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Old 04-10-2016, 04:04 PM
 
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Is it true that people are more often not getting those 2-year or 30-month phone contracts, and more are getting no-contract phones?

I saw a Time article saying this is the trend. I think it's because people often change carriers or locations before the contract is over, is that the reason?

What would be the better approach if you don't often move or change carriers?
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Old 04-10-2016, 04:06 PM
 
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Is it true that with a contract today you usually pay for the phone itself monthly. But with nocontract you buy a phone all at once.
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Old 04-10-2016, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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The main reason people are moving away from contracts is that contracts are no longer being offered. And I feel that the two year contracts were a bad thing as you were locked in to a carrier for two years and paid higher monthly costs.

Plus Mrs5150 had a phone die on her three months before the contract ended and basically had to pay an early termination fee or buy a new phone. Under today's system and our payment plan, she can get a new phone every 12 months with ATT so no worries about a phone lasting two years and it seems to be cost effective when you are saving $25 a month per phone for monthly service.
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Old 04-11-2016, 06:59 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Is it true that with a contract today you usually pay for the phone itself monthly. But with nocontract you buy a phone all at once.
You can also buy a phone on a monthly installment plan with no interest.
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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How is a two year installment plan any different than a 2 year contract. All they did was separate the phone from the service. It's still a 2 year commitment, that is a little easier to pay off if you need to stop service for some reason.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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How is a two year installment plan any different than a 2 year contract. All they did was separate the phone from the service. It's still a 2 year commitment, that is a little easier to pay off if you need to stop service for some reason.
You know a lot of these pricing schemes just look at what is fashionable. John Legere led a battle charge against 2 year contracts, so many customers are conditioned to avoid any contracts.

The traditional plan years ago would set a price and include a phone. Every two years you would be eligible for a new phone at a relatively small upgrade fee. But there are customers who don't mind keeping a phone for a decade. They are better off having two separate contracts.

But if you get new phones every two years, then there is very little difference,
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:56 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I was on contract for long time but as I realize that we pay double than buying the phone at once I stopped with contracts and jumped to no contract monthly renewing one since then I buy my phones at once and I pay calling and internet charges per month just 5 Euro. 5 GB internet 400 min Calling Much better than paying 60 euros per month
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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You know a lot of these pricing schemes just look at what is fashionable. John Legere led a battle charge against 2 year contracts, so many customers are conditioned to avoid any contracts.

The traditional plan years ago would set a price and include a phone. Every two years you would be eligible for a new phone at a relatively small upgrade fee. But there are customers who don't mind keeping a phone for a decade. They are better off having two separate contracts.

But if you get new phones every two years, then there is very little difference,
Thank you for reminding me why I like the change even if it is still a 2 year commitment to get the phone.
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Old 04-13-2016, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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How is a two year installment plan any different than a 2 year contract. All they did was separate the phone from the service. It's still a 2 year commitment, that is a little easier to pay off if you need to stop service for some reason.
The main difference is you can pay off the phone anytime you want. You are not locked in. Plus you get a price break on the cost of service-up to $25 per phone per month, at least with ATT (that is who I am with).

25x24=$600. Plus no $100 to $200 down payment. I've done the math and I prefer no contract.
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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You could pay off 2 year contracts any time you wanted too.
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