Yeap, with then new regulations in place, like they have to type out how much the total cost is ( in at letters no smaller then 1/3rd of the largest letter in ad etc), you can buyout at any time, minus the money you've payed so far ( if you are 1/3rd into your contract, you subtract 1/3 of your original price ). Consumer agencies let us know about the possibilites and educate the dumb.
We all know that most slashdotters can do simple math, but not everyone cares about technology or contracts. Or the fact that 2+2=5.
(inb4, you must be new here)