This is sickening.
No what is sickening is not allowing carrier competition to bring down prices, bring up quality and introduce different use plans for different people's needs.
For instance, my flip Motorola phone cost $30 and I use anywhere from $10 to $15 a month in minutes on average, exact AT&T voice quality (no data obviously). What brought about this marvelous arrangement? Competition!
The government steps in when companies purposely conspire to create a unfair competitive advantage.
The government needs to step into the carrier/phone exclusive deals.
RIM is on nearly all carriers, so should the iPhone.