Asda wants just £5 for its latest phone, but it’s pretty basic

Alcatel 1010Although “free” phones are common, the price is usually dependent on signing up for a multi-year contract, meaning they’re not free at all, at least not in the long run. So how cheap does a phone get, without a contract? Asda has announced it will be bringing out a phone that costs just £5, and that’s pretty cheap!

However, don’t expect it to be a smartphone, or even vaguely smart at all. The phone is the Alcatel 1010, and it’s about as basic as a feature phone gets. It has a small, 1.45-inch screen – which is colour at least – and below it is an alphanumeric keypad. As you can see from the picture above, it won’t be winning any design awards.

It’s not complete devoid of features though, as it does have an FM radio and can play your MP3 files, however exactly where you’ll be storing them is a mystery, as a microSD card slot isn’t listed. At 59 grams it’s half the weight of even the lightest smartphones, and obviously considerably cheaper.

If you’re wondering why you’d want one, then second “disposable” phones are popular, particularly if you have a job where phones get damaged on a regular basis, or engage in tough sports at the weekend. If you need a phone, and don’t want to ruin your £500 device, a £5 phone makes good sense.

The Alcatel isn’t listed on Asda’s website yet, although several other Alcatel phones for around £10 are, so if you fancy splashing out and not waiting for the 1010, it’s worth taking a look.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars