Companies in america subsidize the phones and sell them alot cheaper and they recover that amount later through the contract. Here's a list of phones that I think are good and their prices next to it.
G1 - $180 locked from T-Mobile, $400 unlocked
Omnia - $100 locked from Verizon, $500 unlocked i think
Apple iPhone 8GB - $200, $100 for refurbished(the ones returned within 30 days) from at&t, $600 unlocked
Blackberry Storm - $100 from Verizon, $600 unlocked
But then they have a contract in which you have to pay alot monthly. Is there some way to get any of these phones by just paying the subsidized amount instead of paying monthly bills for 2 years?I'd like to know from people who have gotten phones from abroad and unlocked them.