Contract vs. No Contract The deal here is that the carrier companies actually subsidize the phone manufacturers, thus launching an aray of confusing contracts and packages. Carriers and manufacturers are constantly cutting deals with one another to help each other in this world of wireless devices.
Buying a phone without a contract gives you the choice of new plans at will. But it takes more effort to keep on top of things.
When activating, do it over the phone rather than at your local phone retailer. Cell phone carrier shops make money from commissions on new activation. They hate people who buy phones online and will sometimes not activate the handset or manufacture problems. Always call your carrier for activation.
Always do your homework first, stores will pretty much tell you anything to persuade you to activate a new phone with them, rather than buying a phone without a contract.
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