At $32, the Jivi JSP 20 is probably the cheapest Android phone money can buy


What’s the best you can get out of $30? I’m sure different readers will have different answers to that question, but I’m also sure none of you are going to say, a smartphone. Well, it’s certainly far from the best but the Jivi JSP 20 is an Android phone that costs $32!

As you would’ve guessed it by now, the Jivi JSP 20 comes from China’s neighbouring country of India. Jivi is known for its feature phone offerings, and the JSP 20 is a big step ahead for the company.

Before you start bashing the specs sheet of the phone, you should realize that the device is meant for those who’re looking for a cheap-ass feature phone in the market. The JSP 20, in turn, aims to offer a very basic, more than entry-level Android experience to users.

It comes with a 3.5-inch display that does an HVGA resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, a 2 mega-pixel rear camera with flash and a 1GHz processor, that along with 128MB of RAM keep the show going. The version of Android is a dive into the past though; the entry-level hardware isn’t enough to support requirements of KitKat and hence the JSP 20 comes with Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread.

If not anything else, the JSP 20 will certainly make manufacturers of Firefox OS phones think again about their monopoly in the entry-level market.

The last time we talked about an extremely affordable phone, we got a lot of comments from readers that thought 256MB RAM was far too less. What do you have to say about 128MB of it?

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7 Comments

  1. September 19, 2014

    Is this even possible to turn it on?

    • Pedro Borges
      September 19, 2014

      It’s android 2.3.5 based, I think you can reach to the home screen but not much more.

  2. CoolBoy
    September 19, 2014

    Back to the future 😀

  3. Stef
    September 20, 2014

    A very expensive phone. It’s infinite times more pricey than it should have/had been…

  4. Bluegrapes
    September 22, 2014

    I would rather get that $15 Samsung flip phone from Amazon. It’s probably going to run smoother than this piece of crap.

  5. Rough Tough
    September 23, 2014

    This phone was never meant for the kind of people who seem to be reading and commenting on this article.

    If you’re a power user, you may steer clear of this phone as it won’t suit you. However, this doesn’t make the phone bad, at least not for a country like India, where penetration of mobile phones is still on the rise and will stay the same way for many years more and the population has a low per capita income.

    A large majority of Indians can’t afford Apple, Samsung or the likes. And even those people have the right to get access to the smartphone experience and connect with each other the built in apps on this phone, on FB and Whatsapp.

    Now, if a company comes along with a phone that has may be an old OS but compatible hardware and packaged and priced it to suit this particular audience, it could only be the losers who can and should complain.

    So, this is to all the cynical losers out there… go, get a life, dudes! This phone is not for you, but it can light up the life of many. Grow up, and show some respect.

    • Taruna
      September 24, 2014

      So damn true!! People here need to understand the audience this phone is targeting. In my opinion, this seems to be a very smart move by the brand as its targeting a segment which none of the brands have targeted till yet. I just cant believe the rave reviews this phone is getting at NDTV and other portals.

      IMAGINE – AN ANDROID PHONE at only and only 2k!!!! even ur Reebok shoes cost more!!