I've been pretty critical of the way the iPhone is sold -- contracts and such -- but not the device itself. So I've still been considering one even though I've talked myself out of it several times. I've decided that none of the missing features is key for me. The 8GB is enough for some photos, couple TV shows, a movie, and about 60 music albums; plus I'll still have my small, light 30GB video iPod when I absolutely must take everything with me. My big, final issue is: How bad is EDGE data service? A couple of footnotes to that question: one, I've checked and our whole area is in a top AT&T coverage area -- I think it's because Cingular was *huge* in this region -- with best available EDGE service. And my Internet usage will be about 70% WiFi to 30% EDGE. Given these two things, strong EDGE and WiFi most of the time for data, still, how bad is EDGE? How long does it take to, say, run a Google search or load a newspaper page. Use the Wikipedia. Download or send e-mail, with maybe a photo or two enclosed. Things like that on EDGE. Is it just obviously slower than WiFi or is it so unbearably slow you don't even want to use it for those functions?