I think Apple is going to sell an unlocked CDMA version in the USA (if in fact they are coming out with it). This way they can sell it on Sprint and Verizon without locking into any agreement. Much like Google did with the Nexus (sold it for pure profit on their website). Right now AT&T pays a subsidy for the phone to get it to you for 299. The carriers might STILL be able to do that, but you can also get it unlocked directly from Apple. Wishful thinking?