Not too long ago, about three years ago, to be more precise, Nigerians had plenty of options to pick from when shopping for 4G phones below 25000 naira.
That has become a difficult task since the foreign currency exchange rate and the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now finding 4G phones below 25000 naira is almost harder than finding a needle in a haystack.
In 2021, the price of the average 4G smartphone starts from ₦35,000. But trust us here at Mobility Nigeria to put in the work and help you find the best deals.
We found a handful of really affordable 4G smartphones that cost less than ₦25,000.
4G phones below 25000 naira
MTN itel A23 is perhaps the most up-to-date 4G smartphone that costs less than ₦25,000 today.
The itel A23 has a basic 5-inch IPS screen, has 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, and a 2050mAh battery keeps the lights on. In addition, there are other connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
It is available from MTN outlets only for ₦22,000.
Zen Admire Shine is one of the cheapest 4G smartphones in Nigeria. It has a tiny 4-inch, 480×854 pixel screen, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage memory, a 1750 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat, which is a few years old.
Don’t let the older software deter you. You want a cheap 4G smartphone and it is dirt cheap. It sells for just ₦15,000.
Where can you find the Admire Shine to buy? Check on Jumia, Konga, Jiji, and similar online stores.
Lava Z5 Pro has a 5-inch LCD screen, a MediaTek MT6737M processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage memory, 5 MP Rear Camera, 2 MP front camera, and a 2500mAh battery. It runs Android 8 Oreo (Go Edition), which is only a little newer than what the Admire Shine has.
You can find the Lava Z50 Pro for as low as ₦14,000 in the market, especially from online stores like Jumia, Jiji and the like.
Airtel Nigeria used to have a partnership with Lava and sold Lava phones. I have no idea whether that partnership is still ongoing, so do ask Airtel customer support.
There you go: the few available 4G phones below 25000 naira. As this is entry-level territory, these phones have basic specs. But they are functional.
Consider using these 4G phones below 25000 naira similar to owning a basic, compact city car. It is not designed for high performance. It doesn’t have the most advanced specs and features. But it gets you from point A to B.
The most important thing is that you don’t have to endure creepy, slow 3G Internet in 2021 just because all you can afford to spend on a phone is ₦25,000.
Other Android phones below ₦25000
If you do not mind not having 4G, though, we are listing other non-4G Android phones that cost less than ₦25,000.
itel A14 Plus: this has a 4-inch screen, 512MB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, and a 2500mAh battery. It is a 3G phone and runs Android 10 (Go Edition) and sells for ₦21,600.
itel A16 Plus sells for ₦25,300, which is marginally above our ceiling price. But it is fair to include it here. It has a 6-inch display, 3G internet, 1GB RAM, 8GB built-in storage, fingerprint scanner, and a sizable 4000mAh battery.
So, you have a combination of 4G and 3G Android phones below ₦25000 to pick from. Happy shopping!
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From 2001 when GSM phones were introduced in Nigeria till date, Mister Mobility has owned and used hundreds of mobile devices running proprietary, Java, Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.