Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More
Most smartphones at this price are only offered with this kind of agreement, but yes, you're correct. The drop in price is nice, but not nice enough for me to consider upgrading until they lower monthly cost as well.
Should You Get Paid While Your Computer Boots?
Ridiculous. There's no reason they can't start the computer up (either automatically from the BIOS or via wake-on-lan) for scheduled updates, and have it running when you get in to work, without any slowdowns.