November 25, 2013
Is No-Contract Right for Me?
By Danielle Babbington
The term no-contract has been thrown around a lot lately but what does is exactly mean and how do you know if it is the right option for you when it comes to your cell phone needs? A growing number of value-seeking customers prefer to use wireless service that does not require a long-term contract. No-contract may not be for everyone, but as someone who has worked for Boost Mobile for nearly nine years I LOVE no-contract and want to share some of the benefits.
How No-Contract Cell Phone Plans Work
In contrast to regular cell phones, no-contract or prepaid cell phones do not require a long-term contract and gives you the flexibility you need. You simply pay in advance for the minutes or flat rate plan that you will use, and that's it.
- Save Money. Depending upon your usage, you can save money by using prepaid minutes or a flat-rate unlimited plan. Review your billing statements or contact your current provider to see how many minutes you have used for each of the past three months. Calculate your average monthly usage, and divide this into your monthly bill to determine how much you currently spend per minute. Compare this to various prepaid options to see if you can save. This is also a perfect option for parents who want a phone for their child but don't want to worry about runaway bills.
- No Credit Check. Your credit score affects everything from job applications to insurance rates to credit card applications. However, you don't have to worry about this with most prepaid cell phone plans. There is no risk involved for the provider, so the issue of your credit rating is a non-issue.
- No Long-Term Contract. Is there anyone who actually likes signing a long-term contract? I dislike signing a contract for any monthly service, whether it is Internet, cell phone, cable television or anything else. Regardless, you don't have to worry about this with a prepaid cell phone plan. You can purchase your minutes or flat-rate plan as you wish and switch providers at your leisure without any exorbitant early termination fees.
Sprint has a robust portfolio of no-contract brands plus broadband products, each designed to appeal to a specific customer segment within the expanding prepaid market.
Boost Mobile: Redefines value for consumers with its no-contract Monthly Unlimited plans with Shrinking Payments, where the longer you stay, the less you pay. Exclusive to Boost, after every six on-time payments, your monthly payment shrinks by $5 a month, up to a maximum $15, making the $55 Monthly Unlimited plan, which includes unlimited talk, text and data1, available for as low as $40/month.
Virgin Mobile USA – The data-savvy consumers who are always connected but not always on voice. Beyond Talk unlimited data plans2, with 3G and available 4G, starts at $35/month.
- payLo – Sprint’s prepaid brand that targets budget-conscious consumers who only need feature phones.
- Broadband2Go – 3G/4G mobile broadband Internet access without a contract – only pay for it when you need it.
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile offer a diverse handset line up including the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC Desire® from Virgin and LG Optimus F 7 from Boost Mobile.
Danielle Babbington is the public relations manager for the Boost Mobile brand at Sprint. Based in sunny southern Calif., she oversees all public relations programs for the Boost brand including product and service launches, sponsorships, events, advertising, brand initiatives and more. Danielle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All prices exclude taxes and surcharges.
1Includes 2.5GB per month of high-speed data. Video streaming limited to 3G speeds.
2All plans include 2.5GB/month of 3G/4G high speed data with capable device and plan. Adaptive protocol video limited to 600Kbps. Speeds (including video) reduced to 256Kbps for remainder of plan cycle, with speeds restored at beginning of next plan cycle. Additional terms apply.