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Welcome to No Contract Smartphones!

We are here to provide information on this great trend responsible for consumers saving countless of dollars per month.

No contract smartphones are similar to regular or flip cellphones with no contracts. They are also known as prepaid mobile phones or postpay mobile phones with no contract.

Prepaid mobile phones have been around a long time, but the real differences could mean the types of phones offered within the cellphone plan as well as a postpay option without a contract. There are many types of smartphones available including Blackberry and Android prepaid phones dependant on the carrier. Within the pages of this website, we will be providing up to date information about:

 

The details of what to expect when owning No Contract Smartphones.

  • Why this could be good for you?
  • Why you should consider letting your current cell phone plan contract expire.

What kinds of no contract smartphones are available?

Information about Postpaid and Prepaid Phone Plans that are available?

  • With some plans, you can expect to either purchase time for your phone ahead of time, or have a specific amount added to your account automatically every month.  What may be best for you can vary, but each option is available without signing a contract.

No Contract Smartphones

What your total costs will be?

  • How much can you really save per month?  See a comparison on how much you would be spending if you were attached to a 1 or 2 or more year contract.

Company ratings, phone ratings and more!

We are not in the business of selling any type of cell phone or service types, but we will be providing links to reputable and current carriers who we feel offer the best no contract smartphone services and products available today.

We will also provide the difference between prepaid and postpaid no contract smartphones.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages.  Determine the best prepaid phone plans, the best prepaid phone service companies as well as the best postpaid options as well.

Until recently, no contract cell phone carriers did not offer plans for smartphones.  Since the price of smartphone technology has gotten less expensive, these types of phones are now more readily available to use without the hassle of signing a contract.

We have a commitment in keeping the information that we offer as current as possible.  We will be adding and updating the information we provide at regular intervals in order to provide you with the best no contract options available.  We are also open to suggestions for no contract smartphone topics and options.  Feel free to contact us and let us know any helpful suggestions or feedback you can provide.

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The Top 3 No Contract Cell Phone Providers

 
PricingComparison
Straight Talk
Walmart Family Mobile
TracFone
Net10
T Mobile
Boost Mobile
Lowest cost Unlimited Text, Data and Phone Plan$45.00
$39.88$9.99$40.00$50.00$40.00
Family Plan Discount?NYNYYN
Each Additional PhoneN/A$34.88 addtl lineN/A$75.00 for 2 lines$80.00 for 2 linesN/A
Lowest Cost Android Phone$59.99$29.88$99.99$49.99$0.00$39.99

DeviceSelection
Straight Talk
Walmart Family Mobile
TracFone
Net10
T Mobile
Boost Mobile
AndroidYYYYYY
iOS (iPhone)YYYYYN
Bring Your Own Phone5 Stars5 Stars2 Stars5 Stars5 Stars1 Star
Bring Your Own Phone Activation Fee$4.99$25.00$9.99$6.99$10.00N/A
4G LTE Available?YNNYYY
Phone Selection4 Stars3 Stars3 Stars5 Stars5 Stars4 Stars
Coverage NetworkSprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, VerizonT-MobileSprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, VerizonSprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, VerizonT-MobileSprint
GSM or CDMABothGSMBothBothGSMCDMA







The Top 3 No Contract Cell Phone Providers

There are millions of consumers taking advantage of the recent deals offered by no contract cell phone providers out there.  With the correct type of phone, you can now get in many cases unlimited talk, text and data; at just a fraction of the price of being on a postpay contract only smartphone plan.  The biggest drawback for many into switching over is the type of phones that are available on these types of plans.  Until a few years ago, the only types of phones you had to look forward to, was flip phones and maybe a vastly underpowered smartphones which barely has any features.  But now, many of the majors in the prepay and no contract smartphone carrier race offer a means to catch up the lead of the quality of services and phones offered.  Lets look at some of the best currently used today.

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TracFone Review


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Purchasing an Unlocked Android Phone

A few years ago, if you wanted to fully purchase an unlocked android smartphone with any type of updated features, you would have to buy it from one of the major carriers. If you wanted to avoid paying below the $400+ purchase price, the cost would include add-ons such as multiyear contract commitments which resulted in grossly overpaying for equipment and service.

Fortunately for consumers, there are now good inexpensive phone options for consumers who wish to purchase new android phones without breaking the bank. But before you run out and spend your hard earned money on the first deal you see, be mindful of our tips and suggestions.

Considerations Before Your Purchase

Android phones Do Not automatically match the cell phone carrier you wish to use. There are different types of networks available that will only work with specific types of phones.   In the US, the two main types of networks are GSM and CDNA.

GSM – Is the most popular type of network in the World (but comes in second place in the US). This is considered the most useful choice for a personal smartphone but can be the most expensive. Your phone number and carrier data are maintained in a SIM Card that you can insert into your phone.  You purchase the sim card from the GSM carrier you wish to use and put it in your phone. Technically, you can change sim cards at any time in your phone (as long as it is unlocked from a specific carrier). Used by StraightTalk, Family Mobile, T-Mobile, AT&T.

CDMA – Is the most popular cellular network used in the US. Phone number and account data is programmed into the hardware of the phone by the carrier with this technology. In most cases, you will want to avoid purchasing CDMA phones. The most popular discount carriers such as StraightTalk, Family Mobile, Net10 and others will not activate CDMA phones in many cases.

2G, 3G or 4G?

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You also want to be mindful if the cellphone you purchase will be able to support faster data speeds using the 3G and/or 4G technologies. Many of the phones you can purchase from China and Europe will not work in the US using 3G or 4G data speeds. 2G data speeds are considered “slow” by today’s standards and in some cases, popular apps may not work properly with slower 2G speeds. 2G usability may be fine for some as a backup, but you want to make sure you will primarily be able to use the higher speeds available. This should be a major point of emphasis when deciding to purchase.

Cellular Frequency

You also will need to know the frequencies your phone will be able to use. Again, there are some GSM phones that will not work well with some of the popular US cellphone carriers. This is another important factor to consider. For example:

AT&T primarily uses the 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM bands

While

T-Mobile primarily uses the 1700MHz and 2100 MHz bands.

Keep in mind that you will need access to both ranges for the carrier you wish to use on your phone. Many name branded popular phones sold for use in the US have all required ranges for the US major cell phone carriers. But many sold abroad may not. If you should purchase a phone that does not have all the necessary ranges for your carrier, then you may be stuck with only using 2G speeds for your data use.

If you intend to purchase a “Pentaband” phone such as the Galaxy Nexus phones then you will be covered worldwide.

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Net 10 Wireless

 

Net 10 Wireless describes itself as ‘No Bills, No Contracts, ‘No Evil’.  And for many it delivers on those promises with a combination of a wide variety of cell and no contract smartphones that can be used on its network and some simple cell phone plans.  Also, the smartphone plans are not that shabby either…offering both unlimited and pay as you go plans for all types of users and circumstances.  Net 10 Wireless falls under the corporate umbrella of Tracfone along with its close cousin Straight Talk Wireless.  Both carriers are very similar except that Straight Talk is collaboration along with Wal-Mart which is one of the few places other than online they can be found.  Net 10 Wireless phones, refill cards and service packages which have no such direct relationship with any one store can be found in multiple department and electronic stores that offer cell phone products.

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No Contract Smartphones have come a long way in the last few years. No longer is it necessary to have a 2+ year contract to get the type of smartphone or service you want. Even major cell phone companies are starting to fall in line with the no contract model. The concept works, and in many cases it is better in every way than a contract cell phone plan. Let’s go over a few important factors to consider before you make any decisions regarding your smartphone use.

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With the on going war between Apple and its iPhone offerings against Samsung and other high end Android devices, there are some very good devices in which prices are dropping like a rock. This is good news especially for those who prefer prepaid or no contract services for smartphone use. Long gone are the days when prepaid meant having access to inferior devices and shoddy service. If you are in the market for a new device, consider our list of what we consider some of the best no contract cell phone devices for 2012.
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Finding the Best Prepaid Cell Phone Service

Getting the Best Prepaid Cell Phone Services

I used to be a loyal customer for one of the major cell phone companies.  I spent years going from one year to the next getting the latest cell phones and comparing them and holding them up to bragging rights with friends and colleagues.  In no way did I believe that the best prepaid cell phone could measure up in any way to what I was getting.  For having the latest and best cell phone, I only needed to trade my cell phone in for another one.  Or that’s what I believed.

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TMobile No Contract Reviews


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T-Mobile USA, known as T-Mobile is the fourth largest wireless carrier within the United States and manages a wireless network that reaches 96 percent of the US population. T-Mobile has a fast and actively growing GSM/GPRS network which provides 3G and 4G LTE speed services to it’s customers and consumers. Although the contract plans and smartphones are prominently featured in it’s marketing, there is also TMobile no contract plans and phones available.
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Are you in need of a smartphone and good data plan that includes security features and great monitoring tools for parents and kids? Kajeet may have just the plan for you. Kajeet offers pay as you go cheap cell phone plans for kids with a wide range of customizable voice, web and text features that allow kids to connect with friends and family. When signing up with Kajeet, there are no activation, termination or contract fees. Parents can customize each phone for each individual child using the integrated Kajeet configurator (which is the web based application that can be accessed through the web) and the Kajeet Navigator, which is the software application on all of Kajeet’s phones.
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Straight Talk offers wireless services for no contract smartphones. They offer a variety of smartphones for sale in WalMart stores, and on their website. Straight Talk offers a unique plan of $45 per month for unlimited talk, text and data through their service. Service is offered through either Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T, dependant on the type of phone purchased and used. They also offer options to bring your own phone and have Straight Talk service installed on it. Check out the following and select the best Straight Talk promo code or discount for you.
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I was speaking with a friend of mine last week, and he remarked to me how great his new smartphone was. It was the latest 4G LTE smartphone model with a ICS Android OS, 4.3 inch display and loaded to the rim with processor speed and memory. It was a great phone, but when I asked how much he pays per month to use it; and how much no contract smartphones can save money.
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Good news to all the loyal Apple iPhone users out there. There are now plans to offer a prepaid iPhone to Cricket wireless customers. This means that if you buy the iPhone up front, you can have monthly service for as low as $55 per month for unlimited talk, text and data. Initially, you have to put some money down up front, but by the first year, you will see significant savings as you continue to stay on the prepaid iPhone plan.
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Smartphones are being made more compact, convenient as well as more powerful. Proof of this natural progression is the availability of the Samsung Infuse. Considered one of the thinnest smartphones on the market at just 8.99mm in thickness, the Samsung Infuse can be easily slipped into a pocket or purse when not in use. Also, any Samsung Infuse review would not be complete without mentioning the 4.5 inch Super AMOLED plus display screen. These features are the tip of the iceberg of what has become one of the most popular no contract smartphones.
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MetroPCS offered the LG Esteem late in 2011 on their 4G LTE network to take over as the most powerful no contract smartphone in their arsenal. The LG Esteem comes in with powerful specs and more features than what a phone geek can enjoy. But does it compete with its advertised competitors which require a contract? LG Esteem reviews are mixed because of some key points.

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The best no contract cell phone plans can mean serious savings when combined with some of the fully featured and hot no contract smartphones now available without a contract.  Purchasing an IPhone or Android smartphone on a plan with a long term commitment can result in costs of up to and over $140 per month.  Yes, you may get the cell phone for as little as “free” to nothing, but you are paying a substantial amount each year during the term of your contract.  Let’s look at some of the best no contract cell phone plans that can contribute in keeping money in your wallet.
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Walmart Family Mobile now has some of the most inexpensive no contract plans in the wireless market. Often confused with Straight Talk and sometimes Net10 and T-Mobile, Walmart Family Mobile is a joint collaboration designed to offer a competitive price with an unlimited voice, text and data no contract plan. Although many on the phones offered to go with the plan may be less than desired to some, there is nothing to fear, because Walmart Family Mobile also offers a bring your own phone program which can result in just about any GSM T-Mobile compatible phone being used at their affordable prices.
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