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15 October 2021

Buying on a Budget: Best phones under €200 Right Now
6 Minutes BY The Three Team

Not everyone needs the absolute marketing-leading smartphones with the latest folding technology. Nor does everyone want to pay the sizeable price tags they bring with them. We’ve taken a look at what the people are buying right now to bring you the best budget smartphones in Ireland. Here are the most popular phones you can buy for less than €200.

Looking for great value? Buy the iPhone 11 for €3 on our €30 per month plan

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G: Superfast 5G On The Go

The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is one of the most popular phones we sell.

Yes, We Said 5G

Stop rubbing your eyes, it’s not a typo. The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is one of Ireland’s cheapest 5G smartphones. If you’re shopping around on Three this is a particularly interesting phone given we offer 5G in every county in Ireland.

To get 5G on Three prepay, you’ll just need:

  • A 5G phone (like the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G)
  • A 5G compatible plan (3 Prepay 15, 3 Prepay 20 or 3 Prepay 30)
  • A 5G booster for your plan (€5 as a once off or recurring every 28-days)
  • You’ll also need to be using your phone in a 5G area

You can take a break and read our full 5G terms and conditions too if you like! Or, you can keep reading and find out even more about the Galaxy A22 5G.

Triple Threat Camera

Like the Galaxy A12, you get a pretty advanced camera system in the Galaxy A22. This time, it’s a triple camera setup. The primary is a 48MP, supported by 5MP ultra-wide and 2MP depth cameras.

The depth camera is great for enabling the customisation of background focus. This is perfect for taking portrait photos of people.

Gaming Or Scrolling? No Problem With This Display!

Not only do you get a roomy 6.6-inch display on the Galaxy A22 5G, but it also supports FHD+. This means that for most typical viewing distances you’ll be using your phone, the display and colours are as crisp and generally as good as your eyes can actually see.

Samsung also includes Real Smooth technology in the Galaxy A22 5G, making the 90Hz display refresh rate perfect for internet scrollers and gamers alike.

5,000 mAh Battery

Again, Samsung opts for a 5,000 mAh battery. Simply put, that means hours and hours of phone usage without having to worry about battery life. Adaptive power management and pure capacity mean Samsung say this phone can go for up to 20 hours of video playback.

When the time comes for a charge, the supplied 15W Adaptive Fast Charger will have you back up and running in no time.

Loving the idea of a 5G phone at this price? Buy the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G today.

OPPO A54 5G: Excellent Specs at a Great Price

OPPO is quickly growing to be a very popular choice amongst shoppers in Ireland. The OPPO A54 5G is another great value 5G phone with incredible specs. 

Value Phone With Great Specs

It’s tough to call out one or two specs as being impressive on the OPPO A54 5G simply because there are so many. You get a 5000 mAh battery, 48MP quad camera and, of course, 5G support. The cherry on top is a 90Hz refresh rate display, great for gaming and streaming alike. Not typically a feature found in such a great value phone.

Premium Design

The OPPO A54 5G packs premium features into a premium design. The flat screen stretches across the phone leaving narrow side bezels, made possible thanks to a gentle curve arcing around the back. The fingerprint reader is also convenient positioned in the power button on the side. It’s a natural position to reach when using the phone.

Check out the OPPO A54 5G today.

Nokia 1.4: The Budget Smartphone

Is there anyone out there without some sort of fond memory of Nokia? The Nokia 1.4 is one of the cheapest smartphones we sell today at €89.99. Despite this, it still manages to pack in some noteworthy specs along with offering a 6.51-inch HD display. Whether it’s for an elderly friend or family member or just yourself, here’s what you’ll need to know.

Nokia Battery Life

If you did have a Nokia, chance are you remember it being great for battery life. The Nokia 1.4 keeps up that tradition with an impressive 2-day battery life, powered by a 4,000 mAh battery. That means the phone will be there for hours of standby, streaming or taking part in family video calls.

Featuring Android Go

The Nokia 1.4 features Android 10 Go Edition. Android Go is a special version of the Android operating system, specifically designed for entry-level smartphones to optimise performance. Android Go does have some specific optimised apps, but you can install the full range of Android apps (all two million of them) from the Google Play Store.

With just 32GB of storage on the Nokia 1.4, Android Go ensures you make the most of the space you have, leaving you with more space for apps and photos.

Capture Memories

Just because you’re shopping on a budget, doesn't mean you can’t enjoy the usual benefits of a smartphone and then some. Featuring an 8MP primary camera on the rear and a 5MP selfie camera, you’ll be able to capture more memories with friends and family.

On the rear you’ll also find there’s a 2MP macro camera for close up shots.

If the Nokia 1.4 ticks all the right boxes for you, you can learn more about it over in our shop

iPhone 11: Huge Savings on Bill Pay

We’re including this as a value alternative. It lets you get massive specs at a great price. Despite the recent launch of the iPhone 13, previous iPhone models continue to sell really well. It might be worth considering a move from Prepay to Bill Pay.

The iPhone 11 is now just €3 on our €30 per month plan. That gives you All You Can Eat Data, 17GB EU roaming data, 100 minutes or texts, unlimited Three to Three calls and, of course, the world of 3Plus.

Head on over to the shop now and grab this great iPhone 11 offer.


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