there's loads of people here complaining about having to wait for their 1-2 year contracts to run out so they can get a new phone so is it just not possible for people in usa, uk and wherever else to buy a phone and get a mobile service contract separately? if it is, why don't people want to do that? thing is, i don't personally know anyone with a phone on contract (i'm in finland) and i just can't see any reason why anyone would want to do that instead of the alternative (well apart from ota updates maybe, but i don't see them as such a big deal) do you rent your computer from your isp? are you waiting for your contract with the cable company to run out so you can get a new tv? does the petrol station provide you with a selection of cars to choose from? no? so why do it with your phone?