For example, ATT gives you 30 days (not for iPhone, but for everything else) to try their service. You are only liable for the calls you make during this time and you won't be locked in. I would imagine both of the largest carriers (Verizon/ATT) would be able to give you free phones that might suit your needs if you found the service adequate.
I also suggest perusing howardforums.com for more info on the cellular service/region you will be using your phone after you move.
I am moving from IL to CA (San Francisco Bay Area) in about 2 months. Unfortunately, my phone broke now. I do not want to get into a new contract now because I cannot know whether the service and phone that work here would work at my new location. (Just in case service and phone do not work at the new place, i do not want to pay to get out of the contract.) What can I do?
My contract with Sprint has expired. I was planning to sign up for a new contract (with any provider) at the new location.
your suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.