I agree the extra fifty dollars sucks but for me to switch to a new carrier would raise my monthly bill about $80. I'll complain here about the higher price but I'm going to pay it. I don't have a choice if I want the new phone.
The alternative is to keep the phone I have for who knows how long. That ain't gonna happen.
Wife walks in...
Wife: Hey what are you doing?
me: Nada, phones finally rootable.