How Do You Handle Mobile Phone Contracts? [Poll]

No one wants to be tied into a contract or agreement for any length of time, especially when it’s for a mobile phone. Sure, that phone looks amazing right now, and it’s the best one on the market, but a better one will most assuredly be released when you’re still under contract. It can set up a real quandary over whether you should stay with your current phone or break the contract to get the new one. How do you handle mobile phone contracts to avoid that situation?

Technology moves so fast; they seem to always be coming out with mobile phones that are much more desirable than the one you are currently using. The standard cell phone contract is two years long. Usually you get a free phone or at least one at a great discount, but you have to agree to the contract which includes a hefty price for you to pay monthly. Breaking that contract comes at a great price. You can also get phones that are “pay-as-you-go.” There is no contract, and you pay initially for the phone, then as you use the phone instead of a monthly fee. You’re not tied into any contract. Some people prefer this so that they can switch phones as they wish.

How do you handle mobile phone contracts?

Here are the results of last week’s poll:


An overwhelming thirty-nine percent of those responding feel that Apple’s new fingerprint sensor is just a useless gimmick, while twenty-eight percent think it’s the smartest technology so far. Eighteen percent of the responders are curious to find out what other companies could do with that same technology, and just fifteen percent feel that the fingerprint sensor technology isn’t any better than other technology out there.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

One comment

  1. In the poll, you should add US Cellular as an option. I had a contract for two years, but new phones after that do not lock you in.

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