US is becoming crazy nation. How much can a blind person use a smartphone? How much can external organization dictate a company to design its product? If iPhone is a monopoly, this may make some sense. But but Google Android is dominating Apple iOS. Isn't this a fact by all kinds of media reports?
Good you agree with me the phone is not subsidized. I am not saying the telephone companies are raping us. They have a lot of other things to spend like building the LTE network. Further, they have been making the deals better recently. The multi-carriers model are benefiting the consumers.
Simple question to you. When does the $3120 go in two years? Only people poor in math think their smartphones are subsidized without thinking how much money they paid the telephone company in two years.
The word subsidized really is a marketing gimmick. You are paying back with the two year plan. For exmaple, the AT&T $130/month two smartphones plan will cost you $3120 in two years. Compare this to the $50 to $75 price of your wish.