Q&A Forum > > Reply To: What is the downside, of getting a new phone, along with a cell-phone plan ? Start a new discussion May 11, 2023 at 12:45 pm #56293 TeamKomando:JohnParticipant @264458 Hello Randall Blanchard, Cost and Warranty are the trade-offs. If you bring your own phone, you are limited to the 1 year and optional extended warranty. If you buy your phone through the service provider you pay more but have an accidental damage or trade-in program for a replacement for usually one or two hundred Dollars. Also when you purchase your phone outright you generally get less bloatware (pre-installed apps) from the service provider and your phone is unlocked and can be used with any carrier.