I am also looking at buying an iPhone and unlocking it, or buying it already unlocked. But the fact that so many people are interested in the iPhone without a contract leads me to wonder if everybody just wants it as an iPod Touch without a phone function. Isn't a data plan worth something for when you want to use the iPhone's mobile internet ability? Plus the minutes offered? Granted, it may not be as much as providers are charging for their contracts, but it still does have a value. If I used an unlocked iPhone with my German Vodafone SIM card, I would be reamed by the data charges. Perhaps I have only heard the most from people who just want a cool phone but don't plan to surf with it, they just might be the most vocal group. But I'm wondering if anybody else has taken the price of a data plan into account. I'm not defending the expensive contracts available, but I don't feel that they can be simply dismissed as worthless, either. Anyone else see this as well, or have I missed something?