A few months ago I talked about how the Nexus 6 had the potential to shift the balance of power more in the favor of the consumer. Overseas people buy their phones and then choose the carrier vs here where we choose the carrier and then buy the phone. Having devices that are unlocked and can be used on any US carrier could allow the consumer to dictate some of the terms that are found through carriers now. Of course there are a number of other factors such as carrier availability in different area, but if a carrier know that next month they could lose half their customers at the drop of a dime they are more likely to concentrate on better service plans, customer service, and more. Unfortunately it will take more than the Nexus 6 to shift the balance of power. We will need more manufacturers to do the same (ie Galaxy devices, HTC, Moto, iPhones, etc), customers willing to forgo subsidized phones in an effort to challenge the market, and a store willing to sell a one device for all version (ie a Best Buy). As of right now I feel that the carriers still hold the cards as they know consumers want subsidies. Plus majority of the customers that go into the store looking to buy a phone do not have a clue about carrier unlocked vs locked and as a result "it's business as usual". Do you feel the balance of power is more in favor of the carriers or the consumers? Do you think it matters or are you satisfied with the current landscape now? What would you like to see changed (if anything)?