Don't bet any money you can't afford to lose on that statement. Here's why.
ATT gives all of the employees of the company I work for a 25% discount on cell phone plans. This is because my company signed a hugh business contract to have them supply us with celluar service. ATT (and other carriers) does this with a lot of companies. The 25% discount applies only to the voice portion of the plan you have. No discount for data, extra lines, Text, MultiMedia package. etc. We do get free activation. So I save about $10/Month on my $40/month voice plan. (and yes, my two year contract came with a "free" Sony phone.)
So anyways, last year when the iPhone came out, it came with a special $60/Month voice/data package. Guess what? ATT would not give the 25% discount on that plan because they could not separate out the voice portion of the plan from the data. The iPhone would have cost me $399+$60/Month (for 24 Months).
Well this year the 3G iPhone comes with their standard voice and data plan. They are two separate part of the plan. ATT will now give me a 25% discount on the $40/Month voice part of the plan. That's a $10 saving per month. So the the 3G iphone will now cost me $199 + $60/Month (for 24 months) with my discount. It doesn't matter what kind of fuzzy math you use, I (and all my fellow workers) can get the 3g iphone CHEAPER than the old iPhone. Even if it's only cheaper by the difference of the tax between $399 and $199.
And it may get better. I haven't confirmed it yet but a fellow worker called ATT to inquire about the 3G iPhone and they told him that ATT will now expand the 25% discount to include data. That would be another saving of $7.50/month (for 24 months)
So there you have it. Someone that can actually get the 3G iPhone CHEAPER than the old iPhone. But I may be considered a "no one" to you.\