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 Doro 6030

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The Doro 6030 is a no-nonsense senior flip phone, offering nothing more than an M4/T4 hearing aid compliance, a dedicated physical assistance button, and a 0.3-megapixel camera. Its open-lid interface features a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 screen atop a classic alphanumeric keypad with separated keys, while under the hood, it houses specs like a 32GB microSD socket and an 800mAh battery.

#2. The TTfone Lunar


The TTfone Lunar, a basic flip phone for seniors, shines brightest with its SOS button, 16GB microSD card support, and 1.77-inch external display (for notifications) -- a facet it shares with many other clamshell-type models. Specs like a 0.3-megapixel camera and a dedicated charging stand are on board as well. The dark side of this moon consists of an 800mAh-only battery (tons of similar phones have 1000mAh in the tank) and a phone book restricted to up to 300 contacts only.

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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 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.

#5. The Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM

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This basic phone is the dual-SIM version of Nokia's 2015 revival of the basic 105. Just like its sibling, it offers a phone book of up to 2000 entries, a 1.45-inch LCD Transmissive screen, and an 800mAh battery that scores a 15-hour maximum talk time. It also comes with two preloaded games: Snake Xenzia and Bubble Bash 2. Unlike the single-SIM version, however, this variant only supports two GSM bands (instead of four). The Nokia 105 2015 Dual SIM will be available in Cyan, Black, and White, and will cost around $20.

#6. 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.

#7. The Samsung Galaxy C7


Released alongside the smaller Galaxy C5, the Galaxy C7 introduces Samsung's Galaxy C-series on a high-end note, with a 4GB RAM and an eight-core CPU running at 2GHz leading its array of specifications. It touts a 16-megapixel f/1.9 FHD-video main camera at the back, while an 8-megapixel selfie cam, also with an f/1.9 aperture, sits above its 5.7-inch Full HD display.

The C7 also features fingerprint recognition and NFC (both mainly for mobile payments) alongside a 64GB/32GB internal memory expandable by up to 128GB and a 3300mAh battery. Several signature perks from Samsung, such as Samsung Knox (secured space app) and Samsung Mobile Manager get the ball rolling for this high-class Android.

#8. The BLU Diva Flex

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Dressed with mostly low-tier specs, it seems quite unlikely for the BLU Diva Flex to steal the show. For its intro, it starts off with only 32MB of built-in memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.

This flip phone carries on with only 24MB RAM and uses a 2.4-inch screen with a 240 x 320 display resolution. It also takes pictures with a VGA camera (yes, just VGA), coupled with an LED flash. For its encore, the Diva Flex houses a 600mAh battery, and is made available in gold, silver, gray, and black variants.

#9. The RugGear RG100

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This gritty basic phone from RugGear is powered by a robust (in this phone category) 2400mAh battery and is armed with a waterproof, dust-tight, and shock-resistant shell. The RG100 also sports a 2-inch 176 x 220 QCIF display, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and an LED torchlight. Joining its specs are an up-to-32GB microSD card support alongside Bluetooth v3.0 and a quad-band GSM network adapter. Thrown in the package are accessories like a cleaning towel and a screen protection foil.

#10. The BLU Diva Flip


The Diva Flip's uncomplicated melody is composed of a modest 2.4-inch 240p screen, a VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera with an LED flash, and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of external memory. Its is powered by an 850mAh-only battery and it lists gold, green, and pink among its color options. It also offers two SIM card slots, just like plenty of other low-key flip phones on the market. Its remaining specs include quad-band GSM connectivity, Bluetooth v3.0, and standard FM as well as MP3 players.

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