You're dipping into something here that I have thought a lot about lately. And that is how much wireless companies take advantage of customers. It is such a relatively new industry that it has free formed into a global scam. I'm talking about usage contracts, device contracts, required data plans, separation of carriers/phone manufacturers, "planned obsolescence" and how carriers have doped the public into a labyrinth of fine print. Think about it, you buy a two year contract, but you need a new phone after 18 months. Simple as that. Why can't I buy a phone, pay my carrier without having to be contracted? All carriers, the whole system, how it operates is corrupt and American consumers are paying the price. We all know that the market is, by nature, predominantly oligopolistic to begin with (few firms, new firms can't enter without insane infrastructural effects, and its to the point where the mobile phone is an inelastic good that everyone "needs," (I say that with quotes (and yes I am going parenthetical inside a parenthetical) because let's be honest, who in the modern, average high-school, college campus, work place, household can say with wholehearted honesty that they could successfully function inside their society, professionally and socially, without a cell phone?) and everyone wants, steep demand curve) so why hasn't there been anything, any movement to confront this? Because people fail to listen to people like you and me.