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Updated April 11, 2014 10:08 AM PDT

No-contract carriers sell mobile phones at full retail prices, but you can save money in the long run with cheaper monthly rates. Follow the links at the left to drill deeper into our favorite mobile phones by type. These lists change frequently, so check back!

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.

Price: $168.00 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Stunning sequel

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 packages powerful quad-core specs, two rear-facing cameras, and a bright 1080p screen in a beautiful, all-metal design.

Price: $149.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

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Apple iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S is not a required upgrade, but it's easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.

4 stars Excellent

Sub-5-inch Android to beat

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

4.5 stars Outstanding

The 'win' in Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia Icon (Verizon Wireless)

Buy the Nokia Lumia Icon for its beautiful display and well-rounded features, but skip it if you require gobs of storage, are on a budget, or prefer a power user's OS.

Price: $149.99 - $599.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

The write stuff

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Though its plastic skin doesn't do its high price justice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 makes the most compelling case yet for a supersize phone.

Price: $99.99 - $799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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