It used to be that foregoing a wireless contract meant paying through the nose for a smartphone. Not anymore. Today’s no-commitment phones are more affordable than ever, and you can have your cake and eat it too with models that offer cutting edge specs. Plus, you can save big bucks versus the major carriers on your monthly plan if you opt for a low-cost carrier like MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile or Boost Mobile.
Those looking for even bigger bargains will have to make some trade-offs in terms of specs, but will still be able to enjoy a solid Android or Windows Phone experience without being tied down. Here are the best no-contract phone deals available right now.
One of the best smartphone deals yet, Google’s Nexus 5 boasts a 5-inch, full-HD display and zippy Snapdragon 800 processor for a mere $349 unlocked. You can use this handset on AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile and enjoy LTE speeds.
The LG-made Nexus 5 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, which offers enhanced voice control, a new immersive reading mode and improved phone functions. The device’s blazing performance and clean software make it a great choice not just for Android purists but anyone looking for a new device. You can get the Nexus 5 on Google’s Play Store.