We've been waiting for our cell phone contract to expire for a while, so we could switch to one of the $40/month unlimited everything, no contract plans. Its getting near the end of our contracts, and the more I look into those cheap plan options the more potential pitfalls I see. Someone please help me here, because my logic is telling me now that a cell phone contract may actually be something I want. If we are heading for inflation, or more so hyper-inflation, would it not be a good idea to be locked-in at today's price? How do the carriers survive if a large portion of their customers have contracted rates?