WE ALL KNOW BY NOW, WE NEED A PHONE.
BUT THOSE BILLS ARE ANOTHER THING.
BUT AS MICHELLE LI REPORTS, THAT MAY NOT ALWAYS BE
Contract-free cell service used to be the hallmark
of upstart and prepaid carriers.
But with T-Mobile, A-T-and-T, and Verizon all now
offering no-contract plans, Consumer Reports crunched
the numbers to see if they'll save you money.
With no-contract deals you typically get lower monthly
charges, but the
Consumer Reports compared cell-phone plans for three
types of people: an average, single-user; a low-use
couple; and a high-use family of four.
contract, that same family would pay 6,540 dollars.
With A-T-and-T, the family of four would actually
save by choosing the no-contract service arrangement.
T-Mobile's no-contract deal is even better for the
family of four: 56-hundred dollars.
And they'll save even more if they bring their own
The price goes down to 3,364 dollars.
SOT: Margot Gilman
Your phone has to be compatible with the new network,
and you'll need to switch out the phone's SIM card
for a new one, but that can cost little or nothing.
As for the low-use couple and the individual user,
Consumer Reports says Cellular's no-contract service,
with installment payments for the phones, is the best
MICHELLE LI REPORTING.
OTHER DEALS WORTH CHECKING ARE NET-TEN'S AND STRAIGHT
TALK'S NO-CONTRACT PLANS.
HOWEVER, BE AWARE IF YOU DON'T BRING YOUR OWN PHONE,
YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE PHONE UP FRONT.