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Top 5 Smartphones For Free (Almost)

Recently released smartphones, such as the iPhone 4s and Galaxy S3, has been competitively priced at around $199.99 with a two year contract.   These are the sexy new phones that get all the hype in the commercials.  But can an average consumer notice the difference between the Galaxy Nexus 4G release about half a year ago and the new Galaxy S3?  Both phones are running the upgraded Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS and have access to the same apps and LTE networks speed.  All things considered, these phones reviewed below are offered at essentially for free ($0.01 to be exact) and would be not operate at a noticeable difference to the average consumers compared to the new phones on the market.

With that said, below are some of the most popular phones released within the last year that is certainly worth it’s $0.01 price tag.  The deal is offered to all new customers, existing customers, and customers looking to add a new line to the family plan.  The catch is you must be willing to sign a new two year contract or extend your existing contract by two years.  The contract contingency is consistent with any new phones you are looking to buy as a new customer or upgrade as an existing customer.


Below are the top five free phones rated by customer reviews:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G

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Considered to be one of the bulkier phones on the market, don’t let the size scare you when you first pick it up. You will quickly find that behind this beast is a lot of power and features that will blow your mind. With the speedy Android OS, playing around with apps and the phone could be any easier.

Packed with a 5MP and 720p video quality, the [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy[/easyazon-link] sets the bar in the smart phone space. With a dynamic range and sharp focus, you can share your crystal clear photos via Facebook or email in a snap. As for the video, the YouTube integration makes it easier than ever to upload your high definition movies in a snap.

With a solid 32GB of memory, users no longer have to worry about picking up an additional MicroSD card to store their favorite apps and media. Noted as probably one of the best functions for the phone, the Galaxy also has a transferable function that enables you to upload your media to a desktop computer with a click of a button.

While the size was touched upon just for a second above, don’t let it scare you. The size of the phone is lighter than most smart phones on the market, but it just looks a tad bigger. In terms of quality, you won’t see a difference. It doesn’t have a clunky or chunky feel to it. For what it’s worth, the QWERTY keyword is well worth the space that it takes up.

Equipped with a battery that can last days without any activity, a charger rarely has even be used throughout the month when used lightly. Of course, heavy activity such as the Verizon HotSpot feature can eat up battery space, but that can be said with any phone.

Comparing this phone to the competition, it has everything that you need and more. With over 100,000 apps at your fingertips, this Google product is a phone that anyone could be attracted to.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Tough 4G

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Possibly the best phone that you have ever used in your lifetime, the [easyazon-link asin=”B005LHN47S” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Tough[/easyazon-link] has everything that you possibly need in a smart phone. Lightweight, bright colors and small size is just a few words that describe this beautiful phone.

With the silky smooth Android operating system, fast isn’t even the word to use when running apps. Simply count to one and the app is up and running. Smaller than most smart phones on the market, it can fit comfortably with any hand size. In fact, it’s so light and small in size, it almost feels like you’re using a prototype from the future.

Don’t let the small size scare you, though. The phone may be lightweight, but it doesn’t take away from the screen. With lively and vibrant colors, the screen doesn’t take away from any of your movies, apps or photos. View the screen from all angles, and you will quickly notice that nothing will stop you from viewing it.

Packed with unique features such as the “active applications” widget, this enables you to see what apps are running at any given moment. That way, you can delete or get rid of those that you don’t want. By doing so, you will be able to save your battery power.

Featuring video quality that is on par with most smart phones, you will be able to take pictures and movies that are clearer that the blue waters in the Caribbean. For those who love to share with friends and family, you will be excited to know that this Galaxy phone has integrated YouTube functions that enable you to upload videos in a snap.

With a great battery lifespan, this is a phone for those who want something compact, light and packed full of great features. Pick up this phone, and it will instantly feel like you’re traveling into the future.

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HTC Titan

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Often found as a phone for a penny when a long-term contract is signed, the [easyazon-link asin=”B0068PZQT6″ locale=”us”]HTC Titan[/easyazon-link] is a smart phone that people are amazed by when it’s picked up. With a gigantic 400×800 crystal clear display, this is a screen that anybody can truly enjoy and read with ease. Blowing away the iPhone and Android in terms of screen real estate, this compact screen can fit many icons, alerts and pictures.

Equipped with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, Microsoft wanted to create a phone that not only is gorgeous but powerful at the same time. It’s no secret that they accomplished that goal with the HTC Titan. No matter what you boot up or run on the phone, there’s just about nothing that will slow it down.

With over 16GGB in storage space, most users find that this is more than enough to store apps, media, photos and video. While additional memory is available, it’s advisable that you wait until your current space fills up. You would be surprised how long it takes to fill up 16GB with apps and pictures.

For those who love to crank up the tunes will quickly find that the sound is second to none. In fact, the sound can get so loud, you would think that you have a sound system in your room. The problem with many smart phones on the market is that the sound can become distorted at a high volume. Thankfully, that isn’t a problem that you have to worry about.

Able to run on a 4G network, the Titan Windows phone handles apps better than just about any smart phone out there. With a wide range of apps on the Windows app market, you would be amazed at the quality and selection that you can choose from.

For those who are thinking about jumping ship or considering a Microsoft phone, the HTC titan is one that makes the transition smooth. If you’re looking for accurate colors, speedy performance and a phone that looks slick in your hand, this is one of the best Windows phones to consider.

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Samsung Focus

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When most think of a smart phone, many instantly think of an Android or iPhone. Bring up the word, “Windows Phone” and most instantly think of something that is dull and boring. True, while the Windows phones have never really been the life of the party, things have changed recently, especially with the Samsung Focus.

Taking the Windows phone to a whole another level, the Samsung Focus integrates the whole new Windows mobile operating system, giving users something to be excited about. As a serious competitor, here are some great things to look out for.

For starters, make sure that you purchase the biggest microSD card possible. It’s recommended that you buy one that is at least 32GB in size. The reason this is, is because it actually becomes a permanent part of the operating system’s memory. Failing to have no space or memory in the future could mean that you will have to perform a hard reset, which in turn could lose you everything on your phone.

One of the coolest features that the [easyazon-link asin=”B0047T74VS” locale=”us”]Samsung Focus[/easyazon-link] has is the screen. With a brilliant 480×800 display, you get a crisp and clear picture. Unlike most smart phones on the market, you will be able to notice each and every little detail. Using squares or slides to share information, the Windows OS works a little differently than the Android and iPhone displays. Instead of clicking an icon, you can slide and click. For example, if someone on your Facebook created an update, you would know instantly.

With an okay battery life, expect the battery to last upwards of two days with minimal use. While this tends to be average, the battery life can be expanded depending on the amount of apps and email you check on a day-to-day basis.

With other amazing features such as Windows Live integration, XBOX live capability and a beautiful 5MP camera, this Windows phone is something for those who are truly looking for something that is different from the iPhone or Android. Pick up this device, play around with it, and you won’t be disappointed.

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HTC Inspire 4G

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A phone that truly deserves some recognition, the [easyazon-link asin=”B004KZP3WQ” locale=”us”]HTC Inspire 4G[/easyazon-link] is a phone that you won’t put down. With many features that blow many competitors off the map, this Android device not only is part of the ever-growing, popular marketplace, but it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular Android devices on the market today.

With a large 4.3” screen, it’s time to get ready for a lot of real estate. For those that are used to looking at a smaller screen such as the iPhone, you will quickly find that you can get up to more than 20 percent more space for your viewing pleasure. Easier to spot photos, videos and view apps, its crystal clear picture quality makes it feel as if you’re right there.

While the performance power is something that shouldn’t be ignored, many are boasting about the metal uni-body that makes everyone around you envious. Picking up and playing around with this phone almost makes you wonder why you didn’t spend a few thousand dollars on it. With four small touch-sensitive buttons located on the outside of the phone, the function of the buttons can bring up menus, reload a page or display a clock.

Equipped with a 1GHz processor, moving from app to app is quicker than blinking your eyes. Load up games that eat up a lot of memory and you won’t even tell the difference. Unlike the iPhone that doesn’t support Macromedia Flash, users will be very happy to know that you can now view anything in Flash across the Internet.

With built in Dolby surround sound, an amazing 8MP camera with 720p HD recording and crystal clear calls, you will be kicking yourself for not purchasing it when hitting the shelves. If you’re looking for something that is very easy to use and understand, the HTC Inspire should be high up on your list.

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