Phone Carriers That Don’t Tie You to Burdensome Contracts


By Victor Ochieng

Between fluctuating taxes, overage charges, and miscellaneous fees, irritation is bound to occur each month the bill is due. Even more annoying is the fact that most wireless carriers tie users to contracts that don’t allow them to use their smartphones on other networks.

Well, all of that seems to be changing, at least for some wireless providers. Some carriers are opting out of such stifling contracts, allowing consumers to use any smartphone with their plans. Rick Broida of ComputerWorld recently shared a list of carriers who are helping their customers save money while giving them the freedom they need to enjoy their service.

BoostMobile – This is a carrier that uses Sprint network and has monthly prices starting as low as $30/mo for unlimited voice calls, unlimited text messaging and 2GB of browsing data. It also offers an auto-pay option for users.

Cricket Wireless – This career is powered by AT&T’s network and provides users with unlimited voice calls, unlimited text messages, and 2.5GB of data. Pricing for this service starts at $35 a month and also provides auto-pay.

Consumer Cellular – Working on AT&T’s network, this provider offers pricing that starts at $12.5 a month for 300 text messages and 30MB of data.

FreedomPop – This carrier works on Sprint’s network, with pricing starting at $0 a month for 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages and 500MB of data.

Net10 – This service depends on different carrier networks and offers auto-pay. Its pricing starts at $31.50 a month, and gives users unlimited talk time and text messages and 500 MB of data.

H2O Wireless – H2O Wireless relies on AT&T’s network with pricing starting at $27 a month for unlimited talk time and text messages plus 500MB of data. This provider also offers auto-pay.

Page Plus Cellular – This provider works on Verizon Wireless’ network and offers 250 minutes of talk time, 250 text messages and 10MB of data, with pricing starting at $12 per month.

MetroPCS – This service depends on T-Mobile’s network and has pricing starting at $30 per month, offering unlimited voice minutes and text messages. Users are also treated to 1GB of data.

RingPlus Mobile – Ring Plus mobile relies on Sprint’s network. It provides users with 1,000 minutes of talk time, 1,000 text messages and 500MB of data.

ROK Mobile – This service uses multiple networks and provides subscribers with unlimited voice calls and text messages plus 5GB of data. The pricing starts at $49.99 per month.

These are just a few of the providers offering changes to pricing and contracts. There are many others, including Ting, TextNow, Ultra Mobile, StraightTalk, and Virgin Mobile.



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