I have learned the hard way the annoyances of purchasing network bound phones. Never again will I do this. The reasons are too many to write individually, but can be surmised in one word. Annoying. It may seem a little bland, considering that I've actually decided to put it down on a blog, but hey, there you have it. My main issue is that these phones lock you out intentionally for... what reason? Really. I still have yet to find one good reason for them locking their phones. If they want to bind you to a contract, then that's fine. Why would that justify the need to actually lock the phone? If you buy a contract and not use the phone, what loss is that for a cellular provider? They get free money from a client who doesn't use their network. Yeah, yeah. I know the reasons. I know that people would buy these phones on a contract, break the contract, sell the phone, yadda, yadda, yadda (which was done in India and is why network bound phones never caught on there).