Sprint had huge amounts of money too at one point and look at them. The bigger you are the harder you fall and all that goes up- must come down. Customers/Consumers will stop paying for the high fees/prices that VZW and AT&T want (and now with Sprint) and will move to MVNOs and other contract free services such as with T-Mobile. Have you seen that contract free subscriber rates are actually going UP and contract customer counts are coming down? Customers are tired of the contracts, tired of the credit issues and BS and are looking for true options. VZW and AT&T will see it or will pay for it later.
BTW- the BB Storm 2 was a GSM/CDMA phone and could be used on TMO and AT&T along with CDMA networks. It was a world phone. VZ just didn't want you unlocking it to take else where. And actually Sprint will refuse to use a VZW phone and VZW will refuse to use a Sprint device. You can however take those devices to other budget carriers that are CDMA - Revol/Metro and they'll flash/unlock them and use 'em.
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I would expect, like all things electronic, that if the you weren't required to maintain a 2 year agreement, for which you pay dearly, and if the phone company with billions behind them weren't paying for the cell phone, then, like the microwave and desktop computer, prices would come down. But hey, if the cell company wants to pay me $600 per phone as a manufacturer, why not. If they can't move their stock, the price will come down, just like the clone phones and tablets that do the same as your $600 phone but only cost me $149.