Contracts can be tricky sometimes, not only for the end user but also for the companies themselves, so much so that you may end up paying less money for one of them compared to the SIM-free or PAYG version of the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for example can be had from UK retailer MobilePhonesDirect for a mere £465; that’s an upfront fee of £345 and a 12 months contract worth £10 per month that gives the customer 30 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB mobile data allowance per month (that’s on T-Mobile’s You Fix).
That’s cheaper than the PAYG price of the phone which is still Samsung’s top of the range model and was launched at IFA back in August 2012.
The device comes with a 5.5in HD Super AMOLED display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, a digitizing stylus, a quad-core Exynos 4412 system-on-chip clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage with a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera and is available either in grey or white.
The Galaxy Note 2 also has one of the biggest batteries found in any recent smartphone and the biggest display on any smartphone in recent times, beaten only by the 7in monster that was the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.