So, I have been very lucky. I had the original iphone with the unlimited data plan from AT&T for the last 4 years or so. I limped by on the iPhone 1.0 until I got the 4, was lucky enough to be upgraded to a 4s via a repair swap, and my contract has been over since July. I'm planning on leaving the country, probably for a year or two, so I'm torn. On the one hand, using data plans abroad is not cheap and not worth it, so getting a 5 is not necessary, unless I pay the premium and get an unlocked phone. But, if I was to get a subsidized iphone 5, and set the plan at its lowest levels and pay as little as possible, at least then I could keep the plan rolling, with that phone and hopefully the one after it. anyway, advice (not snark) is welcome, thank you!