Best festival phones

With summer finally here, festival season is upon us again! Whether you’ve secured coveted Glastonbury tickets or are heading to Reading, you may be wondering whether to bring your phone. On one hand, your phone will help you find your friends and check the line-up, not to mention document the experience to remember for years to come. On the other hand, losing or having your expensive smartphone stolen is a real concern.

For peace of mind, you could purchase an inexpensive backup phone. That way, if you misplace it or have it stolen, it’s not a big deal. No one will have access to your personal information and you won’t need to spend hours hunting for your phone. Instead, you can just relax and enjoy the music! Here’s our pick of the best festival phones that won’t break the bank.

Alcatel 1016

The Alcatel 1016 is probably one of the best-value phones that you could possibly purchase. Available for £12.99 on pay as you go , this is certainly one phone that you won’t be too bothered about misplacing. With a 1.8″ display, it’s a small phone that can easily fit in your pocket while you’re having a good time.

Perfect for keeping in touch with your friends during the festival, the Alcatel 1016 will also light up dark paths on the way back to your tent. It isn’t a smartphone by any means, but as it can’t surf 3G, it does have an impressive battery life of 160 hours.

Alcatel Pixi 4.4″

The Alcatel Pixi 4.4″ packs a lot of benefits for such a small phone. With a display screen of just 10mm, this budget festival phone can fit easily into your pocket. It comes equipped with a 3MP camera and a host of editing tools to perfect your snaps, as well as 4GB of storage for videos.

At the low price of £29, the Alcatel Pixi is a great backup phone with a powerful 1500mAh battery that provides an impressive standby time of 500 hours and talk time of 7 hours.



The LG K3 is a more premium option if you’re keen to capture good quality photos and videos at the festival. At £69 on pay as you go, it features a 5MP rear camera that takes good quality photos. The front camera uses “gesture shot feature”, which allows you to activate a 3-second timer just by making a fist – perfect for snapping selfies.

The LG K3 also features a 1.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor for speedy 3G streaming and can support Android Pay. It also includes quad-band technology, which means you can use it at festivals throughout Europe and further afield.

Lenovo A Plus

Our final pick of the best festival phones is the Lenovo A Plus. For only £49, you get a 5MP rear camera for all your festival snaps, 8GB of internal storage to keep them safe, and 1GB of RAM to keep your phone running smoothly.

The Lenovo A Plus is powered by a 2000mAh battery that gives you a whole 12 hours talk time, so you can be sure not to lose your friends. With Android at its core, the 4.5″ touchscreen display is bright and crisp, so you can relive your festival memories again and again.


(Prices correct at time of published date 07/06/2017)