The rates are only variable according to the level of service you are looking at obtaining, spare certain types of corporate discounts that take off a small percentage of the monthly service charge. They won't offer one person $30 for unlimited data and the next person $15. It's a very oligopolistic marketplace in that regard.
Post-paid might provide you with a better deal if you do not need massive buckets of data, and do not need features such as free mobile-to-any mobile calling.
Getting the better deal nn the handset (hardware) just takes a little digging, along with good timing.
Question- Is there a site where I can offer up my contact info so all the cell phone companies bother me with their sales pitches. Sounds crazy right?
Well I guess what I am looking for is a site for cell phone carriers like Lending Tree is for mortgage companies. My contract is up in November and I'd like to see the people who stand to profit from my choice make me some offers.
I am currently with Verizon which I like, but If AT&T were to offer me the latest and greatest smart phone for a great monthly price, I could live with not being able to get a call through in some places.
So if anyone knows of such a place please provide a link. If not, maybe one you entrepreneuring types could create one.