Contract or No-Contract Cellular Service.

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When it comes to choosing a cell phone provider, there are numerous providers out there that offer a variety of different phones and options and also have a variety of different plan prices. I would like to point out some of the pros and cons of signing up for a carrier that does require a contract and for signing up with a carrier that does not require a contract.

Contract CarriersAT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.

PROS:1.) Free Phones or inexpensive phones when you sign up. 2.) Local stores that you can walk in and talk to a customer service representative 3.) Add a line for usually around $10.00

CONS:1.) 1 or 2 year contracts and early termination fees. 2.) Activation fees per line unless they run a promotion. 3.) Restrictions on Data, Texting, and Talking along with very expensive overage fees. 4.) Shocking bills when you go over your alotted amount of Data, Texts, or Talk minutes. 5.) Stuck with one phone for 1 to 2 years until you upgrade and re-sign another contract.

No-Contract CarriersStraighttalk, Virgin Mobile, Net10, TracFone, AT&T, Verizon, etc.

PROS:1.) Unlimited plans for as low as $40 per month depending on carrier. 2.) Inexpensive phones 3.) Knowing what your bill will be month to month. 4.) No overage charges, phone service simply shuts off when you use up your minutes. 5.) You are not locked in to a contract and charged early termination fees if you decide to switch carriers. 6.) Numerous plans to choose from. 7.) Available at almost any department store, drug store, or gas station.

CONS:
1.) Customer service is almost always over the phone. 2.) Limited number of phone choices.

You can see from the Contract Carriers and the No-Contract Carriers that the choice is simple! Choose a No-Contract carrier and you and your wallet will be glad you did.


krmills1 posted Feb 11, 2012
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encorez
GSM phones are easy to upgrade, buy a new one on e-bay, switch sim cards, sell old on e-bay........easy as pie.

AT&T will help you switch over at no extra cost.
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Feb 11, 2012
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fluffy
Unless you're the type who just has to have the latest and greatest smartphone, it's just crazy to get into a long term contract crammed with hidden fees.

My wife used a Boost Mobile flip phone for a couple years and in December moved her service over to her first Android phone she bought on Amazon. With Boost's shrinkage plan, she'll eventually be paying only $35/month for unlimited voice/text/data, plus I tethered it to her laptop with Easy Tether for just the one-time cost of the app.

Even though the monthly fee for Android phones on Boost is $5 higher than for non-Androids, they did not increase her rate when she did the transfer online herself.

Her Samsung Galaxy Prevail is way faster than my original Verizon Droid that just got off contract. The only downside to her phone is that the camera is fixed-focus and therefore cannot scan bar or QR codes at all, but she never does that.
fluffy (rep: 2.17k) posted Feb 11, 2012
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barang_square
We don't use so much of the hp, we got a non contact phone.
barang_square (rep: 627) posted Feb 12, 2012
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erick99
Now that you can get $50/month deals for unlimited talk/text/data, I would only go post-paid if you want a really high-end phone and 4G speeds. Most people would do well with the pre-paid plans these days.
erick99 (rep: 17.8k) posted Feb 12, 2012
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nimrodboy3
MetroPCS is a pretty good carrier as well. They offer pretty low prices in comparison to the big name companies..they also do the whole monthly flat rate, so every month, it's the same price. What's neat about MetroPCS is that they actually have some higher end phones too if you really wanted them..gives you some flexibility.
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Feb 14, 2012
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