BINGO!!!!! IS either go shared or go bust. There is no option to stay with what you have. Customers are FORCED to get on Shared... Unless they want to pay $600 for a phone...
How can that be a surprise when you are are forcing and not given a REAL choice?
Yu know carriers don't have to offer discounts in the first place. I love how people think a phone with a 2/3 discount is some sort of right and if they don't get it they are somehow being fucked over.
Cmon man, you must know better than that. First off no phone is actually worth $600 to begin with. Second, there is NO DISCOUNT. That inflated cost of the phone is then paid for by wrapping it up in your monthly bill. Its all smoke and mirrors my friend and you fell for it.
If that statement were true, then why are Apple's shares through the roof? Because consumers have deemed that the Iphone is worth $600. Verizon pays $400 upfront to Apple, and you pay the other $199 when you purchase it which also goes to Apple. Apple collects $600 per Iphone which has made them worth billions.
Also in other countries it is quite normal to pay unsubsidized prices for phones. Americans just don't know how good they have it.