Don't carriers still get their full contract prices but the difference is you can leave whenever you want? ie. Sprint's simply everything plan is $99 a month for one line under contract. Isn't it still the same if you buy it outright? Other than the fact that you don't have to wait two years to leave? Side note: if I sold my current phone under contract, could I deactivate it, buy another, and add it to my current contract or am I subject to a cancellation fee?