Google’s recently announced Nexus 4 will go on sale later this month for $299 unlocked and unsubsidized. There is one American operator who will be offering it on a contract however, T-Mobile. They’ll gladly sell you a Nexus 4 with a 2 year contract for $199, which sounds appealing, but the folks at TmoNews have recently learned that WiFi calling will not be supported on the device. Some background: T-Mobile has a service whereby you can make phone calls over your wireless network at home instead of having to go through the cellular network. It’s useful if you live somewhere that has spotty coverage, if you’re traveling abroad, and the best part is you don’t get billed for the minutes you make when on WiFi.
Now that we know the Nexus 4 isn’t going to support one of T-Mobile’s best features, this poses an important question: Should you buy this phone on contract? Buying phones unsubsidized is commonplace in many parts of the world, but for Americas it’s still considered a taboo for reasons we don’t quite understand. The amount of money you can save by going with a prepaid operator and then buying a phone unlocked is startling.
Take Straight Talk for instance, which lets you pick whether you want to use AT&T’s or T-Mobile’s network. They’ll give you unlimited everything for $45 per month. That’s half what the big boys charge. We can’t stress this enough, when using Straight Talk you’re on the same network that your friends and family are paying double to use! How is it so cheap? Straight Talk doesn’t have retail stores, they don’t subsidize phones, their customer service leaves a lot to be desired, and they go out of your way to be a dumb pipe.
When was the last time you called the company that provides you with electricity or water? Exactly. That’s what prepaid operators are like.
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I think ppl don’t realize just how easy iI is to purchase a unlocked model or they don’t trust buying from Internet companies. Possibly they don’t know you can or think it won’t work on their provider. I just purchased the Galaxy Note 2 unlocked model from expansys and it was super easy and very quick, I had the phone delivered to my home in Ontario Canada within 24 hrs of me placing my order. I’m on Koodo here in Canada and basically use my phone just to text and make a few calls a month and only download games ect over wifi at home and I pay only $30 a month so it made great sense to pay full price for the phone and keep on saving on my very basic plan. More ppl need to realize there are ways to have an amazing smartphone and not pay like $100 a month. – KID ANDROID. ( Team.Android.Canada)
Yeah but you also paid $700 for that phone.
I personally think the vest way to go is family plan. I have unlimited data and fave five on T-Mobile and I only pay $60 a month with upgrade every 18 months. I always just upgrade and sell because international phones are better.
So if ur fortunate enough to have brother or sisters get a family plan and split it up.
Yep. I paid 150$ for my S3, pay 37$ a month with data AND insurance, plus they unlocked my phone for me for free. This is through AT&T. It’s not unlimited but hell, wifi is everywhere now you can use freely. This buying 600-700$ phones unlocked then “only” 25 a month really doesn’t seem like any advantage at all. Plus if your phone messes up you’re screwed out of the entire cost of a phone again.
Where did u get a s3 for $150 bs…$37w/data also bs
Here in France, buying an unlocked phone and then getting a contract from an operator who has no actual retail stores will get you to save hundreds of euros.
I bought my Galaxy S2 from amazon at nearly 500€ over a year ago. I then got an unlimited plan for 20€/month ($25). As I have no 1 or 2 year contract with my operator, I’m free to go when I please.
Now that this is available in France, I absolutely do not understand why people still take “normal” contracts !
Had I taken my phone from a “normal” operator,sure I would have played the phone maybe only 250€ but I would have been tied down paying 70 or 80€ a month for 2 years !
For the record, in Finland my phone bill is less than 20 EUR ($26) per month and I have unlimited data. There are contracts here, but the operators are nice enough to tell you how much of your phone bill goes towards phone service versus how much goes towards paying off the phone. Plus, operators let you pick between buying a phone SIM free, with a 1 year, 2 year, or even 3 year contract!
If you want WI FI calling just download the Bobsled App. It is free and works on any Android or iPhone. With it you can make free phone calls around the world over any wi-fi connection.