I did a quick search for this topic and can't find anything. I'm very interested in saving money while retaining internet connectivity everywhere these days, so I thought I'd share my findings. When I think of a competitor to the iPhone, the G1 and BlackBerry line are the first things that cross my mind. Since the BlackBerry lineup is not restricted to just one carrier, and in nearly every iPhone thread I see posts about how Apple needs to open up the iPhone to more carriers (Verizon) for the price to drop, I decided to take a look at the BlackBerry options across carriers. **Note 1: I'm fully aware this isn't a bulletproof comparison as email has to travel through proprietary BlackBerry servers and that is not the case for the iPhone. It's also true perfect competition only exists for theoretical economists and theorist (economics) professors. In the real world we compare substitutes that fulfill the same need. **Note 2: I'm not arguing the iPhone should be relegated to one carrier. I'm simply saying it only makes academic sense to claim more carriers will lower the price. The real world indicates smaller players will offer more features for the same price, while the two big players will offer the same price and allow their network-wide differences to win people over (rollover minutes vs friends & family) It makes sense that if releasing the iPhone to multiple carriers would lower the price, the already-mature BlackBerry would have varying prices on different networks. In my search to save money, I found this to be false. I don't use many minutes, so I took the lowest monthly voice plan for each carrier and added a BlackBerry data plan to it, trying to be as consistent as possible. AT&T offers 450 min/month for $39.99 + $30.00 for BlackBerry Data with no SMS Verizon offers 450 min/month for $39.99 + $29.99 for BlackBerry Data with no SMS T-Mobile offers 300 min/month for $29.99 + $24.99 for BlackBerry Data and 400 SMS Sprint offers 400 min/month for $40.00 + $29.99 for BlackBerry Data with unlimited SMS (as a $69.99 bundle) When posters are asking for other carriers, they typical seem to want Verizon. That's understandable, the others have sketchy coverage and reputations at best. My question to the "pro-Verizon-for-lower-prices" crowd, who definitely have a valid theoretical argument, is why exactly is this going to lower the price when AT&T and Verizon are both content to sell you an identical BlackBerry plan for just $0.01 different? Simply because the iPhone is a hot "gotta-have-it" item? I imagine the argument here is that AT&T will lower the price to avoid subscribers jumping the proverbial AT&T ship to get on board with Verizon...who will then lower the price to gain more subscribers, and the price-lowering war will continue just like we learned from that middle school/high school/college econ textbook. The first problem I see with this is the market has already decided $30 is not high for a data plan...clearly, it's roughly the same amount of money wherever you go. The second problem is, and this cannot be extrapolated to the entire population, I don't know anyone who is going to change carriers over $2 or even $5 a month that wouldn't change for free. This is to say that the people I know wanting to get on board with Verizon would do so at a premium -- and why not? Usually they're getting awful service. I get the feeling Verizon knows this, as they do have some of the highest rates in the industry and the cockiest sales people I've ever interacted with. I also think it's pretty obvious that more iPhones would be sold if they were available to Verizon because of the enormous fan base. I just don't see why it would be any cheaper...especially considering Apple would have to stick a different chip in there and start up another assembly, but let's not get into that. As an aside, I think I figured out if T-Mobile ever gets a 3G BlackBerry or an Android-powered phone comes out more to my liking, I'll be headed to T-Mobile to at least kick the wheels. Way better prices, and I get coverage! So...why would the iPhone going to multiple carriers be the game-changer for pricing plans that the BlackBerry was not?