I remain unconvinced most of the time.
And here we are again with an unconvincing discussion.
But I'll try to explain why you get to sign up for at least a month. Ready?
-> There is no way to test this phone without it being activated on a network. If you want to get an unlocked, unactivated phone then go do that. The company must do this so you get a good working phone.
Disagree? Don't buy it and shop elsewhere. No one is reaching in your pocket here. Unless you are in Cyprus.