The phone market is vast and growing by the day. Today, even for those with a shoe-string budget, the options are many. Of course, you may have to compromise on factors like screen resolution, camera and even media capabilities to certain extent. But if ease of connectivity packaged in an affordable phone is what you are looking for, then the mobile terrain won’t disappoint you. In our quest for sub 10K phones featuring 3G and Wi-Fi, we found more than a handful of phones. We’ve listed here 10 such phones that you can look at starting from the lowest priced one.

Spice Mi-280 – Rs. 4939
Sporting an attractive price tag, the Spice Mi-280 is apt for those on a tight budget but don't want to compromise on 3G or Wi-Fi. Spice’s Mi-280 is a compact phone with power packed abilities in its own small way. Though cheapest among the lot, its a pretty nifty Android phone running on Gingerbread with a slick interface, some good multimedia capabilities and some neat app support. If you’re looking for a powerful budget phone, then look no further than the Mi-280. Click here for a complete review.

Affordable Spice

Attractive price tag

Here’s a quick look at what it has on the spec sheet:

  • 2.8-inch touchscreen display with 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth V2.1 with A2DP and USB
  • 3.2MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front facing camera
  • FM radio
  • 134MB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB

Nokia Asha 302 – Rs. 6285
For those looking for a basic, easy to use QWERTY phone, Nokia comes to the rescue. It is a cool option for those who can't handle the nuances of a touchscreen display. The QWERTY ensures quick messaging while the phone runs on Symbian 40 5th edition, so one can also enjoy trending social capabiliies such as WhatsApp. The phone is powered by a 1GHz processor to deliver decent performance. Overall, it appears to be a value for money device and a good choice for novice users.

For new users

For new users

Take a look at the specs:

  • 2.4-inch TFT LCD Screen display with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth with A2DP and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 3.2MP camera
  • FM radio
  • 100MB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB

Spice Stellar Craze MI- 355 – Rs. 6599
The next in our list is the Mi-355 from Spice’s Stellar range. This dual SIM handset is fuelled by an 800MHz processor and infused with Android Gingerbread (upgradeable to Ice cream Sandwich).   This budget-friendly phone embeds a 3.5-inch capacitive screen for crisp images, which is large enough considering the price point. Looking at the price and the spec sheet, it appears to be a neat option for users looking for a touchscreen budget device.

Spice 355

Another Stellar

Take a look at the specs:

  • 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Bluetooth and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 5MP camera with dual LED flash and secondary camera up front
  • FM radio
  • 140MB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB 

Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 – Rs. 6600
If you are looking for your first smartphone, then Samsung Galaxy Y could just be the one. Don’t be put off by it’s diminutive size, as the phone is packed with features and most importantly reasonably priced, which makes it quite a steal. Powered by Gingerbread and 830MHz ARM v6 chipset, the browsing experience is quick and relatively fluid. However, the screen resolution leaves a lot to be desired. You can checkout the detailed review here.

Dual SIM affordable Galaxy

Dual SIM affordable Galaxy

Take a look at the specs:

  • 3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth with V3.0 + HS and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 2MP camera
  • FM radio
  • 160MB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB

iBall Andi 3e – Rs. 6990
This budget-friendly Android phone is a great option for those who want to get their hands on an Android-based smartphone for cheap. The hardware may not be ace but the quality of audio and videos is good. If you want a super-cheap Android device, which can also be used as an audio/ video entertainment while on the move and also allows you to occasionally browse the Internet, check e-mails and navigate, the iBall Andi is worth its price. The device may not be a task master at productivity, but for the price, its worth considering. Read the full review here.

Pocket friendly

Pocket friendly in every way

Take a look at the specs:

  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth with A2DP and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 3.2 MP camera and secondary camera up front
  • FM radio
  • 170MB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB


Karbonn A7 – Rs. 7390
The A7 has better features compared to other phones at around the same price. Apart from the ho-hum display, it makes for an interesting budget Android option if you seek a budget phone supporting 3G and Wi-Fi. It is a pleasant looking phone with down-to-earth feel and a bright, large display. It has been upgraded to give users a taste of Gingerbread and fuelled by a 800MHz processor that manages to deliver a decent performance. Click here to read how the device fared in our review tests.

Sleek and slim

Sleek and slim

Take a look at the specs:

  • 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities for net access
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 5MP camera with Dual LED flash and secondary camera up front
  • FM radio
  • 512MB internal + microSD card support up to 32GB

HTC Explorer – Rs. 8499
Even though it was launched about a year ago, the HTC Explorer is still a good option, as it’s features are on par with the latest phones in the same price range. The phone runs on Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and features a 600MHz processor with an Adreno 200 GPU, but isn’t slow or sluggish. It sports HTC Sense 3.5 UI that is more intuitive and makes browsing a breeze. It’s media capabilities are quite basic, so do not expect much on that front. On the other hand, its 3MP camera is just above average, which is good for outdoor shoots, but the lack of flash makes it difficult to shoot indoors under low light. Here's the detailed review of the HTC Explorer.

Exploring the budget segment

Exploring the budget segment

Take a quick look at its specs:

  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth v3 plus A2DP and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 3MP camera
  • FM radio
  • 90MB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB (2GB memory card included)

Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos B5512 – Rs. 8500
Coming out of Samsung’s Duos range, this Dual SIM, bar-shaped phone balances input options by offering chiclet-style QWERTY keypad and touchscreen. This is good option for budget-struck users who want a taste of the touchscreen functionality without losing on a physical keyboard for effortless typing. This touch and type Android phone runs on the Gingerbread version and is powered by an 832MHz processor. Flipkart is selling the Galaxy Y Pro Duos B5512 in metallic black.

QWERTY plus Touch

QWERTY plus Touch

Take a look at the specs:

  • 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Bluetooth v3 and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 3MP rear camera and VGA front facing camera
  • FM radio
  • 160MB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB

Huawei Ideos X5 U8800 – Rs. 9250
The Ideos – powered by Android FroYo and 800 MHz Scorpion processor coupled with an Adreno 205 GPU – makes multitasking and handling of heavy files a seamless process. Other useful features include preloaded apps like Documnet-to-go, email apps and even Swype, which makes this a great business phone. On the other hand, even if it features a 5MP camera, the image quality is not up to the mark. Overall though, the phone offers decent features at the said price-point and is worth a try. Check out the review here.

Feature-packed

Feature-packed

Take a look at the specs:

  • 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • 4GB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB

Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 – Rs. 9999
The highlight of this budget phone is its massive 5-inch display. This sub-10k device is power packed with some advanced features.The integrated snapdragon processor clocks at 1GHz and runs on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich version. With a sleek, curvaceous attire, it also supports video sharing support, power saver, webcam and IP dialling. Moreover, it comes with dual SIM support.

Super phone from Micromax

Super phone from Micromax

Take a look at the specs:

  • 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 480 x 854 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Bluetooth v3 with A2DP and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 5MP camera with flash and secondary camera up front
  • FM radio
  • 2GB internal memory + microSD card support up to 32GB

These are some cool options for those looking for a phone under Rs. 10,000. Feel free to recommend any other phone that you have been using and find it worth the price in the comments section below.

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