TechCrunch: “In theory, Iâ€™m right there with you. The thought of a truly open mobile operating system is very appealing. The problem is that in practice, thatâ€™s just simply not the reality of the situation. Maybe if Google had their way, the system would be truly open. But they donâ€™t. Sadly, they have to deal with a very big roadblock: the carriers.”
Leave it to the carriers to ruin a good thing. As others have said, this could be one big reason Verizon doesn’t have the iPhone.