I think most people realize that the subsidized headsets come at the price. The calculation I make is that since I know I’m going to stay with Verizon since they have the best network, I might as well take advantage of the two year plan. I won’t however let then sell me handicapped or significantly modified Android.
This is all going to change once the price of smart phones comes down. By the end of the year, we’re supposed to see the Huawei IDEOS for around $150. It’s screen is smaller and the processor not as powerful, but it can probably do the job, and I might get one unlocked for my son.