Well, I've finally stopped my crying. My wife threw my jeans into the wash. Unfortunately, my iPhone was in the pocket. PSA for you guys - the iphone (3G 16gig) will not survive a normal wash cycle . So with my phone dead, and my service provider wanting to charge me $680+ for a replacement, i found a friend that will sell me his (3G 8gig) for a reasonable price. I did backups of my iPhone thru itunes on my mac. When my new phone arrives in the mail, how will i 'restore' my old contacts, songs, apps, ect...? Stay classy people - and remember to check your pockets before you do the wash! Cheers.