My two year contract with a large, bloated, overpriced cell phone company ended recently, and being in the financial difficulty that I am in, decided hesitantly to buy a no contract cell phone. What a pleasant and freeing experience it was. I used to have a fabulously expensive smart phone, but sold it and found a cheaper phone with the contract free company, Straight Talk. Now, I am not an advocate of this company, however, they are the one that gives you more bang for the buck. There are many pre-paid no contract deals out there, research before you blindly pick one, because you may be over paying.
I do confess, I miss my smartphone, the screen, the operating system, etc. However, I do not miss the contract. Straight Talk is the company I am with now, it is cheap, and it is the biggest bang for your buck. It is only $45 for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and unlimited internet. How can you beat that? None of the major carriers come close. T-Mobile recently came up with a no contract plan, that is comparable, however, they do not allow unlimited text and internet. The big cell phone companies just don’t get it. There are a growing breed of consumers who are tired of contracts.
It is my belief, that the days of the 1 or 2 year contract is near the end. I never could understand why we have put up with it for so long in the first place. There are many different no contract cellular phone companies out there, if you are tired of the 2 year rip off, check them out. They will save you time and headaches. Just don’t expect the newest and best cell phones to be available. But, that is changing. Boost mobile has the Blackberry Curve, and some of the others are finally coming out with some decent phones as well. Straightalk is still lacking in that department.
The benefit for no contract cell phones, or prepaid phones is there is no contract, therefore, no credit check. If your credit is bad, it doesn’t matter. As long as you can pay your bill either prepay, or by credit card, then you will have a cell phone.
Compare the Prices:
Sprint: 450 minutes,unlimited data,unlimited text = $70+$10 Smartphone fee =$80
AT&T: 450 minutes,2GB data,unlimited text= $40+$25+$15 Smarphone Fee =$80
Verizon Wireless:450minutes,unlimited data,5000 texts=$40+$30+$20 Smarphone Fee=$90
T-Mobile: 500 minutes,unlimited data,unlimited text=$80
Boost: $60 everything unlimited
Straightalk: $45 everything unlimited
Virgin Mobile: $60 everything unlimited