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How do you get Internet plans without a contract?

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People seeking Internet plans for their phones without a contract should visit the stores or websites of phone carriers offering that service to research their options. Contract-free Internet plans for laptop computers and tablets are available through wi-fi or hotspot devices from specific carriers.

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As of October 2014, many carriers offering no-contract plans offer phones that are not as technologically advanced as phones that are sold with contracts. Also, when researching plans, it is important for customers to ask questions so they know exactly what they are buying. For example, "unlimited data" may not mean truly unlimited; this term may refer to a data plan with a high data cap. Some carriers let customers use phones they already own instead of requiring them to purchase newer models. Therefore, customers who want to use an existing phone must make sure their phones are compatible with a potential new carrier's services.

Some Internet plans without contracts have activation fees, while others don't. Consequences for exceeding data usage also vary, and many plans slow down Internet speeds after a customer has used a certain amount of data. Some of these plans require annual payment up front, while other plans bill monthly, depending on usage amounts.

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