02-12-2014 12:30 PM
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  1. Astropin's Avatar
    I was with AT&T for the past eight years and have only been on a contract the last year with one year to go. When my contract is up I will never get on ANY carrier under a plan again. Don't know who it will be with and it won't matter. Where I live I have good coverage with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and several other smaller carriers. From then on it will be who gives me the best deal and when a better one comes along thats where I will go. Don't want to be holding to any carrier, you lose in the end and you can't do much about it if you are stuck with a plan.
    Well I'm stuck with one carrier, so it's cheaper to go with a contract. Although 2 yrs with one phone is really pushing it these days. I'd really like to see 1 yr contracts.
    02-11-2014 03:57 PM
  2. Moiz Mian's Avatar
    On Verizon, it doesn't make sense to stay grandfathered in, since you have to pay the high plan costs + full price for the phone. Kind of a rip off. On the other hand with ATT, they let you get subsidized phones every 20 months, even if you're grandfathered. So if I were to switch to a prepaid plan, I would have to pay full price for the phone, AND I'd lose unlimited data. So...on contract for me! (Unless the phone is cheap like a nexus 5) On that note, I hope Microsoft and Nokia start trying to lower the price of their flagship phones so more people will buy them
    02-11-2014 05:19 PM
  3. Citizen X's Avatar
    Looks like a lot of people buy off contract.
    Not in the US. Buying off contract is fairly atypical... especially for non-poor people.

    It's really a very personal decision. If you have a home phone and you are not a big chatter or texter a pay as you go plan may work for you. My first cell phone in the US was with T Mobile. I would pay them $100 and get 1000 minutes of talk time. It was pretty good. That would last me months.

    Nowadays I have a smartphone and a grandfathered unlimted LTE plan. I don't text much so I just have a small texting plan and use Whatsapp. Combine that with my work discount and upgrade phone every 20 months and no monthly plan can really beat it.

    The other thing you have to take into account is what carriers are available in your area. If TMobile is really good in your area and you don't really leave that area then maybe Tmobile off contract is for you. My problem is in my travels I have found Tmobile isn't as robust as at&t. But that is in my travels. You have to do your own travels and see what works for you. Frankly I think some of the group plans at&t is pushing are beginning to sound kind of reasonable. To be honest if it were not for subsidies phones, grandfathered unlimited data, and a hefty discount through work my cell phone purchasing and use habits would be very different.
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    02-11-2014 06:08 PM
  4. snowmutt's Avatar
    I do both. I wait until there is a phone I really, really like then I buy on the 2 year deal. As I am on AT&T, I am grandfathered into a reasonable priced plan I see no advatage coming off. As my old plan gets no discounts for being off contract, there is no advantage to not doing it. I am not leaving, so I will take advantage of the subsidized phones. Kinda no brainer if you are not leaving your carrier to not do it in most conditions.

    I buy off contract just due to need, (I am rough on my phones in my line of work) and a little boredom (2 years is a long, long time). I buy used, not new, and only after the one year warranty on defects runs out on my contract phone. I have been able to try new devices a ton this way, and see it as a fun little hobby.
    02-11-2014 06:42 PM
  5. Kebero's Avatar
    Generally speaking, off contract is the way to go for GSM phones. I say generally because there are common exceptions, such as large family plans (e.g. 4+ lines), where a contract may work out cheaper.

    While major carriers don't offer much incentive to go off contract (AT&T is the only one to offer slightly lower rates if your phone isn't subsidized - T-Mo doesn't even offer subsidies anymore, just full retail or monthly leasing), you can often save quite a bit with a prepaid carrier such as Aio or Straight Talk in the US. If a comparable plan can save you 30% or more per month, an off-contract phone may be the better option.

    Also, if you purchase a factory unlocked device, you really have freedom to go with virtually any carrier any time.
    02-11-2014 07:15 PM
  6. etad putta's Avatar
    I do both. I wait until there is a phone I really, really like then I buy on the 2 year deal. As I am on AT&T, I am grandfathered into a reasonable priced plan I see no advatage coming off. As my old plan gets no discounts for being off contract, there is no advantage to not doing it. I am not leaving, so I will take advantage of the subsidized phones. Kinda no brainer if you are not leaving your carrier to not do it in most conditions.

    I buy off contract just due to need, (I am rough on my phones in my line of work) and a little boredom (2 years is a long, long time). I buy used, not new, and only after the one year warranty on defects runs out on my contract phone. I have been able to try new devices a ton this way, and see it as a fun little hobby.
    Pretty much the same for me. New iPhones on contract, used windows phones from craigslist when I need a fix.
    02-12-2014 04:29 AM
  7. Christopher Senn's Avatar
    this year is my first year on contract in about 5 years. I got onto a family plan with verizon.
    Im only paying $70 a month and sharing 6GB with two others (lame). So i am getting the best coverage for a great price. And i did get a "free" $500 phone. And sold my previous phone for $300.
    But honestly I hate being under this contract. I wished i stuck with Tmobile and got my family on a plan there.
    02-12-2014 10:45 AM
  8. worldspy99's Avatar
    this year is my first year on contract in about 5 years. I got onto a family plan with verizon.
    Im only paying $70 a month and sharing 6GB with two others (lame). So i am getting the best coverage for a great price. And i did get a "free" $500 phone. And sold my previous phone for $300.
    But honestly I hate being under this contract. I wished i stuck with Tmobile and got my family on a plan there.
    $70 for three lines and 6GB on Verizon? The math doesn't add up. Or is it $70 for each line? For my two lines I haven't found anything that beats T-Mo so far....
    02-12-2014 11:45 AM
  9. fonefan's Avatar
    $70 for three lines and 6GB on Verizon? The math doesn't add up. Or is it $70 for each line? For my two lines I haven't found anything that beats T-Mo so far....
    I agree...it doesn't add up. For Verizon Share Everything, you have to pay a $40 monthly access fee per smartphone ($120 for three lines) plus the data package you choose (usually starts at $30 for 2gb). So either he got a hook up from a friend, he misunderstood the pricing, or he walked into another cell phone store thinking that it was a Verizon store.

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    02-12-2014 12:04 PM
  10. vw1610's Avatar
    I use AIOWIRELESS. 60$ for 5gb LTE Unlimited everything else. after 5gb it's throttled. I've used them since sept and love it. I bought a 620 for 90$ and switch back and forth to my iphone5. I'm really tempted to buy a 1320/1520 in the future, I'm ready for a bigger screen.


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    02-12-2014 12:07 PM
  11. Premium1's Avatar
    Just curious.

    Looks like a lot of people buy off contract. I have never done it. What are the top reasons for doing so and what is the cost difference (over time)?

    I'm on a "share everything" plan with 4 lines. I'm assuming it's a lot cheaper to remain on this plan vs going "no contract"?
    If you buy off contract all that does is not extend your current contract. You are locked into that for the 2 years, so buying full retail just means you pay the $500+ compared to the $199 upgrade price. Since you are already on a shared plan and no loss of unlimited by upgrading, upgrading and getting the cheaper price would be better.
    02-12-2014 12:27 PM
  12. Premium1's Avatar
    I use AIOWIRELESS. 60$ for 5gb LTE Unlimited everything else. after 5gb it's throttled. I've used them since sept and love it. I bought a 620 for 90$ and switch back and forth to my iphone5. I'm really tempted to buy a 1320/1520 in the future, I'm ready for a bigger screen.


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    Im going to look into them once my contract is up. I love verizon but not their prices. If AIO is still around in a year and still offering great prices I will choose them over TMO for the better coverage.
    02-12-2014 12:28 PM
  13. Premium1's Avatar
    $70 for three lines and 6GB on Verizon? The math doesn't add up. Or is it $70 for each line? For my two lines I haven't found anything that beats T-Mo so far....
    I think it's $70 for his line only. No way he has 3 lines for $70
    02-12-2014 12:29 PM
  14. Premium1's Avatar
    On Verizon, it doesn't make sense to stay grandfathered in, since you have to pay the high plan costs + full price for the phone. Kind of a rip off. On the other hand with ATT, they let you get subsidized phones every 20 months, even if you're grandfathered. So if I were to switch to a prepaid plan, I would have to pay full price for the phone, AND I'd lose unlimited data. So...on contract for me! (Unless the phone is cheap like a nexus 5) On that note, I hope Microsoft and Nokia start trying to lower the price of their flagship phones so more people will buy them

    It makes sense if you're grandfathered into unlimited data.
    02-12-2014 12:30 PM
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