Verizon Wireless is now home to no fewer than three new wallet-conscious budget phones for buyers to choose from the bottom of the entry-level to the mid-range. Revealed last week, the gadgets include the Nokia 3 V, LG Stylo 5, and Orbic Journey V. Prices range from just short of $100 to just under $250, so there’s really something here for anybody looking to get a new Verizon-ready phone on the cheap.
A true budget phone for Verizon customers
Beginning at the far end of the budget category, the new Orbic Journey V is, as could probably be ascertained from its less-well-known branding, a relatively basic device. In fact, this is the one gadget here that isn’t running any kind of modern OS. That’s because it’s a flip phone, priced at just $99.99, for those who don’t want a smartphone. That’s just over $4 per month for 24 months, on contract.
Shipped in a smooth matte-black coloration with 7-hours of usage and up to ‘9.7-days’ of standby, Verizon notes that’s actually the best feature of the Orbic Journey V. Buyers get two screens, one on the outside for notification access at a glance and a 2.8-inch TFT 320 x 240 panel under the hood for deeper interactions.
The Orbic Journey V also comes with 1GB of memory, 8GB of storage, a 2-megapixel snapper, and M3/T4 hearing aid compatibility. A quad-core 1.1GHz processor powers the package.
Now, that might not sound like much but the lack of Android won’t necessarily hold it back and plenty of mobile subscribers really do just want a phone that’s basic. Google has been hard at work bringing its experience — including its Chrome browser — to feature phones, so there’s no reason the Orbic Journey V wouldn’t be a great starter phone for a variety of users.Orbic Journey V - Verizon Wireless - $99
Nokia 3 V
Stepping up from the Orbic Journey V and back into the realm of Android devices, the line of budget phones from Verizon now includes the Nokia 3 V for buyers’ consideration.
Nokia’s offering is a 6.26-inch HD+ handset powered by a Snapdragon 429. The SoC is coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM but the storage can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. Just above the 2.5D glass front panel, a 5-megapixel snapper is embedded in a drop-style notch while a more capable 13-megapixel camera is found on the back.
On the connectivity front, the Nokia 3 V is not only compatible with standard features like Wi-Fi but also LTE Advanced networking on Verizon. That equates to an advertised 50-percent faster peak data rate compared to standard 4G.
No ingress protection rating is provided for water or dust resistance but all of that does come packed into a fairly stylish high-gloss blue frame. Buyers can expect to pay $168 retail to buy the Nokia 3 V outright or $7 per month over a 24-month contract.Nokia 3 V - Verizon - $168
…and the LG Stylo 5 tops things off
Rounding things out at the top of the new Verizon budget phones pile for $240 or $10 per month over 24-months is LG’s newest entry in the ‘Stylo’ series. The LG Stylo 5 is effectively the same as was launched a couple of months ago at AT&T MVNO Cricket Wireless. Packed behind the gadget’s 6.2-inch full HD+ FullVision display, buyers will find 32GB of expandable storage — up to 2TB — and 3GB memory behind Qualcomm’s capable Snapdragon 450 SoC. That’s an octa-core chipset clocked at a base of 1.8 GHz.
The display panel at the front delivers Android 9 Pie to users at a resolution of 2160 x 1080 and, just above that, LG includes a 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie snapper.
As with the Nokia 3 V, this is a world-ready device complete with LTE Advanced networking capability. Conversely, the LG Stylo 5 includes a garaged thin-tipped stylus, a 13-megapixel at the back, and a claimed up to 17.1-days of standby. Usage time is claimed at up to 45.9-hours from the 3,500 mAh capacity battery and the entire thing is wrapped up in a Platinum Gray package for the carrier’s subscribers.LG Stylo 5 - Verizon - $240