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Fun Facts about No Contract Mobile

Updated on July 13, 2011

All About No Contract Mobile Phones

  • A no contract calling plan means that you pay in advance for phone service and minutes. When you decide you no longer want the service, you stop paying.
  • Most contract plans last as long as 1-3 years. Fine print in the contract usually includes a stiff penalty for early cancellation. Some customers prefer not to be obligated for an extended time period, therefore a no-contract plan is preferable.
  • Many large carriers such as Virgin, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Boost Mobile offer calling plans with no contracts.
  • A no-contract mobile phone plan doesn't require a credit check. These plans are great for people who do not yet have a credit history or who may have credit problems. Customers can pay by check, credit card, debit card, or even cash.
  • Major supermarket chains and shopping malls usually have a kiosk where no-contract phones and plans can be purchased.
  • Calling plans and phones can also be purchased online. Service providers will mail the hardware to your home address after accepting your payment via credit card, check, or debit card.
  • Two types of plans are available: pay as you go and pay monthly. Pay as you go means that you add money to your account when it's convenient for you. Paying monthly means that you receive a monthly bill or your credit card is debited monthly.
  • AT&T offers a $3 Unlimited Calling Plan. You pay $3 a day only on the days you use your phone. There is no monthly fee or activation fee. There is no per-minute charge. This is a great deal for users who use their phone infrequently.
  • Unlike contract plans, most no-contract mobile phone plans do not include any type of free phone. The 'free' phone is actually amortized over the length of the contract; no contract, no free phone.
  • AT&T offers the Samsung A177 for about $99. The phone can be added to a no-contract plan. It has a full keyboard and a camera.
  • Virgin Mobile offers the LG Rumor2, which has a full keyboard, a camera, and mobile web capabilities. The phone can be purchased for about $129 and added to a no-contract mobile calling plan.

  • Virgin Mobile customers can select a 300 minute plan for $29.99. After 7PM the minutes jump up to 1000. The minutes do not roll forward.
  • The least expensive pay-as-you-go plan from Virgin Mobile is $20 for 200 minutes. The minutes do roll forward in this plan.
  • Boost Mobile provides a 10 cents per minute pay-as-you-go program to which you can add mobile access for 35 cents per day. Walkie-talkie service can also be added to the plan. The Motorola i9 phone can be purchased for about $299 and added to a Boost Mobile no-contract plan.
  • One disadvantage of these plans is the risk of losing your telephone number. Allowing your service to lapse could, in some cases, cause your provider to assign your number to another customer. Check with your provider for more details.

All logos, trademarks, service marks, and product names are the property of their respective companies.

All information is believed to be correct at the time of publication. No-contract plans are modified from time to time. Please check with specific providers for current plans, prices, and phones.

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      Carol 8 years ago from Michigan

      nicomp - wondering if your adsense thing worked out?

      But anyway - I can always learn something from your writings. I am a slave to Verizon - they own my behind for four lines (we pay for my mother's cell service and one adult child but that adult child is going to be off one of the lines soon...) but I have to say they do have excellent service. Even when things go wrong they not only fix it but will compensate.

      Before a big trip to Italy to visit my husband on R&R from Iraq I "rented" and overseas phone from Verizon. I used my regular cell phone and # until I reached Europe and from there the overseas cell was supposed to work. I spent just over an hour on the phone with a Verizon cust. service rep. setting up the travel phone.

      When I got there, no phone service. I had to use the hotel phone to call Verizon - and we were only on the phone maybe ten minutes when it was fixed. I had no idea how much that hotel fee for using the phone would be but since it was only ten minutes figured it couldn't be much.

      WRONG! $75.00 later - I called Verizon hopping mad. RIGHT THERE, on the cell call - they credited me $75.00. I didn't have to show a receipt or proof of anything. Strictly on my word! And they gave me another small credit "for my trouble." Amazing. So I'm a loyal contract customer as long as they keep their customer service so top notch (it's not the only pleasant experience I've had with Verizon's cust. service either).

      Thanks for writing about so many topics! I continue to learn from you!

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      Tom Whitworth 8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      nicomp,

      There are some facts that I never thought could be presented in a funny manner but you convinced me that cell phone service can be presented funnily. 8D

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