Are there advantages to owning your own phone as opposed to getttng one via a 2-3 year phone plan?

Would like to know if there is any advantage to owning my own phone as opposed to getting one free from my cell phone provider by committing my self to a 2 year plan? Thanks.




    One advantage would be having the freedom to switch to a different carrier without having to pay off an early cancellation fee. Besides, 2 or 3 years contract seems too much.



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