These phones are not made by Verizon, so phone contents can't be restricted to their likings. What made it worse for phone carriers is the fact that users can modify phone and installed apks outside the Market Nucleus (where they can regulates illegal apps that may hurt carriers). Now just like drugs, such actions are very contagious. How can Verizon do then? Let's regulate it. Installed it to the OS that will frustrate costumers at first. But once you are hooked and sink in to the goodness. Pow! They are starting to charge these data junkies. I'll be honest that I need a rehab! .
Yes we can determine how much a car cost ( ask many American cars ). Every cars have their base price, once they go to dealerships, the price varies. Those variation is where costumers negotiatiate with dealers to get a win win solution. I bought new cars through negotiating. A negotiation where I feel happy with my purchase (I don't even care if you can get lower value than me), and these dealers can still survive. Also, they better hear what we want. Because unlike many foreign countries, they are getting business tax break.
If you don't purchase you phone at bonafide B&M store, then you will not get extra insurance coverage. With Ebay for an example, you will either get as is, 7 days, 14 days, or 30 days return.
Yeah the OP of this site had been updated with the link that you gave as soon as Verizon released their statement.