Yup, as someone has already stated here, this stinks of a money grab.
yes, but it also prevents a wild dash to Fatman, Harbinger, Covenant, etc.
A server would have to hit a critical mass of people to become an attractive destination in a free for all transfer system. However, nobody wants to go to a server that hasn't hit that critical mass. So you'll end up with everyone on ~4-6 servers because those already have high populations and nobody wants to go to any other.