We get it. It’s been a year since you got a new phone, and it doesn’t have a Super Ultra HD screen, 80MP camera or fancy pants 50-core processor. You pine for the latest and greatest mobile toy, but it’s probably going to cost you a lot, right? Well, yes. But in the past year, every major US network has eased the pain by introducing device installment plans, many of which allow you to trade in your current phone for a newer, hipper model. Most of these plans, which are designed to let you pay off your device over several months, are still more expensive than the average two-year contract, regardless of who you sign it with. But whether you like it or not, they’re here to stay.
Depends on what you want to do with your phone. If it’s going to be your primary computer, then you might want the latest and greatest. But if you just use it for calls and texting, spend $60-$100 for a Nokia Windows phone and buy a cheap call plan to go with it. I’ve got a Nokia 520 I paid $60 for, and bought a 1000 minute phone package that runs for a year to fuel it, which cost another $100. So I’ve got a nice little phone that does just about anything your smartphone can do if it can connect to wifi, and make and receive calls from anywhere it gets a T-Mobile 4G connection.
One thing I can guarantee you – handset prices are going to start coming down – precipitately.