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Business

Consumer Alert

No easy out on cellphone contracts. Consider prepaid.

When it comes to the business of contracts for wireless phone service, consumers often find themselves struggling with the consequences of a two-year commitment. It’s a commitment that can be broken, but at a steep price.

Consumers sign these contracts with stiff terms because they get rewarded with big discounts on the latest and greatest phones. Getting a deal that requires a contract means being bound by an agreement that could cost hundreds of dollars to break.

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