Why are phones locked to cellphone provider?

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    Does anyone know why cellphone service providers lock cellphones to there network for example at&t with there iphone and verizon with the droid.

    Why can't they just sell the phones like all other electronics and then the user decides what service to go with.

    I really like how google is selling nexus as any other electronic device but what google is doing wrong is making it available only online.

    When you buy a homephone it connects to your jack and then regardless of service provider it will work

    why can't cellphones be like that?
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    Because the networks aren't the same. For example Verizon uses CMDA. AT&T uses GSM.
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    Then everyone would have to pay full price for a cell.....Cell companies subsidize the cost of the phone in return to using their service.
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    I used those as an example what about providers with the same netwroks?
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    Ok I forgot about that
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    See post #3
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