We'd previously suggested a May 8th date for the much-anticipated Nokia E71 cellphone, but it looks like the actual US launch is about to happen. Rumors are that Nokia's Flagship Store in Chicago has already got its first shipment, and has been contacting customers on the waiting list. The dual band WCDMA phone is apparently to be unveiled at a launch party this Thursday. So if you're on a list, for $480 you could be clutching the QWERTY keypad, GPS-enabled device in just 48 hours. [BoyGeniusReport]
I guess I am a little confused with what you are trying to say. I understand subsidies and how they work. But, You need to consider that with any phone, subsidized or not, you need to have a monthly plan with a carrier. Carriers offer subsidies on phones because it requires a contract which will generate more than enough revenue to cover the cost of the subsidy and make a profit over the term of the contract. With unsubsidized devices, they are not guaranteed that revenue.
The subsidized price of the phone is not directly charged to you every month, and the same plans are offered to customers with both subsidized and unsubsidized phones, at least here in the US. For example, If I bought an unsubsidized smart phone, and wanted to use it on ATT, an unlimited data plan will cost me $30 per month with text messaging being extra. That is the same as the iPhone, or any other phone that can be used on their network with a subsidy. If you buy a full price phone, you don't get a lower priced plan, only the choice of which carrier you use it on, and sometimes you don't even have a choice of carrier. For example, ATT announced they would offer the iPhone at an unsubsidized price of $600, which won't require a contract, but you are still going to pay the same for your plan and you still have to use ATT, unless you unlock it.
So, it seems to me that buying a subsidized phone is a much better option because you are still going to spend the same on your phone plan each month, and the initial cost will be much lower. The only exceptions I can see would be if you wanted to use on a specific carrier that doesn't offer the subsidized price, or if you don't want to be tied into a contract for two years. But if your going to have a cell phone for the next two years anyway, why in the hell would signing a contract be such a big deal? If you move out of their service area, you can get out of a contract sans-termination fee. I suppose if you were only planning on having a cell phone for the next year, or wanted to have bi-monthly service, which would actually be much more expensive than continuous service because you have to pay connection/disconnection fees.