I believe the providers, like Verizon see the writing on the wall. Files are getting bigger. CD and Hi-Rez quality music and High Def videos are becoming common. Those files are big. The carriers sell cloud storage. If they sell phones without serious memory, they can sell more cloud space and make a lot more money. There is no real profit in phone service any more. The money is in data plans and cloud storage and that is where they are driving us regardless of what we want.
No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
-- Mark Twain (1866)