These are the best under £100 phones you can buy

Smartphones have surely progressed over the years in terms of technology and functionality, but that doesn't mean they have outgrown our budgets.

Despite being highly advanced, today's smartphones cost as much or even lesser than the phones we used to buy three or four years ago. We take a look at a number of smartphones that offer decent functionality and still cost less than £100.

IMO S from Virgin Media

Earlier this month, Virgin Media launched the 5-inch IMO S phone and offered it to customers at just £8.50 per month on a 24-month contract. If you buy it, Virgin Media, along with Verve Connect (owners of the IMO brand), will gift you a digital tastecard worth £79.99 using which you can enjoy 2 for 1 meals or 50% discounts at over 6,500 restaurants across the UK.

IMO S features a 5-inch HD display, 8-MP and 5-MP cameras, a Quad-core MT6735P processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot with a capacity of 32GB. The battery has a capacity of 1,950 mAh and the phone also features Accelerometer and Proximity sensor along with Bluetooth capability. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS but we aren't sure yet if it will be eligible for an Android N update.

The IMO S is probably among the cheapest smartphones around, yet it brings in decent specifications to let you multi-task and connect with your friends on social media with ease. Running the latest Android OS, it also supports every app that you wish to use as well as battery saving technology to enable prolonged usage.

Alcatel POP 4

Back in July, Alcatel introduced its new POP4 4 smartphone in the UK and priced it at £89.99 while offering a range of goodies for initial buyers, which included free return tickets to any of nine destinations across Europe including Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rome or Lisbon.

Announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, POP 4 features a 5-inch HD display, a plastic body,  a Snapdragon 210 processor, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and a MicroSD slot which can take in 32GB of additional storage. The phone also features a 2,500 mAh battery, 4G compatibility along with 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras.

Vodafone Smart Speed 6

As if the Smart Ultra 6 wasn't cheap enough, Vodafone followed it up with an ever cheaper Smart Speed 6 last year at just £50. Featuring a plastic body, Vodafone's Smart Speed 6 comes with a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 854x480 pixels, a Quad core 1.1 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a MicroSD slot with a capacity of 32GB, a 1,780 mAh battery and 5-MP and 2-MP cameras.

Smart Speed 6 supports Vodafone's superfast 4G speeds and is a brilliant pocket device for taking on holidays and for students and the elderly who have limited needs from their phones. The phone will let you run gaming and social networking apps and it will be hard to find a phone which is better value for money.

Obi Worldphone MV1

Priced at just £79, MV1 from Obi Worldphone comes as a good value-for-money device with a unique design concept and the latest features available in the market. The Mv1 4G smartphone will come with rounded corners at the bottom but curves sharply at the top with right-angled edges. The phone features a large bump at the front which holds the floating IPS display and merges with the main body at the bottom. The display is protected by a ultra-durable Gorilla Glass 3 screen and features oleophobic coating which protects it from smudge and fingerprints.

MV1 features Cyanogen 12.1.1 OS on board and future updates of the operating system will be delivered over the air. The phone features a 1.3GHz Snapdragon 212 processor, an Adreno 304 GPU, a 5-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture and features like panorama, face detection and HDR, a 2MP front camera, a 2,500 mAh battery and Lifespeed interface which lets you position your favourite features and apps right where you need them. The Cyanogen OS will also let you customise the phone's appearance be it the lock screen, wallpaper, fonts, icons and app locations.

MV1 also comes with two Micro-SIM slots as well as a MicroSD slot which will let you add up to 64 GB of additional data inside the phone. The phone itself has an internal storage of 16GB and the display has an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts to the brightness outside. If you are a music buff, the phone will be great for you as it will come with DTS Sound™ which fine-tunes audio for an immersive headphone experience and there is also a secondary microphone for improved sound quality.

Microsoft Lumia 550

Launched in December of last year, Microsoft's Lumia 550 is the company's first budget phone featuring Windows 10 Mobile OS. Priced at just £92, Lumia 550 has a 4.7-inch display, similar to that of iPhone 6s but with a Full HD display and a resolution of 1280×720p. Its engine will run on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chip which will churn up 1.1 GHz of power. Other features include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 2,100 mAh battery, 5MP and 2MP cameras and 4G connectivity.

The phone runs Windows 10 and will run all essential features like Cortana, OneDrive and Office. Once you start using the Lumia 550, you will be able to create and edit files like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and will also be able to make Skype calls. Outlook mail and calendar will also be very helpful if you use Outlook at work and need to sync your phone with it.

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