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College Girls, Boys Rejoice: Cheap Cell Phones For Seriously Low Budgets

Recommendations: Samsung Slash, Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman, trio of LG phones

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College girls and boys in the thick of their college days wouldn't be caught dead leaving home without their cell phone.

For those just starting college or already several years in, that's often when they're for the first time cut off from the financial charity of their parents. Because college students are always scraping by and often describe themselves as mostly broke, their cellular bill becomes all the more scrutinized.

This guide pays homage to you – the money-conscious college student – in recommending cheap cell phones that are fresh from the handset makers.

1. Slash by Samsung (read our full review)

Slash by Samsung
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Virgin Mobile often is a college student's best friend. Always hip and designed especially to afford freedom and independence on an earnestly diminutive budget, the company's Slash by Samsung is a fresh amalgamation of style and practicality at a price you can swallow.

The slim and sleek slider phone retails for just $79.99. The Slash comes with a basic camera, Bluetooth wireless technology for headsets and other devices, full messaging, a speakerphone, voice-activated dialing, enough storage, a bright color display and a library of games.

The phone weighs in at a mere 3 ounces. If contracts itch you mad, the Slash marries elegantly with one of Virgin Mobile's cheap and popular pay-as-you-go plans. Read more budget cell phone choices.

2. Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman (read our full review)

Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman
Image © Sony Ericsson
College students are increasingly concerned with their health and looks. The Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman wants to help by bringing fitness monitoring and personal training to your wireless phone with a built-in pedometer, music player and downloadable fitness applications.

The price, though, will either make or break the deal for college students.

While most would gloss over the option at the retail price of $229.99, $79.99 with a two-year AT&T service contract makes the phone an economical decision that packs some serious features below the $100 barrier. Plus, a $50 mail-in rebate can knock this bad boy down to only 30 bucks. Read more budget cell phone choices.

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