Have you stayed away from a wireless contract?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| Published: August 7, 2014

T-Mobile touted a pretty impressive tentpole for the wireless carrier yesterday. The Magenta Carrier is now the number 1 pre-paid provider in the United States! That's pretty impressive, to say the least, especially considering where T-Mobile was just a year ago. There's no denying that the wireless network has been turned around in a major way, and as long as they can continue this trend, there's no real reason to think that anything bad can happen. Right?

I'm not trying to jinx them, either. I mean that. The majority of the things T-Mobile has been doing are pretty great, even if you're just looking at them. But, more than that, it's about what T-Mobile has done to every other major network. Change is good, and as long as consumers can benefit from it, it will always be a good thing.

The way that contracts have changed, or the agreements that we sign with the U.S.-based carriers, is long overdue, but at least it's here. The "old school" two-year contracts are starting to fade, at least as far as I can tell. There are still plenty of people out there signing them, sure, but even more of them are going for the device payment plans.

Actually, I know quite a few people who have just let their contracts expire, and they've stuck to the month-to-month process. Meaning, they've held onto their phones (in most cases), and they're no longer contractually obligated by the carrier. They've, as the carriers put it, "met their contract obligations." Some carriers see that as a reason to potentially throttle data.

When I saw the prepaid news from T-Mobile, it got me thinking about subscribers staying away from the lengthy contracts or other agreements from carriers. Specifically, who of you out there have done whatever you can to either keep your grandfathered, contract-free plan (by buying unlocked, or full-price phones, for instance), or have always opted for prepaid options? I'm curious to see how many people out there have remained steadfast from their lengthy contracts, and why they've decided to not go that route. So let me know!