I've found that I can only afford a pay-as-you-go/prepaid plan as I am currently between jobs.
I've noticed that as a prepaid customer, there aren't very many phone options available. Even worse, if you are not on a monthly plan and would like a new phone, you will very likely be paying a lot of money for a phone that monthly users can get quite a bit cheaper on a tab.
My idea, it may not be anything new, but I wonder if prepaid users can pay (optional, of course) on a similar system, that could make it less costly to purchase a new phone, if the need or want arises.
This way, when fellow purchasers are looking to find out how well new phones fare for both pre-paid and post-paid customers, you would get a larger base on which system is more cost effective, paying for a phone that you can actually afford or having the option of paying for what you need and having the chance to get a nicer phone without spending more than you can actually afford.
Hope my idea makes some kind of sense.