Flexible Contracts and Wider Phone Selection Please!
IMHO, one should be able to buy any phone at a decent price, buy a per-month service contract with the carrier of his/her choosing, and that's it.
Say another phone comes along that catches one's fancy: buy the phone, call your carrier, make the switch. Say you hear XYZ's customer service is better than yours, make the switch, phone number and all. If you have second thoughts, switch back. It's the carrier's responsibility, not the consumer's obligation, to keep the consumer's business.
Phone discounts should only be incentives to join a specific carrier, not joined-at-the-hip with long service contracts. ALL phones, not just GMS phones, should feature a chip that makes it easy for consumers to switch phones without starting from scratch.
It should be relatively easy to have the phone which better suits one's tastes and needs. For example, a Verizon or Sprint customer should be able to get the HTC Tilt, if they wanted to. A texter should be able to pick from all the available QWERTY and Smartphones, not wait for months or years until their carrier comes up with a dumbed-down, a.k.a. proprietary version of a great phone.
Phone features should be like operating systems, where-in you download what you want and use that instead of the OEM software.
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