Originally Posted by Dopedangel
Why here we sign a 2 year contract get a subsidized phone. Then its our phone we can sell it or use it with some other carrier as long as we pay our monthly dues. Many people do that some online stores even buy and sell such phones.
Usually a locked phone are more subsidized because they count on it being use for longer than the initial contract length. If you unlock it without paying the unlocking fee to the phone company then the phone company loose this advantage and have subsidized the phone to much.