Luscious wasn't very good with the words he used to construct his point, but I don't think he was attacking the US as much as the "evil, greedy, capitalist companies" that make up the wireless providers.
The actual point he tried to make seemed to be iffy though. First of all, the reason why European customers are not tied to a provider is because GSM (the only choice in Europe) uses SIM cards to tie the phone to the provider. CDMA has a similar technology, a R-UIM card, but it is currently only available in Asia.
The inclusion of a CDMA in the states, however, creates a situation where we have competing standards. CDMA vs GSM, EVDO vs EDGE... and in the end that gives the customer more choice, and creates more competition between providers.
Luscious, your idea sounds similar to say that we should only use Cable internet providers, because DSL is slightly inferior, and limits the penetration of Cable internet.
My point is, having 2 standards isn't necessarily a bad thing. I do agree though, that it would be nice if carriers started allowing customers to purchase unlocked phones... since the technology is certainly there.
Neka... its probably not the best idea to start a post off with "Good lord you're stupid" if you want that person to actually take your opinion seriously. Also, heath care doesn't have ANYTHING to with this. Good points on how the US has nearly the same broadband penetration despite it being 32 times bigger with 4 times more people... it put things in perspective, and helps suggest the competing standards actually may improve broadband penetration.