Not only do I applaud the judicial decision that has led T-Mobile Germany to sell iPhones without a lock to the T-Mobile network- but I wish for all that and more with all cellphone services and plans here in the U.S.
Glory be that we live in a world where cell phones are not tethered to carriers by technology and contract.
You should be able to buy your cell phone and then choose any carrier you want. And to switch any time you want as well.
And once you choose your carrier, they should have no right to ask for a deposit, or for you to sign a contract of any length.
Face it, the only real reason for these damn two-year contracts is that the carriers want to tie you down in case their customer or tech "support" fails you and you want to walk.
The point is that carriers need to care about you, the customer, as much if not more than the damn institutional investors they are te trying to please. But since they don't -and they know it- they tie you down by contract and fiat.
That isn't right.