They've already anticipated scoundrels like myself who only want a wifi phone to access free internet hotspots and my home wifi.
In the UK You can buy a non wifi phone on pay-as-you-go for under £10 ($15) -- or free if you buy a small amount of airtime with it. A 2G or 3G phone is sold for between £30 and £50.
But I couldn't find a pay-as-you-go wifi equipped phone for under £100 ($150) and some providers don't seem to do one on payg at all .
We all know that adding wifi to a phone costs pennies, so the £100 barrier is obviously a fix.
Another argument for unbundling the cellphone companies. Restrict them to selling services and stop them dominating the sale of phones.