The argument that Verizon or any other CDMA carrier developed a phone is ridiculous. They developed a network CDMA, with only 25% of the world uses. The software Verizon puts on your phone has insignificant value to end user. By fulfilling the contract terms-you own the phone, at quite a substantial cost to you Mr. end user. Go buy an unlocked, carrier free GSM phone and join the rest of the world. Calculate the costs, savings. Do some research. I enjoy paying $48/month unlimited everything including taxes, less than half of what I paid verizon.