You don’t have to go far in the PCMech community to find people who don’t own a smartphone, citing that they "hate smartphones".
Smartphone haters hate two things primarily:
- Wireless plan contracts of any kind
- The ridiculous prices of the phones themselves
It’s never the actual phone that these people hate, because if it did sell for a fair price, and the wireless plan was no-contract and priced fairly, they would buy it.
In the United States there are only two ways I know of to get a no-contract smartphone that in my personal opinion is fairly priced.
To note: If you have an alternative, please feel free to leave a comment. But remember, it has to be no-contract and the phone has to be priced fairly.
Tracfone with triple-minutes-for-life
This is yet again another one of those instances where I will mention Tracfone, as they do offer a few true smartphone models all for $50 or less.
The 3x-minutes-for-life is a fair deal. Buy a 60-minute card either in person or online and that instantly turns into 180 minutes. Buy 90, that turns into 270, and so on. No guesswork involved, no promo codes needed, no special things you have to do. If the phone says it’s 3x minutes for life, it really is 3x minutes for life out-of-the-box for the life of the phone (meaning the 3x doesn’t expire) and is applied the moment you add minutes to the phone.
Technically this is a contract-based phone, but it’s only month-to-month. What this means is that the contract is active for 30 days, and you renew it each month. If after a particular month you want to drop the service, you do and there’s no ETFs (early termination fees) involved.
MetroPCS does have unlimited-everything for almost everything you could think of, and they have Android phone choices and they have 4G LTE-capable options to boot.
Prices of phones vary and you get a lot of choices with MetroPCS, starting at around $40 for a phone and it goes up from there depending on what features you want.
Got another prepaid smartphone option?
If there’s anything you know of that matches or beats what Tracfone or MetroPCS offers, again, feel free to post a comment and let everyone know.
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