So, I was thinking about why they won't allow for the uneligible people to buy an unsubsidized version of the iphone for a couple hundred more, and I think I just realized why. Apple. Part of Apple's big promotion for this iPhone was affordibility. Getting the cost down was one of their major goals. And that's why Jobs announced a maximum price of $199 around the world. That's why they can't sell them for more, because Jobs claimed they wouldn't be. Then if people realize that the retail price is $500 have have to start buying them for that amount, then suddenly the iphone has lost that large component of their campaign. No longer can they say "Maxiumum of $200!" but they will need to say "as low as $200 for eligble persons. All others must pay an arm, 2 toes, and $500" I agree it's a silly reason to not allow an unsubsidized price.. But I think that's why. Any thoughts?