Re: Taxing the Economically/Mathematically less-abled
Exactly right. I'm hoping that when AT&T makes this available on their website they'll have some special plans that go with it. If you have to keep paying the same monthly amount you do now, which subsidizes phones by ~$20/month, this will be the biggest ripoff in history.
I was already thinking about letting my AT&T contract expire (or doing early termination if I decide to buy a phone sooner than that) and going with one of the MVNOs. The only thing I thought might stop me would be if they dropped subsidies. If they drop subsidies from the phone purchase but keep them from the plans I'll feel good about dumping them - they'll deserve it.
I used to get all sorts of special breaks from them for being a customer since 2000, but nowadays I'm no better than someone who just signed up last week. They seem to be doing everything they can to get rid of all their long term customers. If that's what they want...