7 off-contract smartphones compete without breaking the bank

This holiday season is shaping up to be the year that getting a solid new Android smartphone doesn’t also mean signing up for 24 months of ever-increasing monthly fees at the same time.

The trend away from flagship phones that required such big commitments in order to lock down a quality device for under $ 400 arguably started last year with the release of the Nexus 4 from Google, available unlocked for just $ 299.

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