Yesterday, 03:40 PM
Perhaps a used or refurbished phone on Craigs List or elsewhere? They wont be anywhere nearly as expensive as a brand new phone (obviously) and there are times you can get lucky and find some poor bastard who recently bought a brand new phone and needs to get rid of it for cheap. Once the phone itself is in hand, you might be able to sign up with a carrier and use that phone with their service. Of course, keep in mind they WILL try to upsell you and persuade you to buy a brand new phone for FREE and all you need to do is sign this Contract... in Blood...
Now, as far as Service Plans, that is really where they get you. Most carriers damn near demand a contract for the highest priced service they can get away with charging you. The cell phone equivalent of "do you want fries with that?" except now it says "Your contract requires that you purchase fries".
Um, perhaps this is one that is actually better if the Ex Misses put it in her name, split the difference?
Recommendation: Get the damn insurance; he is gonna break that phone, especially if he doesnt like that model.