Originally Posted by MikeB1972
In the UK you can get pay as you go phones tied to different carriers at different prices, so there is no contract to lock you in to, half a million seems a bit steep for unlocking it to change carrier though
Readily available in the US, too. It just tends to cost more, so people whine about it.
You can also go to someone like Virgin Mobile, who offer accounts starting at $35/month with a couple hundred minutes, unlimited text and unlimited data, with no contract. But you have to pay full price for the phone.