Most major carriers have 'adjusted' their pricing recently, mostly in response to T-Mobile's new, "un-carrier" program. This presents two important considerations for the cellular consumer: 1)Do Your Math, and 2) Do Your Shopping.
Do Your Math! Grab a calculator and add up how much a "2-year" plan will cost you vs. what that plan will cost you if you buy the phone separate from the plan. In many cases we found that the 2-year contract cost was less than buying the phone outright, especially if you actually pay extra for the right to buy a new phone early. As with any computation, there are additional numbers involved. If you want to change before, or not change phones at the end of that 2-year obligation, your costs change, too. Many of us can't live with the same technology that long.
Do Your Shopping! Today you can choose the model of phone you want, buy it the way you want, and choose the plan you want. Unfortunately, there is a large variation in how each of those inteact, and we certainly don't want to suffer from the "Tyranny of Choice". Today you can get a decent amount of Data along with Unlimited Calls and Texts for $45. That number is beginning to by challenged at the $40 level with included Data ranging from 500Mb to 1Gb. And yes, you can go cheaper than that. Net10 now offers a $40 plan and even AT&T has promised to will offer $40 plans after they take control of Cricket Wireless.
This is also a heads up for those of you who are nosing through the information in the Mountain Wireless Networks. We often mention a price range for certain products that, unknown to us, has changed, usually to the downside, making it even more important to do your shopping. We've got the tools to do just that among our sites.