LG 101 - black (Virgin Mobile) - No Contract
Equipped with a 3.5-inch screen, 3G capabilities, and a 3-megapixel camera, the Valet is a bare bones smartphone from ZTE.
Despite its notable drawbacks, the Huawei Valiant is one of the better ultrabudget, off-contract Android smartphones.
Virgin Mobile's budget-friendly Samsung Montage is a functional messaging phone without a contract, though its poor battery life and entry-level features hardly stand out in the crowd.
At a hefty cost, the Virgin Mobile iPhone 4 delivers an unlimited plan without a contract -- just don't expect blazing-fast data speeds.
The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is still the same ho-hum handset you can expect from RIM, but for a no-contract BlackBerry, it's reliable and makes texting a breeze.
Available immediately, the handset is a more budget-friendly approach to the flagship HTC One M8.
It's getting cheaper and easier to own a smartphone, but is there a downside to breaking away from the Big Four?
The carrier joins Verizon in offering the wallet-friendly plus-sized smartphone later this month.
The philanthropic carrier gives you unlimited talk, texting, and data -- but if you're thinking there's a catch, you're right.