Top 5 No-Contract Phones and Plans

Michael C. Jones
Yahoo! Contributor Network

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The freedom of a no-contract cell phone is a dream come true for many consumers. The hassle of overage charges, monthly billing, and the contract itself can be discouraging. This is why no-contract plans are a wonderful alternative for price sensitive shoppers.

RadioShack provides a hub for the savvy shopper to compare and shop several different models. To save time, here are five of the best options with respect to phones and plans. Granted, there are many more to choose from, but these five will get you off to a good start.

1. Samsung Gusto 2, Verizon

Two things give this phone the nod as the best option for the cost -- Verizon's powerful network and the rock-bottom price. Retailing at $19.99, it's a great entry-level phone with awesome functionality. When combined with the reliability and strength of Verizon's network, it's easily the most attractive option.

2. Samsung Transform Ultra, Boost Mobile

A GPS, full HTML browser by Google, and a 3MP camera with flash are the most prominent features on this premium smartphone available with carrier Boost Mobile. Though it doesn't have a lot of the power of the top contract phones, it gives consumers who want the best technology a viable high-end option. Among the features of the Boost Mobile non-contract plan of $50/month is a $10/month plan to turn your phone into a 3G or 4G mobile hotspot.

3. LG 500G Phone, Tracfone

For just $29.99, the GSM LG 500 is another low-cost option for bargain shoppers. Tracfone offers pay-as-you-go plans starting at $9.99, so this is a great option for parents and those who want to pay only for the minutes used. Though the phone itself has mostly basic functionality, users will find the graphical interface easy on eyes.

4. HTC Evo Design 4G, Boost Mobile

The Android-based Evo Design retails for $299.99 and gives Boost Mobile consumers a true smartphone option without the hassle of a contract. In terms of capability, this model does it all. Wi-Fi, a 5MP camera, and HD video recording make this an attractive choice for users who want the experience of a fully-functional device without the bounds of a contract. $50/month is the base price for the monthly plans from Boost Mobile with smartphone options starting at an additional $10/month.

5. Samsung Replenish, Boost Mobile

Users that like the design of the popular BlackBerry will delight over the Samsung Replenish, which will remind them of it due to its full QWERTY keyboard. At $99.99, it's moderately priced and a viable entry into the non-contract market. It boasts a touchscreen and 2MP camera with video support. The device also allows for Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities.