I feel obligated to make updates occasionally to this topic, when I have the time to find them that is, since I started it. Damn me to hell... X-D
Here's a link where the information exchange is a little less manic than on the original links I provided earlier. If you're an American iPhone user, you might like to read through the various comments and see if any of it helps you decide wether the switch fits in your budget or not. ( There are some people essentially saying the 3G S isn't really that big of a leap ahead and Apple's next phone is the one that might really spin the iPhone addicts on their heads ).
Someone in the MacInTouch forum made a good point though. Apple, as the phone maker, wants to release a new phone every year for their addicts. But most comm carriers want two-year contracts. So, the users kind of get squished in between the two seperate companies business models.
Someone also pointed out that 'subsidized phones' is a uniquely American thing and doesn't happen in Europe. Anyway, you can read it on your own now...
while I'd adore a new iPhone, this whole dance reminds me of why I left the idea of contracts behind about four years ago...there's good 'tethering' and bad...the bad is being locked into a contract with a company that shits on you at will and if you want out of it, having to toss them 150 bones or so...
I adore my pre-paid phone for several reasons:
* I don't get monthly bills
* for a flat 50 bucks I get unlimited EVERYTHING
* comes with a 1 yr warranty/service - for free
* at any point i say i don't like it, i tell them to fark off and there's no r'contraction termination fee' of 150 dollaros
* and it has this really cool, super futuristic feature...check it out!
you dial a number ( or use voyce commands if'n yer wannsa be mordern )...and it......MAKES PHONE CALLS!!!! Can you believe it?! My PHONE actually acts like...wow.....a phone X-D I call a person....they answer...and we...we TALK....I'm mean, I'm really impressed by this 'feature'..... What will they think of next?