On the other hand, there is a legal obligation to process dollar bills for debts. In a world where everything is increasingly digital, it would be nice if there was a government-sanctioned option that doesn't discriminate against any [legal] services.
I feel like it's better to not mention the password on the key. It could have been the best password in the world and it wouldn't matter. Local signing means the key can be extracted. Talking about the minor obfuscation of storing a passworded key in the same file as the password is a red herring that gives the wrong impression.
In short: It wasn't protected by the password. It was protected by nothing.
I think it's pretty obvious that they're not trying to compete in cost per GB. The point is that if you're running a sensor that phones home once a day, you probably have less than 1MB's worth of data to send per month anyway, so your total cost with Spark is $3, whereas for Ting it would be $9. That the Ting option comes with 99 more megabytes is immaterial if you don't have 99 megabytes' worth of stuff to send.
Choose two? How do I pick security and convenience without freedom? I can't think of any way giving up freedom makes those easier. Blind trust can make me ignore security problems, but I can have blind trust and freedom, or lack of freedom without blind trust.
I feel like "security or convenience" is a better representation of the choice, even if it's not as cute. Freedom is off to the side.