It's possible. Mind you, it wouldn't surprise me to find out that Apple agreed to this to make it more palatable to carriers. On the other hand, neither would it surprise me to learn that Apple is basically just saying "We're selling phones; it's up to you carriers to attract subscribers." I can also see existing subscribers being irate at having to activate a new line when their existing line is out of contract, or no longer obligated in some other fashion.
9/10/15 at 10:43am