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Pros and cons of cell phone contract

My 2 year contract ended 3 months ago, and one day Id like to get a newer phone. I can pay for one and not renew the contract or get it for free with a 2year contract. Whats the pro and con vs being tied down and not besides I can tell them to bend over and leave them without a contract at my free will.

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Re: Pros and cons of cell phone contract

Contract = cheaper.

My new plan from sprint is 500 minutes a month, unlimited texting, and nights and weekends at 7pm for $30 a month.

Prepaid is just so god awful expensive once you add everything up, the only reason to go prepaid or none contract is if you barely use your phone.


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Re: Pros and cons of cell phone contract

My phone bill has stayed the same price. Or do you mean the savings from the phone itself?

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Re: Pros and cons of cell phone contract

[quote author=ITHURTZ link=topic=105544.msg2149198#msg2149198 date=1205463595]
My phone bill has stayed the same price. Or do you mean the savings from the phone itself?
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i mean prepaid vs contract, prepaid comes out cheaper if you take into account minutes etc.


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Re: Pros and cons of cell phone contract

He isn't prepaid...his contract has simply expired. When this happens phone companies just bill you monthly at the same rates as when you had a contract.

I'd say do all you can to stay off of the contract. The only benefit of a contract in your situation is cheaper price on a phone. Otherwise, you now have everything you had while in a contract, but you can say fuck you and go to a different company if you want to.

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Re: Pros and cons of cell phone contract

[quote author=alpha732 link=topic=105544.msg2149195#msg2149195 date=1205463523]
Contract = cheaper.

My new plan from sprint is 500 minutes a month, unlimited texting, and nights and weekends at 7pm for $30 a month.

Prepaid is just so god awful expensive once you add everything up, the only reason to go prepaid or none contract is if you barely use your phone.
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hmmmm I have 250 minutes a month, unlimited texting and nights and weekends from sprint and I pay $50 a month!!

I don't really care for sprint and my contract with them is up next month. I'll probably switch to AT&T.

& yeah pretty much the only benefit with a contract is a cheaper phone.

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Re: Pros and cons of cell phone contract

There's no reason to avoid the contracts really. you do get a phone dirt cheap because of them. If you are happy with the service the company provides then go ahead and get a contract if you need a new phone. Contracts have only been getting better and cheaper, its the pay as you go shit that is expensive.

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Re: Pros and cons of cell phone contract

One thing to watch out for is the "New activations only" clause in the ads placed by the different carriers. I don't know how it works in the U.S., but up here in Canada,you see all the super fantastic deals offered by various companies. If you are already a customer, and when it comes time to renew, they will tell that the "free or deeply discounted " phones are for new activations only. If you are already their customer,you pay more. Makes no sense to me....they could give a rat's ass about customer retention,apparently....
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guess so! I've never stayed with the same carrier for more than 2 years.

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Re: Pros and cons of cell phone contract

How much do you use your phone? I use mine probably 2hours or more per day. Pay as you go would probably cost me like 400 bucks a month. But getting a contract with unlimited minutes is like 100/month, plus you get a free phone or a serious discount on a phone. Thankfully, everyone(nearly) i talk to is verizon so i can get by with the cheapest plan for like 40 bucks without unlimited minutes but never go over because all my calls are "in network". "in network
calls don't count towards your monthly allotted minutes. Most companies have "in network" calling specials so get the same provider that your gf/mistress/parents, etc have and you should be all set.


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