I have been doing a lot of reading about alternatives to the big carriers because I'm sick of paying so much money for my iPhone service based on what I do. I don't care much about text messages -- I only send them outside iMessage because other friends send me texts -- and don't even need the 450 minutes I have. So I'm paying $80 for 450 minutes, 250 text messages and 2GB of data. I mostly use the data. If I had a 4G iPad with Verizon, I could pay $30/month to use 2GB of data on that. What that relates to me is Verizon is saying my calling/text messages are worth $50. No, they're not. I'm in a pickle because of where I live. I had good experience with Virgin Mobile about a decade ago, but I wasn't living as far away from the city as I am now. Metro USA seems to have the same issue. I found this service called Page Plus Cellular that says it uses Verizon's network. It offers $55 for unlimited talk & text plus 2GB of data. That crap would cost me $100 on Verizon. But the issue -- sorry, I know it took a while -- is how our phones are locked. I have been reading that even though you can get an iPhone "unlocked" at the end of your contract, it's still technically locked to a carrier even though there is only one iPhone 4S sold in the US. I also read that some SCOTUS decision a couple of years ago keeps customers from class-action lawsuits against carriers, such as one that might get rid of this stupid ability. Why in the heck are our phones so locked down? I get it if I sign a contract for two years. But after that, why does a phone with the same hardware not work across platforms?