Somebody mentioned in another thread that they think the real reason we aren't getting WP8 is that Microsoft didn't make any money on it.
So, the question comes up. If Ballmer, or whoever, came up to you and asked for... say... 50$ and you'd get the full Windows Phone 8 experience, would you agree to it?
We aren't sporting Android devices here. No one is saying I'll make compromise X to have feature Y. I wouldn't be surprised if someone out there thought about and perhaps even figured out a way to get most if not all of the features of WP8 on a custom ROM. However, the point of WP8 and new hardware is to further the OS and get wider adoption. Yeah, we're going to make money on this says Microsoft. What business isn't out to make money?