You Can Get a $10 Android Smartphone, But Should You?

Dave LeClair 18-11-2015

Generally, we think of smartphones as falling in the “$200 and up” price category. The Nexus 6 Motorola Nexus 6 Review and Giveaway The latest entry in the Nexus devices comes with a $650 price tag, along with outstanding specs, the latest version of Android and touchless controls – but does the ginormous phablet size warrant a purchase? Read More , which is actually on the cheap side for an unlocked device The Best Unlocked, Off-Contract Smartphones Available Buying unlocked phones can save you lots of money, but with so many options out there, which unlocked phone is the best? Read More , is currently starting at $339 on Amazon. So when we heard there was an LG Android smartphone available from Walmart for just $10, we were intrigued.


Just what do you get in a smartphone for such a low price? There are two models available: the LG “Sunrise” L15G and LG “Lucky” LG16. They have the same specs, but one is GSM and the other CDMA GSM Vs. CDMA: What Is the Difference and Which Is Better? You may have heard the terms GSM and CDMA thrown around before in a conversation about cell phones, but what do they really mean? Read More .

It has a modest 3.8-inch 480×320 LCD screen, and while it’s not high-end, the device does come with a quad-core processor in the form of a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 SoC. And because this phone has modest specs, it still runs Android 4.4 KitKat.


As far as cameras, selfie-lovers Take a Better Selfie With the Help of Famous Politicians Read More are going to be sad as there’s no front-facing lens, but it does have a basic 3MP rear camera so you will be able to take photos with it.

The device has 4 GB of internal storage, which isn’t that much for apps and music, but also supports a single micro SD card, which allows you to expanded storage.


The LG 15G and 16G both have Wi-Fi B, G, and N and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s no 4G data, so you’ll have to slum it with slower mobile data.

Of course, you get what you pay for, but for anyone looking for a temporary phone or a first phone for children, you really can’t complain for just $10.

Are you going to snag one of these for yourself or is it too low-end for you? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 18, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I'd definitely get one to toy around or to use it as a phone when traveling along with a local prepaid SIM card.

    • Tim Davis
      November 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      You have to use Tracfone service for at least a year before you can unlock it.

      • m-p{3}
        November 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

        I guess you could use one of those unlock services online ;)

        • Tim Davis
          November 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

          Why bother for a $10 phone? Cost more to unlock it.

  2. Jack
    November 18, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Walmart Page says it's a Dual Core processor

    Thinking it IS a good starter phone for children doesn't hurt the wallet as much if they loose or break :) not bad.

  3. Tim Davis
    November 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I have the LG L15G and have had the LG L34C. Dumped the L34C because CDMA isn't at my home. These phones work quite well for me. I bought them each for $10 and haven't been disappointed; much. The L34C has a notification light, neither phone has autofocus or flash. The pictures look good enough and it comes with a 4Gb SDCard. If you just want an android phone then these are the ones to get, especially if you already have a tablet or laptop. I've had Tracfones for over 10 years and the signal strength on these phone are better than any other I've had in the past.