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Video:Pay as You Go vs. Contract Cell Phones

with Nick Jaynes

Prepaid phones are the right choice for some people, while contract phones work better for others. Here's a side-by-side comparison of pay as you go and contract cell phones.See Transcript

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Transcript:Pay as You Go vs. Contract Cell Phones

Hi, I'm Nick Jaynes and this is pay as you go vs. contract cell phones. I'll be using information from the Cell Phone Guide on About.com. Every wireless provider offers different phones for prepaid plans than they do for monthly contract plans. We will be comparing phones on Verizon, the nation's number one network.

Prepaid Cell Phones

Verizon features four different phones under their prepaid plan. The Samsung, Gusto, the LG Revere, the Pantech Caper, and the Samsung Intensity II. The Samsung Gusto and the Revere are the most basic. They are both flip phones with a speakerphone and a built-in camera. The camera in the Revere is slightly more advanced. Both have Bluetooth connectivity and both are under $40. The Pantech Caper comes with a few more bells and whistles. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera and a full QWERTY keyboard. However, it is more expensive, it costs $79.99. Verizon's most expensive prepaid phone is the Samsung Intensity II. It slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, and also has a 1.3 megapixel camera. It doubles as an mp3 player and can sync with your PC to transfer your music easily. It has up to 32GB of optional memory. It sells for $99.99. For the most part, these phones are very basic, but so are the plans they come with. Most people who enroll in a prepaid plan don't use their phone very often, and only require a simple device.

Contract Cell Phones

Phones with contracts can get much more in depth as smartphones become available. There is a much wider variety of phones offered with a contract. One of them is the iPhone 4.The iPhone 4 is not without its problems -- yes, we've heard about those pesky antenna issues. But it remains one of the best smartphones around, thanks to its gorgeous display, elegant design, and incredible ease of use. And it's even better now that you have a choice of carriers. Another is the HTC Thunderbolt. The HTC Thunderbolt was Verizon's first 4G smartphone and it remains the carrier's best high-speed option. But the Thunderbolt delivers more than just speedy data access: it also offers a big, bright 4.3-inch touch screen, excellent call quality, and a top-notch camera.

As you can see, there is a huge different between the pay as you go phones vs. the ones offered with a contract. If you want to surf the internet and receive email on your phone, go with a contract phone. If you are looking for something simpler, go with the pay as you go phones. Thanks for watching. If you'd like to learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com.

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