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Conventional wisdom holds that if you want an iPhone, you have no
choice but to get it from a big carrier, lock into a two-year
contract, and pay a minimum of $70 per month for service--usually
closer to $80 by the time you get hit with all those taxes and
Not today. In honor of Cyber Monday, Virgin Mobile has the iPhone 5 (16GB) for $359.99 shipped, with no
activation charge and, more important, no contract.
If you've been looking to buy a smartphone on the cheap,
meaning with low monthly rates and without a two-year contract, you
know that there are plenty of Android-powered options out
The problem is, most of those phones have small screens, old
operating systems, slow processors, limited features, 3G-only
connectivity, or some other catalog of compromises.
That's why I'm thoroughly excited by the Virgin Mobile
Supreme, a 5-inch powerhouse of a smartphone that's quite possibly
the best deal no-contract I've seen yet.
I'll get to the specifics in a minute.
Is owning a smarthpone smart if the monthly bills put you in
the poorhouse? Not so much.
Thankfully, a growing number of upstart carriers are trying to
make smartphone pricing cheaper and more manageable.
Have you finally reached the end of that oppressive (and expensive) two-year contract with your mobile
phone carrier? Time to start shopping for cheaper alternatives.
It's a common misconception that you have to stick with the same service provider after your contract
expires. But there's a very good chance you can indeed shop around, as a number of upstart prepaid
carriers now offer similar (and in some cases better) service for considerably less money.
I'll use myself as an example – or, rather, my daughter. She has a hand-me-down iPhone 4 that's
currently part of our AT&T Family Plan. But her phone is out of contract, so we're under no obligation
to stick with AT&T. (My wife and I will be out of contract as well come October, so this will be a great
chance to test the waters with another, cheaper, service.)
You already know what it's like to pay for your smartphone.
(And how!) Wouldn't it be nice if your smartphone could pay you for
It can, if you stock it with a few special apps. Just by going
about your daily routine -- shopping in stores, watching TV, and so
on -- you can earn points good for rewards, prizes, or even cash.
In most cases it costs nothing for the app or the service that
provides it. Your only investment is a few minutes of your
Get paid to shop
The only thing better than finding a sale? Getting a reward
every time you set foot in a store, buy something, and/or point
your camera at a product.
CheckPoints, for example, rewards you for scanning
product barcodes, checking in at various stores, and completing
offers on your phone.
Let me guess: You're finally ready to make the move from your old
flip-phone or BlackBerry to a more modern smartphone, but you can't
stomach the $60-80 (or higher!) monthly fee that's going to come
Or perhaps your teenager has been clamoring for a smartphone,
but you're not willing to pay that same huge bill for something
that's primarily going to be used for texting and Angry Birds.
Surely there must be a more affordable option out there?
There is, finally. I've written about Republic
Wireless a few times before, but there was always a waiting
list while the company slowly rolled out service to small batches
of customers. Now, thankfully, the deal is open to all.