you usually get what you pay for. companies like those piggyback on the service of other carriers. in this case, probably AT&T. you may not be getting nationwide coverage, or spotty coverage anywhere outside a metropolitan area. you may be getting slow speeds, dropped calls, no customer service should you need it, usually paying the high retail price of a phone, etc. in this case, i'm guessing that nokia phone is your only option unless you want to pay a few hundred dollars out of pocket for something better. if it works for you, great. but these are the reasons most of us are on phone contracts.
Your incorrect and why I posted, most people are under contracts because they do not know any better or want a GROSSLY overpriced phone to be paid back over a 2 year contract, too many people are under the impression based on heresy and non factual comments that your comments and other impressions above are true, they are not .
My original post above IS FOR ATT service, ATT owns Cricket. The only reason people get contract service is simply misinformation as well as not educating themselves as to what they are buying.
Cell Phone Contracts are SUPER HIGH MARK UP items for the cell companies, its really that simple, NO benefit to the buyer except that you are stuck with the same provider no matter how much they screw you.
NON contract users, get better service, why? Its REALLY simple, if your unhappy, you can switch companies on a whim, no contract, means you can switch every 30 days if you wanted, CAN YOU DO THAT WITH A CONTRACT COMPANY?
Many of the phones an uninformed consumer gets with a contract, are WAY overpriced, super high markup devices and help the makers of those phones come up with profits of Billions of dollars, kind of funny, think about it, people think Harleys are expensive, sounds like your cell phone is way overpriced, my Windows 8.1 phone is way better and ATT/Cricket gave it to me for free, with free activation, free shipping, $35 unlimited everything, NO ADDED ON TAXES, SERVICE FEES, FCC LINE CHARGES, ECT, ECT, ECT ,.,, $35.00 A MONTH AND IF I DIDNT LIKE IT, I CAN GO TO ANY OTHER COMPANY NEXT MONTH, CAN YOU DO THAT WITH A CONTRACT? NOPE
As far as the comment on the phone, it sounds like you didnt even go to the site. Nokia as the only option? Look at the site, but, what if it was? That would be like saying "Iphone the only option" would that be a bad thing? Nokia is way better and more fun then iphones, again, people need to research instead of listen to marketing.
Most people do not know, Microsoft OWNS Nokia phones division and may even be simply named Windows phone in the future. Way better then iphone, I know, I USE BOTH every day, for me the iphone is a stoggy blah phone that does its job, that is it.
I have a company supplied IPHONE and My own personal Nokia smart phone, the Nokia is way smarter, I can even talk to it and it understands what I say over the iphone.
Hmmm ... cost people $600 bucks for a iphone .. ha ... tell me what company is ripping you off. Apple or Microsoft, answer, Apple
All this is ok, if someone wants to pay a monthly fee of 100 to 200% higher then I pay for the same and better service, with a great phone.
Its a personal choice. If they are happy doing that and being locked in a contract that is great but there are many who rather pay $35 a month with NO fees or taxes and get a free great phone that they will enjoy more then an iphone OR they can even pay a bit more if they want something more expensive, just like any cell phone company.
This post is intended for the people who rather not be locked into a contract and get a way better rate and this reply to your post is to correct the misinformation for those people.
BTW, as time goes on and by the end of this decade, contract phones will not exist and/or be in the minority. The public is catching on QUICKLY, Walmart and TMobile helped move this into the spotlight. Cell contract customers are falling by the hundreds of thousands every quarter of the year.
ALL a contract phone plan is, is a two year loan agreement, so they can sell you a GROSSLY marked up phone, nothing more.
Next, mark my words on this, will come TV, people think they have to pay to watch TV when its free and if they wish can pay $25 a month right now for everything. I know, been doing it for years and the cable/sat companies are feeling it. Ill explain someday. BTW, all these savings, pays for my new RK. Hmmm ... which would I rather have, contract phone and cable/Sat TV or a new Road King ... *LOL*
The answer is simple when I can have them all but at hundreds less a month for the TV and Phone.