Here in South Africa one service provider (Vodacom) is the only provider that supplies iPhones, but these phones are not "Locked" (Network specific) and they work just fine on any of the networks here (MTN, Virgin, Cell-C...) I have even spent time in Neighboring Namibia and successfully used my iPhone on the Namibian MTC Network using their pay-as-you-go service... So why are iPhones in some territories locked to specific providers (ie. AT&T) and not in others? There is talk of iPhone becoming available on the Verizon network in the US and that the Verizon network is "Ready" for the iPhone... What does this mean? If a tiny cellphone network in Namibia can handle the iPhone then why shouldn't Verizon be able to? I also don't understand how it can help Apple to have their product tied to specific networks, no other brand of cellphone does this... Could someone please explain.