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It's a relief to own a phone with no contract obligation
Thanks in large part to T-Mobile's Uncarrier campaign, Americans are finally starting to understand that their $99 phones really cost $600 and that carriers just hide the costs in monthly fees.
As we adopt the European model, we are also now seeing more and more no-contract smartphone offerings from various manufacturers. With a no-contract phone you can also get no-contract service and pay on a monthly basis with the option to switch providers, increase or decrease your monthly allotments, and more. The ability to have both your phone cost and carrier fees in your control is something people are actively embracing.
Keep in mind that some of these no-contract phones may still be SIM-locked to a particular carrier so you may not have complete flexibility to switch carriers. Many can be unlocked via the carrier or 3rd party service too.
While the latest and greatest iPhone, Android smartphone, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry device will generally run you $550 up to $850 (yes, a 64GB no-contract iPhone 5S is $849 before taxes), there are now plenty of solid alternatives priced at $350 or less.
If you could ever get an invite, the OnePlus One looks like a fantastic offering with high end specs and a reasonable price. Let's take a closer look at six no-contract smartphones you can actually purchase now, in order from lowest cost to highest cost.
Previously on Six Clicks:
Nokia Lumia 635
Back in April Nokia announced the Nokia Lumia 635 that is now available for just $168 from T-Mobile. This model follows the highly successful Lumia 500 series and will be available across multiple carriers.
The Lumia 635 has all the great features and services you expect on a Nokia device at an unbelievable price. It comes loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Cyan update, is powered by a quad-core processor, has a 4.5 inch display, and a 5 megapixel camera.