Non-contract phones cost less! I finally got that through my head, courtesy of my off-spring. It has saved me $40/month! I wanted to slap myself upside the head when I looked back and realized how much money I had wasted. I used until to pay for my son's phone while he was in college until he completely abused the privilege, and then I cut him off! They had phones in their rooms, anyway. Believe me, he found the cheapest way to have a phone after that.