Ahh "enter your own here..." So, they locked them to ATT out of the gate (nothing unusual back then) but that eventually changed in the market as a whole. Changed just like a whole host of things have changed in the last 7 1/2 years. When analyzing these things, we have to remember what the general state of the market was then and many of those things have changed since that time. When....?? After Apple introduced the iPhone.