So my company will pay for me to get a cell phone, and I am eyeing the S4. Any advantage to paying outright for a phone and not signing a contract other than the ability to upgrade whenever I want in the future?
Top of the morning to you! Aside from being eligible to upgrade at any point, I don't see any advantages to paying the standard retail cost for your device. Keep in mind that even when you purchase a device at retail cost, you are still subject to a $36.00 upgrade fee. Is there something in specific that you're looking for?
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Since my company will pay for a new phone, I am looking for flexibility to upgrade in the future without having to wait for whatever time frame passes. So sounds like upgrade flexibility is the only advantage of paying for a phone outright. Any other advantages?
On GSM networks, buying a phone outright may make sense, since it let's the phone owner switch carriers more flexibly. But with a Sprint (CDMA) phone, it seems no such benefit exists unless one would want to shift to a prepaid carrier with a slower network (at least these days).
buying the phone outright leaves them with the ability to still upgrade to another phone if they wish to..no worries about a 2 year contract holding them back if something better pops up before next year..which rumor has it a few more phones should be popping out late this year