB internal memory
  • Dual Standby Sim (GSM + GSM)
  • micro USB 2.0
  • 800 mAh Battery

Nokia 130 Dual SIM

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Nokia, from the past decade, is known for producing brilliant feature phones at affordable prices and the Nokia 130 (dual SIM) is no exception. The 130 is so popular that most of the people get this one in mind when someone says ‘basic mobile’. The Nokia 130 price in India is around INR 1500 and it’s available on almost all e-commerce websites. When we look at the specifications of the mobile, it comes with


  • 1.8-inch TFT display
  • FM Radio | Bluetooth
  • 4MB RAM
  • 4MB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB
  • Rear-mounted Flashlight
  • Dual Standby Sim (GSM + GSM)
  • micro USB 2.0
  • 1020 mAh Battery


Reliance Jio Phone 4G

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The list of basic mobile phones in India just got interesting by the addition of the Reliance Jio 4G phone to its catalog. This is one of the first phones that will be launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512MB RAM. Thus making it eligible to be called as one of the best basic mobiles in 2017.

This is our list of best feature phones that you could get your hands on. What do you think of this list? Are they any mobiles that we missed in the list of best feature phones? Are there any that are yet to be launched? Stay tuned to this page for more updates on the price, specifications, and features of the best feature phones in India.

Happy shopping!