Originally Posted by holymadness
Are you Americans really forced to get contracts? Can't you just buy the phone unlocked and go with whichever carrier offers the best rate?
You can buy unlocked phones but then you run into network compatibility problems so it becomes kind of pointless to do it.
T-Mobile and AT&T are on GSM while Sprint and Verizon are CDMA.
Then, even between the carriers they use different frequencies for data so, while you may get voice service, you may have to rely on slower data i.e. Edge instead of 3G.