Yes, the business models are so different between the US and Europe. Here, you don't really own the phone until your (typically) 2 year contract is up, and there are early termination fees. If you want to upgrade in less than the two years, you end up getting only a small discount from the MSRP, and for the typical smartphone, the MSRP is $400-$600. But the ETF on, say an iPhone is $325. So if I wanted to get out of my AT&T contract and get a phone on Sprint, it would cost $325 just to leave. In Europe, you buy a phone and then shop around for carrier with month to month contracts. Whatever SIM you put in determines the network you are using. Here, Sprint & Verizon are CDMA and the phones are completely incompatible with the other. You can unlock an AT&T or TMo phone and put in a different SIM, but oftentimes, the one carrier's model doesn't have to antennas in it to get the freq that the other uses for their higher speed networks. And that's the weird part -- the Evo, for instance, is a Sprint only phone in the US. There are Evo-like phones that HTC makes for other carriers, but months after Sprint had exclusive rights to the Evo. And Samsung released four different versions of the Galaxy S with slightly different specs and different cases for each carrier. The fact that there was the Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, and Epic rather than a single Galaxy S probably sounds bizarre to European users.