Every couple of years I'm faced with the same dilemma. Should I take advantage of a free cell phone being offered by my cellular company and sign another 2 year agreement, or should I be happy with my current phone, which they tell me is now so outdated, and not be under any contract?
This year the decision was very easy. My current cellular provider, which I have been with since the beginning of time, does not offer service at my son's house. There is a 3 mile stretch of road where there's no single. My contract ends today, so yesterday I was on a mission to find new phones with a competitor who has service in that area. I began by researching the web site to learn about the different phones, plans, and which phones were offered free to new customers. These phones are too darn expensive, so if I can get a free one, count me in.
After checking my options on-line, I went down to their store to see if they had any better offers in the store. I quickly leaned I would get a much better deal on-line. Last night I was selecting my phone and plan and still had a couple questions, so I called the company. They told me of an unadvertised deal for the phone in the picture. I was able to get this phone for free. This is the next generation RAZR with more bells and whistles than I would ever use, but hey, it was free!
Since my husband only uses 5 - 10 minutes a month, I decided to get him a Go-Phone. They only pick up in areas where the provider has towers, but that's all he needs. If I wasn't traveling to Charlotte all the time, I may have gotten a Go-Phone as well. Going this route I'll be saving enough for a half tank of gas a month. Now a days, that's a lot.
The new phones will be here next week, so we will both have new toys to play with for a while.