i'm a little confused as to why someone would buy a phone off contract unless they have not completed a previous contract. i understand that you would not be whacked by a $2-300 breaking of contract fee if you switched carriers. however, if the typical smartphone is $5-600 with no contract and the discounted, 2 year contract price is $2-300, it is usually a wash if you wound up cancelling the contract later on down the road. am i missing something? are their plans on certain carriers that are cheaper if you have an off contract phone? are all the people who say they are buying a phone off contract just people who are still under a previous contract? or, is it a principle thing for some folks?