Best Basic Canadian Phones 2017

Canadian models shown here are basic or classic phones ranked according to the ratings we collect around the web. The best regular Canadian phone and the runner up models shown down the list can have any shape, including bar-shaped, flip or slider form factors, but they limit their functions to the basic.

Or did you mean smartphones? This list shows the best basic Canadian phones, but this one lists the best smartphones offered in Canada.

#1. The LG B470


Crafted by LG for AT&T's prepaid GoPhone catalog, the B470 is a basic flip phone rigged with a Senior Audio mode, text-to-speech, and hearing aid compatibility (M3/T4). It has a 2.2-inch internal display, with a 0.98-inch external secondary screen for quick notification access. The B470 sports a 1.3-megapixel camera, a 950mAh battery, and a 230MHz QSC6270E chipset. Sadly, its specs do no include microSD storage, but it does work with 3G UMTS bands.

#2. The GreatCall Jitterbug Smart


The Alcatel-made, senior-friendly Jitterbug Smart is loaded with GreatCall's 5Star 24/7 emergency hotline as well as apps Med Coach and Urgent Care. Its 5.5-inch HD-720p screen features a simplified user interface, with relatively-large icons arranged in a single file, with a 2500mAh battery taking care of its power needs. Its specs also include an 8GB memory, a 4G LTE adapter, and a pair of 5- and 2-megapixel cameras.

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#3. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Duos

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Merely adding a second SIM card slot to the 2015 Galaxy Note5, this Duos edition brings back its sibling's 5.7-inch (Super AMOLED) Quad HD screen alongside the S Pen accessory as well as its eight-core (Exynos 7420) plus 4GB RAM processing setup. Also coming back are the Note5's pair of 16- and 5-megapixel cameras, the latter capturing videos in a 4K (3840 x 2160) maximum resolution.

Its remaining specs include a 3000mAh wireless-charging battery, a non-expandable 32GB internal memory, and fingerprint user identification. The Note5 Duos is available in colors like Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.

#4. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini I9195I

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Roughly the same model as the 2013 Galaxy S4 mini, the I9195I (S4 mini 2015) offers a similar 4.3-inch qHD interface, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 1.5GB RAM. Its only key difference is the 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU, which is an update to the previous version's 1.7GHz dual-core system. The rest of its specs include a 1.9-megapixel selfie cam, a 1900mAh battery, and an 8GB internal memory expandable by up to 64GB.

#5. The TTfone Star

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Not exactly the brightest star in TTfone's basic phone galaxy, the Star (TT300) opts for a bevy of old-fashioned, senior-driven specifications. These include a 2-inch TFT (176 x 220) screen, an emergency button, and a charging dock accessory for when it recharges its modest 600mAh battery. It comes with a 4GB microSD card slot and throws a headset in the package as well. It offers dual-band GSM connectivity and comes in Gray or Red.

#6. The Jethro SC628


Jethro's SC628 is a senior- and kid-friendly basic phone whose specs consist of a 2.3-inch 240p screen, a basic camera, and a 1GB memory accompanied by a 16GB microSD card slot. It is hearing aid compatible, though Jethro does not specify its HAC rating, and has a dedicated SOS button for emergencies (up to four emergency contacts). Also on board are an MP3 player, Bluetooth, and its own charging cradle.

#7. The LG 441G

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LG's 2015 441G basic clamshell joins many others in offering a 2.2-inch main screen and a 0.98-inch one-color external caller ID display. Its specs also include a 1.3-megapixel camera, text-to-speech, and Bluetooth v2.1. Underneath its robust shell (3.85 x 2.00 x 0.73 inches) is a 950mAh battery. Basic mobile web, an MP3 player, and an M3/T4 hearing aid rating is in this package, too.

#8. The Blu Tank 2

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Compared to its predecessor, the Blu Tank 2 improves only on some of its specs. For starters, the Tank 2 now has a 3.5mm headphone port, and a 2.4-inch screen with a 640 x 480 display resolution.

Surprisingly, the Tank 2 only offers 408 hours of standby-time and 600 minutes of talk time, which are significantly lower than the original Tank model's.

#9. The verykool Denali R28

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Verykool's Denali R28, though a basic bar phone, has a few rugged tricks up its sleeve in the form of a dust- and water-tight shell as well as a Gorilla Glass display finish. It also sports a high-resolution (relative to other basic phones) 5-megapixel camera, with a built-in torch and 3G HSDPA (up to 7.2Mbps) adapter also at the ready. Topping off its spec sheet is a 1400mAh battery and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of extra storage.

#10. The BLU Z3

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The BLU Z3 phone stands as a Bluetooth-capable phone that offers mostly simple specs. It comes equipped with a 1.8-inch TFT screen that has a 128 x 160 display resolution, and it uses a 600mAh battery.

This phone only has 32MB of built-in memory, which is expandable to up to 32GB with a microSD card. The BLU Z3 relies on a VGA camera and an LED flash for taking photos.

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