There's nothing worse than when contractual obligations come out at the very LAST minute of the pre-release of the potentially hottest consumer business-oriented person-with-a-lot-of-spare-change selling product of the summer, if not the year. So Apple and AT&T, by agreement or not, FINALLY release the most important part of the phone: Contract Requirements. Here's the good, the bad, and the downright criminal, in no particular order. - You MUST extend your contract if you have one to an additional two years. - Rate plans start at $60/month for 450 weekday minutes. - Rate plans include unlimited data services. - Existing plans can add unlimited data for $20 (with 200 SMS) - There is no option to revoke said data services for a less expensive plan. - No contract = paperweight. - Activation charge is $36, even though it's completely automated. Quick math: I buy the $499 iPhone, register it ($36) and have the $60/month (all before taxes). In one year... The iPhone with service plan for myself ONLY will cost $1255 before taxes. This isn't exactly a jump-to decision. Thats the cost of macbook, people.