"I signed a cellphone contract to get a good price on a new iPhone. When my two-year contract expired, I continued month-to-month. My monthly payment stayed the same. A friend pointed out that as I had now paid off the cost of the phone, I was effectively paying more than if I’d bought the phone upfront."
– Heather, Vancouver
Choosing a cellphone can be a complicated process. Two-year contract or pay-as-you-go? Smartphone or basic flip phone? Individual or shared plan? With so many options and new words to learn, it can be hard to decide what to buy.
Three options to consider
When you get a cellphone, you are buying two things: the phone handset and the cellphone service. The handset is the physical device. The service is what allows you to use the phone.
In buying cellphone service, most people sign a service contract with a phone provider. But it's not your only option. And it’s rarely your cheapest option.