Cost is Really Not an Issue for Prepaid Wireless
(Benton, Kentucky, USA)
All things considered, prepaid wireless phones are worth their weight in gold. Typically, when you buy another type of phone plan you are asked to sign up for automatic withdrawal from your bank account. You don't have to subject yourself to an automatic withdrawal, which may short-change you in a rough month even to the point of overdrawing your account if you lose track of the days and bank account balance.
Nowadays there are phones available that will accept prepaid wireless providers that have all of the features that you used to only be able to find on billed plans; billed plans being those that send you a bill every month often in a package with a cable or satellite TV service, an Internet connection and maybe even your land line phone, all compiled into one handy bill for you. These wireless phone bills are very expensive even when combined in a package, if you leave the wireless phone off of the bill you will usually save $40 to $50, sometimes even more.
Over just a few months time you have saved enough money to easily afford a specialized, higher end phone. The phones that slide, fold shut, have touchscreen operations or picture taking capacities are more expensive than basic models, but after saving such a large sum of money in the first place you can now afford one of them. Of course it
is important to check with your provider to be certain of which phone models actually work with their phone networks. Different phone models do not work interchangeably with all prepaid phone providers.
What I'm trying to say here is that you can easily afford a phone with special features if you take advantage of prepaid offers from major prepaid wireless companies. Phones you might love can cost from $40 to $70 when purchased new. If you like you could even save on the phone you choose by looking for refurbished models; sometimes these cost as little as $15 to $29. Who could ask for more?
Even $80 to $130 is reasonable for a phone that costs $30 or more dollars less a month to operate. As a bargain hunter who prefers a quality bargain, I think buying a phone that includes special features and design for $60 or less is the best bargain around.
Whenever and if ever Blackberry, Motorola Citrus, iPhone or Android create a device that works with prepaid wireless, there is a possibility that I would be more than happy to pay the higher price even at $225. I definitely would be interested if I could purchase one of the "smart" phones for $90 or less, which might happen if I look for a refurbished one. It looks like Nokia might already have a smartphone that operates with some prepaid wireless providers.
I'd pay $600 for a no contract smartphone
For a regular phone I would pay between $30 and $100. For a Smartphone I'd pay up to $600. My current phone, Motorola Quench (= MotoQ, I paid $375 a little less than a year ago.
The only "Contract" I would tolerate is a "Tab", one that diminishes this retail price over time. If one breaks the contract all one pays is the diminished price.