lol, nice rant!
perhaps you are in the wrong country. the iphone isn't so expensive here in Oz. I am paying $10/month for the hardware over 2 years ($240), $49/month for $500 of calls/sms etc, and a few bucks extra for extra data - i am actually saving money compared to my old mobile plan.
i wish ppl would get the fork over flash, it's so 2002. may it never come to the iPhone.