Cheap cell phones: More mobile for your money

Cell phone contracts have one advantage: they can get you a nice cell phone for next to nothing.

The LG LX5500 is free with service. Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Everyone loves to hate cell phone contracts, but if given a choice, I'd bet that many people would gladly sign one in exchange for a cheap cell phone.

If that logic applies to you, there are quite a few options available when the economy is sputtering, and even when it is firing on all cylinders. Yes, you're stuck with a carrier for two years, but you can walk away with a phone that may wind up costing no more than a night at the movies. And in some cases, that handset might even be free.

The exact deals will change frequently--it all depends on what the carrier wants to push at a given time--but you could receive a nice new handset for next to nothing. Check out our list of some of the latest cell phone bargains.

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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).

 

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