No contract phones are typically frowned upon by the trend-setters, but one cannot deny the pricing structure. Plans purchased on a month to month basis, and even some of the minute card purchases are far less expensive than most of the budget plans offered by the big phone companies who claim to provide better cellphone service.
NEPA residents have a choice. Enter into a binding contract for two years at a time, or shop smarter and purchase a phone that can be cancelled whenever, wherever. That's the choice you've got make in NEPA.
Cellphones are small investments in ever changing technology. To be trapped in a two year contract with a phone you though you would like is not good. It's even worse when your monthly cellphone bill is as much as you residential electric bill. Choose wisely and be happy.