Get the smartphone but ditch the contract

There was a time when mobile phones were just barely mobile; they were large, bulky and reception was spotty at best. Users generally were guys with either pocket protectors or Porsches.

A3L Android smartphone

Phones have gotten smaller, more convenient, highly reliable and you’re seen as unusual if you don’t have one.

But, one constant until recently has been the cell phone contract, most of which were as binding as marriage and financially demanding as a mortgage.

There is, however, an alternative: No contract cell phone service.

While that has has been around for a while, it often meant getting a minimal service options and bare bones phone.

That too has changed, and one of the options for a no-contract cell phone is offered by NUU Mobile. Paired with Lycamobile (which piggybacks on the T-Mobile 4G LTE network), Nuu Mobile offers a selection of Android phones, which are now available at travel centers.

  • What makes this service different is the ease of activation. Here’s what it takes:
  • Buy the phone
  • Turn it on and follow the prompts to set it up
  • Dial 622
  • Enter your ZIP Code
  • Receive your number
  • Start making calls

Available phones include:

A1

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 4” touchscreen
  • 2MP rear camera and VGA front camera
  • Dual SIM slots
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB storage

A3L

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 5” touchscreen
  • 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • Dual SIM slots
  • 1G RAM
  • 8GB storage

M2

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5” touchscreen
  • 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera
  • Dual 4G LTE SIM slots
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage

Service plans range from from $19 to $59 per month.

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