Cell phone contracts have been a bone of contention with customers ever since the invention of the cell phone, but news that some cell companies are going to loosen their policies on contracts means a little more freedom and a few less bones.

This past weekend the Washington Post reported that AT&T and Verizon Wireless are going to let customers make changes to their calling plans without automatically extending their contracts. In addition, AT&T is going to reduce the fees consumers pay for breaking their long-term contracts. While the changes may seem minor, the change could prevent the wild cancellation fees of $200 and up that some people end up paying to get out of their two-year cell contract.

To be honest, I only pay attention to my cell phone contact when I'm ready and looking for a new phone. Do you pay attention to contract dates?