The days of signing a contract with a wireless provider for 2 years in return for getting a subsidized phone with sky high monthly service is over. Now you can buy a phone independent of a wireless carrier and sign up for a noncontract plan.
But there’s a wrinkle that confuses a lot of people: Almost everywhere else in the world, there’s a standard network backbone for wireless called GSM. But here in the United States, we have Verizon and Sprint on a competing backbone called CDMA and T-Mobile and AT&T on GSM.
So you have to think about what phone you want based on who you want service from. You have to put the cart before the horse.
Here’s a quick overview of the recent price cuts we’ve seen to date — along with some of my other favorite price points too!
Important note: Both T-Mobile and Sprint will pay your early termination fees if you leave any contract carrier and come to them.
* No overages; if you go over your data limit, your connection speed will be slowed to a crawl (aka “throttled”) until the next billing cycle.
**Overages are possible, so beware of bill shock if you are a heavy data user! Includes a subsidized phone with a 2-year agreement.
||Number of lines
||The first line is $50 per month. The second line is $30. Lines 3 through 10 are $10.||Up to 10||Unlimited||Unlimited||2.5GB per line|
||$100*||Up to 10||Unlimited||Unlimited||20GB to share among all 10 lines, and an additional 2GB included per individual line.
* There’s also an additional $15 per line fee.
|AT&T||$160||4||Unlimited||Unlimited||10GB in total|