I, like probably many of you have read extensively whether AT&T Next or Verizon Edge etc, are cheaper over 2 years than a 2-year contract. For AT&T they are because of built-in account tricks and losing "discounts" when on a 2-year contract. I can't be the only person that remembers upgrading to a brand new device for $199 or $299 every two years as a incentive to getting a big discount on the phone price? The carriers were trying to increase their customer numbers, and your bill did not go up just because of signing that 2-year contract.. This is bologne. The fact that all the carriers are doing this now leaves us with no choice but to pay the full price over 2 years regardless.