Your Guide to Buying a Samsung Smartphone on a Budget

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Your Guide to Buying a Samsung Smartphone on a Budget

Samsung are one of the leading manufacturers of smartphones operating today. The company are renowned for producing high quality devices that are simple to use, extremely efficient and filled with features. However, some buyers may believe that the devices are too expensive to purchase. This is not the case, and there are plenty of Samsung smartphones that can be bought on a limited budget.

Choosing a Smartphone

There are a number of factors that all buyers should take into consideration when browsing for a device. Doing so will help with the search process and will lead to the purchasing of an appropriate device within budget.


The first thing buyers should consider is what exactly they are going to be using the phone for, as this will help determine which models are suitable. If the smartphone will mainly be used for phone calls and texting then the lower priced models will suffice. If the buyer needs the device for Internet connectivity and web browsing then they will need to buy a more expensive model that possesses these features. All modern smartphones utilise some form of Internet connectivity, but the speed and amount of data that can be transferred to the device varies greatly between the different models.

Original Release Date

The price of the smartphone will be influenced by the year of the device's original release. The older the device is, the less expensive it will be so buyers with a very limited budget should avoid newer devices and instead look for those that have been on the market a few years. This should not have a big impact on the quality of the phone but older models will be limited in the applications they can use.


Samsung smartphones sold today come either locked or unlocked. If the device is locked then it will work only with a pre-set network provider, meaning the buyer will either have to use the existing network or spend additional money to have it unlocked. As a result it is advised that all buyers search for unlocked smartphones, as it will allow them to pick the network provider they wish to use. Buyers will also need to decide if they want to pay for a contract or top up the credit and data allowance on the phone when it is needed. Buyers thinking about entering a contract with a network provider are advised to research and review the different contracts available from multiple providers.

Used Models

Used Samsung smartphones are sold at much lower prices than new models. Buyers interested in purchasing a used model need to ensure that the device is in good working condition. Examine any photographs of the device for signs of physical damage, such as cracks in the screen or scratches to the casing. Request additional photographs and information if unsure about the quality of the device. Buyers are also advised to enquire about the battery life of the smartphone, as this feature degrades over time. Ask the seller about the smartphone's talk time, and only consider buying those that have between five to eight hours.

Samsung Smartphones

There are a number of Samsung smartphones that can be bought on a limited budget, and the following are among the most popular smartphones available on the market today.

Galaxy Range

The Samsung Galaxy range was first released in 2009, and these devices run on the Google Android operating system. The Galaxy range is considered to be among the best smartphones sold today, and utilise a touch-screen design. These devices are perfect for buyers looking for an easy to use smartphone with powerful Internet capabilities.

Omnia Range

The Omnia range is older than the one mentioned above, and these devices run on Windows 7 rather than the Android operating system. As a result buyers may find these devices much more limited in Internet functions, and in what applications that can be used on the device. However, the Omnia range is still quite popular among those looking for a smartphone for social rather than business purposes.

Buying a Samsung Smartphone on eBay

eBay is the number one place for people looking to buy a smartphone on a budget, and the site has a large number of new and used Samsung devices for sale. To start a search for a Samsung smartphone, take the following simple steps.

· Type the name of the desired smartphone into the search bar and press enter e.g. Samsung Galaxy. Alternatively, click on the Samsung filter within the Brand heading, found on the left hand side of the page in the Categories table.

· Use the Price filter to list smartphones that are within budget, and use the Sort By feature to list the devices by lowest price first. Buyers looking to purchase a used model should click on the Used filter found under the Condition heading.

  • It's a good idea to visit the eBay Deals section of the website, as there are many smartphones for sale at reduced prices. To access eBay Deals, simply click on the link found at the top of the page, followed by the Smartphone title in the Electronics tab.


It is not difficult to buy a Samsung smartphone on a budget, but there are a number of factors buyers need to think about before they begin browsing. What the phone will be used for, if it will use a contract and if it is unlocked or not should be considered before any purchases are made. Buyers interested in purchasing a used model need to ensure that the device is in good working condition.

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