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How To Get a Free Smartphone
Posted By Miranda Marquit On 06/11/2013 @ 12:10 pm In Shopping | 13 Comments
Smart phones are becoming increasingly popular — and no wonder. With a smart phone, you can carry everything you need in the palm of your hand.
Your smart phone can act as a camera, GPS device, and do so much more than just allow you to talk to others. You can check email, complete banking transactions , and update your social media statuses.
But smart phones can also be expensive. I know. I finally ditched my prepaid cell phone  and got a smart phone on a family plan with my husband. We didn’t want to lock in to a two-year plan, and we found that the contract-less deal offered by T-Mobile would save us money in the long run — even if we did buy the phones up front.
Others, though, are more about the cash flow than the long-term savings. And that can make sense if you aren’t prepared to shell out between $350 and $600 for a smart phone.
Of course, while your smart phone is technically free, the reality is that you are still paying over time. In many cases, you have to sign up for a two-year contract in order to get the free phone. But it still seems like a good deal, especially if you are signing up for a family plan and you and your partner (and maybe a child or two) want smart phones.
Here are some available smart phones:
When you sign up for your free phone, make sure that you understand the entire process. You may need to pay a little up front (like $50) and then send away for a mail-in rebate. This is common practice with Sprint.
It’s also worth noting that, with T-Mobile, you don’t have to pay the entire cost of your smart phone at once. You can pay a small amount each month — interest free — over the course of two years. You aren’t locked into a contract, though, so if you decide to jump ship and you are on a payment plan with your smart phone, you’ll have to pay the entire balance. It’s not the same as the cancellation fee that you pay when you switch carriers before a two-year contract is up, but it’s still something to keep in mind.
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