Not if you use Straight Talk which is from Walmart or online. There's never a contract and their typical provider is Verizon. However, you do have to purchase a phone that works with the plan which is typically an Android, much better than a smart phone or iphone. Check their website for availability in your area. I pay $45 a month for limitless access and the Android includes text, webmail, camera, and a whole slew of applications you can download for free, even watching movies and listening to music. And best of all, the phone cost under $100. Now that's a deal and if something changes in my life, I can cancel the account at any time.