No Verizon Partnership For Google's Nexus One
The real benefit with an unlocked phone is not having to startup a new contract just because you want another phone. If you're already paying for the smart phone plan, you should be able to pick up whatever phone you want as long as it works with that network. Freeing the device from the carrier would probably be one of the best things for the market and for customers as it promotes consumer freedom and market innovation, competition, and hopefully standards.
I got tired of regular watch getting caught on drywall as I was installing networks at work, so I bought a pocket watch to free up my wrist. I really have enjoyed it and still use it now that I'm programming full-time.