I went to ask about the phone the other day and they did indeed have it for free with the 2 year plan. Only thing was, according to them the cheapest plan was $90 and that is something I can't justify especially for a phone.
I don't see why you would even try to compare a console browser to a computer browser. They are there for convenience, not a complete replacement. There's a reason flash on the PS3 is still at version 9; because its good enough.