The 1-1/2 year is doubtful, but AT&T may offer a discount of the price of the iPhone. Some customers have received, on their receipts for service, an indication of a $150.00 discount on the iPhone. I would welcome something like that. I wonder...can you get service from AT&T w/o opting for a data plan? I would like to connect wirelessly at home, and through wifi hotspots only. Any thoughts?