I wish ld got something else now. Had an Iphone 3 months, and its shit - no bluetooth which even the most basic phones have nowadays, an absolute pain to text with, the new software upgrade is just a money spinner for add ons....
Trust me - its shit! The new one is no better, it has video camera.. wow
I would stick with my phone, and maybe get the iTouch like frenchie says.
I find it too fiddly to type in, I don't feel the need to personally watch or show other people youtube clips all the time, and I'm getting by fine without having the WWW, Google Maps, Tfl Journeyplanner (if you use London public transport) and GPS at my fingertips all the time. I am in the market for an MP3 player though, and I certainly wouldn't sniff at having these usefull tools around with me wherever I go and not be bound by a contract.
If I just got the iPhone then there'd be no juice left to make a call as I'll always be listening to music. When I've made a call there'll be no juice left for the music.
For me there is only one in the class: the iPhone, because of how well its been designed and made and how well the operational aspects have been thought out. The operation of the device totally pisses on the competition, even if they do have better specs. Its no good having all those features if they're a pain in the rectum to use.
Ask yourself how much you need / want the stuff that the iPhone can do that a normal phone cant'. If the answer is "lots, and now" then fair enough.
The iPhone is a cool idea, and very nicely done too for a 1st Gen tricorder pocket computer thing. I'm going to wait for all of them to mature though...
Anyone who knows how long the contract between Apple and O2 is won't be allowed to tell, but I would think it's locked down for a good while yet. If you can't wait for the rumours of a tablet type device to become real (and the expectation in the US is that it will go to another carrier while AT&T keep the iPhone - so maybe the same will happen here), then why not consider a phone running Android, or the new Palm Pre. The Pre was developed by some of the bods who did the iPhone, and looks very tasty. Me, I just got an iPhone 3GS, but then I'll buy anything with an Apple sticker...
Don't know if latrine rumour but I've heard from a number of people that Apple/O2 can detect jailbreak phones and they then switch that phone right off so it doesn't work at all.
Mine does all I want and more. Graduated from a Touch and, I reckon, there is no need for dedicated phone. I used Skype on my Touch and it was a fine app. I could have gone on but the loss of face when both my kids had iPhone was just too much to bear!