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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎05-20-2011

What does without contract mean?

I see tons of phones for sale where they're described by the seller as "without contract". Does this mean that the buyer can activate the phone on the carrier's network without having to obligate themselves to a new contract with the carrier?
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Community Member
Posts: 55
Registered: ‎04-19-2011

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw
Yes that means you can just activate the phone and start using it. No signing your life away for another 2yrs to a carrier.
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gporpc
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Posts: 3,719
Registered: ‎01-28-2010

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw
Mant users of cell phones think they have to get a replacement from the service provider, nothing is further from the truth.
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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-22-2005

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw
I see tons of phones for sale where they're described by the seller as "without contract". Does this mean that the buyer can activate the phone on the carrier's network without having to obligate themselves to a new contract with the carrier?
An example: you can buy a t-mobile phone in the store or on ebay, you can also buy a t-mobile sim card and register for a 'pay as you go' t-mobile plan and get a phone number with t-mobile. No contract needed. Most carriers offer a 'pay as you go'plan and offer phones to go with it. If you buy the phone on ebay, you just have to find the right phone to go with the plan you want, or vice versa. The more you know about the carrier and their phones, the better.
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Community Member
Posts: 16
Registered: ‎07-05-2011

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw
Total newbie here. What is the difference between an iphone 3G (verizon) and an iphone 3G (at&t). Are iphones actually compatible with only one or another carrier?
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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-21-2011

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw

someone please help me?? i just puchased a new sprint phone from ebay this morning and the person selling it just messged me and said that the phone cannot be activated with sprint. why is that and sprint is the carrier?

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Community Member
Posts: 16
Registered: ‎09-01-2011

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw

There is no such thing as a Verizon iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G was only released on AT&T in the US.


 


There is a Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4.  The iPhone 4 for AT&T is only compatible with AT&T but can also be unlocked to use sim cards from other networks like T-Mobile.


 


The Verizon iPhone 4 is CDMA (does not use sim cards) and can only be used on Verizon.  Though some people have flashed them to work on Cricket and Metro PCS.

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Community Member
Posts: 16
Registered: ‎09-01-2011

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw

danaja11, your phone can't be activated on Sprint because it has a bad ESN.  Meaning it has been reported either lost or stolen.  I recommend you get your money back from the seller since there is no way you will be able to use it on Sprint's network.

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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-24-2011

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw

I just bought a phone for Sprint that said NO CONTRACT is this pre paid or just mean doesn't come with the contract PLEASE help!!!!! thank you

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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-28-2012

Re: What does without contract mean?

in reply to jmmlaw

I am an international student who is tight in cell phone budget. I don't like to sign 2 year contract either. I don't have long enough credit history and thus I don't pass the AT&T and T-Mobile credit check. To get their services, I will need to pay for $500 deposit per phone number. On the other hand, I search for pre-paid plans but it turns that it is more expensive than the contract plan given that I use text message quite often and talk mostly on the weekends.



I found this website



nocontractphoneplan.com



where I sign up for their service. They are flash wireless network, which doesn't require any contract nor credit check. Their price is quite affordable. I am pretty happy on the signal strength at my location. I think you may consider this option when you shop for your cell phone service.



Good luck and take care.


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