The new sale from Virgin Mobile shaves 10 percent off the usual price of the two unsubsidized iPhones, but it's good for only a limited time.
Hybrid carrier Republic Wireless will offer the Moto X for $299 off contract.
With no arrival date for Apple's latest iPhone, China's largest carrier will focus more on cheaper, unsubsidized phones.
For the unsubsidized price of $759.99, the unlocked Sony Xperia ZL offers a big, bright screen, speedy processor, Android Jelly Bean, and 4G LTE.
Carrier's unsubsidized iPhones can be unlocked with a simple iTunes reset, bypassing a process that includes filing out an online form and waiting a week for approval.
Also in this week's wireless and broadband advice column, why phones are tied to their networks.
So far, less expensive Wi-Fi-only versions of unsubsidized popular portable electronics have outsold their cellular-equipped counterparts. Will that continue with the PlayStation Vita?
Carriers to sell unsubsidized iPhone 3G for just under $800
This article initially misstated the unsubsidized Nexus One price. It costs $529.
Rep. Ed Markey is preparing legislation that would impose a slew of new obligations on wireless carriers, including forcing them to sell unsubsidized phones without long-term contracts.