It may be difficult to save money when tempted by the endless technology, apps, services and gadgets saturating the marketplace. Fortunately, many choices don’t require a monthly contract and can be purchased outright without any ongoing fees other than the use of your Wi-Fi signal. Here are some impressive contract-free technology choices that are worth the investment and help you save in the long run.
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According to Time Inc, you’ll end up paying $2,200 each time you buy a premium smartphone with a two-year contract. Fortunately, options are available that donâ€™t require spending thousands just to snag a premium iPhone. Cricket offers the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus at $650 and $750, respectively, with prepaid, no-contract plans at $40. There’s even a $35 discount if you sign up for auto-payments. According to TechTimes, more cellular companies are leaning toward the prepaid, no-contract trend.
People on the go who need reliable Wi-Fi can use a portable system with nationwide coverage. The pocket-sized Karma offers no-contract and pay-as-you-go plans at $14/GB. Your data never expires and is ready to go when you are. Top it off when your data is getting low, or let it run out and buy more before your next business trip.
There’s no power button or wires to cart around. Instead, Karma turns a cellular connection into a personal Wi-Fi signal and gets your laptop, tablet, smartphone and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices online and ready to go.
Expensive cable packages with hundreds of channels you don’t watch is quickly becoming a thing of the past with devices like Apple TV. Pay a one-time cost of $99 and hook it up to your TV. Launch the Apple TV apps and get free shows from certain networks, your Amazon Prime account, favorite YouTube channel or Netflix. You can also ask Siri to hunt down a show for you with the included remote.
Smart homes are the wave of the future with gadgets automating everything from laundry to ambient lighting. The Nest thermostat can be self-installed in 30 minutes or less and learns the patterns of your heating and cooling needs. Once it collects information on how you like the temperature and when you’re home, the Nest can self-adjust without intervention. Use more than one Nest to control the temperature in different rooms and floors of your house and potentially save a bundle on your utility bills. There’s no monthly contract required, just the use of your existing Wi-Fi signal.