Well it seems that I will finally be joining those people. I am not saying that long term contracts are evil monsters trying to eat away every penny possible during its term. All I am saying is that I am beginning to see an advantage in getting away from contractless cellphone plans and using unlocked cellphones.
Recently I bought myself a brand new BlackBerry Bold from Rogers to use it on a 3 years long contract. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I am stuck with the Bold for 3 years. I still get the chance to upgrade my phone every year. And to be honest, after playing around with the Bold for some time now I don’t think I need an upgrade anytime soon. It’s a great device that is packed with high end features and I am pretty sure it will take me a long time to require an upgrade. Or at least I hope so.
That being said, buying unlocked phones used to cost me a fortune since they are not subsidized. For example, if I wanted to buy an unlocked BlackBerry Bold I would probably be looking at a $800 price tag. It cost me a fraction of that when I bought it through Rogers with wireless plan. So this way, I get the best of both worlds: a good looking feature packaged device at a reasonable price.
The drawback here is the fact that I have to wait at least a year to upgrade or change my phone and also that Rogers might not have the latest and coolest phones. But that’s something I am willing to live with in order to save myself some serious cash.