It’s no secret that calling plans with phone service providers can get a little pricey. What is a bit more of a secret though, is the plethora of no-contract alternatives offered by companies looking to edge out the big carriers in the market for low-cost calling. Of course, these new phones are sure to have strings attached. While you may get away free from commitment, these plans often require a hefty initial payment, limited connectivity, or pay-as-you go services (which any teenager’s parent might tell you, can add up quick).
But if you don’t talk as much as a 16-year old girl and you’re afraid of entering a serious relationship with a corporation, here are some of the best free-wheeling, unattached devices on the market. Just be careful to check your provider’s coverage, because many lesser-known services are only available in limited areas.