>e.g. THey make 1000 phone.
>1000 02 contracts = 1000 x Retail Price + 1000 x 02 monthly fee to Apple
It's isn't though. It's (1000 - the amount unlocked) x 02 monthly kickbacks.
At the moment it's only geeks like me that buy them and unlock them, mere mortals tied into a contract elsewhere etc. doesn't bother.
If they offered an official unlocked version, anyone who wanted an unlocked one buys an official one, even if it costs a bit more to cover the lost kickbacks, and they'd sell more.
I wouldn't have bought my iPhone if PwnageTool didn't exist, but if there was an official unlocked one I might have considered it.
Having got it turns out I hate it, but that's a different story. The jerk that decided copy/paste wasn't needed should be introduced to the cluebat. All it needs is an Apple key on the virtual keyboard, and Apple-C/Apple-X/Apple-V becomes trivial.